News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

1st Friday Art Party and End of Summer Sale–Prospero’s Books

clock August 31, 2011 17:58 by author Jeff Quibell

August 24, 2011 Contact: Will Leathem
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Direct) 816.256.7243
Media Advisory
Painting Rottweiler to Headline End-of-Summer 1st Friday Art Party
Charity Tent Sale – 1,000s of Books to benefit Hope House & Write the Future
(Kansas City) TODAY – Prospero’s Parkside Books invites everyone to join us for our End of Summer 1st Friday Art Party & Charity Tent Sale on Friday September 2nd at Prospero’s Parkside Books, 208 N. 7 Highway just south of I-70 in the heart of Blue Springs.
September Art Party
Prospero’s Parkside’s 1st Friday Art Parties are a monthly cultural arts series featuring showings of visual art and live performances of music and literary arts by regional artists. Over the last year, the 1st Friday Art Parties have shown a spotlight on over 50 poets, playwrights, actors, painters and musicians.
The September Art Party will feature visual art from a special Blue Springs artist: Abram. Abram is a 15-month old Rottweiler puppy who loves paw-painting in watercolors. While anthropologists contend that art is one of the things that separates humans from animals, recent years have revealed many art-producing animals. Abram’s work includes brightly-colored rainbows, flowers and ponds. This will be his first showing. Live music will be provided by classically trained guitarist Joe Gameson and special guest from Chicago, Rachel Gaither who will present original music influenced by classical, Latin ambient styles. In addition, a poetry open mic will highlight original work from several regional poets including Eve Brackenbury and Will Leathem.
Charity Tent Sale.
Coinciding with this month’s 1st Friday Art Party, Prospero’s will be hold an End of Summer Tent Sale offering 1,000s of books at bargain Prices.
Pricing: Hardbacks $3
Oversized Paperbacks $2
Pocket Paperbacks $1
Half of all proceeds from sale books will be donated to support two regional charities: Hope House: providing support to more than 10,000 victims of domestic abuse every year. Write the Future: a Missouri nonprofit helping emerging regional writers.
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Adoptees’ stories now more open

clock August 31, 2011 17:41 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResCall it ancestry, genealogy, or family lineage; most of us have an innate need to know where or who we came from. For adult adoptees in the state of Missouri, the quest to learn our history just became a little easier. For many years, the only option for an adult adoptee searching for their biological family was a petition to the family court for a search, then seeking the permission of both the adoptive and biological parents before releasing identifying information to the adoptee. If one of the parents had died, the search came to a legal end.

Thanks to the efforts of many Missouri residents and the insight of our State Legislators and Governor Nixon, Senate Bill 351 has changed that process. An adult adoptee or their lineal descendants, if the adopted adult is deceased, may now initiate a search, and the death of a parent is no longer an obstacle.

In 2002, I had the honor and privilege of finding my biological parents, with the support and urging of my adoptive Mother and Father. The reunion was wonderful and allowed me to meet many additional family members including five half-sisters and three half-brothers, along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Under the previous law, if I had waited until this year to do my search, my adoptive father’s death this past January would have become a significant obstacle to my search.

I joined a group of adult adoptees this past Monday as we visited the Jackson County Family Court. Many of those attending have waited decades to learn of their origins, but were prevented by the death of a parent. Each one officially began the process of discovery and they are hopeful to finally learn the circumstances of their adoption. I pray for their success and wish them the best.

If you are an adult adoptee and are interested in searching for your biological roots, more opportunities are available to you now. If you have been searching but have not yet found your biological family, now may be the time to try again. I encourage you to continue your search. For more information about searching, go to the Jackson County Family Court website at

Meanwhile, we will continue to strive for opening adoption records for adult adoptees in Missouri. Our goal is for every Missouri adoptee to be treated equally under the law and to have the opportunity to know firsthand the circumstances of their birth and adoption.

Blue Springs South High School Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale–September 10th

clock August 25, 2011 12:20 by author Jeff Quibell

The BSSHS Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale will be on September 10th from 800AM to 400PM at the Community of Christ Church on South 7 Hwy.  We will also have a car wash and maybe even some baked goods!  All proceeds go to the BSSHS Jaguar Pride Marching Band to purchase a new trailer for band equipment and for our trip to Disney World in April.

Dr. Dowell Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Blue Springs South High School

clock August 25, 2011 12:01 by author Jeff Quibell

…As we celebrate 20 years of South HS come 2012...Dr. Dowell asked me to do a video presentation for the BSSHS staff, something we showed first day back last Monday. Since it turned out to be a "hit"..we've decided to share with the public.  Dr. Dowell does very well in his "acting" debut....Anyway...take a few minutes and enjoy.

