Kansas City Community News: Local Artsy, Olathe Outbreak & Foodies For Autumn

This collection of news from across the metro features a few nice links, info about neighborhood concerns and even a few party ideas.

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Artists add final touches as opening of new Kansas City International Airport terminal nears

KANSAS CITY, Mo - The new Kansas City International Airport terminal is set to open early next year, and with the construction over 90% of the way done, local artists commissioned to decorate the space are adding their final touches.

Olathe school closes for the week with around 150 students and multiple staff members sick

The Olathe School District and health department officials have closed an elementary school in Olathe with an "exceedingly high" number of sick students and staff members.The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has recommended Clearwater Creek Elementary close immediately for the rest of the week and reopen on Monday, Oct.

Troost capital project hits $15M goal; 2023 completion expected to address 'blight at the heart' of trauma in KC

Reconciliation Services recently crossed the finish line of a $14.9 million capital campaign to breathe new life into its aging homebase at one of Kansas City's most bustling intersections, said Father Justin Mathews. "We were able to complete the $15 million raise in approximately 18 months, which is a tribute to the generosity of Kansas City," said Mathews, executive director of the Troost-based nonprofit.

Longfellow Elementary parents react to KCPS Blueprint 2030 plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Public Schools district continues talking about its Blueprint 2030 plan, and is looking for community feedback. On Monday, parents had their chance at the podium at Longfellow Elementary. KCPS says the school was recommended for closure because of low test scores and attendance, and high maintenance costs.

Murals, alley improvements unveiled at Independence and Bales

Historic Northeast added a couple new public murals to its offerings on Friday when two murals were unveiled on buildings at Independence Avenue and Bales. The two works, along with the transformation of an adjoining east-west alley between Bales and Indiana, create a whole new vibe at an intersection that over the past quarter decade or longer has been a problem area for nearby businesses and residents in terms of trash and street-level crime.

New program to teach Johnson Countians how to recycle better

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While the concept of recycling certain metals, plastics, paper products and glass isn't all that new, we're still not very good at it. Starting next month, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is partnering with Republic Service in program in Prairie Village to help residents recycle more effectively.

Raymore officials concerned over rumors of proposed landfill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Raymore Mayor Kristofer Turnbow and other city officials released a statement Tuesday announcing opposition to rumors of an effort to bring a landfill next to the city's northern boundary. The city posted a letter on its website just before 10 a.m.

Your Guide to 25 Halloween Parties Around Kansas City - In Kansas City

Ghosts, goblins, vampires, and witches will soon be prowling all over town visiting Kansas City's Halloween celebrations. Whether you're looking for a party filled with fright, light and spooky fun, or something family-friendly, we've got you covered. Here's your guide to 25 Halloween parties and events around the metro this week.

Johnson County offers $20K Covid relief grants to small businesses - Kansas City Business Journal

The Johnson County government was awarded $117,009,332 in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, and the Johnson County Board of Commissioners have opted to help small businesses with part of the funds. The county will allocate approximately $5 million in recovery funding to provide grants for up to 225 small businesses.

Mayoral Proclamation: Feed Lee's Summit Month

October 22, 2022 Mayor Bill Baird issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, hunger is a universal social problem increasing in cities across the country and throughout the world; and, WHEREAS, children, senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, the unemployed, the poor and the homeless are all affected by hunger; and, WHEREAS, finding

SMSD approves new pay incentives for paraeducators, custodians

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) will soon invest more than a half a million dollars towards incentives to attract and retain employees in hard to fill positions. Monday the school board voted unanimously to approve new pay incentives for paraeducators and custodians.

Lee's Summit School District starts new therapy dog program

Many school districts are searching for ways to make students and staff feel more calm at school. Lee's Summit has started a new therapy dog program."She is trained to be loved," said Sarah Young, teacher and handler.

Study: Private colleges, universities in Kansas City area create $595M in economic impact

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas Independent Colleges Association announced the results of a study it commissioned Wednesday, which found the economic impact of the association's 20-member schools was $1.1 billion annually. The study - which was created and performed by independent researchers at Parker Philips, according to the release - examined fiscal year 2021.

Kansas City Current announces championship week events

The Kansas City Current is celebrating its first-ever appearance in the National Women's Soccer League Championship match. The team has announced an entire week of events surrounding the championship run. The week will culminate in the team's watch party, presented by Boulevard Brewing Co. at Union Station's Haverty Family Yards.

KC Cares: Bra Couture KC dresses to the nines for local cancer patients

Heather Dickman with Bobby Bell. // Courtesy Bra Couture KC Strutting down a runway wearing a glitzy outfit and glammed up to the nines is a pretty big confidence booster-especially if you've experienced a mastectomy. Bra Couture KC puts survivors front and center by raising funds to help local cancer patients.

Halloween pirate ship finds new home in Raymore


8 Kansas City artists making a mark on their communities

At any given time, Kansas City, Mo.'s creatives are baring their souls in performance venues, studio spaces and neighborhoods across the metro area. The city's scene has experienced a renaissance at the hands of these artists - several of whom are musicians deeply entrenched in their communities, illuminating civic issues, amplifying historically silenced voices and developing future leaders through the power of music.

Kansas City, Kansas architecture firm behind new Titans stadium design

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Images of what the proposed new Tennessee Titans stadium could look like have been released for the first time. Last week, the city of Nashville and the team announced it had reached an agreement to build a new stadium instead of renovating the current one.

Foodie Find: Donutology's Halloween Minis - In Kansas City

Whether you need a hostess gift to take your next Halloween party, or you need something Halloween-ish to serve to your own family and friends, Donutology's special-edition Halloween minis should do the trick. Featuring Monsters Inc.'s Mike Wazowski, mummies, spiderwebs, pumpkins, and graveyards, these themed donuts will up the fun at any spooky holiday gathering....

Meet the 3rd generation of family carrying on 83-year-old legacy of selling tortillas in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Maybe you've driven by their factory on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, or bought their products at the grocery stores, but you might not know their story. After all, in their more than 80 years of business, Perez Food Products has only advertised once.

FOX4 Forecast: ots of clouds ahead tomorrow

We'll start bright and chilly in the morning...and finish with filtered sunshine in the afternoon...but overall the pattern appears pretty dry at this point for a week or so.

Hopefully, we'll have more for the morning-ish update . . . STAY TUNED!!!