Lee’s Summit Town Hall
Monday NewsLink: Public art; road closures & school news

Monday NewsLink: Public art; road closures & school news

June 29, 2020

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit and Shredd KC. I am Nick Parker and once again I am joined by The Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

LIESL: Each week, we'll take a few minutes to give you the news, happenings, and events around Lee's Summit.

NICK: Visitors are invited to explore the new Downtown Sculpture Walk. The new outdoor public art exhibit will be on display through March 2021 and features artists from across the country. The project, led by the Lee’s Summit Arts Council, City of Lee’s Summit Cultural Arts Department and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is planning for a rotation of sculptures each spring. The six sculptures currently on display were selected from a national call for artists and juried by members of the Arts Council and Downtown Main Street.

LIESL: A section of Southwest Murray Road south of Southwest Third Street is set to close tomorrow, June 30, and will remain closed for approximately 12 weeks for water line and road construction. The construction is part of the Third Street improvements project. Visit Link2LeesSummit.com for more details.

NICK: In a shift from last week’s announcement about virtual graduations, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District announced Tuesday afternoon it had reached an agreement with Sporting Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Park in Wyandotte County, Kan. to hold live in-person commencement ceremonies on July 26. Visit Link2LeesSummit.com for more details.

LIESL: The University of Central Missouri - Lee’s Summit campus’ virtual summer camps are available online for students from age 8 to 18+. Programs include:

  • Architectural and Mechanical 3D CADD for young adults age 15 to 18+.

  • Black Rocket Computer Science Online Programs for ages 8 to 14 including video game design and animation, inventing, programming, coding and YouTube content creation.

Visit Link2LeesSummit.com for more details.

NICK: Another piece of public art was unveiled last week. Lee’s Summit metal artist Dave Eames has created ‘Infinite Harvest,’ a colorful, 11-foot-tall representation of a large bushel basket as a gateway piece to the Summit Orchards development located at Chipman and Ward roads near the Missouri Innovation Campus.

LIESL: Have an event, tip, or question, contact us on Facebook & Instagram at Link 2 Lee’s Summit, on Twitter @lstownhall or through email nick@link2leessummit.com.

Their voices matter

Their voices matter

June 26, 2020

Today, I thought I would do something a little bit different and let you listen in on some of the young voices in our community. Last summer, a group of teens asked if they could take over the show for a few episodes to talk about some of the issues they were facing in our community. A year later, with the support of Lee’s Summit CARES, they have worked to launch their own podcast, I Can Relate. The topics are their own and so are the voices and the perspective.

In this, their first episode, the young hosts wanted to dig in on why it was important for their generation to find their voices and speak up on important issues. To help, they invited a peer from across the state line to tell his story of speaking up on mental health and suicide.

So for today’s episode, I want to give you an opportunity to discover this fantastic new member of my podcast family. I Can Relate is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and most of your favorite podcast apps. Episode 5 of 6 dropped today. A link to the podcast can be found in today’s show notes.

Here they are: Chidera, Olivia, Devynn, Rylee and Hudson with — I can relate.

https://icanrelatepodcast.podbean.com

A casting change & the (likely) return of in-person commencement for LSR7 class of 2020

A casting change & the (likely) return of in-person commencement for LSR7 class of 2020

June 24, 2020

New City of Lee’s Summit City Council members take the oath of office and Nick & Jason sit down with Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Emily Miller to talk about the district’s new plan to hold in-person commencements at Sporting Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Park in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Monday NewsLink: Graduations & Special Olympics go virtual… and more news from the community

Monday NewsLink: Graduations & Special Olympics go virtual… and more news from the community

June 22, 2020

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit and Shredd KC. I am Nick Parker and once again I am joined by The Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

LIESL: Each week, we'll take a few minutes to give you the news, happenings, and events around Lee's Summit.

