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Awarding $261,000+ in Community Grants

Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) is pleased to announce more than $261,000 in grants to 57 nonprofits serving the community on November 17, 2017, at its Annual Grants Luncheon. The luncheon, held in honor of Community Foundation Week, will be held at the Adams Point Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Representatives from all grant recipient organizations will be in attendance. 

Truman Heartland Community Foundation awards community grants annually that fit in its four interest areas: Arts and Humanities, Education, Community Betterment, and Health and Welfare. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $30,000, and will be awarded from various endowed Foundation funds as well as funds from THCF’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), the Junior Service League of Independence and Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus. More than $35,000 in additional contributions from multiple Donor Advised Funds at the Foundation will also be announced.

Joseph A Dyke Playground Celebrates New Piece of Equipment

The Joseph A Dyke Accessible Playground, located at 1201 NE Legacy Drive in Legacy Park, celebrated the ribbon cutting for its newest piece of playground equipment on Wednesday, November 8. 

This expansion was made possible by a $25,000 grant received from EITAS in September, 2016. EITAS is a political sub-division of Jackson County that provides funding and services for Jackson County citizens with developmental disabilities. 


Independence Veterans Service Office to Host Open House November 14

The Missouri Veterans Commission will hold an open house on November 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at its Independence, Missouri Veterans Service Office location at 3675 S. Noland Road, Suite 125. The public is invited to attend and visit with Veterans Service Officers and Missouri Veterans Commission Veterans Service Officer Program leaders.

Meadow Lane Elementary hosts 22nd annual Veterans Assembly

Meadow Lane Elementary hosted its 24th annual Veterans Assembly Nov. 10. More than 70 veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces were recognized at the event.

7 Upcoming MoDOT Traffic Alerts Beginning Nov. 10, 2017

Crews Will Reduce I-470 to ONE LANE from Pryor Rd. to Blue Ridge Blvd. on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.

 The Missouri Department of Transportation will reduce both directions of Interstate 470 from Pryor Road to Blue Ridge Blvd. to ONE LANE beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. This lane reduction is so that crews can prepare to return most of I-470 back to its original configuration until next March when work will begin again. In addition to this lane drop, I-470 is anticipated to be reduced to two lanes at the James A. Reed Bridge until Monday, Nov. 20. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and find an alternate route if necessary. All work is weather permitting.


Former Burns & McDonnell CEO Greg Graves on tap for Speaker Series

Greg Graves, former CEO of Burns & McDonnell, headlined the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council's Speaker Series luncheon on Wed., Nov. 8 at the Emaline Ballroom, 616 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Mo.

“Greg Graves is one the most successful local business leaders in Kansas City history. During his 12 years as CEO of Burns & McDonnell, gross revenue grew from $300 million to $3 billion and employment grew from 1,500 to 5,500 employees,” said LSEDC President Rick McDowell. He said that Graves' proven success as a business and civic leader made him an ideal guest for their Speaker Series. 

Little Library Installed At Langsford Park


Lotawana and Prairie Fire District Consolidation

Some of you may have already received a flyer that was recently mailed to the registered voters of the Prairie Township and Lotawana Fire Protection Districts. The flyer concerned the opportunity for the two departments to combine into one new consolidated fire district in order to better serve our residents. 

On April 3rd, 2018 we will place three questions on the ballot. The first question will ask voters to dissolve Prairie and Lotawana and approve the new Southern Jackson County Fire Protection District. This new consolidated district will still be taxed at the current voter approved levy of $1.04 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Mike Cierpiot Wins Special Election for the State Senate 8th District

Republican Mike Cierpiot beat out Democrat Hillary Shields and Independent Jacob Turk for a seat at the Missouri State Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

“I am incredibly grateful to our friends, family and supporters for their tireless work in support of my campaign,” Cierpiot said. “This was a hard fought race but our common sense conservative values ultimately prevailed.” 

Colonel Hugh Mills Receives DAR Medal of Honor

Colonel Hugh Mills, Undersheriff of Jackson County Sheriff Office received the DAR Medal of Honor, the highest honor given by the DAR.

Mills was surprised by the award in Hot Springs, Arkansas on November 2 and was the guest speaker at the DAR meeting.
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