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Planning & Zoning Approves Medical Marijuana Growing Facility The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility during its March 11th meeting. The proposed site will encompass 6 acres zoned District M-1 (Light Industrial) located at the east end of South Outer Belt Road on the south side of Interstate 70 in Grain Valley.

Missouri Made Marijuana, LLC, plans to build a medical marijuana cultivation facility which will include three separate buildings when completed. Phase 1 will include a 28,000 square foot facility capable of producing 600 pounds of medical marijuana per month. Phase 2 includes the construction of two

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Public Hearing and Citizen Comments Highlight Board of Aldermen Meeting The City of Grain Valley Board of Aldermen meeting on March 9th was an informative and lengthy meeting. Two ordinance votes, a public hearing, and citizen comments created items of interest for those in attendance. Chuck Johnston and Roy Miller came forward to address the Board during citizen participation. Johnston made a sunshine request for the RFP bid submitted by Sapp Design Architects for the community campus project. Sapp Design Architects were present for the meeting and presented a timeline and update of where they were in planning dependent on how the residents of Grain Valley vote on April 7th regarding the $40 million proposed community campus project. Miller voiced concern about being stopped on Main Street at the railroad crossing in Grain Valley frequently over the last four months by trains. Miller

requested the Board address his complaint with the railroads. Mayor Mike Todd deferred to Chief of Police James Beale regarding the matter. Beale indicated he would follow up with the appropriate railroads alleged. The public hearing on the Board’s agenda was for The Lofts at Old Towne Marketplace. City Community Development Director Mark Trosen provided a report to the Board on the proposed 154 multi-family units to be built on SW Eagles Parkway. The breakdown for the accommodations of the units is 10% one bedroom units, 80% two bedroom units, and 10% three bedroom units. Part of the plan is for a mixed use amenity building on the first floor of Building A that will consist of an indoor pool, pickle ball courts, exercise room, theater room, wi-fi cafÊ, and leasing office. Trosen added that the zoning of the 1.2 acres of

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The Grain Valley Lady Eagles won against the Nevada Lady Tigers on March 10th. They will play next on Saturday, March 14th at 6:00pm against Lincoln College Prep at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Full story on page 11. Photo credit: Valley News


Page 2 MARIJUANA continued from page 1 additional buildings and additional parking. Applicant Randy Black was in attendance to answer Commission members’ questions, and indicated that demand from dispensaries would dictate how quickly the buildings planned in phase two would be needed. Commissioners had a number of questions for Black, his attorney, and engineer, including concerns about security and water usage. Steven Lucas, attorney for Missouri Made Marijuana, LLC, addressed concerns regarding the security of the facility. An 8 foot fence will surround the facility, which will bear discreet signage and be protected by cement ballasts. The facility will feature a network of 4-way video monitoring, door contacts, motion sensors to detect intrusion, and unauthorized access is prevented with biometric scanners and card readers to record entries and limit access to authorized persons. “I can assure you that this facility is going to be one of the most secure facilities ever approved by the City,” Lucas said. Black detailed his background for the Commission, stating he has been in the cultivation business over 6 years,

following a career in real estate development and the casino industry. Black owns similar facilities in Nevada. The fully hydroponic facility will be staffed by approximately 15 employees per shift. The facility will run three shifts daily. “It’s really important for us as applicants to find a place where we fit, where we can be good neighbors, and also where we can be granted a license,” Black said. Dan Nelson, a Grain Valley resident and pending dispensary owner in the Blue Springs area, stepped forward to voice his support for the facility. The proposal will move to the Board of Aldermen for approval, and the owner’s attorney indicated construction at the site would move quickly following approval. In other business, AvidAir International, a business that overhauls and repairs compressor case assemblies in aircraft helicopters, received approval for a request of zoning change from District C-2 (General Business) to District M-1 (Light Industrial) on a 3 acre tract of land located north of RD Mize Road near the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall.

Rendering provided in the application illustrates the layout of the proposed cultivation facility.

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BOARD continued from page 1 property would have to be changed to R -3P or Multi-Family Residential DistrictPlanned Overlay. Public notice was provided for the hearing as well as a letter to property owners within 185 feet of the proposed development site. The City Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted for approval of the proposal on February 12th. Todd and the Board questioned the representative from Ward Development present at the hearing. Inquiries ranged from the estimated monthly rental cost of units to studies done on traffic analysis and the needed water and sewer capacity for the proposed development. Ward Development estimated that rental cost for a one bedroom unit would start at

approximately $900 and increase to $1,200 for a three bedroom unit. The Board unanimously passed (by a 6-0 vote) the first reading of Ordinance B20-06 involving the change in zoning for The Lofts at Old Towne Marketplace. It will be brought back before the Board for a second reading and vote in the near future. In other business, the Board also unanimously approved the second reading of Ordinance B20-05 in seeking to gain final plat approval for Mercado Plaza where Papa Murphy’s and Guthrie Dental are located along Buckner Tarsney Road. The next Board of Aldermen meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, March 23rd at City Hall.

