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Public works director to retire May 2

Chuck Owsley will retire May 2 after 16 years leading the Lee’s Summit Public Works Department.

“I am extremely proud of the achievements of the Public Works Department, especially becoming the first public works agency in the metro area and the 16th nationwide to become nationally accredited by the American Public Works Association,” Owsley said in a news release.

He previously worked in Kansas City, where he retired as city engineer in 1997.

New CEO for Lee’s Summit hospital

HCA Midwest Health System has appointed Matt Sogard as chief executive officer of Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

His job since February 2012 has involved daily operations, strategic planning and medical staff development at Research Medical Center, which is part of HCA.

Fishin’ for kids

The Kids Fishing Derby in Lee’s Summit, designed for young people ages 2 to 16, will be May 17 at at Legacy Park Lake. Worms will be provided, but bring your own own rods and reels.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The derby starts at 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 11:15. The event is sponsored by Lee's Summit Parks Recreation, The Rob Ellerman Team and the Optimist Club of Lee's Summit.

The lake is at 901 N.E. Bluestem Drive in Lee's Summit. Registration is $2 when completed by May 2 and $3 after that. To register call


or go to



Discount prescription cards

Kansas City is renewing its participation in the Coast2Coast prescription discount card program, which metro area residents can use at participating pharmacies. You don’t have to live in Kansas City to participate.

The card initially targeted the uninsured, but others might find it helpful for prescriptions not covered by insurance or if they have a high deductible. It also can be used for pet prescriptions.

The city receives a royalty for each prescription filled. The money, about $30,000 a year, goes to the Employee Health Care Trust, which oversees the city's self-funded health care plan and a free employee health clinic and offers a wellness and health education programs.

To download a free card, go to www.coast2coastrx.com/cities/mo/ kansascity or kcmo.gov/prescriptioncard. A list of participating pharmacies is at coast2coastrx.com/ index.php/pharmacy-locator.

Hazardous waste disposal free on Saturday

Some area residents can get rid of their unwanted antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint for free from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pink Hill Park.

Electronic waste and business waste will not be accepted.

The service is open to residents of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, Sugar Creek, unincorporated areas of Jackson County and cities within the county with populations under 500 such as Sibley and Levasy. It’s also open to other communities participating in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

To find out if you live in a participating community, call


or go to


. The entrance is on Park Road.

African children’s choir to perform

The Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will give several free performances this month in Jackson and Cass counties.

Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages, where they they receive care and preparation for adulthood. The presentations, which include the performers’ stories, help promote awareness about orphaned African chidlren.

The performances:


Blue Springs:

6 p.m. April 26, Plaza Heights Baptist Church, 1500 Clark Road.


Kansas City:

10:40 a.m. April 27, Turning Point Church, 9150 Blue Ridge Blvd.



6:30 p.m. April 29, Peculiar United Methodist Church, 20521 S. School Road.



7 p.m. April 30, Central Free Will Baptist Church, 3200 Blue Ridge Extension.