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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:31:12 CDT

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Starlight season brings two home to Overland Park as they live their dreams http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article25928167.html#storylink=rss Starlight Theatre’s summer season is homecoming for two young women from Overland Park who are living their dreams of Broadway careers.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:25:39 CDT

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Husband-wife team building a business with electronics franchise http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25828360.html#storylink=rss Dave Root spent three decades in business-to-business sales while his wife, Liz Root, worked in retail. The couple was looking for a business where they could team up — and they found it with Device Pitstop located in southern Overland Park. Device Pitstop buys, sells, trades, services and upgrades laptops and mobile devices below original prices.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:34:28 CDT

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Blue Valley bids farewell to superintendent http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25655005.html#storylink=rss He’s trading in his winter boots for cowboy boots.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:16:33 CDT

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Silent Samaritans give the gift of mobility to kids http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/shawnee-lenexa/article25654759.html#storylink=rss All it took was a chance meeting at the movie theater to help five local families who have children with disabilities. An Overland Park couple was at the theater when they saw a benefit going on for Variety: The Children’s Charity.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:12:45 CDT

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Dispute over court lights comes to end http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25362280.html#storylink=rss Twelve evergreen trees will end a six-month dispute over a neighbor’s property in south Leawood.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:38:48 CDT

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Nearly 1,000 jobs created by four new Johnson County retailers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25349956.html#storylink=rss The hiring flurry came with the June openings of the Furniture Mall of Kansas in Olathe, as well as Scheels, The Container Store and Topgolf in Overland Park. The Furniture Mall of Kansas opened earlier this month. Scheels, The Container Store and Topgolf are scheduled to open this weekend.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:48:05 CDT

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Former pizza man developing Ace Café North America, combining food, rock ’n’ roll, motorcycles and cars http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25327387.html#storylink=rss Johnson County entrepreneur will open the first Ace Café in North America soon and eventually hopes to open one in this area. The venues combine a restaurant with music, motorcycles and cars.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:42:54 CDT

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Overland Park funds startup of bike plan http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24686698.html#storylink=rss The eventual network would create 165 miles of bicycle lanes throughout the city, as well as buffered bicycle lanes, shared use paths, shared lane markings and signed bike routes.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:18:47 CDT

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Commission OKs bond sale for King Louie project http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24686440.html#storylink=rss With the approval of the sale of $21.5 million in bonds, the Johnson County Commission put money in the pipeline to convert the vacant building at 8788 Metcalf Ave. into the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:13:45 CDT

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Scheels buys naming rights to Overland Park Soccer Complex http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24630586.html#storylink=rss Thanks to $625,000 from Scheels All Sports, the Overland Park Soccer Complex will get new turf fields — and a new name. Scheels All Sports secured the naming rights for the facility, which is the highest level of sponsorship available at the complex. The five-year sponsorship will cost the sporting goods retailer $625,000.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:50:51 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24630586.html
OP gives $25,000 to help pay for Hyatt memorial http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24625015.html#storylink=rss The collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt skywalk in July 1981 resulted in 114 deaths, with 16 of them Overland Park residents.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:45:11 CDT

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Two companies expand in Overland Park, adding more than 40 jobs http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24478165.html#storylink=rss GBW Railcar Services, a joint venture between Greenbrier and Watco Companies, delivers freight car repair services and monitors railcar maintenance requirements. Berkley Medical Management Solutions is a unit of W.R. Berkley Insurance Group and provides worker’s compensation managed care services

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:59:41 CDT

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For ‘Snarky’ writer, life is universally absurd http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article24406066.html#storylink=rss Blogger, columnist, author and mom has attracted the attention of television producers with her observations on the commonalities of life — especially the ones that can bring laughter to her audience.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:17:49 CDT

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Business briefs: AT&T donates to Johnson County Community College http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article23791672.html#storylink=rss The $15,000 will support a technology-based pilot program for students in English as a Second Language courses.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:35:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article23791672.html
Oak Park Mall adds two local retailers http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article23604625.html#storylink=rss Two locally owned shops recently opened in Oak Park Mall, one selling trendy shoes and accessories, another featuring unique artwork focusing on teams like the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs and pop culture.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:25:30 CDT

