LS CARES offers Love and Logic class designed for parents of young children

Parents of young children have the opportunity to attend a popular Love and Logic parenting course geared specifically toward birth through age 6. Early Childhood: Parenting Made Fun will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 8, at Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center, 905 NE Bluestem.

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UCM Lee’s Summit offering new course for human resources professionals seeking PHR or SPHR certification

The University of Central Missouri’s Lee’s Summit campus is offering a new prep course designed for human resources professionals preparing for the Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR) exams.

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Local resident rallies bikers, supporters to 'Ride for Lee’s Summit'

A local resident is putting on his helmet and encouraging bikers and community members to take a ride for a local charity. Robert Buchanan, a Lee’s Summit resident and military veteran, is organizing the Saturday, Aug. 31 Ride for Lee’s Summit, a 100-mile bike ride spanning from Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill, Lexington, north of Oak Grove and finishing at Fringe Beerworks in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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LS Council losing a calm & measured voice as Faith announces he won't seek reelection

Craig Faith made a vote heard ‘round Lee’s Summit back in April when the council and community were battling over whether or not to approve a TIF and development plan for CityScape to build a multi-family complex at Second and Douglas streets in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Lee’s Summit business owner helps fill workforce gap with summer internship program

Colby Jacquemin is only 17 years old, but he is already gaining valuable on-the-job training to prepare him for his future career.

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Our school ‘to-do’ list is excruciatingly long

We have a lot of work to do. There’s likely a checklist floating around the Stansberry Leadership Center right now that has a long, arduous list of items that we simply have to get done in our school district. While I can’t possibly imagine the entirety of this list, a few items are pretty obvious and need to be addressed immediately.

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The school district and the superintendent parted ways — what lesson did we learn?

It’s been really loud in Lee’s Summit during the past several months. Voices have been raised in coffee shops, the district Board Room, driveways and (especially) social media forums. Righteous indignation (on all sides) have hit levels of extreme usually reserved for debates on national political issues. I’d like to be able to say we’re unaccustomed to this on a local level. That should be the case. But I think we’ve seen this kind of sewer muck seep into our local conversations a lot over the last 3 years.

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First two in the council swimming pool

Randy Rhoads taught us long ago that jumping into the city race early can’t hurt your chances. When the then-District 2 Lee’s Summit Councilman fired the first shot in August of 2009 for the 2010 mayoral race against longtime Mayor Karen Messerli, it marked perhaps the earliest we received such an announcement for a city race.

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Does Lion’s Den demolition portend progress on outdoor space?

From residents to council members to business owners in downtown, there are a lot of people in the dark about just what exactly is happening with the $600,000 Downtown Lee’s Summit Performance Space project that was placed on the April 2013 ballot and passed overwhelmingly by the voters.

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‘Tis the season for softball

In the course of a game, I’m encouraging her to charge and scoop up the ball, throw to first, catch it, hustle, keep her elbow up a bit, bend her knees, back up the third baseman and choose her pitches wisely. Then, I wonder why she doesn’t let the ball rolling down the first base line go foul. Yep, that’s when the voice pops in my head: “John, you idiot, she’s only 8.”

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Ugly e-mails, Sheriff’s Tweets, superintendent protection

When you factor in threatening behavior, law enforcement and the politicization of our district issues, we collectively must say — or rather shout — “enough!”

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The fighting has been in public, why not let us in on the plans to make up?

The teachers, the community, the entire Kansas City metro area sat and waited all day June 4 for word from the Stansberry Leadership Center. All. Day.

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