The Leawood City Council unanimously voted on Monday to amend the city code to make it illegal to sell smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, to those under 21 after hearing from members of the Tobacco 21 initiative. Also, the council appointed Lisa Harrison to fill the Ward 3 seat vacated by Carrie Rezac.
Like most potato chip companies, Guy’s started as a mom-and-pop business, said Janine Joslin of Leawood, who has owned the brand since 2007. It was at one time, a $100 million company with a big plant in Liberty, she said, but after a succession of owners the original company went bankrupt in 1999. Now Guy’s production is in Lenexa and its distribution is regional.
Reassured by staff reports that the area can handle the traffic, Overland Park City Council members approved the BluHawk development for an arena, hotels and a satellite branch of the Cosmosphere space museum near 159th Street and Antioch Road. The entire BluHawk development covers a 300-acre area and includes a health care facility, homes, shopping and hotels. The action Monday involved about 117.5 acres in the northern part, where developers want to put a 7,500-seat arena and a branch of the Hutchinson-based Cosmosphere space museum.
The case involved an area of southern Overland Park between Pflumm Road and U.S. 69, roughly from 167th Street to 191st Street, with a couple of smaller stretches extending farther south. Residents in the area, including professional golfer Tom Watson, fought the annexation when it was first proposed, but eventually lost their court case. However the issue was contentious enough that it inspired the Kansas Legislature to rewrite its annexation rules, requiring a vote of approval from residents of proposed areas to be annexed.
Price Brothers, an Overland Park development firm, is due before the city council for a public hearing on whether BluHawk can receive $205 million worth of sales tax revenue (STAR) bonds to help fund the project’s destination attractions
It has been nine years since Kelsey Smith was abducted from the parking lot of an Overland Park Target and murdered, her body discovered four days later in south Jackson County after her cellphone carrier tracked down the location of her mobile phone.
Performance Rehab of Kansas City opened its fourth location earlier this year, with this center focusing on providing services to dancers. Majority owner Mark Buckingham started Performance Rehab in 2006 offering outpatient orthopedic care.
The migration of some car dealerships from Metcalf Avenue to the area around Interstate 35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway has taken its toll on receipts, but the biggest factor, officials say, is competition from other shopping centers around the area.
A combined effort of public and private groups will transform part of the trail with signage detailing stories from Johnson County’s past. But don’t expect the markers to be like a traditional museum exhibit.
The project to redevelop the Brookridge Golf and Fitness Club site near Interstate 435 and Antioch Road was first proposed in 2014 by Curtin Property Co. It was controversial from the start, with neighbors dreading the loss of the green space and the increased traffic to be generated by 2,076 apartments, 1.84 million square feet of office space, 251,000 square feet of retail space, a 650-seat movie theater and 500 hotel rooms, not to mention a 3,500-seat performance venue.
“Get Up and Go Older Adult Driving Expo” runs Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W 115th St. in Overland Park, to help seniors evaluate their own driving and look at options for transportation.
The John and Glenna Wylie Foundation will pay for a new barbecue pavilion at the Johnson County Community College Hospitality and Culinary Academy Building. The money will also create an endowment for student competition travel.
The owner of Bravadas Wig & Extensions, a retail store that opened earlier this year in Overland Park, wants to help women build confidence. Whether to cover up hair loss due to cancer or aging or some other reason, the shop Bravadas carries more than 100 different wig styles in a variety of colors representing more than 10 manufacturers.
Barbara Unell and Jerry Wyckoff, who have written six parenting books, and pediatricians will be on hand Wednesday evening to answer parents’ questions at the Rally for Kids, featuring Peanut Butter Hamster and Rockin’ Rob. The Summer Sounds in the Park kicks off Wednesday.
Some residents in an area of southern Overland Park between Pflumm Road and U.S. 69, roughly from 167th Street to 191st Street, say police protection, road plowing and other services have been lacking since a contentious annexation.
High school seniors from Johnson County who won honors at an international science competition this month came out of two specialized Johnson County high school biology programs that have offered them the opportunity to use equipment and techniques many scholars do not experience until graduate school or beyond.