Former Missouri legislator Chris Molendorp will run for the office of Cass County Collector.
Molendorp, who served three terms in the Missouri General Assembly and whose family owned and operated a Cass County insurance agency for nearly 36 years, announced his candidacy last week.
“Collector is a crucial position,” Molendorp said in a release. “It requires a specific and technical knowledge of county and local government finance, insight into our community’s special assessment districts, and an understanding that the Collector works on behalf of every community in the county, collecting and disbursing taxes in a timely, precise and efficient manner. As a former city council member, Missouri legislator, and financial service industry veteran, I have the experience and passion to serve the community in this important position.”
Molendorp, who worked as the ConnectCASS executive director retiring as president of his family’s insurance business when it was sold in 2013, has worked for the Missouri Hospital Association since January 2015.
He is a Peculiar native and lifelong Cass County resident, who currently resides in Belton with his wife, Teri, and their five children.
Molendorp, a 1987 Raymore-Peculiar graduate and 1991 University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, is an a past president of the Belton Chamber of Commerce as well as an Eagle Scout and long-time member of Belton Christian Church.
Absentee voting available for spring elections
Absentee voting for the April 3 municipal election got underway Tuesday in Cass County.
The Cass County Clerk’s Office, 102 E. Wall in Harrisonville, will accept absentee ballots through April 2.
Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 31.
For more information, call 816-380-8102.
Prom, homecoming dress resale event in Pleasant Hill
A prom and homecoming dress resale is coming to Pleasant Hill from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Christy B Photography, 125 Veterans Parkway in Pleasant Hill.
The event provides an opportunity to buy like-new formal wear at the fraction of retail price along with shoe and accessory options. There will be a try-on area and cash, debit or credit cards will be accepted.
Sellers are invited to bring in gently used prom and homecoming items through Feb. 23. There is a $5 feed for each dress displayed and an additional $5 fee for each dress sold, but the seller keeps any remaining money.
Unsold items will be returned or donated to a local nonprofit, at the seller’s discretion.
For more information on what Christy B Photography hopes will become an annual tradition, visit http://www.christyBphotography.com/dress-sale or contact the studio by email to christyBphotography@comcast.net or by phone 816-935-4961.
Artists’ work displayed at Raymore City Hall
Through the Raymore Arts Commission, original paintings by local artists Carolyn Hughlett and Sandy Braga will be displayed in the City Council gallery space at Raymore City Hall.
Hughlett, a professional artist and teacher in the area for more than 47 years, has been published in Unity Magazine, had custom tile art displayed in homes for the Parade of Homes tour, and been shown in numerous local and out-of-town arts show. She works in a variety of mediums.
Braga, who is president of the Tri-County Art League and a member of both Summit Art and the Harrisonville Fine Arts Association, works with Art Mob and Urban Sketchers in Kansas City.
Both artists’ work and biographies will be displayed at the gallery through March and select pieces are available for purchase.
Local artists interested in having their work displayed in the gallery in the future should visit www.Raymore.com/Arts for details and to download the exhibit application. Those interested also may contact Mike Ekey at 816-892-3109 or mailto: MEkey@Raymore.com.
Scholarship opportunity for female high school seniors
Young women set to graduate from high school are encouraged to apply for the Women Legislators of Missouri scholarship.
Each year, the group select one student from each of Missouri’s congressional districts to receive the $500 award based on leadership, academics and community service.
“This is a great opportunity for any young woman who is interested in continuing her educational career to receive some valuable financial assistance.” State Rep. Donna Pfautsch, who represents the 33rd District, said in a release.
Applications should be submitted online at www.myscholarshipcentral.org by March 9, 2018. First-time users should click the blue “Apply Now” button to set up a password and complete the application. The Women Legislators of Missouri Scholarship will be listed under “Recommended Opportunities” for all Missouri female high school seniors.
Scholarship recipients will be honored April 30 during a reception in their honor at the Missouri State Capitol. After the reception, the scholarship will be presented inside the Missouri House Chamber.
For more information, contact Rep. Crystal Quade at 573-751-3795.
Cass Regional Medical Center selects employee of quarter
Ashley Gilmore, a housekeeper in the Environmental Services department, was chosen as Cass Regional Medical Center’s Employee of the Quarter award for the fourth quarter of 2017. She received the honor Feb. 8 during a reception.
“I was surprised when they called my name, but everyone had been acting kind of weird, so I knew something was going on,” said Gilmore, who has worked at the hospital since last year.
Gilmore, who has been a Cass Regional employee since 2017, was nominated by Brenda Ford, who works in the Patient Access department. Ford described Gilmore as “the most dedicated employee” and lauded the pride she takes in keeping the hospital clean for visitors and staff in a nomination letter.
Gilmore, who worked at Wendy’s in Harrisonville before she was hired at Cass Regional Medical Center, resides in Butler but originally is from Harrisonville. She shuttles her three youngest siblings around and enjoys spending time with family, friends and animals when off the clock.
For being selected Employee of the Quarter, Gilmore received a paid day off, a designated parking space, a pin and a crystal star award at the reception, which included cake and balloons.