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Around our towns: Employee liquor permits, update on Waterworks Park, Park University offers tuition freeze

Employee liquor control permits an issue

KANSAS CITY | A Kansas City Council committee today will consider a proposal to do away with mandatory employee liquor permits for restaurant employees having anything to do with liquor establishments.

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association is urging employees to turn out in force for the council’s Public Safety Committee meeting at 10:30 a.m.

The association supports a proposal to repeal the liquor permit requirement. It argues the $42 licensing fee does not enhance public safety, costs too much and is punitive to prospective employees.

But Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd sent a letter opposing the change, arguing the lack of background checks for bar employees could endanger customers.

Hear update on Waterworks Park

KANSAS CITY | The public is invited to hear an update Thursday on a walking trail, picnic shelter and other improvements planned for Waterworks Park at Northeast 32nd Street and North Oak Trafficway.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 4330 North Oak Trafficway.

Two officials namedto Missouri Municipal League board

AREA | Kansas City Councilman Scott Wagner and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir are new members of the Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors

Weir was elected mayor in April 2014 for a four-year term, and Wagner — a graduate of Oak Park High School in the Northland — represents the 1st District at-large.

The Missouri Municipal League, founded in 1945, serves more than 670 municipalities in the state with training, resources and legislative advocacy.

Park University offers tuition freeze

PARKVILLE | Park University is freezing tuition for current students for the 2015-16 academic year.

Students who enroll and attend Park between now and summer semester will also be eligible for a tuition freeze. Increased rates will be effective for new students beginning Aug. 17.

“This tuition freeze is our way to give back and thank the students who have already chosen Park as their educational partner,” said Rita Weighill, executive director of student marketing at Park. “We are honored to be a part of helping them shape their successful future by providing them with an affordable and excellent education.”

To see tuition rates for 2015-16, go to park.edu/tuition/15-16-tuition.html.

KC a finalist for health award

KANSAS CITY | The city announced last week that it is one of 15 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize, which honors communities for their commitment to building a health culture for all residents.

Up to 10 honorees will be announced this fall.

Tenors to perform at Winery

LIBERTY | Liberty’s Two and a Half Tenors has scheduled a second show for 3 p.m. March 22 after the original St. Patrick’s Day show sold out six weeks in advance.

This is the third year for Two and a Half Tenors to perform at Belvoir Winery as a benefit for Corbin Theatre.

“We started out doing this as a fundraiser for Corbin Theatre and then we’ve done fundraisers for different things,” said Bryan Taylor, the baritone of the group. “This is a fun thing for us. We’re not trying to get gigs, but they tend to come to us.”

The tenors of the group, Larry Harman and Steve Waters, are both members of Taylor’s church choir at Liberty United Methodist.

The men entertain in the style of “Il Divo” or “The Three Tenors,” according to Harman, a Clay County Circuit Court judge and member of The Corbin Jazz Band.

Taylor is director of Traditional Music at Liberty United Methodist Church and was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York. Waters performs with the area rock band Teacher’z Pet and owns Waters Piano Services.

Their music ranges from Broadway musicals to secular and sacred.

Tickets are $15 and available at Liberty City Hall, the Liberty Performing Arts Center, and on line at “corbintheatre.org.” Belvoir Winery is at 1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty.

“I think people miss this kind of singing and it’s fun. You don’t hear guys who can bring the gusto and have a good time doing it,” said Taylor.

Extension Council officers

PLATTE COUNTY | Drew Meyerowich was elected chairman of the Platte County University of Missouri Extension Council for 2015-16 at the group’s annual meeting on Feb. 2.

Other newly elected officers are: Julie Scott, vice chairman; Debbie Hopkins, treasurer, and Tarra McGee and Shana Sharp as co-secretaries.

“The purpose of the extension council is to improve the communications between what the Extension provides and the local community’s needs and desire,” said Scott.

Council members serve as volunteers although they are elected. “There’s no compensation beyond satisfaction,” said Scott.

Leader Honor Roll Awards were also presented to Brian Bechtel, Martha Green and JoAnn Whitlock.

Council meetings are at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Platte Resource Center. The public is invited

For information about the council or the Extension Service, call 816-270-2141. Information is available at extension.missouri.edu/platte.

Motor sports is theme of this year’s Platte County Fair

TRACY | The theme for Platte County’s 2015 Fair is Motor Sport Mayhem.

The fair will host motor sports each night July 22-25 including MotoCross, Demolition Derby, Mud-A-Thon and Truck and Tractor pull.

The annual fair held in Tracy includes a queen contest, entertainment, livestock shows and 4-H exhibits.

For information go to plattecountyfair.com.

Marshall the Miracle Dog

AREA | An award-winning film about bullying and mistreatment of animals, “Marshall The Miracle Dog,” will play March 7-8 at Wehrenberg and B&B theatres in Missouri.

The film is based on the true story of a bullied teenage boy in the St. Louis area and a dog he discovers who has been caged up by a dog-hoarder.

The film received the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the St. Louis International Film Festival. It was also awarded “Best Family Film” at the Wild Rose Film Festival in Des Moines, Iowa.

The University of Missouri Extension, along with 4-H clubs, schools, animals shelters and other groups across the state are joining forces for a “Commit to Be Kind” weekend.

Ten percent of ticket sales will go to Missouri 4-H programs.

The movie will play at the B&B KC Northland 14, the Grain Valley Marketplace 8 & GS and the Lee’s Summit 16.

For movie information go to www.marshallthemiracledog.com. For information on show times in the metro area go to B&B ticket information at www.dtmovies.com/movie_detail?movie_id=196182. For help with large group sales call B&B at 660-591-5694.

| Norma King, Elaine Adams

and Lynn Horsley