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Hometown TABLE OF CONtents


4 History 5 Board of Aldermen

Public safety

7 Police Department 25 Sni Valley Fire


8 Licenses 15 Utilities 25 Voting 25 Post Office

Publisher – Steve Curd 816-350-6311 Executive Editor – Sheila Davis 816-350-6365 Managing Editor – Karl Zinke 816-350-6319 News Editor – Elle Moxley 816-350-6323 Advertising Director – David Lammers 816-350-6326 Reporters – Kelly Evenson, Jeff Martin, Adrianne DeWeese, Jeff Fox, Valerie Clark Photographer – Adam Vogler Cover – Joe Boothe Design – Karl Zinke

28 Grain Valley Family Practice


29 Board of Education 31 Superintendent of Schools 32 High school 33 Elementary schools 33 Middle school 34 Colleges

12 Top employers 13 Chamber of Commerce

36 Independence 36 Grain Valley 36 Blue Springs 36 Lake Tapawingo 36 Lake Lotawana 36 Lee’s Summit

26 St. Mary’s CEO 27 St. Mary’s Medical Center

38 Jackson County 40 State, federal representatives

10 Area Parks 11 City Parks

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Growing steadily Twenty-eight miles east of Kansas City is a growing community that still prides itself on a small, rural community atmosphere. Oak Grove was incorporated as a city in 1878.

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2008 6,852 2007 6,828

Oak Grove Growth The latest Census data shows Oak Grove boasts a population of 7,795 reported for 2010, up from 6,826 in 2008. The 2010 Census says the median household income is $58,236.

Racial makeup White – 94.7% African American – 0.3% Asian – 0.6% Pacific Islands – 0.3 % Native American – 0.3% Hispanic – 3.3% Other – 3.1%

Travel time to work 28 minutes

2005 6,738


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2004 6,634 2003 6,542 $157,096

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Median household income

2000 5,608

23,627 Per Capita income

Median home value

2001 5,842

2002 6,472


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2006 6,826

2010 7,795


Oak Grove history

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Oak Grove started out as Lick Skillet

With the opening of western Missouri for settlement by the Americans came the pioneers in droves looking for new horizons and new hope in the wilderness. They were a strange mixture of people, moving along shadowy trails still haunted by figures of Indians and fur trappers. With their long rifles and covered wagons, they came looking for a homestead. There were a few New England Yankees with their nasal twang, but mostly they spoke with a Southern drawl, people from Kentucky, Tennessee and the Virginias. These early pioneers were a hardy bunch, strong, willing and determined to conquer the wilderness. They settled for the most part along the rivers and wooded country. They needed the timber for construction material as they cleared it away for cultivation. A few tried their luck upon the prairies, but the grass was very thick and taller than a man’s head in most areas. The Big Blue River, Little Blue and Sni Creek in Sni-a-Bar Township had up until this time been known as having some of

Portraits of the past Ted Stillwell the best beaver streams in the Louisiana Territory. Now it was time for those areas to become the best farmland in the new state of Missouri. It has been said the original name of “Sni Abar” township was “Slue Abar” which came from a mistaken early French explorer, named Abar, on the Missouri River. When he found the mouth of the creek he thought it to be a slough. Some early records show the name as “Shnee-a-Bar, shnee being another way of saying the same thing, a channel of water leaving the river and returning to it at another point. You have to remember

those early pioneers had a language all of their own, very peculiar to what we know today. They spoke of things like corn pones and fatback. Kansas City was almost named Possum Trot, and Oak Grove was called Lick Skillet for many years. At any rate, the Township was organized as Sni-a-Bar on May 5, 1834. Hard telling who the first settler was on the Sni, but James Welch and William Cox came up from Tennessee in 1828 and set up camp on a branch of the Sni. Others followed, building a log cabin, and then another built a double log cabin. Somebody started a store, and a new town was born. For reasons we’re not quite sure of, it was called “Lickskillet.” One version of the story goes like this. A stranger arrived on horseback at the double log cabin looking for a bite to eat. A little boy asked for a piece of meat before mealtime, because he was afraid the stranger would eat it all before he got any. He was promised if that happened he

could “lick the skillet.” Another story has it that two men after fixing breakfast on the trail set their frying pan aside for the dog to “Lick the Skillet.” Who knows. Anyway the town carried that handle up until the Civil War. A couple of miles south and east of Lickskillet, another berg arose in a grove of scrub oak trees along Horse Shoe Creek. It was there, a Methodist preacher named John McKinney became the first postmaster in Sni-a-Bar Township. McKinney decided to move on to Oregon though, and William Philpott was appointed postmaster. He moved it a half a mile north and kept the post office for several years. Dr. William E. Frick was appointed postmaster April 9, 1861, and moved the post office into the town of Lickskillet where he practiced medicine from a log cabin. There was one little problem though: The rules said you could move the post office, but you could not change the name of it. So they simply changed the name of the town to Oak Grove.

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Board of Aldermen

Decision makers for the city

Hank Melhorn

Ward 1 Melhorn is in his third term as alderman, previously serving on the city’s board of zoning and adjustments and the city’s park board. He was reelected in April 2009. Melhorn has lived in Oak Grove since 1969 with his wife, Connie.

Cecelia Morgan

Ward 1 Morgan was elected in April 2008 for the first time. She was re-elected in April 2010. She taught American history and psychology and was also the guidance counselor at Oak Grove High School before retiring in 1997.

