Pickleball snaring local interest

The city of Peculiar will soon have two new pickleball courts located southeast of Peculiar Elementary School, at the corner of Third and South streets. The city will have a dedication ceremony June 7.
Last month was National Pickleball Month, and throughout Cass County communities are responding to the sport’s increasing popularity.
Crews install solar panels at Scoular’s grain handling facility in Adrian, which the company has designated as a sustainability showcase hub.
Adrian company leads regenerative agriculture
ADRIAN — Quietly and methodically, a private agricultural firm in Adrian is leading a revolution.
An architect's rendering for the proposed new Peculiar Police Department building.
New police station proposal headed back to voters in August
PECULIAR — In August, voters will face a question which they previously voted down: whether to approve a $4 million general obligation bond to build a new police station.
High school graduation season begins tonight
Once again, Pleasant Hill will be kicking off the high school graduation season, which officially begins tonight and runs through May 19 for the area schools.
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Peculiar residents petitioning city to change backyard chicken code
PECULIAR — Chris Tittle, a self-proclaimed chicken enthusiast, has become known around Peculiar for his love of the barnyard fowl, but now his love is taking him to petition the city government.
Two busted in Adrian drug raid
ADRIAN — A months-long investigation by the Adrian Police Department resulted in a raid by police and deputies from the Bates County Sheriff’s Department of a suspected drug house on May 9.
Garden City commission to review travel center proposal
On May 20, the Garden City Planning and Zoning Commission will convene to review plans for a proposed travel center on a 14-acre tract north of the interchange with 7 Highway.
UTVs closer to becoming legal in Harrisonville city limits
The Harrisonville Board of Aldermen heard the first reading of two ordinances which could be voted into law at the May 20 meeting.
Judge rules Cass County commissioner candidate ineligible
The crowded race in the Republican primary for District 1 Commissioner (usually referred to as South Commissioner) thinned out this week as a judge ordered one candidate’s name to be removed from the field.
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Raymore wins landfill battle; Governor signs bill

Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation Monday, officially ending a nearly two-year effort to stop a proposed landfill development in south Kansas City near Raymore’s northern city limits.

Harrisonville prom assailant pleads guilty

Kevin Argo, 18, pled guilty this afternoon to second-degree felony assault for the April 29, 2023, attack on Harrisonville Police Officer Scott Ramsey at the Harrisonville High School Prom.

Evergy substation location causes rift

In a packed room at the historic courthouse last week, the Cass County Planning Board heard passionate arguments both for and against Evergy’s application to build a substation on the south side of 267th Street east of Rodier Road.

Local quilter finds love in textiles, patterns

For Denniele Bohannon of Harrisonville, owner of Louanna Mary Quilt Design, life is a visual and tactile adventure. From teaching classes to compiling books to selling designs, if it’s related to quilting, Bohannon is interested.

Sheriff's Office seeking information about hit-and-run

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is looking for any information about a hit-and-run accident that happened this morning on northbound I-49.

Three school records fall at Class 1, 2 sectional meets

On Saturday, three school records were broken and a couple dozen athletes qualified for the Class 1 and 2 state track and field meets.

Lady Wildcats mercy rule Center in district opener

KANSAS CITY — The Harrisonville girls soccer team didn’t waste much time in taking a lead during its Class 2 District 7 opener Saturday at the St. Pius X stadium.

Chicks crush Blue Knights in district soccer contest

KANSAS CITY — The Pleasant Hill girls soccer team continued a trend that began with the first two games of the Class 2 District 7 matches.

Rentschler replaces Wyatt as Pleasant Hill wrestling coach

For its next wrestling coach, Pleasant Hill High School has promoted within its current staff.
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Minich: Birds provide the chorus for springtime

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Minich: Never safe from tornadoes

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