Pete Grigsby

Governor Nixon calls special session of General Assembly to create jobs, ensure continued fiscal discipline

clock August 23, 2011 13:20 by author Jeff Quibell

August 22, 2011

Governor Nixon calls special session of General Assembly to create jobs, ensure continued fiscal discipline

Priorities for special session are passing comprehensive jobs package,
reforming tax credit programs to ensure continued fiscal discipline

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today called a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to pass a bipartisan jobs package that will foster growth in science and technology industries and expand Missouri exports, along with passing tax credit reform legislation to pay for these additional investments and ensure continued fiscal responsibility.  The special session will begin Sept. 6. 

Gov. Nixon emphasized the importance of accomplishing these priorities as efficiently and effectively as possible to limit the cost of the special session for taxpayers.

“Creating jobs and helping Missouri businesses grow is the top priority for my administration, and we work tirelessly each and every day to do just that,” Gov. Nixon said.  “Because of our relentless efforts, Missouri’s unemployment rate is dropping, we’ve maintained a spotless AAA credit rating, and we’re one of the best states in the nation for business.  Passing this bipartisan jobs package will help us continue to move Missouri’s economy forward and create good jobs for folks all across our state.  I appreciate the work the General Assembly has already done to achieve broad consensus on these priorities, and I look forward to continuing to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle during an efficient, focused and productive session.”

The Governor’s call specifies a number of job-creation priorities the General Assembly will consider during the special session, including:

? Enacting the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) to encourage the growth of science and innovation businesses in the state;

? Enacting the Compete Missouri Initiative to provide additional incentives and benefits to attract and retain businesses, to streamline and update Missouri’s training programs, and to increase the efficiencies of the state’s business development incentives;

? Enacting legislation to increase exports and foreign trade through the development of an international air cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport – a project with the potential to create thousands of construction jobs, and thousands of additional jobs once the hub is operational; and

? Enacting legislation to help construct and develop high-tech data centers.

While enacting these key jobs proposals is critical for continued economic growth in Missouri, Gov. Nixon also said the state must be able to pay for these additional investments, and tax credit reform legislation to ensure continued fiscal discipline must be passed.

“Unlike the folks in Washington, D.C., we balance our budgets here in Missouri each and every year,” Gov. Nixon said.  “We must protect Missouri’s spotless AAA bond rating and keep the state’s fiscal house in order.  That’s why comprehensive tax credit reform is essential.”

Gov. Nixon’s call asks the General Assembly to implement a comprehensive tax credit reform package that will modify or eliminate many tax credit programs that are not producing a substantial return on investment for Missouri taxpayers.  This package is largely based on the work of the expert Bipartisan Tax Credit Review Commission, which issued its final report in November 2010.

In addition to comprehensive tax credit reform, the call also includes provisions to increase the efficiency of the Missouri Department of Revenue’s collections operations, and to authorize a brief “tax amnesty” program in 2012.

Today, Gov. Nixon also reported that damage assessments and recovery efforts in communities affected by the numerous natural disasters this year are ongoing, including Joplin, southeast Missouri, northwest Missouri, Sedalia and St. Louis County.  Once the full extent of the damage is known, Gov. Nixon said he will work with the General Assembly to determine the most effective means of financing recovery and rebuilding efforts.

“Our commitment to the communities affected by tornadoes, floods and other disasters this year is clear: We will help you recover, and we will help you rebuild,” Gov. Nixon said.  “Before we can determine the best method to finance our recovery obligations, we must determine the full extent of the damage.  As we finalize our damage assessments along the Missouri River and in other communities, we will determine the most effective and comprehensive method to finance disaster recovery in every corner of Missouri.  I look forward to working with the General Assembly to make those critical financing decisions once we have completed the assessment process.”

Gov. Nixon will communicate with the General Assembly later this week to provide a detailed update on the status of these damage assessments.

In his call today, Gov. Nixon also asked the General Assembly to take up three additional proposals during the session:

? Enacting legislation moving Missouri’s Presidential primary to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each Presidential election year;

? Enacting legislation authorizing the transition of governing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from a board of police commissioners to the City of St. Louis; and

? Authorizing tax credits to help attract amateur sporting events to Missouri.

Over the past several weeks, Gov. Nixon’s administration has worked closely with members of the General Assembly to finalize the language for the special session call to ensure that the session will be as efficient and effective as possible.

A copy of Gov. Nixon’s call for the special session is available here.


Support the Blue Springs Music Boosters

clock August 21, 2011 09:46 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResAs a parent with two daughters who attended Blue Springs and benefitted from the excellent music programs provided by our school district.  It is always a pleasure to support the Blue Springs Music Boosters.  Each year at the Fall Fun Fest the music boosters have a Bingo Tent at the corner of 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs.

Come join me and Wanda and play some bingo to the benefit our our school district’s music programs.  Bingo will be available on the following dates and times:

Friday (9/16) from 6pm to Midnight
Saturday (9/17) from Noon to Midnight
Sunday (9/18) from Noon to 6pm

Proceeds from the Bingo Tent go to support the High School Music Programs district wide!


