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Clay and Platte counties: News from around our towns

Northland ReStore Cutline: Members of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce joined Northland ReStore volunteers to kick off the ReStore opening this month. The store supports Heartland Habitat Humanity by reselling home improvement items.
Northland ReStore Cutline: Members of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce joined Northland ReStore volunteers to kick off the ReStore opening this month. The store supports Heartland Habitat Humanity by reselling home improvement items. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Holiday DWI campaign

Liberty police will join other law enforcement nationwide in the annual Holiday DWI Campaign crackdown on substance-impaired driving.

“Getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a terrible idea,” said Sgt. Nathan Mulch, of Liberty. “Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

According to Mulch, one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve impaired drivers or motorcycle operators. Last year, 223 people died in Missouri as a result of impaired drivers.

Holidays are particularly dangerous. Last year, 41 people were killed and 242 seriously injured in the state between Dec. 13, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014.

Liberty police will be out with focused efforts, said Capt. Andy Hedrick.

“We’d like to encourage people to use sober drivers. Driving drunk just isn’t worth it. It isn’t worth your life or anyone else’s.”

For information on safe driving go to www.saveMOlives.com.

Farm Bill explained

A meeting for landowners and farmers, explaining the 2014 Farm Bill, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at Flander Hall in Excelsior Springs.

“The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs,” said Nathanial Cahill, agricultural business specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.

The program is hosted by the Extension service and USDA Farm Service. Seating is limited and advance registration is required by calling 816-407-3490.

Flander Hall is at 107 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs.

Liberty council and mayoral election

Next spring, voters in Liberty will elect a mayor and four City Council members, one from each ward.

Liberty’s mayor is paid $4,800 annually and council members receive $2,400 annually. Citizens have until Jan. 20 to file for office at City Hall, 101 E. Kansas.

Candidates must be registered voters in Missouri, be at least 21 years old, have lived in Liberty at least two years before the April 7 election date and live in the ward for which they are elected.

For information contact Janet Pittman, deputy city clerk, 816-439-4416

Biggest Loser in Gladstone

The Gladstone Community Center is sponsoring its third Biggest Loser Fitness Challenge Jan. 9 through April 3.

“We want folks to be active. It’s not just about shedding off the pounds. It’s about being heart healthy and moving,” said Justin Merkey, community center administrator.

The grand prize is an adult annual membership to the community center, a $300 value. Other prizes will also be awarded.

Participants must be at least 18, have a Gladstone Community Center membership and enroll before Jan. 9. Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt, special workout sessions and health screenings.

Participants will earn points for attendance, weight loss, taking group exercise classes, working with a trainer, taking swim lessons and attending special events at the community center.

Last year 50 people participated.

Contact the community center for information at 816-423-4200.

Northland ReStore

Heartland Habitat for Humanity recently held a ribbon cutting for its new Northland ReStore at 8516 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City.

ReStore is a discount home improvement store that receives new or used donations from the public which it resells. Items range from building materials to appliances to furniture and more.

Donations can be dropped off at any ReStore location in the metro. Go to www.heartlandhabitat.org/restore for locations. To arrange for pickup of large items, call Steve Townsend at 913-648-6001, Ext. 1.

Future leaders invited

The city of Gladstone is accepting applications for its Future Leaders Academy.

The academy’s mission is to educate citizens about city government and give them the opportunity to be heard.

“We have a number of people who sit on city boards and commissions who have completed the program,” said Richard King, communications and public information manager for Gladstone. “Currently three of the five seated council members have completed the program.

“It’s not required to be elected to the council. Some of them just found that they thought they could serve well.”

The class will meet twice monthly beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and continue through April at City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes St. Classes last 2 ½ hours. Refreshments are provided.

About 140 people have participated in the program over the last eight years with the youngest being a high school sophomore.

“It’s always interesting because the high school student brings a different perspective,” said King.

Applications are available online at www.gladstone.mo.us or by contacting King at 816-436-2200 or richardk@gladstone.mo.us. Applications are due Jan. 1.

Norma King,

Special to The Star