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  • 23 Mar 2020 12:43 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Hickman Mills C-1 Schools Board of Education has selected Carl Skinner, Ed.D to serve as Interim Superintendent. Dr. Skinner currently serves as HMC-1’s deputy superintendent of student services.  

    “We are happy to have Dr. Skinner lead our school district while we search for the next superintendent," said Board of Education President Wakisha Briggs. “His work in the district over the past seven years demonstrates his commitment and support of students, parents, teachers and administrators. He is part of the HMC-1 community and keeps the best interest of students first.” 

    Superintendent Yolanda Cargile, Ed.D announced last month that she is leaving the district to be the superintendent in the Center School District. He will take over following Dr. Cargile’s last day March 31, 2020. 

    Prior to overseeing Student Services, Dr. Skinner was deputy superintendent of curriculum & instruction. He has been with HMC-1 since 2013. Before moving to Kansas City he was Director of Testing, Research and Evaluation for the Newton County School System in Covington, GA. He has been in education for 25 years. 

    “I am honored to continue the work in HMC-1 to increase student achievement and do so alongside a dedicated team of educators and leaders,” said Dr. Skinner. 

    Dr. Skinner received his Doctor of Education from Arizona State University, Interdisciplinary Master of Arts from the University of South Carolina, and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Delta State University. 

    The Board of Education is working with Ray and Associates, Inc. to lead a national search for HMC-1’s next superintendent. Once named, Dr. Skinner will work with the new superintendent to ensure a smooth transition. 

  • 17 Mar 2020 2:44 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    In addition to the suspension of disconnections announced last week, Evergy will waive late fees and add payment agreement options for residential and small business customers as the coronavirus continues to affect local communities, causing financial hardship for some.

    “These measures reflect Evergy’s commitment to our customers and communities as we face uncertainty in light of the coronavirus,” said Terry Bassham, Evergy president and chief executive officer. “We serve our communities and it is important to us that we are there for our customers during this crisis. The steps we are announcing today will hopefully provide some relief for customers worried about the near future.”

    Evergy announced Friday its temporary suspension of nonpayment service disconnections for residential and small business customers. Today, the company took several additional steps to help its customers. Late fees will be waived, and residential and small business customers who had been disconnected prior to Friday’s announcement may re-establish service by paying one-twelfth of their account balance. These changes will be in place through at least May 1.

    While service won’t be disconnected in the coming weeks, Evergy encourages customers to continue to make payments toward their energy use to avoid higher balances later. Evergy customer service representatives can assist customers with payment arrangements and budget billing options. In addition, by calling 2-1-1, customers may learn about community resources for financial assistance. Customers will continue to receive reminders, including collection notices, calls, and texts even though they will not be disconnected. These notifications are important to remind customers of past-due balances and, if eligible, customers need the notifications to receive energy assistance funds from community organizations.

    “Our employees are committed to keeping the lights on for our communities and are working hard despite the challenging circumstances,” Bassham continued. “The health and safety of our employees, customers and communities continues to guide us as we work through this together.”

    To protect the health of our employees and customers, Connect, which is Evergy’s walk-in customer service center in Kansas City, is closed through March 28. Customers may access their Evergy account online at, receive assistance by calling Evergy customer service centers or make payments at an authorized pay station.

    Evergy call centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and may be experiencing high call volumes. Much like grocery stores, to minimize the number of people gathered in its contact centers, the company isn’t bringing in additional staff, so customers’ patience is appreciated while customer service representatives work through the anticipated high volume of customer calls.

    Evergy Missouri and Kansas Metro customers can reach customer service at (816) 471-5275 or toll-free at 1-888-471-5275. Evergy Kansas Central customers can call 1-800-383-1183.

  • 25 Feb 2020 1:56 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

     RideKC has released a Draft Plan for a major system redesign - RideKC Next - and they want to hear what you think about the potential changes! View proposed route maps and read the plan on the project webpage. Your input into the RideKC Next system redesign is vital.

