2016

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Posted on: December 19, 2016

A Fresh Start

Constructing Futures

Zach Godsy speaks candidly about his past. He used drugs, stole cars and committed other thefts. And he went to prison.

“I paid the price,” says Godsy. “Prison was almost a blessing. It got me away from drugs. Having bills to pay was my excuse for stealing...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Jackson County Names Advisory Panel to Review Applications for Children’s Services Fund Board

Children's Services Fund

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. praised voters for “putting children first” Nov. 8 when they approved creating a special fund to support social service agencies that help youths in need. White has now taken the first step in implementing the new...

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Pink Ribbon Road Show 'Driving Breast Cancer To The Curb'

Pink Ribbon Road Show

Jackson County, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), City of Kansas City and the American Cancer Society kicked off the Pink Ribbon Road Show with a solidarity walk at Ilus W. Davis Park in Kansas City on Oct. 17, with more than 75 participa...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Frank White, Jr. Golf Tournament Raises $17,000 For Local Charities

Children's Center for the Visually Impaired

Two local children’s charities were the beneficiaries of a beautiful day on the golf course. Twenty-four teams joined County Executive Frank White in the inaugural Frank White, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament September 30 at Fred Arbanas Golf ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Lee's Summit Road Project Update

Lee's Summit Road Project

Finishing ahead of schedule and within budget, Jackson County’s portion of the Lee’s Summit Road Improvement Project is nearing the final stage of completion. 

The project is a 6-mile, collaborative effort to improve Lee’s Summit Road from Colbern Roa...

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Posted on: October 2, 2016

The Skeleton In The Closet Identified

Reviewing The Case File

There wasn’t another living soul to chat with — to help whittle away the hours on a quiet night working the 7-to-7 graveyard shift at the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.  “Being bored,” ME Investigator Adam Wilcoxen decided to check the...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Dr. Peterson Completes First Year As Chief ME

Dr. Diane Peterson

She wanted to be a doctor. As a little girl, growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Diane Peterson displayed an early fascination with anatomy and was soon imagining herself becoming a physician.

Then she got older. And she just couldn’t see herself bein...

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Posted on: September 12, 2016

Program Introduces City Kids To The County's Parks

Day at the Beach

Frank White, Jr. plans on arranging at least one more trip this year — just in time for the holidays — that will bring kids from the city to the parks in eastern Jackson County. "These kids are just going to be a little older," the County Execut...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Red Friday

RedFriday

T'is the season to wear red, gold and white! The Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City is decked out in the Chiefs' colors as the county — home of the Chiefs Kingdom — eagerly anticipates the kickoff to the 2016 NFL season.

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Posted on: August 24, 2016

County Participates In New Madrid Quake Exercise

New Madrid Quake

About every 200 years, dating back to 980 A.D., it happens — a powerful earthquake strikes along the New Madrid fault. The last major quakes in that region, the bootheel of southeast Missouri, happened in 1811 and 1812. A decade before Missouri became a s...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

'Outstanding Kansas Citian'

Frank White thanks the City Council

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. called receiving the Outstanding Kansas Citian Award from The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City "humbling." The Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City Council honored White this afternoo...

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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Dutch Newman Honored

Honoring Dutch Newman

She was born Hila Bucher Aug. 18, 1920. She died “Dutch” Newman July 27, 2016. In the intervening 95 years and 343 days that were her remarkable life, Newman didn’t just see history get made — she helped make it. 

With the same adventurous spirit of t...

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Naturalization Ceremony At Historic Courthouse

Naturalization Ceremony

Nineteen immigrants — from 19 different countries — gathered together at the Truman Courthouse in Independence Thursday afternoon. 

]They sat before the judge's bench inside the famous Brady Courtroom, a fittingly historic setting...

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Posted on: August 8, 2016

Corrections Academy Graduates 4th Class Of 2016

Academy Class

Trace Abraham winces. He vividly describes the military training he has endured as an Army National Guardsman in terms of how loud — and profane — the trainers could be. 

“In the military you’re always getting yelled at...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Amos Otis Day In Jackson County

Amos Otis Day

What stadium PA announcer did not enjoy introducing Amos Otis? A name that rhythmic, almost lyrical, demands to be embellished — pronounced with extra relish, perhaps an exaggerated hissss, especially when adding the famous “Famous” moniker.

“Now batt...

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Posted on: July 28, 2016

The Skeleton In The Closet

Who was he

“I’ll tell you all about my skeleton in the closet.” 

Now that she has your full attention, Diane Peterson will pause for effect. What well-guarded secret is she about to divulge? 

Actually, Dr. Peterson isn’t speaking ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Royals White House Celebration

Royals In The White House

It’s an American sports tradition: Win the championship… Meet the President… 

The Kansas City Royals have now done it twice, and Frank White, Jr. has been there for both of the Royals’ official presidential visits. 

