2015

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Posted on: December 17, 2015

'Gavel In' Ceremony

Gavel In Ceremony

Construction crews might have used mallets during the renovations to the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence. County officials and judges from the 16th Circuit Court used a similar tool to commemorate the courthouse's reopening Thursday -- g...> MORE

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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Welcome Home

Shocked Response

Like any other 5-years-olds would, Artis Rollins' daughters marveled at all the presents beneath their Christmas tree, then immediately began to anticipate unwrapping each package. The identical twins’ father, meanwhile, was still overj...

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Posted on: December 14, 2015

Lighting Ceremony Gets Holidays Off To A Bright Start

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Fire and snow. Normally the two don't go together. But they certainly did — in spectacular fashion — during the ceremonial lighting of the Historic Truman Courthouse and Independence Square.
On one of the chillier evenings of what has been a mild autumn...> MORE

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Posted on: December 14, 2015

Working On The Future

Working On The Future

Doug Nicholson has a smile worthy of jolly old St. Nicholas. Cheeks dimpled. Eyes twinkling. Gold teeth sparkling. 

And the 53-year-old Kansas City man can hardly contain his merriment as the day Jackson County will be presenting the keys to its seven...

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Posted on: November 3, 2015

A Royal Celebration

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Approximately 500,000 fans line parade route and attend victory rally for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. Blue and white confetti rains down over the city as we "party like it's 2015" as team wins first title since 1985.

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Posted on: October 7, 2015

Revive 85 Royals Pep Rally

Eager Autograph Seekers

Jackson County's "Revive '85" Pep Rally features seven former Royals and attracts more than 1,200 fans to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1985 championship -- and to get fans fired as the 2015 Royals begin the quest to get back to the World Series.

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Posted on: October 5, 2015

Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk

Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk

Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams credits annual screenings with detecting her breast cancer in Stage 1, and she urges others to be tested as the county, in partnership with Kansas City, holds a Breast Cancer Solidarity Walk.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

American Royal Barbecue Weekend

American Royal Barbecue

In honor of the 36th annual and largest American Royal Barbecue contest, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has officially proclaimed Oct.1-4 as American Royal Barbecue Weekend.

In its first year at Arrowhead Stadium, the World Series of Barbecue wi...> MORE

Posted on: September 30, 2015

Agreement Reach On Rock Island Corridor Funding

Rock Island Corridor Announcement

Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority have announced a cooperative agreement today that will provide the financing necessary for the future acquisition of the 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor from Union Pacific Railroad.

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

County Reaches Out To Area Students At Career Expo

CORE4 Career Expo

The first Core4 Career Expo was a big success. Jackson County was among four local governments to participate in introducing nearly 2,400 area students to career opportunities in public service, ranging from fire fighting to water service.

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Parks + Rec Therapist Serves As Mentor To Special Olympians & Coaches

Bea Webb

Jackson County Parks + Rec Recreation Therapist Bea Webb was technically on summer vacation, but she spent the last week of July working as a volunteer at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

It was an extension of the work she has don...> MORE

Posted on: July 29, 2015

Clear Title Presented To First Recipient Of Constructing Futures House

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson considers herself blessed. 

Six years ago, Jackson County ended her and her two daughters’ struggle with homelessness, when County Executive Mike Sanders presented them the keys to the first vacant house remodeled through the ...

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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Rescued Owl Returned To Jackson County Park

Injured Owl Released

As the setting sun cast a golden glow over a field near the Longview Lake marina, Lakeside Nature Center Director Kimberly Hess released a great horned owl from her gloved hands, and it flew westward to perch in a tree line.

“It is amazing,” said Hess,...> MORE

Posted on: July 20, 2015

County Honors Members Of USA Women's Soccer Team

Cup Hero

Fittingly an enormous American flag was unfurled prior to the National Women's Soccer League match pitting the FC Kansas City Blues against the Houston Dash on Monday evening. The Stars & Stripes, fluttering in the breeze, served as the perfect patrio...> MORE

Posted on: June 17, 2015

New Medical Examiner's Office Opens

Ribbon Cutting

Officials from across the metro area came together Wednesday, June 17, to mark the opening of the new, state-of-the art Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO), 950 E. 21st St. in Kansas City.