    The survey is open until March 16, 2020, and it takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

    Take the Draft Plan Survey

  • 24 Feb 2020 2:10 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    MarksNelson, a leading CPA and business advisory firm located in Kansas City, is pleased to announce Josh Beck has been named Managing Partner. Mr. Beck succeeds Mark Radetic after a multi-year succession planning process completed by the firm.

    As a Partner in MarksNelson’s Advisory Practice, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and leader of the Real Estate niche, Mr. Beck has been a passionate advocate for the success of the firm’s clients and team members. “MarksNelson employs some of the best and brightest professionals in our industry united by a sincere care for our clients, our team, and our community. It is my mission to uphold the legacy we have established over the last 50 years while always evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients,” said Mr. Beck.

    Mr. Beck previously founded an advisory firm that merged with MarksNelson to pursue a common vision. “We strive to support our clients with the solutions they need to keep moving forward, wrapped in an exceptional client experience from a team that truly cares about their success,” he added. With this focus as a driver, the firm has added new services including accounting automation, business intelligence, data science services, enterprise resource planning, client relationship management solutions, software customization, and more. Additionally, the firm’s internal MarksNelson University program is providing robust technical and industry-based training programs to further develop their professionals as trusted business advisors.

    With a staff of over 170 employees, MarksNelson is one of the largest CPA firms in the Kansas City region and has extensive experience in the insurance, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and construction industries. Though the firm has staff and clients throughout the United States, MarksNelson considers Kansas City “home” and prioritizes serving the community through initiatives like Wrapped in Warmth, Random Acts of Kindness, and their annual Volunteer Day.

    MarksNelson LLC is an accounting and business advisory firm committed to help clients safeguard and grow their businesses. MarksNelson is a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, a professional association bringing together resources on a national and international level. MarksNelson has significant accounting and business advisory experience in the construction, insurance, manufacturing and distribution, and real estate sectors. MarksNelson is nationally recognized, having been named to the INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA)’s Top 200 Firms; Accounting Today’s list of top Midwest Accounting Firms; Inavero’s Best of Accounting Award for Client Satisfaction; Inc’s 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S.; as well as the Kansas City Business Journal’s Champions of Business. To learn more and make the move forward with MarksNelson, visit

  • 24 Feb 2020 10:58 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Two Kansas City brands are joining forces to bring local diners a true hometown taste. KC Hopps and Rufus Teague BBQ have partnered to develop a special menu featuring smoked meats prepared with a variety of BBQ sauces from Rufus Teague’s line of locally crafted sauces. The menu, dubbed the Blue-B-Cue menu, debuts today at Blue Moose in the Red Bridge Shopping Center, located at 11134 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131. KC Hopps owns and operates three Blue Moose locations in the metro area, in addition to locations in western Kansas in Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan. The Blue-B-Cue menu will only be available at Blue Moose’s Red Bridge location at this time. 

    Built on its lines of high-quality crafted barbecue sauces and dry rubs, Rufus Teague is a local, family owned company. Its products are sold in nearly 18,000 grocers and specialty retailers nationwide and in 11 countries. The Blue-B-Cue menu will be Rufus Teague’s first venture into the restaurant industry in the company’s 15-year history.

    “We have been making Kansas City’s highest quality barbecue sauces and building nationwide distribution for 15 years. Now we want to bring it back home,” said John McCone, Rufus Teague founder. “We are so excited to partner with KC Hopps and get some of the flavors we have created and been selling around the world in great restaurants right here at home. We’re big fans of KC Hopps restaurants and feel they are a perfect fit for collaboration. We are really looking forward to adding another great option for barbecue here in Kansas City."

    Blue-B-Cue Menu

    The Blue-B-Cue menu will feature five signature Rufus Teague sauces, all built around the Kansas City-style of thick, rich, smoky, and sweet sauces that start with a tomato base. All sauces are gluten-free, non-GMO and made with only natural ingredients. The five sauces are:

    Honey Sweet – The original. Thick and sweet with a lot of real honey.

