New bakery and cafe set to open Friday in Belton
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is set to open its second Missouri location at Belton Gateway on Friday.
The new restaurant, located at 621 E. Markey Parkway in Belton, will serve pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches and European hearth breads.
To celebrate its arrival in Belton, Kneaders is offering free Chunky Cinnamon French Toast to the first 100 customers attending the grand opening festivities beginning at 7 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
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In addition to the celebration, 10 percent of sales on opening weekend will be donated to the Belton Educational Foundation on Friday and the Belton Welfare Association on Saturday.
Kneaders’ CEO James Worthington said the company is looking forward to serving Belton residents.
“We are thrilled to be opening our second location in Missouri — we’re passionate about making delicious breads and pastries and we’re so glad the community is loving them too,” Worthington said. “Kneaders is known not only for our fresh baked goods but also for our community involvement. Partnering with groups like the Harvesters Community Food Network is one of the many ways you’ll see us becoming part of the local community.”
Kneaders opened its first Missouri location in Blue Springs last month, and raised nearly $2,400, which was split amongst Foster Adopt Connect and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
The Belton location is Kneaders’ 58th store in the U.S.
The Belton location will include a retail shop, which offers custom-made, themed gift baskets, as well as a variety of home décor, online ordering capabilities and drive-thru service. Hours of operation, including drive-through hours, will be Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wound Center recognized nationally for clinical excellence
The Wound Center at Rock Haven Specialty Clinic, operated by Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, was recently recognized with a national award for clinical excellence.
Leaders, physicians and clinicians from Cass Regional gathered last week to celebrate the Center of Distinction award, which was given to The Wound Center at Rock Haven Specialty Clinic by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company.
The Wound Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days. Out of 630 centers eligible for the award, 334 achieved the honor in 2017.
“This accomplishment demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the highest quality of care especially in comparison to other centers within the nation,” said CEO Chris Lang. “This should continue to demonstrate our competency in being a regional wound care provider to Cass County and the surrounding areas.”
The Wound Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 centers, with access to benchmarking data and experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.
Cass County captain honored with Enoch B. Morelock Award
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Missouri announced on Aug. 18 that Capt. Denise Davidson of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received the 2017 Enoch B. Morelock Award.
The award is an annual recognition of outstanding moral character, service to law enforcement and service to the community.
Davidson was honored on Aug. 17 during the 15th Annual LECC Training Seminar in Springfield. The prestigious law enforcement award, presented annually by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, is named in honor of Sullivan County Sheriff Enoch B. Morelock, who was the first recorded line of duty death in the Western District of Missouri on Dec. 19, 1847.
Davidson has 29 years of law enforcement experience, 27 with her current agency. According to a news release, she was the first woman hired to work the road for her agency and has been a mentor and to other women in law enforcement.
Davidson is a respected member and supervisor in her agency and the community. She followed her mother’s example working with and supporting victims of domestic and sexual abuse at the women’s facility in her area, serving on the board for several years. She has also served on the committee for Relay for Life, most recently as vice chair and chair, and has been an avid supporter and served on numerous committees within her school district.
Davidson has always had a passion for working with victims. As a young deputy, she was called in to assist with the interview of an abducted and sexually abused 19-year-old woman who had escaped her abusers. In 1990, new techniques of interviewing and dealing with victims of sexual assault were unfolding, and Davidson took the initiative to learn these techniques.
The victim said of Davidson’s involvement: “The compassion and professionalism showed to me changed my life. The most important words that have ever been spoken to me were uttered by (Davidson): ‘I believe you, this is not your fault.’ She allowed me to find justice, to heal and to work as a victim’s advocate to help future victims. Because of her, I was truly free to move out of victimization and into being a survivor. She’s a life changer.”
Local children receive ‘back to school’ shopping spree
West Central Missouri Community Action Agency announced this week that 30 local children whose parents participate in the agency’s employment and training program recently received a $100 “back to school” shopping spree at Academy Sports in Belton.
The shopping spree allowed children to shop for apparel, shoes, school supplies and uniforms for the upcoming school year. This year, each West Central child received their own Academy Sports staff “personal shopper” to help escort children throughout the store.
This year marked Academy Sports’ eighth year for the program, which has grown to include more than 100 similar events helping more than 3,000 kids throughout the country.