Chaplain Kip Nelson of the Lee’s Summit Police Department was recently selected for a weekly Hometown Hero award through a campaign sponsored by the city of Lee’s Summit and 106.5 FM-The Wolf. The campaign recognizes community members who make a difference in the lives of others.
Nelson was nominated by Lee’s Summit Police Officer Ben Griffin for his compassion and community service, especially through the death of officers within the department by counseling the family and fellow officers during the grieving process.
“Since meeting Kip back when I needed him, a strong friendship has developed and I have witnessed just how incredible and selfless he is,” Griffin said in his nomination. “Not only does Chaplain Kip Nelson give his time to the Lee’s Summit Police Department, he created an event in the Lee’s Summit community called ‘A Night to Remember’ at Legacy Christian Church. This is a prom for individuals with special needs.”
Nelson and his wife, Kathryn, have three children, including two who are adopted.
“Kip is always looking for ways to give back to his community or help people,” Griffin said. “... As a police officer, I know a hero when I see one. And Chaplain Kip Nelson is definitely a Hometown Hero in my book.”
FAA officially adds airport’s longer runway
The Federal Aviation Administration published new Instrument Approach Procedures, or IAPs, on Feb. 1 for runway 18-36 at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, paving the way for air traffic to make use of the new runway.
The lengthened runway, which was extended from 4,016 feet to 5,501 feet, celebrated a ribbon-cutting in September 2017, but it wasn’t officially recognized by the FAA until last week.
“The publishing of the new approaches means the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport and its 5,501-foot runway is officially on the map,” Airport Manager John Ohrazda said in a release. “We have received many inquiries into the lengthened runway, but many pilots were not able to fly in until the approaches became officially published. We look forward to seeing new faces at the airport and we’re ready to showcase the improvements and our exceptional customer service.”
Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, which is coded KLXT, can handle larger and heavier planes that are capable of reaching the coasts without stopping to refuel thanks to the longer runway.
For more information about the airport, visit LSAirport.net or call 816-969-1186.
Compiled by the Journal editor Tod Palmer, email@example.com