    Touch O’ Heat – Similar to Honey Sweet, but with a little spice.

    Whiskey Maple – Bold with maple syrup and a boozy tang.

    Blazin’ Hot – Still sweet and smoky, but with a significant burn. Too hot for most people!

    Slim N’ Sweet Sugar-Free – Sweet and tangy, but prepared with all-natural Stevia instead of sugar.

    The dishes on the Blue-B-Cue menu that the sauces can be paired with are:

    BBQ Back Ribs, full $24; half $16

    Smoked Beef Brisket, $16

    BBQ Pulled Pork, $14

    Smoked Ham, $13

    Smoked Turkey, $13

    All-Natural Smoked Sausage, $15

    Half Ribs Combo – half slab of baby back ribs and choice of one other meat, $20

    Pick 2 Meat Combo – choice of Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ Pulled Pork, Smoked Ham, Smoked Turkey, or All-Natural Smoked Sausage, $16

    Pick 3 Meat Combo – choice of Smoked Beef Brisket, BBQ Pulled Pork, Smoked Ham, Smoked Turkey, or All-Natural Smoked Sausage, $19 (double Brisket, additional $3)

    Pulled Pork Sandwich – tender, slow-roasted pork tossed in Rufus Teague BBQ sauce and served on a toasted bun and topped with slaw. Choice of French fries, coleslaw, homemade chips, fresh fruit, or cottage cheese. $10.99

    All Blue-B-Cue dishes are served with pickled vegetables, grilled bread, coleslaw, choice of side dish and side of Rufus Teague Touch O’ Heat sauce.

    Every Sunday and Monday, Moose Wangs, bone-in or boneless chicken wings tossed in Rufus Teague Touch O’ Heat sauce, are 65 cents each all day. And on Thursdays, the Rufus Teague Touch O’ Heat BBQ Burger is only $10. The burger is Choice Black Angus ground beef with aged cheddar cheese and crispy onion strings, topped with Rufus Teague’s Touch O’ Heat BBQ sauce on a Farm to Market bun.

    The Blue Moose Red Bridge location is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday.

  • 05 Feb 2020 11:12 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Chamber is pleased to welcome four new members to the South KC Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

    The Chamber’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, business, academic and volunteer communities of the South Kansas City Area. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the Chamber as well as it is to raise awareness of the Chamber’s services to the surrounding communities.

    New Board members include:

      Bethany Neal, Director of Marketing for KC Hopps / Blue Moose Red Bridge.  Bethany Neal has lived in Kansas City for 12 years. She finished her degree at University of Central Missouri in Hotel & Restaurant Administration. Her first job in Kansas City was in the infant years of the Power and Light District, where she remembers opening just in time for the Big 12 Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day. She joined the KC Hopps Restaurants management group in 2011, managing sales, events and building their growing catering division. When she had a chance to step into a marketing role at KC Hopps, she eagerly put her hat in the ring for the position. She now directs the marketing department for KC Hopps, which includes South KC member, Blue Moose in the Red Bridge Shopping Center. She also oversees the KC Hopps Sales Team and has enjoyed developing her marketing knowledge as an executive with the Home Office Leadership Team.

      Jason Schram, Preconstruction & Estimating Manager Community Service Coordinator with A. L. Huber.  As a skilled estimator, Jason has been a valuable member of the A.L. Huber Estimating and Preconstruction team for 3 years. As an expert at developing and maintaining estimates and preconstruction, Jason is on board early to help determine project costs. He will develop preconstruction project sequencing and coordinate design with the project team. He is especially skilled in faith-based projects of all types. Our clients truly appreciate Jason’s professionalism and attention to detail. He and his wife Val have been married for 20 years and live in South Kansas City. They enjoy hiking and backpacking.