Police Blotter

The following information is derived from the Grain Valley Police Department daily calls for service log for the week of February 26—March 3, 2020. February 26, 2020 500 Block Shorthorn 300 Block Front St 800 Block Thieme 1700 Block Helen Ct 100 Block Broadway 700 Block Main St 100 Block Sunny Ln

Citizen Contact Open Door Check the Well Being Citizen Contact Agency Assist (OGPD) Citizen Contact Disturbance

February 27, 2020 1100 Blk Buckner Tarsney 700 Block Main St 700 Block Main St

Citizen Contact Citizen Assist Property Damage

February 28, 2020 Main/I 70 Hwy 700 Block Main St 200 Block Jefferson US 40 Hwy SW Eagles Pkwy/Cross Creek 35000 Block McQuerry 200 Block Jefferson Dogwood/Elmwood 500 Block Rust Rd 500 Block Shorthorn 600 Block Broadway Old US 40 Hwy 200 Block E Broadway

Motor Vehicle Accident Citizen Contact Suspicious Person Suspicious Activity Check the Well Being Agency Assist (JCSO) Suspicious Vehicle Shots Fired Unattended Death Citizen Assist Harassment Debris in Roadway Suspicious Vehicle

February 29, 2020 1100 Block Baytree x 2

Stealing From Motor Vehicle 1100 Block Blue Branch Harassment Meadow/Long Recovered Property 1200 Block Baytree Found Property 700 Block Main St Citizen Contact 700 Block Main St Citizen Contact 1200 Block Baytree Stealing From Motor Vehicle WB I 70 Hwy Exit Ramp Motorist Assist 300 Block Hazel Agency Assist (Buckner PD) 800 Block Harvest Alarm Sni-A-Bar/Brome Suspicious Person 1100 Blk Buckner Tarsney Rd Motor Vehicle Accident 700 Block Foxtail Suspicious Person 700 Block Main St Citizen Assist

1400 Block Willow 1200 Block SW 4th St 800 Block Ridgeview 800 Block San Kar 700 Block Main St 700 Block Main St March 1, 2020 700 Block Main St 200 Block Woodbury 300 Block Front St Valleywoods/Long Dr 100 Block Armstrong LeeAnn/Nelson 400 Block Whitestone 500 Block Broadway 1200 Block Sawgrass Indian Creek/Graystone March 2, 2020 1500 Block Nicholas 700 Block Main St 700 Block Main St 1200 Block Ashley 900 Block Cedar 100 Block Aaron Ct 700 Block Main St

Assault Agency Assist (OGPD) Burglary Stolen Vehicle Suspicious Person Disturbance Citizen Contact Alarm Assault Stealing Stealing From Motor Vehicle ATV on Roadway Unattended Death Missing Juvenile Stealing Nuisance Animal

400 Block Wolf Creek

Disturbance Runaway Juvenile Citizen Contact Parking Complaint Identity Theft Open Door Stealing From Motor Vehicle Citizen Contact Stealing From Motor Vehicle Suspicious Vehicle

March 3, 2020 300 Block Rock Creek Ln 1400 Block Nicholas 400 Block Laura Ln 700 Block Main St 1300 Block Blue Branch 500 Block Centurion 600 Block Albatross 1100 Block McQuerry

Open Door Suspicious Activity Parking Complaint Motor Vehicle Accident Agency Assist (CJC) Citizen Assist Property Damage Animal at Large

200 Block Cross Creek 1200 Block Stokman Ct

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Looking Back:

A Look At Broadway Street Circa 1910 by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society

This is the first of many photographs which I will be sharing with you over the next several weeks. It was taken between 1910 and 1925. I have been unsuccessful in determining the exact date, but I will share what I do know. Any help you can provide in determining a more precise date would be appreciated. First of all, note that you are looking north on Broadway Street from just south of the railroad tracks. Today, this is Main Street. The first building on the left is the Bank of Grain Valley which was established in 1905. When built, the door was on the corner. I wonder when that was changed? Beyond the vacant lot is a small white frame building located at or near where the Historical Society is today. I wonder when the current brick structure was built? Beyond the frame building, one can recognize the roof line of the Christian Church which was built in 1910 (destroyed by fire in 1978). And, in the far distance, with enlargement or a magnifying glass, one can recognize the roof line of the first brick school built in 1909 and destroyed by fire in 1925. I wonder what house is in between the church and school? On the right, nearest the railroad is Warren Webb Hardware, circa 1900, and the brick building behind it was originally a hotel, one of three in Grain Valley during the early 1900s. Both were destroyed by fire in 1959. Just to the north of the hotel is a building with an

Photo credit: Grain Valley Historical Society old telephone sign attached to the front of the building, just above the door. Yes, those are telephone poles. I have attempted to learn exactly when Grain Valley got telephones but have thus far been unsuccessful. I wonder when Grain Valley got electricity?

So, I’m left with more questions than answers for this week’s photograph. Are those car tire tracks or buggy tracks on the muddy street? Was the photograph “staged,” or were there only four people in town. Finally, are you as curious as me? Who are those men? And where are the ladies?

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contact with our hospital partners at the local and regional levels. CJCFPD also participates in much of the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) planning aimed at addressing community needs during potential ‘surges’ of patients secondary to disease or injury. Our Medial Director and our Infection Control Officer are both monitoring evolving information from the CDC, Jackson County Health Department, and other sources,” Portz said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health officials, including the Jackson County Health Department, encourage residents to assist in prevention efforts. Kayla Parker, Communications Specialist with the Jackson County Health Department, encourages all residents to take part in preventative measures to stay healthy this winter season. “We recommend getting a flu vaccine, washing your hands with soap and warm water, staying at home if you’re sick, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed,” Parker said. “As with past influenza seasons,

the possibility of school closings exists so we suggest making sure you have back-up plans for childcare. Further, as has been the case with almost all flu seasons, expect extended waits in emergency rooms. You might consider coordinating with your Primary Care Physician for non-emergency complaints,” Portz said. “Know that local public health departments have been preparing for a widespread outbreak for a long time. We are working together to make sure our community is prepared for COVID-19 by listening to guidance from local, state and federal health officials, sharing prevention information, testing our response plans, and reviewing lessons learned from previous outbreaks, such as H1N1 and measles,” Parker said. “We continue to monitor the situation as it rapidly evolves. We encourage residents to visit www.cdc.gov/ncov19 for the latest information and guidance, as well as follow local health department social media.”

