Wed, 02 December
Friday, 06 November 2020 11:36

Pictures from Halloween

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On October 30th the Chamber of Commerce held their annual Safe Trick or Treat event.  We want to share some memories of the event. 

Enjoy the Halloween photos.  Which ones are your favorite?



Tuesday, 03 November 2020 22:00

Election Results Nov. 3, 2020

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Too Close to call

Mike Parson 1,713,152
Nicole Galloway 1,216,192
Rik Combs 48,843
Jerome Howard Bauer 17,117

Lieutenant Governor
Mike Kehoe 1,724,050
Alissia Canady 1,141,225
Bill Slantz 53,502
Kelley Dragoo 27,981

Secretary of State
John R (Jay) Ashcroft 1,790,873
Yinka Faleti 1,072,415
Carl Herman Freese 55,320
Paul Lehmann 23,981
Paul Venable 13,066

State Treasurer
Scott Fitzpatrick 1,735,565
Vicki Lorenz Englund 1,113,785
Nicholas (Nick) Kasoff 64,264
Joseph Civettini 18,936

Attorney General
Eric Schmitt 1,745,353
Rich Finneran 1,108,944
Kevin C Babcock 80,715

U.S. Representative - District 4
Vicky Hartzler 245,064
Lindsey Simmons 107,528
Steven K. Koonse 9,934

Supreme Court
Patricia Breckenridge
Yes   1,933,300
No   683,427

Western Dist. Appeals
Judge Chapman   
Yes   645,395
No   255,992

Constitutional Amendment 1
Yes 1,373,891
No 1,486,860

Constitutional Amendment 3
Yes 1,471,892
No 1,413,223

Associate Commissioner Dist. 2
Ryan Johnson (REP) 2,4237

Jeff Weber (REP) 46,344

Roger Raffety (REP) 45,625

Steve Cheslik (REP) 45,638

Associate Commissioner Dist. 1
Monty Kisner (REP) 16,998
Janet Burlingame (DEM) 8,086

Public Administrator
Randy Jones (REP) 46,715

State Rep. Dist. 55
Mike Haffner (REP) 18,564

State Rep. Dist. 56
Michael Davis (REP) 11,203
Neal Barnes (DEM) 6,733

State Rep. Dist. 57
Rodger L. Reedy (REP) 15,589

State Senator Dist. 31
Rick Brattin (REP) 63,876
Raymond Kinney (DEM) 25,566

State Rep. Dist. 33
Chris Sander (REP) 16,318

State Rep. Dist. 37
John D Boyd, JR. (REP) 8,473

Annette Turnbaugh (DEM) 11,199
Daniel Karam (GRN) 309

Peculiar City Question
Yes 1,320
No 1,373

As pandemic-related stress may be fueling crisis, events at Centerpoint Medical Center,
Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center
correspond with DEA “Take Back Day” to educate community about safe, proper disposal of opioids.