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Speller looks to future bees http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article23602048.html#storylink=rss An 11-year-old Overland Park girl is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Johnson County’s two national spelling bee champs.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:58:02 CDT

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OP planning board postpones a vote on Brookridge project http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article23591206.html#storylink=rss Several members of the Overland park Planning Commission said they were too torn about the project to make a proper vote on the development Monday night. Impressed with the mixed-use concept, many said they felt the project was heading in the right direction, but they had several key issues about street improvements and its design.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:56:07 CDT

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Grace Church offers a special time for some special kids — and their parents http://www.kansascity.com/living/article22957551.html#storylink=rss Families flock to activities sponsored by an Overland Park church whose growing ministry called SOAR — Special Opportunities, Abilities and Relationships — is attracting participants from as far away in outstate Kansas as Manhattan and Fort Scott. Parents get a “night out” from caretaking duties, and siblings of the special-needs kids get their own night of fun.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:25:50 CDT

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Mixed-use project proposed for downtown Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article22955388.html#storylink=rss The InterUrban Lofts project would feature high-end multi-residential units, office space and an underground parking garage, all with a modern design. The project is set to have 41 multi-family units and 6,715 square feet of office space.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:05:27 CDT

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Twins run and run and run and run and run in the family http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article22387059.html#storylink=rss Four sets of twins gathered recently at Bill Waisner’s Overland Park home. A fifth set of fraternal twins are no longer living.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:44:22 CDT

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Blue Valley grads help decode tricky hospital hallways http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article22386906.html#storylink=rss A group of students affiliated with the Center for Advanced Professional Studies program have developed an app called Swipe that will help people navigate the hallways of Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 18:42:49 CDT

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Business notes: New golf partnership director for upcoming Digital Ally Open http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21680715.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Crusaders are the host organization for the golf tournament, formerly known as the Midwest Classic.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 02:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21680715.html
Business notes: Overland Park firm designs brewery building in N. Carolina http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21290370.html#storylink=rss Finkle + Williams Architecture of Overland Park designed the new distribution center for New Belgium Brewery in Asheville, N.C.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 02:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21290370.html
Prestigious presidential honor goes to two Johnson County students http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21415353.html#storylink=rss Two Johnson County teens have received one of the highest academic honors in the country: Seniors Luke Conners of Blue Valley High School and Clara Ma of Shawnee Mission East High School have each been named a 2015 U. S. Presidential Scholar.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:24:11 CDT

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Central Square district at former Metcalf South site gets legal tweak http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21414249.html#storylink=rss Because of an error in the legal description, the redevelopment district the Overland Park City Council had approved March 16 didn’t cover the entire area. A small sliver of property to the north was accidentally omitted.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:16:49 CDT

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Blue Valley elementary mixes it up to fight hunger http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21411852.html#storylink=rss Students at Morse Elementary School in the Blue Valley School District gathered last week to assemble enough bags of a special soup mix to feed 27,925 people. This is the first time the program, run by Omaha Kids Against Hunger, has been done in Kansas City.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:58:50 CDT

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Overland Park pays tribute to fallen officer Deanna Rose http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article21410928.html#storylink=rss Deanna Rose loved animals.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:54:14 CDT

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Olathe and Overland Park look at improving 143rd Street with widening, other upgrades http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/olathe-southwest-joco/article21409446.html#storylink=rss At an open house for nearby residents, the cities recently unveiled their plans for reconstructing a mile-long section of the street between Quivira and Pflumm roads. Among the upgrades are bike trails and better sight lines.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:39:03 CDT

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Topgolf driving range and entertainment complex plans late June opening in Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article20765964.html#storylink=rss Topgolf, a high-tech driving range/bar/restaurant complex, plans a June 26 opening for its new Overland Park center. The Dallas-based company is putting up a 65,000-square-foot, three-level center at 10611 Nall Ave. It needs more than 450 workers and will host recruitment events over the next couple of weeks.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 15:28:18 CDT

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