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While Threat Remains Low, Local Officials Monitor Coronavirus and Offer Prevention Tips Concerns over the outbreak of the respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (the disease caused by the virus has been abbreviated as “COVID-19”) has dominated national media in recent weeks. While the threat remains low in Missouri, local agencies and businesses are preparing for a potential outbreak in our region and working to remind residents of the many ways they can assist in prevention efforts. Grain Valley Schools has focused its efforts on educating students at school on proper handwashing and encouraging parents to reinforce healthy habits in the home. In a statement released to parents and community members on March 3rd, Denise Beach, RN, Director of Health Services for Grain Valley Schools emphasized the district is continuing to work with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Jackson County Health Department to monitor the situation but emphasized the overall importance of healthy practices as it relates to the flu virus and other viruses. These healthy habits include

instructing children on proper handwashing, cleaning surfaces and toys frequently, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve, and keeping children home from school if they are sick. Local governments and public service agencies are keeping an eye on the situation as well. Sara Nadeau, Public Information Officer with the City of Grain Valley, stated the City would follow the lead of the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency in its prevention and response efforts. Chip Portz, Chief of Community Risk Reduction with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, says their response protocols always include protection of firefighters from communicable diseases, and these measures would be the same if COVID-19 were to become an issue in the area. “Our preparation in general is kind of the same prep we take with any other potential infectious disease, whether it be coming in contact with a patient having tuberculosis or another infectious agent. We continue to be involved and in


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Cable Dahmer Acquires Naming Rights To Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

Truman Heartland Community Foundation Awarded $60,000 Grant For Job Skills Program Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in support of their new community initiative, Job Skills for New Careers. A collaborative partnership with Community Services League, Herndon Career Center, Mid-Continent Public Library and University of Central Missouri (UCM), Job Skills for New Careers is aimed at helping break the cycle of poverty by providing no-charge job training for in-demand careers. This grant will help Truman Heartland and partners provide wraparound support services through Community Services League, such as public benefits counseling and financial coaching, to assist in removing barriers that may prevent program participants from successfully completing their training. “We believe that these wraparound services are the key to this program’s success,” Phil Hanson, President and CEO of Truman Heartland Community Foundation said. “Low-income workers are faced with many different challenges. Wraparound services help them navigate these hurdles and reach their goals both during the program and for the future.” Through this initiative, participants will be matched with support services through Community Services League, community resources through MidContinent Public Library and opportunities for trainings available through Herndon Career Center and UCM in fields that pay living wages and are in high demand in the region, including

healthcare, other medical fields and skilled industrial trades. These services will all be provided at no cost to the participants. “The collaboration between several community partners will ensure more individuals have pathways to highdemand careers that require a postsecondary credential and have the support to navigate challenges along the way,” Amy Gale, Senior Program Officer in Education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation said. “With a focus on connecting education to regional workforce needs, the Kauffman Foundation is honored to be able to support this work.” In addition to funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Truman Heartland fundholders are helping kickstart this new partnership. In late 2019, Truman Heartland set out to raise $120,000 to fund the training of 48 people in the first year. Fundholders responded generously and to date they are 90 percent to goal with $109,000. “This initiative has the potential to make a long-term impact on the entire region,” Hanson said. “We are grateful for the expertise of our partners and the support of Kauffman and so many caring individuals in our community.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the first cohort planned to launch in March. Visit newskills.cslcares.org to learn more and to apply for job training and support through the Job Skills for New Careers initiative.

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A new multi-year partnership was announced March 9th between Spectra, the providers of venue management to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, and the City of Independence with Cable Dahmer Automotive Group, renaming the arena Cable Dahmer Arena. The deal, approved by Independence Events Center Management Corporation, includes major exterior and interior signage and brand recognition in all advertising for the facility. New signage is expected to be in place by April 1st.

The arena’s website domain as well as social media will change to reflect the arena’s new name on March 31st. “We, at Cable Dahmer, are honored to take on the sponsorship of Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. We look forward to sponsoring several community events and supporting the home of the beloved Mavericks and Comets,” Carlos Ledezma, Owner/CEO of Cable Dahmer Automotive Group said.

January Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Rate Remains Low The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its January Jobs Report, indicating that while the unemployment rate increased slightly, the rate remains at record lows. Employment increased by 9,000 jobs in January while the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.5 percent over the month. The unemployment rate had reached a record low of 3.0 percent starting in

July 2018, before edging up a tenth of a point in November 2018 and again in December 2018. The rate had remained at 3.2 percent through April 2019 before decreasing by a tenth of a point in May 2019. It then began a slow increase, reaching 3.4 percent in October 2019, where it remained for the remainder of 2019.

Economic Impact of a Super Bowl Win There’s no doubt the end of the Kansas City Chiefs 50-year Super Bowl drought had a lasting impact on fans, but the team's historic win is also likely causing economic benefits. Missouri University of Science and Technology economics professor Dr. Michael Davis found that winning NFL teams boost local income by $100 per capita. Teams that go on to win the Super Bowl bring an additional bonus amounting to $20 per capita. According to a study published by

Davis and Xavier University psychology professor Dr. Christian End, winning sports teams generate more purchases, consumption, and even increased productivity due to happier fans. Successful teams also tend to attract larger fan bases. Overall, Davis and End's study found that 10 or 11 season game wins, when combined with a Super Bowl victory, is enough to spur an additional $120 in personal income per person within metropolitan areas.