Overland Park, KS –
ON SATURDAY 10 A.M.-2 P.M. ***
WHO:               HCA Midwest Health hospitals: Centerpoint Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center/Research Brookside Campus. Employees, including doctors, nurses and staff, and members of area police departments invite community members to safely dispose of unused medications.*
WHAT:            Crush the Crisis – Opioid Take Back Day 
WHEN:            10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020
 Centerpoint Medical Center. 19600 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64057 
The collection site will be conveniently located at the intersection of 39th St. and Jackson Drive on the south entrance of the Medical Office Building on the main campus of the hospital. Follow the event signs for the medication drive-through location. In partnership with the Independence Police Department.
Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 S.E. Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063  
The collections of medications will occur as a drive-through in front of the ER entrance. 
In partnership with Lee’s Summit Police Department and Lee’s Summit Cares.
Menorah Medical Center5721 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66209
The drive-through collection site will be conveniently located at Entry C off 119th St. on the hospital campus. In partnership with the Overland Park Police Department.
Research Brookside Campus6675 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64132
The drive-through collection site is located in Parking Lot B. In partnership with the Kansas City Police Department.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event, including universal masking, social distancing, removal of high-touch items and drive-through collection. 
WHY:   HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading and most comprehensive healthcare provider, is hosting a “Crush the Crisis” Opioid Take Back Day at four of its hospitals in four locations to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications. Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. The event aligns with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
HCA Midwest Health is participating in its parent company’s second annual national “Crush the Crisis” Opioid Take Back Day. In fall 2019, 100 HCA Healthcare facilities in 16 states collected 5,887 pounds of unused and expired medications at nationwide “Crush the Crisis” events.
Opioid addiction is a national health crisis. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2018, with more than half attributed to opioids.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, opioid addiction continues to be a crisis not only in the Kansas City area but across our nation,” says HCA Midwest Health Chief Medical Officer Kimberly Megow, M.D. “Our goal for ‘Crush the Crisis’ is to raise awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction and educate our community about the proper disposal of these medications. Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and we are providing this drop-off opportunity, confidentially, and anonymously. We’re pleased to offer four locations throughout Kansas City to safely dispose of unused and expired opioids.”
Stress related to the pandemic may be exacerbating the opioid crisis by causing many Americans to have feelings of anxiety, grief, isolation, financial worry, and an ongoing sense of uncertainty. For every 10 suspected overdoses reported to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) in May 2019, 14 overdoses were reported in May 2020. Since the pandemic began, 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).
*Law enforcement officers from various Kansas City-area and local police departments will be collecting: 
  • Tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and Oxymorphone (Opana).
  • Not accepted: needles, syringes, lancets or liquids. 
To further help combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare proudly partners with and provides clinical insight to the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. HCA Healthcare has committed $500,000 to the Collaborative to support the development of safer pain management protocols and reversal of the opioid crisis.
As a learning health system, HCA Healthcare uses data from approximately 35 million annual patient encounters to help continuously improve care. The organization uses the science of “big data” to reduce opioid misuse and transform pain management, with initiatives in a surgical, emergency, and other care settings, including:
  • Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR): a multi-modal approach to pain management using pre, intra and post-operative interventions to optimize outcomes. HCA Healthcare’s ESR programs have demonstrated significant improvements in surgical recovery and patient satisfaction and, importantly, up to a 50.8% decrease in opioid use in data collected from 124,000 major abdominal, joint, gynecologic oncology, spinal and bariatric surgeries from January 2018 to August 2020.
  • ALTernatives to Opioids in the Emergency Room (ALTO in the ER): a multi-modal approach to acute pain management, which focuses on alternative medication to hit various pain receptors as a first-line treatment for common painful conditions. Initial results of ALTO pilot programs demonstrate a 36% reduction in opioid administrations. 
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS): aims to stem increasing rates of opioid-related addiction, misuse diversion, and death by making it more difficult for medication-seekers to doctor-shop and alter prescriptions. Physicians have access to aggregated electronic health record (EHR) providing data that will allow them to prescribe opioids judiciously.    

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at government buildings in Dunklin County on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in honor of Kennett Police Department Major Rick Groves, the department’s Assistant Chief.

On Friday, October 16, Assistant Chief Groves died as a result of COVID-19 that he contracted in September while serving in his capacity as a law enforcement officer.

“Assistant Chief Rick Groves’ 50 years of dedicated public service stand out as a model for all Missourians,” Governor Parson said. “After serving for almost 13 years at the Missouri Department of Transportation, Rick Groves made the decision to devote his life to protecting the public as a member of law enforcement. He spent more than 35 years with the Kennett Police Department and more than 37 years in total as a member of law enforcement.”

“During his career, he mentored younger officers on the importance of fulfilling the ideals of public service,” Governor Parson continued. “Assistant Chief Groves will always be remembered for his faithful service to fellow citizens.”

Tuesday, 04 August 2020 20:20

Election Results April 4, 2020

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Cass County Results

(Republican Party)

Raleigh Ritter    605
Mike Parson       11154
James W (Jim) Neely   1179
Saundra McDowwell    1942

Lieutenant Governor
(Republican Party)

Arnie C. AC Dienoff    911
Mike Kehoe               6945
Aaron T Wisdom          1347
Mike Carter                3831

Secretary of State
(Republican Party)

John R. (Jay) Ashcroft     13477

State Treasurer
(Republican Party)

Scott Fitzpatrick        12987

Attorney General
(Republican Pary)

Eric Schmitt       13138

US Rep. Dist.4
(Republican Party)

