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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. 

PECULIAR – For the time being, plans for a $1.5 billion data center are off the table in the city of Peculiar.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – 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.

The city of Harrisonville was one of just six entities in Missouri to be selected for a 2024 Community Challenge grant from the AARP.

Recently, several thousand Cass County residents received letters from Assessor Roger Raffety informing them of an increase in their personal property tax assessments. Raffety said assessments had not increased this year and only those reporting new personal property items received the letters.

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.

The Garden City Fire Protection District was dispatched to a call in the 1000 block of Northwest 1501 Road, according to a report, just before 8:30 p.m. for a juvenile drowning.

Individuals purchasing gasoline at the Casey’s at 1901 W. Mechanic may have had their credit cards compromised as a credit card skimmer was detected in one of the gas pumps.

CLEVELAND — For the second time in four months, the Midway Board of Education will be trying to pass a bond issue. The $6.5 million bond won’t raise the tax levy for district residents. It will extend the current levy an extra six years to 2044.

The Harrisonville Police Department is searching for two individuals who allegedly broke into the Ducky’s Convenience Store on East Mechanic Street early Thursday morning.

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

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.

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.

PLEASANT HILL — Just a handful of hours after the boil advisory was lifted last week, water problems and how to avoid them in the future were the primary point of discussion at the city council meeting.

It’s that time of year again when fireworks may legally be set off within city limits, in celebration of Independence Day.

The Harrisonville Board of Aldermen will vote July 1 on an ordinance which will affect on-street parking in a variety of locations though out the city. The board heard the first reading of the ordinance last Monday night.

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.”

PECULIAR — The board of aldermen is on the cusp of approving arguably the biggest business design plans the city has ever seen, but residents spoke out Monday night urging the board to slow down and make an informed decision that will drastically change their lives.

Those watching the progress of the demolition of the former Cass Medical Center on East Mechanic Street, may have noticed an uptick in activity as crews have continued the demolition of the old facility and debris is being shipped from the area.

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