KC Parade of Hearts installs Harrisonville location

The KC Parade of Hearts for Harrisonville was delivered Tuesday afternoon to the southside of the Cass County Courthouse. The heart is one of dozens around the Kansas City metro.
The city of Harrisonville has officially joined the Kansas City Parade of Hearts. The 5-foot stone, decorated heart made it way to the middle of Cass County on Tuesday afternoon. It was placed directly in front of the Cass County Courthouse steps.
The 7 Highway bridge over I-49 south of Harrisonville is now open. The project was completed ahead of schedule, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation press release.
Project complete: Bridge replacement, intersection improvement at MO-7 over I-49
The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting the completion of the I-49 and 7 Highway project.
Upcoming lane closures for improvement project at 7 Highway South over I-49
Crews working on the bridge replacement and intersection improvement project on 7 Highway South will make the following lane and ramp closures.
Firefighters battled a fire at the Dollar General store at the intersection of Mechanic and Commercial streets in Harrisonville.
Dollar General fire under investigation
Firefighters from five area departments were on the scene of a fire at the Dollar General Store at the intersection of Commercial and Mechanic streets this afternoon.
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Adrian honored for KC Design Week

For 15 years, the Center for Architecture & Design has held a KC Design Week, a series of events designed to provide insight into all areas of design through programs featuring experts from fields such as architecture, graphics, interiors, products, landscape architecture, planning and urban environments. 

Cities focusing on finding, replacing lead pipes

In December 2021, the Biden administration through the EPA released a broad initiative calling for the nationwide replacement of all water service lines made of lead or including a significant amount of lead.
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The Chill Spot, a new ice cream parlor in downtown Harrisonville, was busy with customers Monday for its first day of business. Owner Brent Goodall said the store was quite busy during its first couple hours, and again later in the evening. It is located at 103 W. Wall Street.
New Harrisonville ice cream shop is 'dream come true'
The Chill Spot, located at 103 W. Wall St., opened for business on Monday. It’s a dream-come-true for Brent Goodall.
Peculiar police officers Phillip Grabmiller, Alex Goodman and Luke Parker were recognized Monday night. Pictured with them are Peculiar Mayor Doug Stark, Chief Don Shepard and Alderman John Shatto.
Peculiar Technology Park takes next step; Police officers recognized
PECULIAR — The board of aldermen authorized Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors as the contractor for financial advisory services related to the construction of the Harper Road Technology Park at Monday night’s meeting.
Voters in Pleasant Hill came out and supported the city's first three proposition questions Tuesday. The use tax question was voted down though.
Mixed bag of results for area cities, schools from Tuesday's election
Unlike what happened to the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs initiative, most election questions in Cass County were approved in Tuesday’s election.
Summer Rae Samples recently opened Shaden’s Rae Boutique in downtown Adrian. The 19-year-old rodeo competitor and entrepreneur always dreamed of owning her own boutique. The store is located at 35 East Main Street.
Boutique owner remains ‘brave’ as store opens in downtown Adrian
Shaden’s Rae Boutique began as an online business last year and by early 2024 had expanded to include a brick-and-mortar shop located at 35 East Main Street, Suite C.
The old Cass Medical Center might be torn down within the month, after developers believe they’ve cleared the final hurdle on the demolition. The Harrisonville Commons, a 288 apartment and 78 senior living unit development, will be built in the site.
Ready for demolition?
Developers hope the final hurdle has been cleared and demolition of the old Cass Medical Center on East Mechanic Street can begin within the month.
Sports

Adrian graduate headed to NCAA Gymnastics Championships

Dakota Essenpries, a 2023 Adrian graduate, begins her approach for the vault at a meet this season. Essenpries, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, and her team will be competing at the NCAA Championships on Thursday. The event will be televised on ESPN2.
Dakota Essenpries is loving her first year as a college gymnast, and she’s about to compete at the highest level this week. The 2023 Adrian graduate will be with her University of Arkansas team when it competes Thursday at the NCAA Championships semifinal session in Fort Worth, Texas.
As “Field of Dreams” taught us, if you build it, he will come. The often misquoted line of “If you build it, they will come,” makes more sense when it comes to girls or women’s sports.
While the Adrian boys track and field team had a strong performance at the Midway Invitational last week, the Midway girls squad may have itself one of the best quarter-milers in the state.
Just a week after breaking her own school record once again, Harrisonville sophomore Paige Cribbs did it again. This time, she demolished her previous mark.
With his team heading into a pair of home games, Harrisonville girls soccer coach Dan Coleman feels good about where his squad is at before it enters a stretch that contains five conference contests.
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Minich: Celebrating 7 years of service

It is our birthday. This week’s paper marks our 365th issue, which means it marks our seventh anniversary.

Minich: Lots of things to learn

As I have shared upon occasion, I do occasionally get sucked down rabbit holes while online. Sometimes it is by design and sometimes not, but as my mind and fingers wander, I find myself researching all kinds of deep, interesting topics.

Minich: Harrisonville owes much to Dunmires

It has been many months, if not years, since I last spoke with Mark Dunmire. But, despite the passage of time, word of his death last week was somewhat of a shock because he was just 53 years old, but also because every time I saw him he was full of vitality and energy.

Minich: World’s cares disappear with thoughts of playing

I contemplated whether everyone in the world has simply gone crazy or modern culture has evolved to the point that I no longer understand the basic principles of kindness and decency. Plus, I was hungry.
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