Category: News Bites

St. Louis company now operating Raytown License Office

When obtaining your Missouri driver’s license, vehicle tags or title at the Raytown License Office, you are doing business with a St. Louis based company. According to Michelle Gleba, spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Revenue, the office is operated by Elle Management LLC of O’Fallon. Ben Sharp of Lee’s Summit was the previous contractor…

Governmental affairs director joins Jackson County prosecutor’s office

Jennifer Dameron is the new Director of Governmental Affairs and Policy for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. “Jennifer has a wide breath of valuable legal experience, including her work as a prosecutor and as an assistant attorney general, as well as vast experience in working with a variety of civic organizations and local government agencies,”…

Escape-room attraction opens in Raytown

The escape-room, break-out attraction Escape This Place, located at 9507 East 63rd Street Ste. 103, opened in Raytown on Aug. 12. Co-owner Tammy McGee said an official opening will be held in September or October. Participants’ goal is to race against the clock to “break out” or “escape” a room using hints and clues and…

Raytown School District gets technology ‘Seal of Trust’

On Tuesday, the Raytown C-2 School District was one of seven in the country to receive the Trusted Learning Environment Seal, a designation given by the Consortium for School Networking to school districts nationwide that demonstrate a commitment to student privacy and security. Specifically, the Raytown School District, the only one in Missouri to get…

Former Lawrence mayor charged with embezzlement

A former mayor of Lawrence was charged this past week in federal court with embezzling thousands of dollars from a food bank in Douglas County, according to a statement from Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall. Jeremy Farmer, 32, of Lawrence, Kansas, was charged Aug. 11 with one count of embezzlement. According to court documents, the…

Construction Update: Road Zones for Week of Aug. 19

The Kansas City District of the Missouri Department of Transportation issued the following construction update on projects impacting motorists this week: Cass County Route D: Bridge reconstruction will close one lane of Route D near Route Y through Oct. 7.   Jackson County Route 40: Permit work will close one lane of westbound Route 40…

New business opens in Center 63 in Raytown

The Breakfast and Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant recently opened in Center 63 Shopping Center in Raytown. The restaurant, located at 6204 Raytown Trafficway, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. More information on the Breakfast and Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant is available on the restaurant’s…

Former county executive hired as Sugar Creek attorney

Mike Sanders, former Jackson County executive, was hired as attorney for the city of Sugar Creek on Monday, according to a report from the Independence Examiner. Sanders resigned as county executive in December. After his resignation he began practicing law in the private sector. According to the Examiner, Sugar Creek’s former attorney, Bob Buckley, retired…

Pavement work will cause various lane closures on I-35

Crews will close various lanes of northbound and southbound Interstate 35 between Vivion Road and Interstate 435 from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until Aug. 17 for pavement marking and asphalt paving work. Lane closures may extend into the daytime hours during the weekend of Aug. 13-14. All work is weather dependent. More information…

Traffic lane changes on Route 50 at Blackwell this weekend

Crews will close one lane of eastbound U.S. Route 50 at Blackwell Road from 8 p.m. Aug. 5 to 12 p.m. Aug. 7 for lane striping. Once complete, eastbound traffic will be diverted to the new lanes for a few months so crews can begin construction of the new interchange. This work is part of the…

Bridge work to close I-35 lanes at Southwest Blvd.

Bridge joint replacement will close various lanes of north and southbound Interstate 35 on the bridge over Southwest Boulevard near State Line Road beginning 7 p.m. Aug. 8 through late October. All work is weather dependent. The project is separated into different phases for each direction of the bridge. Southbound I-35 bridge joint replacement includes the…

Traffic switch to happen on I-35 in Clay County

Crews will reduce northbound Interstate 35 to one lane between Interstate 435 and the Flintlock Flyover from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 for traffic to switch to the new northbound I-35 pavement. The work is all part of an effort to improve I-35 from Vivion Road to Pleasant Valley Road, including the Pleasant…

Report shows no law enforcement deaths in Missouri for first half of 2016

A biannual review from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund showed that as of July 20, 67 federal, state and local law enforcement officers have died on the job in 2016, an 8 percent increase from the same period in 2015. However, there were no Missouri law enforcement officer fatalities during the reporting period. Despite a rise…

Jackson County earns national achievement award for personnel management, employee training, benefits

Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte counties’ Core 4 Youth Career Expo has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The award honors innovative and effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. The National Association of Counties (NACo) recognized the Core 4 Youth Career Expo as a joint effort between…

Kansas City Symphony gets $2.7M gift for assistant conductor

The Kansas City Symphony received a $2.7 million donation from the remainder of the David T. Beals III Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, to endow the assistant conductor position, which will be named the David T. Beals III Chair. “We are humbled that the David Beals Trust is supporting the Kansas City Symphony in…

Public Service Commission approves KCP&L charge increase

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application filed by KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (KCP&L-GMO) to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills. The DSIM charge allows KCP&L-GMO to recover demand-side management program costs and incentives. According to the application, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity…

KCK officer killed in shooting Tuesday

Kansas City Kansas Police Officer Capt. Robert D. Melton, 46, was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday. According to Chief Terry Zeigler, Melton was shot and killed while pursing criminals. Zeigler said the Melton’s death was not the result of a planned attack on police, as has been seen around the country in…