Harrisonville superintendent talks about first year, district’s future

Harrisonville Schools Superintendent Josh Chastain, center, leads discussion at a recent school board meeting.
As Josh Chastain talks about his first year as Harrisonville Schools superintendent, he emphasizes his regard for students, teachers, the district and the community at large. 
This architect’s rendering shows where the Diode Ventures data center will be in northwest Peculiar if it is approved.
Peculiar data center plans put on hold
PECULIAR – For the time being, plans for a $1.5 billion data center are off the table in the city of Peculiar.
Harrisonville teacher finalist for state’s best
Accolades continue to flow in for Cass Career Center agriculture teacher Jason Dieckhoff as he is now in the running for the Missouri Teacher of the Year award.
Harrisonville resident Ed Yoder has become known as “the tomato man of Pearl Street” because of the numerous varieties of tomatoes he grows in his yard. He has 37 varieties and 50 plants this year.
‘The tomato man of Pearl Street’
When it comes down to it, Ed Yoder likes growing indeterminate tomato plants in his front yard because they don’t spread out like determinants will. Instead, they keep as narrow as a vine and grow very tall – as in “Jack and the Beanstalk” tall.
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Grandview man arrested, charged with felony
Verrell Garrett, 25, of Grandview, was arrested and charged by the Cass County prosecutor with a Class E Felony on July 11 after an incident on July 5.
Cass County Fair set to begin
PLEASANT HILL — Beginning Tuesday, the city will become a lot more crowded as visitors flood in for the Cass County Fair. The opening ceremony is set for 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, which are located at 308 W Commercial Street, just a couple of blocks west of downtown.
Sirens, squirrels highlight aldermen meeting
ADRIAN -- Storm sirens, school resource officers and squirrels were the main topics of discussion as the board of aldermen met Monday night. As heavy rains and wind pounded the city hall, the aldermen discussed the needs for new storm sirens in the city.
Harrisonville Board of Aldermen approve street parking changes
The Harrisonville Board of Aldermen approved a list of parking changes on city streets Monday night, but at least one alderman was not happy with the idea.
Archie to consider zoning changes
ARCHIE – The city administration favors a change in zoning by ordinance for newly platted single-family home subdivisions. The change would narrow the width and area of the lots from 100 feet wide to 65 feet wide.
Local News

Garden City entrepreneur hosts equine camps

GARDEN CITY — Shelby Norris-Leonard of Garden City loves to introduce horseback riding to others. As the daughter of equine professionals and a two-time Arabian Youth Nationals champion herself, it is no surprise that this Sherwood High graduate came back to the horse barn to launch her career.

Smoke’n for Jesus barbecue event attracts more followers in second year

The event drew significantly more people this year than last, according to co-founders Kenny and Mary Baltzell.

Slate of Fourth of July, fireworks shows kicks off Friday night

Indepence Day is just a week away, and there are several events planned throughout the next seven days to entertain residents in both Bates and Cass Counties.

Autonomous tractor: future of farming?

PLEASANT HILL — The future of farming could involve fully autonomous vehicles and equipment, and one company out of Illinois was here in Cass County earlier this month putting it on display.

Michael G's Greenhouses: ‘Do not despise small beginnings’

BUTLER — Michael Gulling, owner of Michael G’s Greenhouses, likes to speak in parables. Pausing outside his greenhouses in northeastern Bates County at the end of his 40th season, he said, “I’ve planted thousands of seeds through the years.”
Sports

Excitement palpable for "College Football 25"

Generations of video game players will be coming together for one of the biggest releases in a long time, arguably the most-anticipated sports game of all time.

McIntire enjoying, battling through Missouri Southern football workouts

After helping Archie win its first-ever football state championship in November, Briar McIntire was unable to play in his last possible high school game Saturday night.

All-star game to feature four 8-man area players

After four years, Drew Smith has earned the right to be one of the head coaches at the 8-man Football Coaches Association all-star game.
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John Lee Woodhead
John Lee Woodhead July 18, 1943 – June 26, 2024
DeOnidus Hendrick
DeOnidus Hendrick March 31, 1930 – July 6, 2024
James Edward Thompson Jr.
James Edward Thompson Jr. September 22, 1939 – June 30, 2024
Charles Randall 
Charles Randall  October 27, 1939 – July 1, 2024
Eugene L. "Tuffy" McCauley
Eugene L. "Tuffy" McCauley September 8, 1957 - June 30, 2024
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Minich: Watching as history unfolds

I won’t say I watched with horror, but I did watch in amazement as the story surrounding the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump developed Saturday evening.

Minich: The value of a good chicken

As odd as it may sound, I am glad the holiday is over and we can get somewhat back to normal. I love July 4, which is immediately preceded by the anniversary of my occupation of the earth as it makes its annual trek around the sun.

Minich: The cuisine of the season

Thinking about growing up, one of my favorite holiday treats always came on July 4, which is homemade ice cream.

Minich: Another baseball trip with no baseball

For the second time this year, I took a special trip to see a baseball game where I did a bunch of stuff, except see a baseball game.
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Once again, Pixar hit me in the feels, and had my eyes watering on multiple occasions last weekend. Sad thing is, I had a hunch it might happen because the first one has a couple very emotional scenes.
Folks my age and a bit younger have arguably seen this amazing animated classic. Now it’s time to show it to the next generation.
This 2011 masterpiece which was nominated for an Academy Award is arguably one of the under the radar movies, especially in the 2010s.
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