2014

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

'Home For The Holidays' Takes On A Whole New Meaning

Constructing Futures

"I want to live up here! It's gonna be fun!" 

Four-year-old Ranyah couldn't control her joy, smiling broadly as she swung on the swing set in the yard of her new home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood of Kansas City -- her family's fi...

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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Jackson County Program Teaches Ex-Offenders Job Skills

Connections To Success

With his knee pads and stocking cap, Ter-Rance Yancey looks the part of the construction worker he is becoming. 

On the first Monday in December, Yancey was helping put the finishing touches on a home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood that Jackson County&am...

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Being Renovated

Groundbreaking

With an eye toward current and future needs, Jackson County has broken ground on the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse renovation project.

The $6.8 million project will add five new courtrooms and a new elevator and will rehabilitate an existing elevat...> MORE

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Jackson County Moves One Step Closer To Regional Transit Vision

County Executive Mike Sanders

Jackson County has received $10 million in federal funds to apply toward the $59.9 million total cost of purchasing the former Rock Island railroad line through the county. In addition, Jackson County and the line's current owner, Union Pacific Railroad, ...> MORE

Posted on: October 30, 2014

Rally Celebrates Royals' Amazing Blue October

Royals Fans

Less than 24 hours after the Kansas City Royals lost Game 7 of the World Series to the San Francisco Giants, nearly 10,000 fans turned out for a rally at Kauffman Stadium to bid a fond farewell to the 2014 American League champions.

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Posted on: October 21, 2014

Frank White Reflects On Meaning Of 2014 World Series

Frank White

Someone who grew up in Kansas City, helped build Kauffman Stadium and played in the last World Series game there probably has a better perspective on what the 2014 Series means to this town than anyone else.

“You’ve seen it; you’ve heard it; you’ve fel...> MORE

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Taxpayers To Save $32 Million On Stadium Renovation Interest

The Truman Sports Complex

Jackson County's outstanding credit rating is paying off, adding up to big savings for the county's taxpayers.

Taking advantage of lower interest rates, Jackson County is refinancing up to $360 million in bonds issued in 2006 to renovate the stadiums a...> MORE

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Posted on: October 9, 2014

2014 COMBAT Awards

COMBAT Award Winners

COMBAT is making an impact.

The programs funded through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax first approved in 1989 have helped reduce drug abuse and drug-related crime in Jackson County. When voters renewed the tax in 2009 — with 71 percent support — CO...> MORE

Posted on: October 6, 2014

Breast Cancer Solidarity Walks

Cathy Jolly

Measured in minutes, Jackson County's Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk -- a symbolic Monday afternoon stroll around the courthouse grounds in downtown Kansas City -- was short, lasting only about six minutes. But measured in terms of how often a woman in the...> MORE

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Going Red For Fred

Fred Arbanas and Mike Sanders

Jackson County honors "the last of the original County Legislator" and former-Kansas City Chief great, Fred Arbanas. He will be stepping down at the end of year after serving on the County Legislature since it was formed in 1973.

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Posted on: September 25, 2014

Last Of The Original County Legislators

Fred Arbanas

Reflecting on all the changes he's seen since becoming a County Legislator, Fred Arbanas looks out a clubhouse window at the Fred Arbanas Golf Course: "That was just an empty field out there." Parks expansion is but one change he helped make possible.

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Posted on: September 25, 2014

St. Louis' Loss, KC's Big Win!

Chiefs Huddle

A love of movie westerns prompted Fred Arbanas to choose the Kansas City Chiefs over the St. Louis Cardinals after both teams drafted him. The rest is history as he went on to play in some of football's most historical games, including Super Bowl I.

