Tax levy is still an issue in Smithville school board race

Last year, the seven-member Smithville R-II school board tried to pass a tax levy for more classroom space. It didn’t pass, which has some candidates worried about what to do with the burgeoning student population. Others worry the board is trying too hard to force a tax levy.

Watch DOGS volunteers lend a helping paw in schools

The Watch DOGS — Dads of Great Students — puts volunteers in classrooms with the aim of being a positive male influence and an unobtrusive security presence. The national program, part of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering, was started in 1998 with the goal of making schools safer but has evolved to include academic support and direct interaction with students, catching on across the country in the process.

Teams advance to world robotics competition

Six teams from the Kansas City area will be moving on to compete in the world robotics championship competition in St. Louis after winners of this weekend’s Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics competition were announced Saturday night.

Kansas City leaf/brush pickup starts April 14

Kansas City has scheduled its spring curbside leaf and brush collection from April 14 to May 2. On their regular trash pickup day, residents may place up to 20 bags or bundles of leaf and brush at the curb by 7 a.m.

Bob Sigman — Tea party embrace by Roberts is difficult to watch

The New York Times expose of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ residency status is hardly a shock to Kansans. And even if there were concerns about where he lives, they have not been reflected in election returns. The Kansas Republican has been elected and re-elected to Congress, both the House and Senate, since 1980.