Kansas City Hyper-Local News Collection

This post focuses on stories and news from around neighborhoods. Some of it is upbeat, some of it's depressing, there are a few inspiring stories as well . . . But all of it offers a glimpse at local life.

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Kansas City Finds Cash For New Friends

Former diplomats living in Kansas City raise money to help Afghan allies flee Taliban

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two former U.S. diplomats living in the Kansas City area are raising money to help Afghan allies escape Afghanistan. "I have people who are supposed to be on those planes, who are on the manifest for those planes and are stranded and stuck and scared and my heart hurts for them," said Jennifer Vitela, who served as a diplomat in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2011.

Northland Tragedy Aftermath

Woman, 2 dogs die in late Wednesday night crash

by: Juan Cisneros Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman driving north in the southbound lanes of I-35 is dead after a near head-on crash just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The fatal crash happened just past Chouteau Trafficway.

Kansas City Fights Against Illegal Dumping

Lykins neighborhood searches for illegal dumpers

Lykins neighborhood leadership is searching for illegal dumpers who left trash in a vacant lot owned by the Lykins Neighborhood Association. They sent a message to residents on Wednesday: Lykins Residents, We have security camera footage showing two dumpers who illegally dumped trash in the vacant lot owned by the Neighborhood Association just West of the Lykins Square Park.

Local Helping Hand Offered

City Center Church delivers donations to victims of Hurricane Ida

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - City Center Church in Lenexa, Kansas, filled a truck in less than 24 hours with donations to deliver to those in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida. "With your help, with the help of social media, we were able to fill a truck up in less than 48 hours," church member Joe Sabo said.

Rural Neighbors Push Back Against Big Dig

Neighbors organizing against limestone quarry proposed in Sugar Creek

In 80-degree heat, Daryl Eckman's yard feels about 15 degrees cooler.

Scarcity Offers Life Lesson

Staffing, food shortages force cuts that will impact students in the Raytown School District

RAYTOWN, Mo. - Parents of students in the Raytown School District may end up scrambling after a notice from the school district. Friday, the district notified families about two key issues that will impact hundreds of students. The district asked families to make a back-up transportation plan.

Show-Me Artsy Celebration

Missouri's complicated history exposed in forthcoming Bicentennial exhibition at Kemper

Photo courtesy of Kemper Museum The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art recently announced the upcoming Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial exhibition, set to kick off at a limited capacity event from 6-8 p.m., next Thursday, Sept. 16, and remain on view through Feb. 20, 2022.

Kansas Copes With Broke Tech

Kansas official: Unemployment claims grew more complicated

TOPEKA, Kan. - A top Kansas Department of Labor official isn't disputing a legislative audit's finding that hiring hundreds of workers during the coronavirus pandemic didn't appear to result in the agency answering more calls from unemployed workers seeking benefits.

JoCo Sets Drinking Game Rules

Lenexa approves new rules for alcohol consumption near Public Market

by: Sydnie Holzfaster Posted: / Updated: LENEXA, Kan. - The Lenexa City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday updating guidelines for when and where residents can consume alcohol during community events. In 2017, the city approved an ordinance establishing the Lenexa Public Market Common Consumption Area (Public Market CCA) at 8750 Penrose Lane.

Statewide Effort To Helps Troops Marches Forward

Kansas City Nonprofit Building 50 Tiny Homes For Unhoused Veterans In St. Louis

A Kansas City-based nonprofit known for aiding veterans experiencing homelessness is expanding its work to St. Louis. The Veterans Community Project is building 50 tiny houses and a veterans outreach center in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood in north St. Louis.

Cowtown Resources For The Hungry

Kansas City Dream Center fills need providing food for community

The Kansas City Dream Center opened its doors in 2018 as a way to help those in Kansas City, Kansas, who need food or other items. The nonprofit, located at 1500 Central Avenue, is now helping thousands in the metro.

Golden Ghetto Honors Troops

Johnson County, Kansas honors 9-11 victims ahead of 20th anniversary

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- It was a somber morning Thursday as the Johnson County community remembered the September 11 attacks, days before the 20 anniversary. "That day was tragic, no question about it. And it changed our country in a way that I think nobody expected," said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Board of Johnson county commissioners: On Sept.

Local Base Contemplates Legacy

Fort Riley soldiers reflect on 9/11 anniversary, service in war

FORT RILEY, Kan. - For some members of the military, the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, inspired them to serve their country in any way they could. For several soldiers at Fort Riley in Kansas, that day would change the trajectory of their lives. Lt.

Soldier Talks Teachable Moment

Afghanistan War veteran shares experience after serving in country

PARKVILLE, Mo. - A 20-year war is now over. "This war... has changed us all," retired Lt. Col. Gary Kerr said. As senior director of Military and Veteran Affairs at Park University, Kerr oversees Park Global Warrior Center, where he works with thousands of service members transitioning in and out of the military.

Growing Independent Community

Harvesters 'teaching garden' shows clients how to grow food

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Every Saturday morning, a master gardener like Mary McClure volunteers at Harvesters' teaching garden outside the community food network's Kansas City, Missouri, warehouse. "It's great to be out in the garden and doing meaningful work," McClure said. "It really doesn't feel like work."

Middle-Class Drink In Good Life

Wine Tasting Room Opens in Waldo

Waldo is known for it's small specialty shops, restaurants and services. Now thee is anotherunique new place just opened you should know about...Marco Polo Selections. It's a wine tasting room and event space at 336 W 75th St, a few steps away from the new West Waldo 222 Flats.

Cowtown Dance Doc Debuts

New documentary explores the life and legacy of the iconic choreographer who made a lasting impact on Kansas City

A photo from the film. // Courtesy Ailey The first time filmmaker Jamila Wignot saw Alvin Ailey's choreography performed, she was in college. Her campus' Black student group got tickets to see a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Boston, and she had no idea what she was in for.

PR Hype Helps Youngsters

Kansas City's HappyBottoms holding fundraiser featuring Chiefs' Tyreek Hill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City nonprofit organization that works to provide diapers to families in need is hosting its biggest fundraiser this month. HappyBottoms is hosting a silent auction from Sept. 6-13, culminating in a Diaper Bowl from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept.

Ballers Give Back

Chiefs players team up with Ronald McDonald House for charity cook-off

It's Red Friday week for Kansas City in anticipation of the first Chiefs game of the 2021 NFL season. Sophia Linenberger and two other kids from the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City kicked off the week at Arrowhead Stadium. "Trying to make our own creation it was so much fun," Linenberger said.

Study In Kansas City FAIL

Kansas City Public School's Lincoln Prep to be featured in PBS documentary

Abby Hoover Managing Editor In the heart of Kansas City sits "The Castle on the Hill," an educational institution with a storied history that has served the predominantly Black neighborhood where it is located since 1867.

Locals Honor Fallen Officer

'A terrible loss.' Funeral held for Overland Park police officer Freddie Castro

OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- The Overland Park Police Department escorted officer Freddie Castro to his final resting place on Wednesday afternoon. A few dozen officers in motorcycles led Castro to his final resting place today. A large number of people attended the funeral at St. Michael the Archangel church.

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