News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

clock July 27, 2011 10:19 by author Jeff Quibell





1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 | P: 816.228.0150 | F: 816.228.0147 |


DATE: July 27, 2011

CONTACT: Allen Kintz, Blue Springs Police Department

Phone: (816) 228-0178

Email:, or

Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: (816) 655-0497


Residents, Police Step Out to Stop Crime

13th Annual National Night Out in Blue Springs, Free Food, Games and Safety Information

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department’s Community and Youth Outreach Unit are sponsoring its twelfth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at 11th and Smith Street in downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, CodeRED, Let’s Move! Blue Springs and many more.

Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event’s main stage. Entertainment includes a magic exhibition by former Mayor Steve Steiner, a musical performance by the Holy Hill Baptist Church Youth Choir and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.

“National Night Out is an important outreach event that allows our officers to personally interact with our community,” says National Night Out Coordinator Sgt. Allen Kintz of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s the perfect family outing, with information about crime prevention, health and safety, as well as free food, games, prizes, live entertainment featuring local performers, and much more.”

Mayor Ross encourages residents to take part in this year’s National Night Out activities saying they are, “an important step to strengthening the crime prevention partnership between police, residents and the community at large.”

“National Night Out is a free event that gives residents the opportunity to meet Blue Springs officers and civilians working to keep our community safe. By stepping out on a unified front, we’re sending a message to criminals letting them know that Blue Springs’ neighborhoods are organized and fighting back to prevent crime in our community.”

Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors include: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Sonic, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 3 Suns Cruise and Tours, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, Blue Springs Fitness, China One, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, Rancho Grande, Family YMCA Blue Springs, Union Station, 1st Bible Baptist Church, The Cake Pan and Lamar’s Donuts.

For additional information about the Blue Springs National Night Out Against Crime event including scheduled vendors and performances, visit or call (816) 228-0178.


National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch to spotlight the role of the community in crime

and drug prevention. The first event took place 27 years ago. Last year, an estimated 34 million people attended National

Night Out events in more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases

worldwide. For more information about National Night Out and the National Association of Town Watch, visit


Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

clock July 25, 2011 08:58 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015  —  P: 816.228.0110  —  F: 816.228.7592  —  W:


DATE:              July 25, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on July 30 from 9 -11a.m. at 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs in cooperation with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group.  Participants should enter the drive-up event from south 10th Street as access from the north will be blocked.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. No need to remove paper clips, staples, folders, plastic covers or binding. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

“Blue Springs residents and business owners can dispose of their confidential files and documents safely at this event,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This paper shredding event is an opportunity for residents to reduce their potential for identity theft and support recycling in our community.”

For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at​


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Kim Nakahodo

Communications Manager

City of Blue Springs, Mo.

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:     (816) 655-0497

               (816) 651-6449

Fax:         (816) 228-7592


Blue Springs South FFA Selling Sweet Corn–Support Your Schools & Local Farmers Market

clock July 20, 2011 11:59 by author Jeff Quibell

The Blue Springs South Future Farmers of America will have a stand at the Kansas City VA Medical Facility Farmers Market on Thursday morning, 7/21/11, as well as at the Blue Springs Farmers Market on Saturday morning, 7/23/11. We'll be selling peaches and cream sweet corn.  Cost is $5 a dozen and proceeds go to support the activities and projects of the South FFA Chapter.

Barbara Hughes will be portraying Mary Lobb this Sunday, June 12th at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum

clock June 12, 2011 10:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Hi, Friends,

Barbara Hughes will be portraying Mary Lobb this Sunday, June 12th at the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 15th and Main Street, downtown Blue Springs.  The museum is open from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Barbara’s program, ‘Mary and Aquilla Lobb – western Missouri Border and Civil Wars and Lobb Cemetery will be from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  Barbara Hughes known for her women portrayals and knowledge of the Civil War, will give a vignette as Mary Lobb and then a power point presentation.  She will be available for questions.  Any Questions Contact: Mary Potter 816-797-4870 or or Barbara Hughes 816-229-0978.

Hope to see you Sunday

Thank you,

Mary Potter

Blue Springs Farmers Market Newsletter

clock June 12, 2011 09:55 by author Jeff Quibell

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Progress coming in Blue Springs

clock April 14, 2011 00:11 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @300 ResAnother election day has come and gone, and the voters of Blue Springs have spoken. I am honored to once again represent District 1 residents as their voice on the city council. I will continue to provide information and updates on issues of concern to the residents of Blue Springs through my newsletters on and articles in our local newspapers. As we work together to make our city the best it can possibly be, interaction and discussion with the citizens is crucial. Please share your thoughts with me; 816-223-2865 or

I am eager to work with the Mayor and other members of the Council. Significant effort will be required to realize the vision of Missouri Innovation Park, the revitalization of our downtown area and the continued redevelopment on MO-7Hwy and US-40 Hwy. Progress, at times, seems painfully slow. However, I believe that we are moving deliberately and conscientiously forward in the direction of our goals for Blue Springs.

The plan for the expansion and upgrade to the Woods Chapel corridor now includes a 3 million dollar grant that will extend the road improvements from Duncan Road just North of I-70 south to Walnut Street, just past Old Mill Park. The timeline for full completion of this critical project extends into 2013, and includes significant enhancements to the corridor that will encourage quality development of this gateway into our city. We are all anxious to see this project advance as quickly as possible.

In future articles, I will address these and many other issues that are facing the city, along with items of interest as they arise. Thank you for the wonderful support over the years and for the opportunity to again be of service to the citizens of Blue Springs!