TKC Hyper-Local News Gathering

Even when our schedule gets a bit mixed up, we find that these posts provide some worthwhile reading material for locals who have stumbled upon our humble corner of the Internets.

Accordingly, here are some local news links & TKC snark worth checking for locals who, like us, love all things Kansas City . . .

Collecting Cash For Troost Revival

Final capital push expected to bring $13M rebuild to Troost, replacing building held together by 'duct tape, plaster, and prayer'

Demolition within the building - which also houses Thelma's Kitchen - is expected to begin in the spring, Father Justin Mathews told Startland News, detailing the significance of the project and what it means for the residents who rely on the work of Reconciliation Services.

Celebrate Local History Of Community Building

Clyde McQueen reflects on 35 years of redefining workforce development in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City wouldn't be what it is without the dedication of Clyde McQueen over the last three decades. McQueen is celebrating 35 years with the Full Employment Council. During his career, he has redefined workforce development in the KC area and helped thousands of people with employment.

Tonight's Fiery Argument Against Backyard Poultry

Heat lamp sets Lee's Summit chicken coop on fire, spreads to house

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -- Windy conditions caused a heat lamp to set a Lee's Summit chicken coop on fire Tuesday night, spreading to the home and causing heat and smoke damage. Crews responded at 9:25 p.m. to NE Whitestone Drive just west of Todd George Parkway on a house fire.

Local Head Check

Two Americas: Kansas City man raises awareness on mental health crisis in Black community

Awareness of mental health issues has being increasing across the country, but in the Black community, there are still barriers to accessing mental health resources. Tre Hill and others are hoping to de-stigmatize mental illness in the Black community and bring awareness to mental health resources.

Kansas Life Lessons Offered

Kansas colleges work to prepare next generation of teachers

Schools are at a crossroads right now and teachers are caught in the center of it. In the Kansas Legislature, several education bills will be coming out of committee this week, including a school voucher bill and a "parents bill of rights."

Local Liberation Story

Enslaved people risked everything to escape Missouri for Kansas - even walking across a frozen river

The banks of the Missouri River have changed since the 1850s and '60s, when slavery in the U.S. was in its final throes - especially in St. Joseph, where a double-decker highway now separates most of the city from the river. Back then, before the U.S.

Show-Me Political Limits

Court backs Missouri ban on using public funds for campaigns

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a law banning the use of public funds for campaigning. Several cities in 2019 sued to overturn the law against using public resources to support candidates or ballot measures. The cities argued the law unconstitutionally limited public officials' free speech.

Missouri Fear Fuels Dark Winter

Spire 'created unnecessary panic and confusion' with warnings of gas outages, regulators say

Spire Missouri President Scott Carter discusses the fate of the Spire STL Pipeline at a press conference in November 2021. The Missouri Public Service Commission criticized Spire for its messaging about risks to natural gas service if it were forced to shutter the Spire STL Pipeline.

Delicious Comfort Food Description For Cold-Ass Bloggers Eating Snack Cakes

Burnt End Crostini with Cheddar and Fried Onions - Discover Finer Living

You can't be from Kansas City and not be a fan of burnt ends. It doesn't matter if you fancy Jack, Joe, Arthur or Gates, which you will need to be from KC to get that refrence, they are a staple in realm of Kansas City barbecue. A delicacy not to be missed.

Artsy Cowtown Tribute

Kansas City woman hopes her Parade of Hearts design will help others heal

A celebration of Kansas City will soon capture the eyes of the nation. The Parade of Hearts is a massive public art project, symbolizing love and unity. One of the artists is opening her heart to help others heal.For Brooke Jiskra, inspiration came from pain."Really, all of my art as an artist is going to be dedicated to my sister who had been a victim of COVID-19," Jiskra said.

Exurb Cash Reconsidered

Grandview to add a $21 million bond to April ballot

By John Sharp By a unanimous vote last month the Grandview Board of Aldermen is asking voter approval on April 5 for a no tax increase $21 million bond package that includes up to $12.4 million in improvements to city streets, bridges sidewalks and parking areas.

Retro Styling Returns

'American Pickers' returning to Kansas this April looking for unique collections

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The History Channel show "American Pickers" are returning to Kansas. According to the Got A Pick Facebook page, the pickers will be on the road and heading to Kansas and Nebraska in April 2022. American Pickers is a reality TV series that explores the fascinating world of antique "picking" and Americana.

Apropos Winter Fun Debuts

New curling center in Blue Springs is now open


Dishing On Restaurant Scene

James Chang is on a mission to educate Kansas Citians about Taiwanese cuisine

The food industry has always been home to James Chang. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and spending his childhood in many cities across the U.S., the forty-two-year-old general manager of Waldo Thai was more or less raised in his grandmother's rice shop, the noodle factory where his dad was employed and multiple American-Chinese restaurants where his family worked.

Dead-Tree Tries Rookies

The Kansas City Star adds three reporters to its growing investigative team

The Kansas City Star is expanding its investigative team, adding more firepower to its deep accountability journalism that brings to light wrong-doing and seeks to improve the lives of everyday people in our communities and across the region. Three reporters will join the team, bringing with them expertise in coverage of business, law enforcement and judicial matters.

Growing Local Biz

Just another day in Paradise (EDU): Urban nursery turns soil to nurture STEAM students

"It starts on a very base level - using your hands to work with raw soil," said Jessica Teliczan. "It lowers your stress levels, it makes you feel safe - it makes you feel like you're tapping into something that humans have been doing for hundreds of thousands of years."

The Buzz Fades . . . 

State of the bees: Almost half were lost a year ago

After last year's cold snap, Marty Hansen of Belton opened up his hives to discover he had lost 40 percent of his honey bees. Even for a beekeeper like Hansen with decades of experience, the harsh cold spell took its toll on his hives and so many others in the area.

Showtime Awaits

Starlight Theatre announces more summer concerts for 2022

Starlight Theatre is stacking a deep and diverse lineup once again for its annual summer concert series, including three more announcements - Third Eye Blind, Bonnie Raitt and Lord Huron - for the 2022 Capitol Federal Concert Series already this week.

Country Returns After COVID

George Strait announces concert at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The King of Country is grabbing his boots and cowboy hat to return to the concert stage. George Strait announced he would return to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday, July 30. While Strait has played in Kansas City more recently, it will be the first time he's been at Arrowhead since 2001.

Dreaming Of Kansas City Summer . . .

Worlds of Fun to open in April for 2022 season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Worlds of Fun has announced its opening date for the 2022 season. The Kansas City amusement park plans to open on April 30 for its 49th season, according to a social media post. It's not clear when Oceans of Fun will open at this time.

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