“Never go into a contest expecting to win,” Grand Champion Rod Gray says. “If you do, you’re going to wind up sad and miserable most of the time. There’re lots of good cooks out there who’ve been doing it a long time and they’re out to win, too.”
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean more than just words. Just ask the couple from Ukraine who will experience their first July Fourth here, in Shawnee. Or a World War II vet from Liberty who looks back but also ahead. Or a Mexican immigrant in Platte City who cherishes the safety he finds in his new land.
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.
Superintendent Jim Hinson said Monday that the school district plans to build the new version of Benninghoven on the same Caenen Avenue site as the existing building, beginning possibly by the end of the year and opening in 2017. The district has spent the last few months looking for an alternative site as it sought to expand the campus of nearby Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
Maggie Marx of Shawnee Mission Northwest and Austin Dalgleish of Shawnee Mission East will have five days of rehearsal and coaching in New York City before the awards are presented Monday at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.
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Arlene Leonard, a bus driver with First Student Bus Service, gave handwritten letters to the graduating seniors on her bus this month. Leonard said her big message to the students was letting them know they are important and that they make a difference in somebody’s life.
A member of the Shawnee Planning Commission who has been active in local Republican politics, Kenig says the city’s biggest challenge is to ensure development is attractive and has the amenities people expect.
Mark Coenen will receive the Lifesaving Award at the Shawnee Police Department’s annual awards ceremony on May 13 at Shawnee Town Hall. Approximately 35 officers will be honored at the annual awards and recognition ceremony.
More than 350 people turned out at a recent school board meeting to air their concerns over the direction that the district has taken and over the events leading up to the resignation of two administrators.