“This is another example of regional cooperation mak...> MORE

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Comic Book Heroes Fight Crime In COMBAT-Funded Class

COMBAT Comic Book

In a classroom at MyARTS East in Independence, superheroes of the future are taking shape. A group of teens are drawing and thinking of story lines for characters like Flamo, Star, Money Breaker and Ultra Guy. But what would a superhero be without a super...> MORE

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Jackson County & Kansas City Complete Regionalization of Jail Services

Jail Services Consolidated

Jackson County and Kansas City have now fully consolidated jail services. Last week the county opened a new holding facility on the ground floor of the Jackson County Detention Center to house Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) arrestees awaiting arraig...> MORE

Posted on: May 5, 2015

American Royal World Series Of Barbecue Championship Moving To Truman Sports Complex

American Royal

Saying it will make for a bigger, better and more accessible event, leaders of the American Royal have announced the World Series of Barbecue® Championship will move from the West Bottoms to Arrowhead Stadium starting this October.

“Voter-approved reno...> MORE

Posted on: April 23, 2015

COMBAT Canvasses Neighborhood Urging Residents To Report Crime

COMBAT Canvassing

DeQuai Wilson of Independence had good reason to don a red Jackson County COMBAT T-shirt and take part in its anti-crime canvassing effort in the Ruskin area of south Kansas City on Thursday.

"I lived in this area, and my son, Cortez Wilson, who w...> MORE

Posted on: April 20, 2015

Ending The Cycle Of Child Abuse

Day of Rememberance

When it comes to statistics on child abuse, “Missouri and Jackson County are going in the wrong direction,” Cathy Jolly, an aide to Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, said Monday afternoon at a “Day of Remembrance” ceremony held at the County Courthou...> MORE

Posted on: April 17, 2015

Parks + Rec Honors Volunteers

Park Volunteers

Jackson County Parks + Rec has nearly 600 registered volunteers, and in 2014 the more than 43,000 volunteers hours they donated saved the county nearly half a million dollars.

The county expressed its gratitude to all those volunteers during its annual...> MORE

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Drug Task Force Named Missouri Law Enforcement Unit Of The Year

Drug Task Force

The Jackson County Drug Task Force is clearly—and officially—setting the standard for excellence in law enforcement. For the fourth straight year, the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association (MNOA) has honored the Task Force as its Law Enforcement Unit of...> MORE

Posted on: March 9, 2015

High Tech Signs Will Help Emergency Responders Locate People On Trails

Placing Trail Sign

As the temperatures rise, more and more people head to parks to enjoy the beautiful scenery and get some exercise. Now, bikers and hikers who experience an emergency can quickly summon help to their exact location thanks to Jackson County Parks + Rec’s ne...> MORE

Posted on: March 2, 2015

County Officially 'Storm Ready' For Severe Weather

Storm Ready

Severe weather can strike anywhere anytime. So much time has passed since a tornado last struck Jackson County, however, that the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Kansas City/Pleasant Hill office, Andy Bailey, is conce...> MORE

Posted on: February 24, 2015

ME's Office Earns Accreditation With Zero Deficiencies

Medical Examiner accreditation

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office does "one of the best jobs in the country of providing ME services," according to Dr. Roger Mitchell, the chief medical examiner in Washington, D.C. He conducts accreditation inspections of ME offices...> MORE

Posted on: February 16, 2015

ME's Office Presenting Two Cases At National Conference

Medical Examiner Presentations

Most people would never consider a clogged sink harmful. But at this week’s American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Jackson County Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley and Deputy ME Dr. Marius Tarau will be presenting a c...> MORE

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Event Tops $1 Million Raised For Local Charities

Million dollar milestone

Did you pack up your Christmas lights shortly after New Year’s? So did Jackson County. It took nearly a month for the county to complete that task—no small job given the 300,000-plus colored lights and 175 animated displays featured in Christmas In The Pa...> MORE

Posted on: January 30, 2015

Longview Lake Hosts 11th Annual Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

The beach at Longview Lake is typically thought of as a great spot to cool off on a hot summer day. But it’s also a great spot to cool off in the dead of winter.

And so for the 11th year, the beach played host to the annual Polar Plunge benefiting the ...> MORE

Posted on: January 8, 2015

2014 State of the County Address

County Executive Mike Sanders

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders delivered his 2015 Inaugural Address after he and the County Legislators are sworn in during a special ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum: "We have, in true Missouri Show-Me fashion, ...Read more �

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