Neal Gist        3377
Vicky Hartzler    11507

State Senator Dist. 31
(Republican Party)

Jack Bondon     6438
Rick Brattin        7621
Bill Yarberry         678

State Rep. Dist. 33
(Republican Party)

Chris Sander       2196
Alex Holt              791

State REp. Dist. 37
(Republican Party)

John D. Boyd JR.    562

State Rep. Dist. 55
(Republican Party)

Mike Haffner         4947

State Rep. Dist. 56
(Republican Party)

Michael Davis       2147
Chip Anderson       1314
John Webb         1039

State Rep. Dist. 57
(Republican Party)

Rodger L. Reedy       544

Associate Commissioner Dist. 1
(Republican Party)

Dallas Register        2006
Monty Kisner           4893

Associate Commissioner Dist. 2
(Republican Party)

Jimmy Odom        3202
Ryan Johnson         3518

(Republican Party)

Jeff Weber      8303
Terry Dotson    6499


(Republican Party)

Roger Raffety       12743

(Republican Party)

Steve Cheslik     12895

Public Administrator
(Republican Party)

Randy Jones      12439


PCT #34 Committeewoman
(Republican Party)

Peggy A. Bonds     192
Kathy Stephens    270
Write-in       1

PCT #45 Committeeman
(Republican Party)

Jeff Fletcher    105
William G. Scott      61

(Democratic Party)

Nicole Galloway     5242
Jimmie Matthews     198
Antoin Johnson      215
Eric Morrison        428
Robin John Daniel Van      67

Lieutenant Governor
(Democratic Party

Gregory A Upchurch     1322
Alissia Canady       4588

Secretary of State
(Democratic Party)

Yinka Faleti     5444

State Treasurer
(Democratic Party)

Vicki Lorenz Englund     5565

Attorney General
(Democratic Party)

Rich Finneran    3336
Elad Gross      2407

US Rep. Dist. 4
(Democratic Party)

Lindsey Simmons    5581

State Senator Dist. 31
(Democratic Party)

Raymond Kinney    5491

State Rep. Dist. 37
(Democratic Party)

Annette Turnbough     402

State Rep. Dist 56
(Democratic Party)

Neal Barnes    1829

Associate Commissioner Dist. 1
(Democratic Party)

Janet Burlingame     2166

(Libertarian Party)

Rik Combs      72

Lieutenant Governor
(Libertarian Party)

Bill Slantz       72

Secretary of State
(LIbertarian Party)

Carl Herman Freese     71

State Treasurer
(Libertarian Party)

Nicholas (Nick) Kasoff     72

Attorney General
(Libertarian Party)

Kevin C. Babcock     72

US Rep. Dist. 4
(Libertarian Party

Robert E. Smith     35
Steven K. Koonse     36

(Green Party)

Jerome Howard Bauer     15

Lieutenant Governor
(Green Party)

Kelley Dragoo     15

Secretary of State 
(Green Party)

Paul Lehmann      14

State Treasurer
(Green Party)

Joseph Civettini     14

State Rep. Dist. 37
(Green Party)

Daniel Karam     1

Secretary of State 
(Constitution Party)

Paul Venable       4

Const. Amdend. 2

Yes     9853
No       11850

Raymore Question 1

Yes     3800
No      1011

Raymore Question 2

Yes   3089
No    1719





Hosted by Grants Homes
Saturday, June 13, 2020
8 am – 4 pm
Come on out on Saturday to 1600 Country Club Drive and be a part of the community garage sale. All proceeds are going directly to Dana Rogers Lovelace and the Pleasant Hill Veterinary Clinic Account to help fund the animal shelter. Dana operates the animal shelter on minimal money with maximum love, care, and support for all the dogs she hosts at the shelter. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to find homes for dogs that cannot be reconnected with their owners. She is extremely successful at what she does and Grant’s Homes wanted to support her efforts and bulk up her clinic account so she can do even more for these dogs.
Here are some ways you can support Dana and the Animal Shelter of Pleasant Hill Veterinary Clinic:
1. Bring donations of items to sell at the garage sale Thursday (today) from now until 5 pm or Friday (tomorrow) from 9 am – 12 pm. All drop-offs can be made at 1600 Country Club Drive, you will see the donate here sign.