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Posted on: September 15, 2014

Fort Osage Exhibit Focuses On 19th Century Native Americans

Sacred Sun

The adage "a picture is worth a thousands words" can be traced back to the early 20th Century, when use of photographs became a standard newspaper practice. More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Roman Horace said, "A picture is a poem with...> MORE

Posted on: August 11, 2014

County Extends The Royal Treatment To Royals Super Fan SungWoo Lee

SungWoo Lee and Frank White

Jackson County has extended the royal treatment being bestowed upon Kansas City Royals super fan SungWoo Lee. At Monday's County Legislative meeting in Independence, Legislative Chairman Scott Burnett presented Lee a proclamation honoring the South Korean...> MORE

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Honoring Special Olympians

Special Olympians

Bea Webb sums up what she likes most about being a Special Olympics coach in a single word: "Smiles."

Those smiles that have inspired Webb lit up the Jackson County Legislative Chamber on Monday, August 4, when County Executive Mike Sanders p...> MORE

Posted on: July 28, 2014

Jackson County Honors 13-Year-Old For Becoming An Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Ryan Niederschulte

When Ryan Niederschulte was asked to step forward during the County Legislature's July 28 meeting, his appearance sparked murmurs befitting the entry of a surprise witness in a classic Perry Mason episode. Perhaps, it is only fitting that the setting was ...> MORE

Posted on: July 4, 2014

Big Bang Celebration Attracts Big Crowd

Big Bang Celebration

ackson County's "Big Bang" Fourth of July Celebration proved to be a big hit. Approximately 20,000 people attended the event at Longview Lake.

"This is the third year Jackson County has hosted a Fourth of July event, and each year we've ...> MORE

Posted on: June 14, 2014

Salute To Veterans

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Jackson County salutes all veterans with a high-flying tribute that includes flights aboard a vintage World War II bomber. General Eisenhower granddaughter reflects on the 70th anniversary of D-Day invasion "Ike" lead.

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

County Supports 'Stand Down' Effort To Give Homeless Veterans A 'Hand Up'

Mike Sanders

While dropping off the contributions county employees had made to support the cause -- assisting homeless veterans -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders struck up a conversation with a vet at the latest Heart of America Stand Down donation drive held F...> MORE

Posted on: May 28, 2014

Stone Arch Bridge Rededicated

Stone Arch Bridge

Declaring the iconic structure "good to go for another 50 years," Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined with Independence Mayor Eileen Weir to rededicate the Stone Arch Bridge during a special ceremony Wednesday, May 28.

The bridge on...> MORE

Posted on: May 10, 2014

Time Capsule Sealed Until 2093

Time Capsule Closing Ceremony

Think about how much the world changed from 1913 to 1993. In 1913, it was not uncommon for the family car to still be a horse and buggy, the radio was only a work in-progress, and Harry Truman had not yet turned 30.

Now imagine how much will change bet...> MROE

Posted on: April 14, 2014

County Drug Task Force Named Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year

Dan Cumming and Mike Sanders

When new investigators join the Jackson County Drug Task Force, Officer in Charge Dan Cummings tells them, "I'm going to afford you the opportunity of a lifetime, and it's what you make of it. You're going to work harder than ever before in your care...> MORE

Posted on: April 7, 2014

County Moves Forward With Eastern Jackson County Renovations

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Renovations Update

For the second time in two years, Jackson County is taking on the task of completing a major renovation to one of its courthouses.

At the regular weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature on Monday, April 7, County Executive Mike Sanders and Pre...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2014

A Big Step Forward In Regional Transit & Trail Development

Jackson County and the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) have reached an agreement crucial to the potential development of a commuter rail system and expansion of trails in the county.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and UP Chief Executive Offi...> MORE

Posted on: January 13, 2014

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Renovations Begin

Eastern Jackson County Courthouse Renovations

Just a few short months after completing renovations and re-opening the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, Jackson County has begun much needed renovations and repairs to the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse (formerly known as the Courthouse Ann...> MORE

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Focus On Anti-Violence

For 25 years, the Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax, better known as COMBAT, has focused on fighting drug abuse and crime throughout the community.

Through a quarter-cent county-wide sales tax, COMBAT funds various drug treatment and preven...> MORE