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Wayne’s World

A Cheesy Discussion About Being Passive-Aggressive by Wayne Geiger

“I’ll get him lunch,” I said to my wife, heading to the kitchen. The grandson said that he was hungry as he and my wife were playing. Getting my grandson to eat something he likes, and that is nutritious, can be a challenge. You win some. You lose some. He does love peanut butter and waffles (organic, of course) and if it was up to him, he would eat it twice a day, every day. But, it’s not up to him. It’s up to MawMaw. “He wants a grilled cheese,” my wife exclaimed from the living room. “Grilled cheese?” I said questioning her dietary selection. “Yes, he’ll eat it and I only buy the real cheese, not that fake oil stuff.” “Okay,” I shouted from the kitchen. It’s a well-known fact, throughout the Geiger house, that I make the best grilled cheese, an honor that I take very seriously. The secret to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is patience. The heat of the pan is key. You must have a medium heat so as not to scorch the bread. There is no rushing the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. It takes time. Once the pan has reached medium heat, drop in a pad of butter. Ensure that the entire pan is covered and then delicately put in the sandwich. Move the sandwich around for maximum exposure while pressing down, only slightly, with a spatula. No one likes smooshed grilled cheese sandwiches (except for Snickers, but that dog will eat anything). The initial goal is to get the bread a golden brown. Then, you pick up the sandwich, drop in another pad and do the other side. After side two has reached golden perfection, continue to flip the sandwich until the cheese is perfectly melted. “You should put in two pieces of cheese,” came a voice from behind me. My wife, who is an amazing chef and oversees all aspects of the kitchen and kitchen staff, wanted me to alter my recipe. She has secretly desired to undermine my title of best grilled cheese maker for years.

“I really don’t like using two pieces of cheese,” I protested mildly. “Well, I want to make sure that he gets enough protein, and two pieces of cheese will help.” For a brief moment, I thought about going over her head and asking the grandson what he preferred. He loves my grilled cheese and I would imagine that if I informed him of a departure from the original recipe, he would rebel. But, I decided it probably wasn’t worth it. Knowing that it’s best not to come between a MawMaw and her grandson’s protein needs, I gave in to the pressure and begrudgingly slapped on another piece of cheese. Unfortunately, adding another piece of cheese alters the cooking method. According to several cheesy websites, the average cheese melts at about 130° F. Mozzarella, which is a soft cheese with a high-moisture content, melts at around 150°F. For aged cheeses with low moisture, like cheddar and swiss, it’s about 180°F. Now, I’m not a chemist or even a chef, but I do know that if you add another piece of cheese, you need to extend the cooking time—and pay careful attention that it does not burn. I was not prepared for the new recipe and the added cooking time. When I finished my creation, I was less than ecstatic with the result. The cheese was melted perfectly, but one side was a little “browner”. I cut it in half and put the darker side down on the plate. I smiled and proudly took it out to my grandson. “Tell PawPaw thank you,” my wife said. “Tank you Paw—Paw,” he muttered sweetly. I headed back to the kitchen to make a turkey sandwich for me. Several moments later, my wife informed me, “He won’t eat it.” I asked him, “What’s wrong? You didn’t even try it.” “I want peanut butter,” he said. “Why?” I asked? Is there something wrong with it? “I want something else,” he said a little perturbed. “But, why,” I pressed. “You wanted it a minute ago and the last

time I made it you loved it. If you don’t like it, tell PaPa why so that I know and can make it the special way you like it,” I pleaded. “It’s got yucky brown stuff” he said. He was referring to the edges that were a little brown and the bottom that I attempted to hide. MawMaw intervened, “That’s the melted butter that makes it taste yummy” she said, trying to salvage the situation. Nothing doing. We have known for years that he doesn’t like anything that has brown. Peanut butter and organic waffles to the rescue. One of the things I’m trying to teach my grandson is to have honest, open communication. Communication scholars use the term, passiveaggressive, to describe a negative communication strategy. Most definitions of passive-aggression have to do with getting angry, but not responding with honesty, yet secretly hoping the other person will catch the gist. “No one ever invites me to lunch,” a coworker may say. There are several layers to that comment. The person is experiencing hurt and confusion. Naturally, there may be reasons why that person is not invited to lunch, but not the focus of this article. Some passive-aggressive behavior has nothing to do with anger, but a person’s desire to want other people to care about them. “I wish I had time to make a cup of coffee,” a person may exclaim. What they want is a cup of coffee (who doesn’t?). What they’re saying is that, for some reason or another, they are unable to get themselves a cup of coffee and hope someone else will get the gist. From the listener’s perspective, you might respond by saying, “Wow, stinks to be you, doesn’t it?” or “Is your hand

broke?” A better response might be, “Hey, it sounds like you really could use a cup of coffee, but just can’t get free from what you’re doing. If you’d like me to, I wouldn’t mind getting you a cup.” The second response recognizes the deeper issue but responds by asking the other person to be honest and open and communicate what they really want. That’s a win, but not a win/win. It’s best for the speaker themselves to communicate honestly and openly. Back to our coffee story, the person who wanted the cup could say, “I have a special request. I could really use a cup of coffee, but I just can’t leave this project right now. If possible, I would really appreciate it if you would get me a cup.” That request recognizes the need, the dependency upon someone else to meet the need, and then communicates the desire in an honest and respectful way. Whether that request is honored or denied, either way, at least you’ve communicated your heart and your thoughts without any pretense or hidden agenda. My grandson refused to eat my grilled cheese sandwich. However, it was not a total loss. I got him to share his heart. In addition, I got to eat half of the grilled cheese, and my wife ate the other half. It wasn’t my very best grilled cheese sandwich, but it wasn’t half bad. And, because I was forced to alter my original recipe, I was able to retain my title as the best grilled cheese maker in the Geiger house.

