Shawnee & Lenexa

Local winner of Lenexa barbecue battle is veteran Pitmaster

“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.”


July Fourth brings special meaning to four who cherish freedom

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.

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