NICK: Following guidance from the Jackson County Health Department, the Lee’s Summit R7 School District announced last week its post-poned graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 will be held virtually on July 25. The video commencement will be held for Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit West and Summit Ridge Academy graduates. Ceremony times will be announced at a later date.

LIESL: As with so many other events, Special Olympics Missouri pivoted its Summer games to a virtual format this year. Eight students from the LSR7 School District earned honors at the games. Congratulations to: Rhys Burke, Joslyn Sabol, Julius Jones, John Scheuer, Nolan Skelsey, Quentin Ford, Thomas Clapp and Anna Schwager. For more information, visit Link2Lee’s Summit.com.

NICK: Five principals and assistant principals from the LSR7 School District have filed discrimination lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Jackson County. Filing the suits are Heather Kenney, Jodi Mallette, Brooke Morehead, Stacy Orf and Beth Ratty.

LIESL: Public art projects continue to pop up around the community. In addition to sculptures in downtown and at some of the City’s parks, a new photo project has been unveiled outside the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street offices in the south alley off Third Street. Inspired by a project in Joplin, Mo, the We Are Lee’s Summit projects features hundreds of photos of Local residents using their own words to describe their place in our community. The project also contains an interactive feature for visitors to participate through social media. For more information visit the We Are Lee’s Summit Facebook page.

NICK: The Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation has launched a limited, matching-donation fundraiser to support local nonprofits in the fight against COVID-19. The foundation will donate matching funds for the first $5,000 raised from online contributions this sumer. All funds raised will be applied toward the COVID-related needs of local nonprofits. More details are available at Link2Lee’s Summit.com.

LIESL: Have an event, tip, or question, contact us on Facebook & Instagram at Link 2 Lee’s Summit, on Twitter @lstownhall or through email nick@link2leessummit.com.

Friday Conversation: Maryam Khalil on #OurStruggleLSR7, tackling racism in her community & the need to speak up

Friday Conversation: Maryam Khalil on #OurStruggleLSR7, tackling racism in her community & the need to speak up

June 19, 2020

Stanford University freshman and Lee's Summit West alum Maryam Khalil drops by the studio for a conversation about her role in launching the #OurStruggleLSR7 Twitter thread, petitioning the LSR7 School District for change, and her need to take on the issues of diversity and inclusion in Lee's Summit.

Some kudos; the many layers of the LR7 equity conversation & let’s all go to the market!

Some kudos; the many layers of the LR7 equity conversation & let’s all go to the market!

June 17, 2020

After a short, but needed, week off, Jason and Nick return to the podcast just in time to celebrate a group of involved citizens, see the City Council to take up the FY21 budget and to look at the LSR7 School District and community-wide conversation on equity and diversity. And in the second half of the show, Nick sits down with Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street's Ashley Nowell and local farmers Karin Velez and Katie Farrar for a conversation about the farmers market.

Monday NewsLink: Race & diversity conversations in Lee’s Summit; election results highlight local news

Monday NewsLink: Race & diversity conversations in Lee’s Summit; election results highlight local news

June 8, 2020

Your Monday NewsLink for the week of June 8, 2020. Election results, protests, rallies & conversations on race and equality dominate the news in the past week.

After 2-month delay, voters hit the polls for local elections

After 2-month delay, voters hit the polls for local elections

June 3, 2020

Despite a two-month delay, fears of leaving the house, changes to many polling locations and attention shifts to the pandemic and a national conversation on race, 16% of registered hit the polls on Tuesday for the local election. Hosts Nick Parker and Jason Norbury break down the results, which includes the election of the first African-American member of the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education.

Monday NewsLink: Phase 2 Reopening begins and Tuesday is Election Day

Monday NewsLink: Phase 2 Reopening begins and Tuesday is Election Day

June 1, 2020

Your Monday NewsLink for the week of June 1, 2020. Jackson County, Mo officially moves into Phase 2 of its reopening plan and a few notes about Tuesday's municipal election.

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