Wayne Geiger is the Pastor of First Baptist Grain Valley, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Speech, and freelance writer.

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Guest Column: Dr. Marc Snow Grain Valley Schools Community, We are working to keep pace with the growth that we are experiencing at Grain Valley High School. Our school district has placed a school bond issue on the ballot for the April 7, 2020 election. This is a $14.5 million dollar bond issue to complete Phase 5 at Grain Valley High School, which focuses on expanding instructional space for our performing arts programs. Phase 5 includes: Band Room Percussion Room Choir Room Stagecraft Room Drama Classroom Black Box Theater Additional Parking Renovations to the Jerry Mueller Performing Arts Center The arts are very important to us in Grain Valley, and this phase of work will provide more space that is suitable for students to receive instruction, practice their craft, and

share their talents with our community. Although not every high school student is involved in the performing arts programs, when our growing performing arts programs have more space designated for their program needs, more space is available for other instruction and extra-curricular programs too. Having created the masterplan as the result of community input back in 2012, we are past the halfway mark to realizing a high school with a capacity to hold up to 1600 students (400 per grade level) with the wider corridors and the infrastructure, parking, and activity spaces for a high school that size. This year we have 1,352 high school students and grade levels that range from 299 (seniors) to 367 (freshmen class). Back in 2018, a bond issue passed for Phase 4 that led to a new media center, student counseling center, health room center, courtyard space, and school offices at the high school. A school bond issue passed by voters in 2019 led to the final build-out of North Middle School, a project that will be completed within a few weeks. You may be asking, “Why not just build a second high school?” In 2012, when we had just over 900 students

at the high school, the feedback we received at public meetings was solidly opposed to opening a second high school too soon, resulting in two smaller high schools instead of one high school with as many as 1600 students. There may come a time in our future when a second high school is needed, but those discussions are not likely to happen for years to come. We anticipate at least two to three more phases of new construction to Grain Valley High School in the coming years, plus renovations to the original section of the school and the creation of a second commons area just south of the courtyard. Some phases may be more exciting than others, but each is an important step towards the completion of the full project. The completion of Phase 5 and relocation of the band and choir instructional spaces will make room for a larger second competition gymnasium in a later phase of the long-range masterplan. The new gymnasium is not included in Phase 5, but Phase 5 makes room for it in a later addition. Other needs we anticipate as a district in the future are to address overcrowding and the need for repairs to our district administrative

office building. These offices have been housed in a converted home on Pink Hill Road built in 1956 and acquired by our school district in 2004. Addressing district administrative office needs are not a part of this April 7, 2020 school bond issue. The next school need we anticipate is a fifth elementary school, but that is not expected for at least five to ten years. Passage of this bond issue does not require raising the district’s debt service tax levy rate. In passing a bond issue, the community gives us permission to borrow the funds needed for capital improvements, such as classroom additions and equipment. We are not borrowing more than we can afford to pay back using our current debt service tax levy rate. More information is available under the DISTRICT tab of our website at GrainValleySchools.org. Please call us at (816) 847-5006 or e-mail us at news@gvr5.net if you have any questions. We hope you vote on April 7. Sincerely, Dr. Marc Snow Superintendent, Grain Valley Schools


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2020 Census

Invitations To Respond Arrive In Households March 12-20

The 2020 Census is getting underway and is ready for America to respond as the first invitations begin to arrive at the nation’s estimated 140 million households March 12-20. For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail. “Invitations are arriving in mailboxes across the country, and everyone will receive an invitation to respond through the mail or from a census worker soon,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said. “We are encouraging everyone to respond once they receive their 2020 Census invitation.” A sample of the 2020 Census questionnaire is available on 2020census.gov along with more information about when most people will receive their invitations in the mail. The invitation mailings are addressed to “Resident” at the household address and do not include an individual’s name. In areas more likely to respond online,

mailings contain information on how to respond online. Households in areas of the country that are less likely to respond via the internet will also receive a paper questionnaire in their first mailing, along with information on how to respond online. All nonresponding households will receive a paper questionnaire after two more reminder mailings. Along with the invitations, people can expect to find an overview of the census, a description of language assistance in English plus 12 non-English languages and a census ID number linked to their address. About 13 million households across the nation will receive bilingual English/ Spanish invitations and questionnaires. For a small portion of the country, in areas where mail is generally not delivered to the physical location of residences (e.g., small towns with P.O. box-only delivery), census enumerators

will visit households to either handdeliver invitations and paper questionnaires or to conduct interviews with households to collect their census data. The 2020 Type of Enumeration Area Viewer, an interactive map application, shows how different geographic areas will be invited to respond to the 2020 Census and which areas will not receive an invitation. “Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and it’s key to shaping the future of your community,” Dillingham said. “The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and influences how hundreds of billions of dollars in public

funds are allocated for critical public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges over the next 10 years.” The Census Bureau has created an interactive response rates map at 2020census.gov/response-rates so America can keep track of how they’re doing. Beginning on March 20, the map will be updated daily to reflect current response rates from communities around the country. For comparison, the map also displays the final response rate from the 2010 Census.