Today...

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Posted on: July 19, 2016

Jackson County & KCATA Introduce More City Kids To The County’s Parks

Children from the Guadalupe Center with County Executive Frank White, Jr.

The air is thick. The sun does more than merely shine down from high above. It bears down relentlessly — hot and heavy. 

“On a day like this,” observes Gina Genetta, “our kids would normally be stuck inside.&rdq...

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Posted on: July 4, 2016

Jackson County's 4th of July Celebration

July_4_Brief.jpg

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Posted on: June 27, 2016

Historic Promotion In Jackson County Corrections

Nilda Serrano

Nilda Serrano smiled proudly as she received the double gold bars insignia for her uniform. Then Rex Tarwater, Deputy Director for Jackson County Corrections, promptly told her she’d soon have to give the captain bars back. 

“So we can...

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

County & KCATA Provides Kids From Kansas City A Day At The Beach

A Day At The Beach

Kids laugh. They play in the sand. They splash in the water. Sounds like just another typical summer’s day at Longview Lake Beach, right? 

Except many of these children have never before experienced the simple fun available to them through Jacks...

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Posted on: June 13, 2016

Ivanhoe Gateway At 39th Phases I & II Completed

Ivanhoe Ribbon Cutting

Calling it a "great addition to our community," Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. joined other local officials and dignitaries in cutting the ribbon commemorating completion of Phases I & II of the Ivanhoe Gateway at 39th project. 

The Ivanhoe...

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Historic Oregon Trail Marker Unveiled On Independence Square

Frank White and Dr. David Fairbanks

When his wagon train formed outside the Jackson County Courthouse, James A. Pritchard anxiously anticipated the great adventure that lay before him as he prepared to head out onto the Oregon Trail. Like thousands of other settlers before him, he was "...

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Rock Island Corridor Acquired

Frank White signs agreement acquiring the Rock Island Corridor

This is just the beginning. 

Jackson County's acquisition of the Rock Island Corridor was a transaction seven years in the making. But after he and Union Pacific (UP) officials signed a contract during a special ceremony today transferring ow...

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Posted on: April 30, 2016

Special Olympics Honors Parks + Rec

Special Olympics Honors Parks + Rec

Jackson County’s commitment to the Special Olympics dates back decades. The county’s Parks + Rec Department hosts the annual Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser at Longview Lake each winter, and its recreational therapists have co...

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Posted on: April 5, 2016

Missouri House Honors Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.

State Honors Frank White, Jr.

“Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives proudly pause to recognize an outstanding Missouri citizen who has long distinguished himself as a leader of his community…” 

So begins Missouri House Resolution No. 1736. State representa...

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Posted on: April 4, 2016

Legislature Approves Bonds For Rock Island Corridor

Potential stop at the Truman Sports Complex

Trains last rode the rails through the Rock Island Corridor in 1981. 

The 17.7-mile line that runs through eastern Jackson County has been dormant ever since. 

But that is about to change. 

During their meeting Monday, Jackson County Legislato...

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Posted on: March 29, 2016

KC Star Profiles Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Diane Peterson

BY ROBERT A. CRONKLETON bcronkleton@kcstar.com 

As a young girl growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Diane Peterson always was around when her father cleaned game he had killed. 

“What does this do?” her father, a wildlife ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Governor Announces Funding For Warning Sirens In Independence & Blue Springs

Storm Siren

JEFFERSON CITY – With spring severe weather season approaching and possible flooding in the immediate forecast across much of Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon today called on Missourians to renew their efforts to prepare for potential deadly flooding, t...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

2016 State of the County

State of the County Address

Frank White, Jr. emphasizes the need to be "laser focused on the people" in his 2016 State of the County Address. 

He said, "I want to improve the quality of life for people in Jackson County—in every part of the county—and to...

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Posted on: February 8, 2016

Now That's Cool

Frank White under the Royals billboard.

The Kansas City Royals' new billboard has certainly made a big splash! Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. couldn't resist the chance to take a virtual victory "shower" beneath it. 

Posted on Southwest Traffic Boulevard in Westport, the...

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Posted on: January 11, 2016

Frank White Jr. Appointed County Executive

Frank White Sworn In

Frank White Jr. has a new position. 

During its Jan. 11 meeting, the Jackson County Legislature selected him to serve as County Executive through the remainder of 2016. 

Upon resigning as Executive on Jan. 5, Mike Sanders named former County Legis...

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Crystal Williams Elected Legislative Chairwoman

Theresa Galvin and Crystal Williams

Several women have served on the Jackson County Legislature since it was first formed in 1973, but none has every been chosen by her peers to serve as the Legislative Chair -- until now. 

During their first meeting of the new year, the county&apos...

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