2. Come shop at the community garage sale on Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm knowing all the proceeds are going to support the Animal Shelter and going directly into the PH Veterinary Clinic Account.

3. Stop by and make a cash donation to the PH Veterinary Clinic Account at the garage sale location.
On Saturday we will have New Edge Realty Partners sponsoring a FREE coffee truck. So come enjoy a cup of coffee, talk to some members of your community and bring a little extra cash or your card for you never know if you find something at the sale you didn’t know you needed or wanted.
For more information go to or on Facebook Grants Custom Homes. We hope to see you on Thursday or Friday to make a donation drop or on Saturday to shop.


CASS COUNTY, MO (June 9, 2020) – In an effort to expand COVID-19 testing into areas where access has been
a barrier, two free COVID-19 community-based testing events are scheduled to take place in Cass County on
June 11 th and 12 th . 

The testing will take place at Raymore-Peculiar High School (20801 S School Rd, Peculiar,
Missouri) from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm both days.  The community-based testing in Cass County will be operated
by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Missouri National Guard in coordination
with the Cass County Health Department, West Peculiar Fire Protection District, Raymore-Peculiar School
District, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and Peculiar United Methodist Church.
Missouri residency is the only requirement; individuals do not have to live in the county in which they are
tested, and they do not have to be experiencing symptoms. Any Missouri residents who wish to be tested
with a nasal swab to see if they have an active COVID-19 infection can do so at the specified site at no cost to
the individual. 
Due to expected high demand, appointments are required and can now be made online on the DHSS
registration site. Those without access to online registration can call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline for
registration assistance at 877-435-8411. If appointment times are available, on-site registration may be
allowed and will need to be completed on the participant’s own phone or device.
Those who would like to be tested can register for the site nearest them at
More information can be found at

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 19:38

Election Results June 2, 2020

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Tuesday, June 2, the polls closed at 7 pm and the ballots were counted.  Many decisions were made by the public on whether to pay to expand the Cass County Library to who will be serving on the board of education.  In Pleasant Hill, Mayor Mark Guffey was voted mayor while in Greenwood, Missouri, Marvin Megee tried to take the Mayor seat from Levi Weaver to help keep the Quarry from expanding.  The results are in and below are some of the results.  All results can be found at 

Cass County

Library Prop L - Yes
Regional Medical Trustee  - James "Chris" Kurzweil
Sales Tax Question - Yes

Pleasant Hill, Missouri

Precinct 22 Council - Tria Cartner
Council at Large - Scott Todd
Mayor - Mark Guffey

R-3 School Board Members / 3 Year Term - Ryan Vescovi, Lori Redwine & David Adamczyk
R-3 School Board Member / 1 Year Term - Deenia Hocker

Harrisonville, Missouri

Cass R-1X School District Board Member - Cameron Chenoweth
Cass R-1X School District Prop N - Yes
Ward 1 Alderman - Mike Zaring 
Ward 2 Alderman - Judy Reece
Ward 3 Alderman - David Dickerson
Ward 4 Alderman - Matt Turner

Holdon, Missouri

R-3 School Board - Alex Haun

East Lynne, Missouri

Alderman - Willie Hastings

Greenwood, Missouri

Mayor - Levi Weaver
Ward 2 Adlerman - Kyron "K" McClure   

Strasburg, Missouri

Mayor - Megan Donley

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 19:00

Cass County Fair Canceled

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The Cass County Fair was officially canceled at the Monday night council meeting on May 11, 2020 due to COVID-19.  After much discussion about how to hold the fair and still hold to social distancing standards, one council member finally spoke and expressed that it looked like it would be impossible.  Even a scaled down version seemed financially difficult and waiting to plan for what the governor will announce at the end of the month would not give enough time prepare for the multi-event filled fair.  Instead of the fair, the Mayor suggested a fall festival sometime in September or October.  Parks and Rec will be brainstorming and planning a possible fall event.  

Press Release:

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) was appointed by President Donald Trump to the White House task force on reopening the economy. Hawley, who introduced a Phase 4 coronavirus relief plan this month to rehire American workers and keep them on payrolls for the duration of the crisis, will join a bipartisan group of lawmakers to determine a path forward for getting Americans back to work as quickly and safely as possible.