If you drop by on Friday evening you might get a chance to see me calling bingo this year.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Rep. Lauer Announces “Amy Hestir Protection Act” To Become Effective Aug. 28

clock August 17, 2011 15:01 by author Jeff Quibell


From the Office of

Representative Jeanie Lauer

54th District

For Immediate Release:

August 15, 2011

              CONTACT: Rep. Jeanie Lauer


Rep. Lauer Announces “Amy Hestir Protection Act” To Become Effective Aug. 28

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, wants citizens to be aware that Missouri’s “Amy Hestir Protection Act” or the “Facebook” Law will become effective on Aug. 28.  The law is named after a student who was repeatedly sexually abused by her teacher. The teacher was subsequently hired by numerous school districts before retiring.

One requirement of the new law is that all school districts must adopt policies relating to student-teacher internet communication, and that these policies must be adopted no later than January of 2012. Communication on the internet between students and teachers cannot be exclusive or private, and must be accessible to parents and administrators. New policies may allow communication between teachers and students that is not private, such as a classroom webpage or a teacher’s non-private classroom Facebook page.

"It's important that our state's laws stay up to date with the emerging trends of society,” Rep. Lauer said.  “It's in the best interest of our children that the lines aren't crossed in student-teacher relationships, and this law is an integral precautionary measure in the age of social media.”

The law also requires criminal background checks for teacher applicants, allows school districts to share information with other districts regarding sexual misconduct by their employees, and makes districts liable if they fail to disclose information regarding misconduct upon request by another district.  The bill was supported by the Missouri State Teachers' Association, Missouri National Education Association, Missouri School Boards Association and the American Federation of Teachers of Missouri.


New Businesses Opening and Personal Achievement are Good for Blue Springs

clock August 17, 2011 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResGood things continue to happen in Blue Springs, in spite of tough economic times. This past Sunday I had the privilege to attend the Eagle Court of Honor for Riley Kramer of Troop 1058 at First United Methodist Church. Riley’s Eagle Scout project involved placing identifying signposts in Rotary Park at the new Arbor Walk around Railroad Lake. Of all scouts nationwide, only about 5% achieve the highest rank, the rank of Eagle Scout. It is indeed an achievement, and indicative of their commitment, involvement and leadership. Eagle Scouts often grow up to be active in their communities and leaders in industry.

Overlapping with Riley’s Court of Honor was the groundbreaking ceremony for Pointe of Hope Church, which took over the building once used as 84 Lumber, located just North of I-70. The church expects to be open for services in November. I’m sure many of us are excited to see the improvements on this site.

Next to Point of Hope, the new Quik Trip is opening soon, which many in the northern portion of the city have been excited to see. This redevelopment of the former Sinclair station along with the development of Point of Hope church is a significant improvement of this section of 7 Highway.

The City Council will have a work session on the 2011-2012 budget at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District training facility on 40 Highway on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30pm. The council will discuss options for the allocation of resources, meeting the priorities of our residents, and planning for future projects that will occur as a result of the passage of the Public Safety Tax. The meeting is open to the public, and I encourage you to attend. will now be on 1030AM Radio KCWJ

clock August 16, 2011 15:41 by author Jeff Quibell

The following info. contains some exciting news. will now be on 1030AM Radio KCWJ Mon-thur 4pm to 5pm..this will get our HS broadcasting students more coverage!  Thanks for helping us advertise the word.

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Community Partnerships at their Best

clock August 16, 2011 15:35 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Community Partnerships at their Best

THCF Opens New Office Serving Eastern Jackson County

HEARTLAND NEWS (August 16, 2011) – Truman Heartland Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have moved into our new location in the Blue Ridge Bank Financial Center at 4200 Little Blue Parkway, Suite 340 Independence, MO 64057. Having partnered with Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, the new 2,264 square feet office space is home to all five members of the Community Foundation staff team…with room to grow.

President and CEO, Phil Hanson, shared, “We are thrilled with our new space and location. And we would not be in this great new office without the tremendous support of Blue Ridge Bank and their in-kind support providing us with space well below market rates. The new location has great highway access making it much more convenient for us to get to anywhere in the Eastern Jackson County community and for our volunteers, fund holders, Non-Profit partners and supporters to come to see us. We have a small but mighty staff of five, and this is the first time we have had all of us at the same location which will certainly help our operations run more efficiently. We want to thank Blue Ridge Bank for being our partner to help us better serve our Eastern Jackson County community.”

Blue Ridge Bank and Trust President, Bill Esry, added, “The commitment that the Truman Heartland Community Foundation has to their communities is the same commitment that Blue Ridge Bank has as a community bank in our area. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the Community Foundation to help strengthen our region.”

On Friday, August 12, 2011, the Community Foundation provided tours of its new space following a private reception honoring Rick Henks, 2011 recipient of the Paul M. Thomson Professional Advisor of the Year Award. A regional Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be held on Monday, September 12th at 4pm. Call the office today or stop by for a personal tour of the Community Foundation’s new space…which is best positioned to serve the charitable giving needs of Eastern Jackson County for years to come!

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 29 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets surpassing $28 million and annual grants reaching $2.8 million last year. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.