This is how it's supposed to work

From the earliest episodes of the Lee's Summit Town Hall podcast, hosts Nick Parker and Jason Norbury have spent a lot of discussion on process and how public officials, and the general public, conduct themselves during public conversations on important issues. For the most part, Tuesday night was a near-perfect snapshot of exactly how the process is supposed to work.

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Friday conversation: A mission for early detection

Ben Rao joins the program to talk about his experience battling skin cancer and how it has inspired him to spend the past nine years preaching the importance of skin screenings and early detection. Rao joins host Nick Parker and his wife, Stephanie Parker, in hosting the April 20 Live Next Cancer Awareness event at Bridge Space in downtown Lee's Summit.

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Wow, that's a big menu

Jason and Nick draw a conclusion from last week’s LS R-7 School Board election before diving into a discussion on a presentation before City Council concerning a possible no tax increase bond issue for the August election.

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Monday NewsLink:

Your Monday morning NewsLink for the week of April 8, 2019.

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Friday conversation: The Local Foundery

Host Nick Parker sits down with Dave Eames & Ben Wine, local craftsmen and owners of Fossil Forge Design, who are opening a new retail store this weekend in Downtown Lee's Summit. Local Foundery will showcase not only their own creations, but work from other makers and creatives.

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The school board election — winners, voices & questions

Today, on the Lee's Summit Town Hall podcast: The 2019 election Lee’s Summit R-7 School District election is finished and we have our winners, but what does that mean? Hosts Nick Parker and Jason Norbury are asking these questions as they look at how the election played out and how conversations may shift as the newly-shaped board gets to work.

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Friday conversation: Celebrating cancer-free and asking 'what's next?'

In a surreal moment, Nick interviews his own wife, Stephanie Parker, to talk about celebrating her 5-year cancer free anniversary and the special event she’s planned to raise awareness and increase early detection. The Live Next cancer awareness event, is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Bridge Space in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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Public hearings, elections, debates & the need to keep it real

Jason and Nick take a look at the recent TIF Commission hearing on the proposed downtown multi-family project and offer one last breakdown of next week’s LS R-7 Board of Education election. And while the results are important, the duo point out, how we got there and how we talked about the issues may matter even more.

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Apartments and possible effects on the downtown district

This week, the City Council was presented with the pre-development plan for a proposed multifamily project on the site of the former Summit Church at Second and Douglas streets. Nick and Jason take a look at the project and conversations surrounding its possible effects on the both the commercial and residential portions of the downtown district.

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Monday NewsLink

Your Monday NewsLink: Lee’s Summit CARES seeks high school students for youth forums; it’s March for Meals month; Paragon Star development moving forward; LS R-7 District’s CFMP plan enters phase two and more.

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Monday morning NewsLink

In this week’s Friday Conversation, Nick sits down with local videographer Chad Godfrey to talk about storytelling and some of the intriguing prospects he gets to create — Including restoration of a 40-plus year-old interview with former President Harry Truman, the 100th anniversary of Drumm Farm and an interview with a 100-year-old WWII veteran.

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Monday morning NewsLink

Your Monday morning NewsLink: LS Educational Foundation plans its annual Taste of Lee’s Summit event; two upcoming events will support LS Social Services; and what’s a Parks & Recreation Rodeo?

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Extended Episode: Developer offers new concept to proposed redevelopment of historic downtown church

Nick and Jason discuss a developer’s adjusted plan to keep the historic United Methodist Church in the redevelopment effort which includes a multi-family development in the downtown core. The City Council also discusses further restrictions to public comments at City Council meetings.

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Celebrating summer and downtown Lee's Summit

The annual Downtown Days weekend is less than 10 days away. To help you get prepared for our City's biggest festival year, Jason and Nick sit down with Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street's Events Director Julie Cook and Board President Dave Eames to preview the event. And while we're on the subject of downtown, the duo take a quick look at the social and economic impact the district has on our community.

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Community advocates, assemble!

Jason and Nick talk a little about the Lee's Summit City Council. But this week, they're men on a mission. One of the many vital community not-for-profits, One Good Meal, is experiencing some financial difficulties and needs some. The duo makes a plea for residents and business owners to reach out to One Good Meal and make a donation to help support this local group and the people it serves.


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This is Ryan Waters

A former collegiate All-American football player at NCAA D-II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State, he says the routines and disciplines learned as an athlete drive him in pursuit of his professional passion. Weight training and fitness began as just part of his routine, now it's something he both practices and preaches as local business owner and personal trainer. And in a matter of weeks, his business will move into a newer, bigger space in the heart of downtown Lee's Summit. This is Ryan Waters.

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A collision of historical relevance and preservation

A conversation with students from Kristen Pierson’s Allied Health class at Summit Tech Academy about “Being a teen in 2018.” This special conversation serves as a launching pad for a teen survey put out by the community task force ReDiscover's Kerri Gray introduced last week.

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This is Glenda Masters

The piano was her first instrument. But it was the violin that became her first love and before she knew it she was enrolled in a performing arts high school in her southern Virginia public school district. Her love of the arts and performances has driven her to a career managing and promoting the arts to communities. Today, she is the new Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Lee's Summit where she will work with the Lee's Summit Arts Council and other programs to promote and drive engagement with Lee's Summit's burgeoning arts community. This is Glenda Masters.

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