      Zac Sweets, Community Business Manager for Evergy (formerly Kansas City Power & Light).  At Evergy, Zac serves as liaison to local municipal officials in the greater Kansas City region regarding energy needs, outages, or general operations inquires. His job is to engage community organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, to fulfill the company’s dedication to be a good community partner. Prior to Evergy, Zac worked for a short time with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce as Public Policy Director. Prior to that, Zac served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for the Missouri State Senate Office of Jason Holsman.

      Marissa Cleaver Wamble, Director of Public Information & Partnerships at Hickman Mills C-1 Schools.  Marissa Cleaver Wamble is the Director of Public Information & Partnerships for Hickman Mills C-1 Schools. In that role she serves as spokesperson for the district and is responsible for the website, social media and planning district events. Prior to joining HMC-1, she served as the Vice President of Corporate Communications Port KC. She was also previously a broadcast journalist who worked in media markets across the country. Marissa attended Oklahoma City University and received her graduate degree from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Kansas City, MO.

  • 04 Feb 2020 3:24 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    St. Joseph Medical Center has added a new psychiatry practice to its campus and expanded the services of one of its psychiatrists to better meet the mental health needs of the area.St. Joseph Psychiatry Associates, located on the campus of St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., will include the services of psychiatrist Dr. Janet M. Dunn. Dr. Dunn currently sees patients at St. Joseph Medical Center and will continue her inpatient work along with establishing this new outpatient practice.

    Dr. Dunn received her combined six-year degree in 2001 from the University of Missouri—Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Doctor of Medicine. She was chief resident in psychiatry at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and opened her own private practice before advancing to medical director of ReDiscover, a community mental health organization in Lee’s Summit, Mo., where she provided care in Adult Clinic, Substance Abuse Program, and Partial Hospital.

    In 2010, Dr. Dunn joined Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. where she served as a staff psychiatrist for five years. For the past five years, she has provided psychiatric physician care with the Midwest Psychiatric Consultants where she treats anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and other conditions including diagnosis, evaluation and therapeutic procedures. A member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Dunn is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. She has contributed to several publications, providing reviews for psychiatric textbooks and online services.

    “St. Joseph Medical Center is delighted to welcome Dr. Dunn to our team. She is a wonderful addition to our already highly skilled Behavioral Health Team,” said Jodi Fincher, CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center. “She brings a vast amount of experience and focus on quality and high-integrity care.”

    The new practice will open in February. 

    Dr. Janet M. Dunn can be contacted at:

    St. Joseph Psychiatry Associates

    930 Carondelet Drive, Suite 201

    Building C-East

    Kansas City, MO 64114

    Tel: (816) 943-7782

    Fax: (816) 943-7783

  • 03 Jan 2020 11:22 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Would you like to help shape the future of the Hickman Mills area in Kansas City, Mo.? Join us at a public meeting to give input on the Hickman Mills Area Plan update.

    When: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, from 5:30pm - 7:00 p.m.

    Where: KCPD South Patrol Division Station, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, MO

    Area plans recommend strategies to help realize a community’s long term vision and we’re asking you to help us provide a comprehensive framework to guide public decisions on land use, housing, public improvements, community development and city services. The Hickman Mills Area Plan includes the area generally bound by 87th Street on the north, I-49/71 Highway on the west, the Grandview City Limits on the south and Raytown Road on the east. If you live within those boundaries, this is a great opportunity to give your input on the draft plan! At the meeting, you can expect an overview of the planning process, proposed recommendations for the upcoming plan, and next steps for adoption and implementation. You will have an opportunity to hear these ideas and to provide input to city staff to be included in the final document.