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Swiping Payment Cards At The Pump Could Put Your Card Information At Risk (BPT) - Have you paid for gas recently at the pump where you've had to swipe your credit or debit card? At gas stations across the U.S., criminals are skimming cards and stealing payment card data from consumers paying at older fuel pumps. This is because the majority of fuel stations still use insecure outdoor fuel pumps with point of sale (POS) systems that read the magnetic stripe on the back of a payment card to process the purchase of gas instead of POS systems that use more secure EMV(R) chip card readers. In fact, the U.S. Secret Service estimates that roughly 20 to 30 skimmers are discovered a week on fuel pumps, with an average of about 80 payment cards copied on it when the skimmers are removed. Stolen payment account information can be subsequently printed onto duplicate credit or debit cards and used by criminals to make unauthorized

purchases at stores and fuel pumps that do not have chip-enabled POS systems draining a cardholder's checking or savings account or maximizing their credit card balance. The industry calls this counterfeit payment fraud or counterfeit card fraud. Currently, counterfeit payment fraud experienced by fuel merchants at the pump is absorbed by the financial institution that issued the payment card to the consumer. That's about to change. Fraud dollars may be absorbed by independent and franchise owners of fuel stations on Oct. 1, 2020 if their pumps are not upgraded to process chip cards. Depending on how much fraud a station experiences, it could become a significant burden to station owners. But this can be avoided. For Visa cards, liability for fraud dollars stays with card-issuing financial institutions and does not shift to station owners if fuel pumps are chip-enabled.

Chip technology is proven to prevent counterfeit fraud. In fact, according to payment company Visa, non-fuel merchants that are chip enabled have experienced a significant 81 percent decrease in counterfeit fraud dollars. However, troubling statistics show only about 7 percent of fuel pumps nationwide are processing chip transactions.

For station owners, there's no time to waste - contact your hardware or fuel provider for information on how to upgrade your pumps. For consumers, make sure to pay with a chip card at a fuel pump that is chip-enabled. If you're not sure if the pump is safe, pay inside with your chip card.


Outdoors & Recreation

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MDC Connects Newcomers With Wild Turkey Hunting Classes by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation

Hunting the wary wild turkey connects people with nature’s spring blush, and perhaps lands a gobbler for the table. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers free classes that help newcomers get the skills and confidence they need to hunt turkeys. Classes offered in coming weeks in the Kansas City area can help new hunters learn turkey lore. MDC’s Lake City Shooting Range will offer a free turkey hunting basics class from 8 to 10:00am on Saturday, March 28th, at the 28505 E. Truman Road in Buckner. Instructors will teach how to distinguish between gobblers and hens, turkey habits and habitats, regulations, equipment, safe hunting strategies, and preparing harvested game for cooking. Veteran turkey hunters can also benefit from tips on scouting, decoys, calling,

and shot placement. Registration is required in this class and it is open to all ages. To register, visit MDC’s events webpage, https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZsF. The Lake City range will also offer a free shotgun patterning class from 8:00am to 10:00am on Saturday, April 4th. Knowing the pattern shape your shotgun and shells provide can make a big difference in turkey hunting success. Experts will show how to combine chokes and ammunition for effective patterns. This program is open to participants age 11 and older. Registration is required. To register, visit https:// short.mdc.mo.gov/Zst. To learn more about spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit https:// short.mdc.mo.gov/ZeZ.

Wild turkey gobblers are interesting and colorful birds, very wary, and hunting them is a challenge but fun as spring unfolds in forests and fields. MDC will offer free workshops in the Kansas City area this spring that can teach newcomers how to hunt turkeys. Photo credit: MDC

MDC Offers Free Fishing And Tackle Maintenance Lessons by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation

The warm days come and go during March’s fickle weather, but the daylight hours get persistently longer each week. Warmer temperatures and more light put fish and anglers on the move in spring’s cusp. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers free classes that can help newcomers learn how to fish or help angling veterans learn how to maintain tackle. MDC’s Discover Nature—Fishing program gives participants the basic skills and hands-on experience needed to go fishing with confidence and catch fish. The four-lesson format covers fish biology, where to fish, tackle and equipment, regulations, and preparing fish for the table. Workshops are also offered on specific fish species and keeping tackle in tip-top shape. A class entitled Basic Fishing Reel Maintenance and Repair will be offered from 6:00pm—8:30pm on Tuesday,

March 31, at MDC’s Kansas City Regional Office classroom, 12405 S.E. Ranson Road in Lee’s Summit. The office is reached via the entrance road at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Participants will learn how the preform basic maintenance and make common repairs on spin casting reels, spinning reels, and bait casters. Registration is requested by March 30. To register, visit https:// short.mdc.mo.gov/Zep. The crappie is a highly popular panfish in Missouri and a fish that can be relatively easy to catch during the spring spawning season. They are fun to catch and a fine-flavored fish to eat. A workshop on how to catch crappie while fishing from shore or from a boat will be offered from 8:00am—Noon on Saturday, April 4. Classroom instruction will be presented at MDC’s Kansas City Regional Office. Then the workshop will

move to Gopher Lake at the Reed Area for actual fishing experience. MDC will provide all equipment, tackle, and bait for this program. A valid Missouri fishing permit is not required to fish during the workshop. But participants wishing to keep any fish they catch during the workshop will need a permit. Registration is requested by April 3. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ ZeG. A class on fishing rod repair will be offered from 6:00pm—8:30pm on Tuesday, April 7, at MDC’s Kansas City Regional Office. Participants will learn how to perform simple repairs to damaged rods like replacing tips and line guides. They will also learn how make more complicated repairs like fixing a rod that's been broken in two. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ ZeN. A Discover Nature—Fishing lesson 1

Photo credit: MDC

class will be offered from 9:30am—Noon on Saturday, April 11. Lesson 2 will be held from 6:00pm—8:30pm on Wednesday, April 15. Lessons 3 and 4 will be offered from 6:00pm—8:30pm on Wednesday, April 22. All lessons will be held at the Prairie Hollow Educational Lake at the Reed Area. For more information about all of MDC’s Discover Nature—Fishing lessons, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z4y.

