Kansas City Community News: Veterans Day Postscript & Local Links

For late night news junkies, insomniacs and close readers . . . We just wanted to check-in tonight with a litany of local community focused news that's worth a peek and provides us a sense of "place" for the overnight.

Some of this news is nice, maybe a bit bittersweet but offers a worthwhile glimpse of this place we call home.

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Why employers should hire veterans: KC entrepreneurs say combat prepared them for startup life

"Veterans inherently want to continue to serve something bigger than themselves; it's fulfilling," said Andrew Potter. "So when they find an organization or a company that they can really serve and love, it doesn't matter if there's a skills gap."

Missing Kansas City, Kansas, man located deceased

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department issued an update Friday that a missing 63-year-old man was found dead. Police do not believe foul play was involved in the death of Paul Thrasher . He was last seen Sunday morning at the Phillips 66 at 5940 Leavenworth Road in KCK.

Support services move Independence couple into recovery shelter amid cold weather

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - With temperatures dropping drastically, support services provided to people experiencing homelessness are crucial. "Sometimes people will say, 'I'll leave with you right now,'" said Barbie Miller, with Any Lengths Recovery Support Service. "Some say, 'Can you come tomorrow.' And some who say, 'Absolutely not, I'm not ready to go."

Tech industry offers life after service for veterans in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Employers across the Kansas City area posted about 4,900 job openings in the month of October. To fill those positions, many companies are turning toward veterans. Several employers have programs designed to give veterans internships and support them once they're on staff.

Army spouse starts food pantry at Ft. Leavenworth as military families face food insecurity

Military families sacrifice so much to serve our country, but many face an added challenge: food insecurity. KMBC 9 spoke with a woman in Leavenworth who's working to change that and getting national recognition. Boxes of food donations are how Monica Bassett serves her community, as her husband serves in the military.

99-year-old WWII veteran recognized at Johnson County Veterans Day ceremony

MERRIAM, Kan. - Big tributes happened for World War II veterans and beyond for Veterans Day 2022. Those ceremonies were being held across the Kansas City metro on Friday. "I'm just pleased to still be here. There were about, what, 15 million in service in World War II.

Free COVID-19 home tests remain available for Kansas residents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation's public charity, RF Catalytic Capital, and Project Access to Covid Tests (Project ACT), continues to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests to households across Kansas.

Missouri couple dies in fire after husband refuses to leave wife

NEW MELLE, Mo. - An elderly couple was killed after an intense overnight fire at their home near New Melle. The tragedy unfolded on Tall Cedar Court, between Highway Z and Highway T. The husband and wife who were killed are identified as Kenneth and Phyllis Zerr.

Off-duty Jackson County firefighter dies in crash south of Concordia

An off-duty Jackson County firefighter died in a crash on Thursday evening.Adam Williams, 31, a firefighter with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, was killed in the single-vehicle crash south of Concordia on Route E near Missouri Highway 23.He'd been with the department since February.Authorities said Williams was an Army veteran and had also served the Belton Fire Department before joining the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.He leaves behind a wife and two boys.Funeral services are pending.

Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools hosting resource fair, discussion on gun violence

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will be hosting a resource fair and panel discussions regarding gun violence. The community meeting will take place at JC Harmon High School, which is located at 2400 Steele Road, on Thursday, Nov. 17 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Show Me KC Schools' SchoolAppKC launches for the fifth year

SchoolAppKC offers families 26 options from preschool, private and charter schools. Show Me KC Schools' SchoolAppKC enrollment period launches for a fifth year on Saturday, Nov. 12. Families will have access to apply to 26 schools including preschool sites, charter and private schools.

Kansas City police share tips to stay safe while exercising outside

Exercising is good for your physical and mental health.

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