    Visit the Hickman Mills Area Plan web page for more information. If you have questions, please contact Brian Jackson at 816-513-2862

  • 05 Dec 2019 12:46 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    St. Anthony’s Retirement Community welcomed new residents to its beautiful, gated resort-style community just in time for the holidays! Designed for older adults who are 62 years of age and better, St. Anthony’s offers 120 residential living apartment homes and will be adding assisted living and memory support suites in 2020. The retirement community represents a rebirth in the Brookside area as it was formerly a medical office building. Owner Mark Ledom, Sr. likens the revitalization to a miracle, “We put a lot of careful planning and thought into transforming a former well-known community landmark where so many people sought medical treatment into a modern, fresh offering with caring and support still at its core. St. Anthony’s enjoys close ties to the community and will flourish with their support.”

    St. Anthony’s is the culmination of a unique joint venture with Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph. With our dedicated St. Anthony’s chapel, the community offers daily mass. Spiritual care is offered to those of other faiths, as all are welcome at St. Anthony’s. Following the four cornerstones of healthy aging highlighted in its Rhythms Life Enrichment program, St. Anthony’s not only fosters spiritual wellness but also offers robust social, intellectual and physical programs to support older adults successful aging.

    “Between all the amazing contacts we have made in the community thus far and the willingness for volunteers to serve, we have a great line up of activities, entertainment and fun to be had!” shared Executive Director Mark Walter. “St. Anthony’s will provide a service to our community that is not present currently. Our secure, state-of-the-art campus will have older adults in our community living their best life.”

    Residents will delight in the culinary creations of Executive Chef Earl Morgan, a former restaurant owner himself and experience in kitchens at Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro and Milanos. With an elegant restaurant, pub and daily happy hour the St. Anthony culinary team will have something to please everyone.

    St. Anthony’s has the management support of Cappella Living Solutions, the consulting and management division of Christian Living Communities, a leader in senior living since 1972. Cappella’s vision is to create communities where aging is honored and celebrated.

    Video/Photo Advisory: Media visits/tours will be accommodated upon request.

    OPEN HOUSE: December 12th, 3-5 pm at 1000 E. 68th Street, Kansas City, MO 64131. Tours highlighting the transformation from medical building to beautiful retirement community will be provided, interviews with team members and residents available. 

  • 20 Nov 2019 2:40 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The Bill and Peggy Lyons Support School Music program was established in 2003 in order to provide area school districts the opportunity to host the Kansas City Symphony and raise funding in support of fine arts programs. Since its inception, local school music programs have raised more than $158,000 in revenue as a direct result of Support School Music.

    The community concert will be on January 8, 2020 at Center High School at 7:00 pm.  Seating is General Admission. Doors will open at 6:15 pm for seating with the performance beginning at 7:00 pm. The concert will end at approximately 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10.

    To purchase tickets visit : --Look under Current News and Events for the link--

    In addition to the performance itself, the Kansas City Symphony will also work with students in an open rehearsal during the day prior to the public performance.

    Center School District offers a comprehensive arts program to expose students to a wide variety of art including music, theater, and visual arts. Programs begin in elementary school with all students receiving art instruction on a regular basis, including the opportunity to create their own works of art. Performance based activities include band, choral music, a variety of theatrical performances each year, and a wide range of visual arts experiences including public exhibitions of student art work.

    About Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor: Jason Seber is celebrating his fourth year with the Kansas City Symphony, beginning as assistant conductor in the 2016/17 season and being promoted to associate conductor in the 2017/18 season. In this position, he has built a strong rapport with the Kansas City community, leading the Symphony in more than 75 concerts each season in the Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Film + Live Orchestra, Young People’s Concerts, KinderKonzerts and Link Up series, as well as Christmas Festival, Symphony in the Flint Hills and many other programs. He made his Classical Series debut in October 2019.

    About the Kansas City Symphony: Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony is a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region, with 80 full-time musicians, and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. Presenting more than 100 concerts annually in a 42-week season, the Symphony also performs for the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Every season comprises an impressive variety of programs that collectively reach more than 200,000 people, including the Symphony’s annual Bank of America Celebration at the Station concert held each Memorial Day weekend.

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