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Sports

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Lady Eagles Come From Behind To Claim District Title by John Unrein

A custody battle broke out over the Show-Me Missouri shaped Class 4, District 14 Girls Basketball trophy after the Lady Eagles 58-39 victory over the Center Yellowjackets on March 6th. Seniors Keely Hill and Savannah Scott took turns removing the prize from one another’s arms before embracing it as the team celebrated the victory with family and friends at Oak Grove High School. The scene was jovial and well deserved as the Grain Valley Lady Eagles fought hard for their come from behind victory. Hill’s 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks were just icing on the cake for someone who was most concerned about her team continuing to advance in the playoffs. “There were some nerves at the beginning. I didn’t want this to be my last game. I played my heart out, and it turned out well for us. We played the best we’ve played all year tonight,” Hill said. “Center is a very good rebounding team. Their post players are strong, and I felt it was my duty to influence shots and get as many rebounds as I could.” Freshman Grace Slaughter also used the court as a stage to turn in an impressive performance in helping her team to victory. Slaughter would collect 35 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Lady Eagles Head Basketball Coach Randy Draper shared a hug with Slaughter after the game as both smiled from ear to ear. “Tonight, was so much fun. We were all shaking before the game with nerves. That pushed us to want to win even more. At halftime, we were down by one point (22-21). We felt better than the score as a group,” Slaughter said. “The second half we came out on fire. We moved the basketball and made a couple of important three point baskets. This win is so enjoyable after a great night of basketball.” Grain Valley indeed did have a strong start to the second half. They went on an 8-3 run during the first four minutes of the third quarter that allowed them to capture a lead they would not relinquish. One of the key ingredients to the Eagles second half success was finding an answer to slow down Center Guard

Lisa Thomas. The senior for the Yellowjackets was her team’s leading scorer with 25 points. Center’s scoring momentum was halted at the 7:30 mark of the fourth quarter by Eagles Guard Cameryn Bown who drew a charge against Thomas under the Center basket. Bown would go on to make three important plays across the next three minutes of the fourth quarter that would keep the Yellowjackets off the scoreboard. Bown followed her defensive stop against Thomas with an assist to Slaughter under the basket with six minutes left in the game that continued to stretch the Eagles lead. The 5’ 6” freshman would also force a jump ball and secure a rebound on a strong box out at the 3:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter prior to fouling out. Bown’s physical play was an inspiration to her teammates and head coach. “In the second half, we did what we do best. Our defense was great. Grace (Slaughter) is hard to guard. We thought too much in the first half and played hard instead in the second half,” Draper said. “Cameryn’s (Bown) effort was big for us tonight as well. We’ve been working with her in practice on how to handle to pressure and double teams. Our hope has been that her athletic ability would take over and the stress would go away for her.” Draper concluded, “Bown’s three pointer early in the game helped our scoring. That charge she took in the fourth quarter though was huge. The box out for the rebound was a physical effort as well.” Bown was pleased with her efforts and what they yielded in helping her team advance. “I knew we didn’t want this to be our last game and I wanted the seniors to keep playing. I wanted to give my best effort so this team could win,” Bown said. The District title win for the Eagles pushed their record to 19-7 for the season. The senior leadership of Hill and Scott combined with the youth on Grain Valley’s roster continue to be a recipe for success.

The Grain Valley Lady Eagles Basketball team celebrates Class 4, District 14 Championship. Photo credit: John Overstreet

Junior Malia Guttierrez sinks a three pointer to open the scoring in the game. Photo credit: Valley News staff

Freshman Grace Slaughter drives to the basket. Photo credit: John Overstreet

Freshman Cameryn Bown sinks a three point shot from beyond the arc. Photo credit: Valley News staff


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Lady Eagles Come Up Big In Playoff Win by John Unrein

“Never mess with a streak,” Lady Eagles Assistant Basketball Coach Pete Carpino said when asked if it was consecutive games he had worn a sweater vest. In fact, the whole Grain Valley Lady Eagles Basketball Coaching Staff were clad in sweater vests during their 36-27 Class 4 Playoff win on March 10th against the Nevada Lady Tigers. The fashion trend started when the Eagles won the District Championship against the Center Yellowjackets the week prior. The first quarter got off to a slow start for both teams. Grain Valley came away empty from their first four offensive possessions before Head Coach Randy Draper called a timeout and encouraged his team to relax. Nevada was slow to score as well, due to Draper starting the game defensively in a 1-3-1 zone that stymied his opponent’s ability to swing the ball and shoot from behind the arc. Tough defense displayed by both teams allowed for meager scoring early in the game. Grain Valley managed just one basket and trailed by a score of 4-2 after the opening period. Nevada opened the second quarter attacking the bottom and baselines of Grain Valley’s 1-3-1 zone with success. Their momentum was halted with 5:31 left in the period when Freshman Grace Slaughter blocked a shot on the wing and went coast to coast for a layup. The basket gave the Eagles an 8-6 lead. Grain Valley would go into halftime ahead by the score of 14-10. Draper discussed his strategy and team’s effort. “Our zone is a little bit different in the rules we play it under. We were fearful the whole time. I will tell you I had my hand on the button to go man the whole night. They (Nevada) had three players that concerned us with how well they shoot the basketball,” Draper said. “We are able to cover so much ground with our zone due to the way that (Malia) Guttierrez, (Jordyn) Weems, and (Keely) Hill run. We needed to find out if playing our zone would limit their ability to shoot from behind the arc, and it held true for us.” Draper concluded, “Offensively, we were patient in moving the ball and making them guard us. Grace (Slaughter) is known for her ability to pass, shoot, and dribble the basketball. She can also play defense, and her length allows her to be disruptive. Her steal and block tonight gave us sparks when we needed them.” Grain Valley went on an 8-0 run during the first three minutes of the third quarter. Juniors Weems and Guttierrez each sunk three pointers during that span. They benefited from an adjustment made by Draper and his

staff due to how Nevada was collapsing on Slaughter as she moved through the lane. The Eagles would set screens along the baseline and key to allow players to move across the lane and overload a side. This often left an open shooter on the wing or took defensive pressure off Slaughter in the middle to where she had a favorable matchup. Guttierrez also contributed in other ways. Her made free throw with 2:04 left in the game gave her team a 9 point lead. “It’s all about chemistry. I knew that if I didn’t make my free throws, my team would have my back. We went out and put it all on the line because every play matters. I’m proud of the energy we displayed,” Guttierrez said. Weems added, “I wanted to do my best for my team out there. Winning this game is our reward.” Slaughter was the Eagle’s leading scorer with 18 points, and had 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Her biggest steal would come with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter. The result was a coast to coast transition basket by Slaughter that helped cement Grain Valley’s late lead. “Our defense is what kept us in the game. The two three pointers coming right out of the half were key moments in the game as well. The ball movement and patience we displayed helped us overcome nerves we were feeling,” Slaughter said. “All of this allowed us to have fun, which is what this game is about. I’ve never got to celebrate like that before. Jumping up and down was a natural reaction to having fun and playing with these girls.” The Lady Eagles record improves to 20-7 with their victory. Grain Valley will next face Lincoln College Prep at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 6:00 pm on March 14th. Draper noted that the next venue his team plays in will have an impact. When asked if it would be worthwhile to measure the height of the basket and the length of the free throw stripe as was done in the movie Hoosiers, Draper was honest with his answer. “I don’t care what you measure, it’s going to affect us. It’s a big deal, we are about to play in a huge game. That’s awesome. I encouraged the team tonight before the game to not be so nervous that you can’t enjoy this opportunity. This is a game and games are meant to be fun. You want to soak this in and be glad you’re there,” Draper said. Don’t be surprised if you see the Lady Eagles coaching staff on the bench dressed in dapper sweater vests.

Senior Savannah Scott fights for a loose ball. Photo credit: John Overstreet

Junior Malia Guttierrez sinks a three point shot from the wing. Photo credit: Valley News staff

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Community Calendar Thursday, March 12, 2020

Play and Learn Time Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 5:00pm—6:00pm Enjoy a special preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Storytime for Families Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 6:00pm—6:30pm Come share the early literacy experience with the whole family. Hear stories, sing songs, join in movement activities, and more. Community Campus Meeting Stony Point Elementary School, 1001 E Ryan Road 6:00pm—8:00pm Final community meeting prior to the April 7th municipal election. Citizens will have opportunity to submit questions via mobile devices, visit stations at which City staff and design team can answer questions, view renderings, floor plan designs and further developed site plans. Childcare provided.

Monday, March 16— 16 —Friday, March 20th

Spring Break— Break—No School Grain Valley Schools

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Music with Mar Faith United Methodist Church, 1950 SW Eagles Parkway 10:00am—11:00am Brain based music and movement class for children birth—5 years old. $5/family. 816-847-0008 Field Trip— Trip—Genghis Khan Exhibit at Union Station YMCA Active Older Adults Lunch prior to trip at El Tequilazo Restaurant. Noon—4:00pm 816-914-6195

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Bunco Potluck YMCA Active Older Adults First Baptist Church, 207 W. Walnut Noon—3:00pm Come enjoy Bunco and a shared meal in the gym. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. 816-914-6195

Monday, March 23, 2020

Senior Coffee Weekly on Mondays Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 9:00am—11:00am Free. Senior Yoga Weekly on Mondays Grain Valley Community Center, 713 S Main 10:30am—11:15am $2 or Free for SilverSneakers, Silver & Fit, and Renew Active Members Board of Aldermen Meeting Grain Valley City Hall, 711 S Main 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Movie Day and Homemade Popcorn YMCA Active Older Adults First Baptist Church, 207 W. Walnut 2:00pm—3:00pm

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Storytime for Toddlers Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 10:00am—10:30am

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Play and Learn Time Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 5:00pm—6:00pm Enjoy a special preschool playtime that is designed to stimulate young minds and strengthen early literacy skills. Storytime for Families Mid-Continent Public Library Grain Valley Branch 6:00pm—6:30pm

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Easter Escape Room Faith United Methodist Church, 1950 SW Eagles Parkway 6:00pm All ages family event. Instead of hunting, you and 6-8 of your closest friends will need to find the mystery of how Jesus escaped the tomb.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

General Municipal Election Polls open 6:00am—7:00pm

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Valley News: March 12, 2020  

Vol. 3 No. 10 March 12, 2020 Valley News: Grain Valley's Community Newspaper Published weekly online and the first and third weeks of the mo...

Valley News: March 12, 2020  

Vol. 3 No. 10 March 12, 2020 Valley News: Grain Valley's Community Newspaper Published weekly online and the first and third weeks of the mo...