Larry Moore

Ward 2 Serving in his third term, the retired truck driver and mechanic is a 25-year member of the International Order of Odd Fellows. He is a lifelong Oak Grove resident and is married to Marsha.

Brad Alexander

Ward 2 Alexander has the longest tenure of any board member, having served more than 12 years. He was re-elected in April 2010. He is a former Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy. He is a native of Oak Grove and has a wife, Sue.

Mike Baxter

Ward 3 Baxter is serving a second term after being re-elected in April 2009. He is a former employee of Ford Motor Company. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masons and the Scottish Rite. His wife’s name is Shirla.

Jim Shrout

Ward 3 Shrout was voted into office in September 2009 by the aldermen after the death of former alderman Mike Johnston. Shrout is a store manager for O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Oak Grove and has a wife, Jill. He was elected for the first time in April 2010.

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Police Department

Serving the community Oak Grove police not forced to cut services because of economy There’s not much new going in at the Oak Grove Police Department, and that’s a good thing. With the both the private and public sector cutting back services and staff, the Oak Grove Police Department has been able to maintain services without such cuts, according to Chief Bob Muenz. “We’re just trying to maintain the services we’ve always offered,” he said. The Oak Grove Police Department began providing law enforcement services to the citizens of Oak Grove on Oct. 4, 1999. The department has since grown to 15 officers and one civilian employee, figures that have remained stable, according to Muenz.

Victim advocates and volunteer chaplains also offer services. Muenz began serving as chief in 2002, though he began his career at the department in 1999. In that time, the department has improved and expanded a bit. Within the last year, the department created a Facebook page. The department also got a grant which helped with the purchase of new radios, as well as another grant that will help pay for 15 bullet proof vests. Currently the department is working on a plan to convert its existing radios and equipment to a fiber optics system, which is a government mandate. Muenz said the city will take the money from its capital improvements fund.

Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide crime control and order maintenance. The business office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Nonemergency after hours contact with the officers on duty can be made by calling communications at 816-524-4300 and requesting an officer. Emergency 911 services and communications are provided by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Business office: 690-3773 ext.1100 Mailing address: 1300 S. Broadway, Oak Grove, Mo 64075 Street address: 1903 S. Broadway – Jeff Martin

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Where do you get permits? Concealed Weapons permit

Residents of Jackson County can visit Jackson County Sheriff Headquarters at 3310 N.E. Rennau Drive in Lee’s Summit to obtain a concealed weapons permit. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants need to bring proof of Jackson County or Missouri residency with a valid Missouri driver’s or nondriver’s license or military identification. Applicants must also provide a copy of the certificate from a completed firearms safety training course, a check or money order payable to the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the amount of $33.25 and a check or money order payable to the Jackson County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $66.75. Additional information can be obtained by calling 816-524-4302 or visit

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses can be obtained in Independence at the Courthouse Annex Record of Deeds Office at 308

W. Kansas Ave., Suite 104. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee for obtaining a license is $50 at the time of application and is accepted in cash or credit/debit cards with the exception of American Express. Both parties must be present at the office at the time of application, must provide their social security numbers and identification and must be 18 years old to marry without parental consent. The marriage license is valid for 30 days after it is issued and may only be used in Missouri. A marriage certificate can be purchased for $10 within 10 days of the wedding.

Fishing/Hunting Permits

Missouri residents may obtain fishing and hunting permits for a fee. To buy a firearms hunting permit, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, must complete a hunter education program in Missouri. Children age 15 and under are not required to complete an education class but they are required to hunt

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County facilities offer chance to get away Burr Oak woods


The Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is one of the most enjoyable features in Eastern Jackson County. Enjoyable for any outdoorsman, the center and surrounding proper features five hiking trails, a nature center, a 167seat auditorium, a snake and amphibian display and a 3,000-gallon aquarium containing several native fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation facility is in a 1,071-acre forest that is home to a wide variety of native wildlife. There are also fields, ponds, glades, creeks, limestone outcroppings and prairie. Guided hikes and programs are available to groups. Free films about conservation and nature are shown at 3:30 p.m. every Sunday. The nature center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Area hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight saving time and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. To reach the facility, travel 1.1 miles north of Interstate 70 on Missouri 7, then

one mile west on Park Road. Visitors can also go east from Independence on 39th Street, which turns into Pink Hill Road. Turn south at M-7, then west on Park Road. For more information call 228-3766 or visit

Fleming Park

Fleming Park includes both Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake and more than 7,800 acres. The campsites at both lakes are open to the public April 1 through Oct. 31. To reserve a site call 503-4805. Shelter houses are also available for rent May 1 through Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to sunset. For house rates or to reserve a shelter house, call 503-4800. The lake also offers boat rentals, concessions, fishing licenses, lakeside gasoline pumps, tackle, bait, fish cleaning station, and overnight and annual slip rental. Visitors are also welcome to feed the mass amount of carp located next to the marina. Fish food bags are 50 cents each. The marina is open 7 a.m. to sunset every day. The lake is home to a wide variety of fish species, including hybrid striped bass,

bluegill, largemouth bass, carp, and catfish. Blue Springs Lake is at 1500 N.E. Bowlin Road. For more information, call 795-1112. Lake Jacomo is a 970-acre lake in the heart of Fleming Park. The marina offers boat rental, concessions, lakeside gasoline, tackle, bait, and dock fishing. The lake has a limited-horsepower regulation, which keeps waters calms for sailboating and paddleboating. Lake Jacomo also includes a wide variety of fish including crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, carp, catfish, hybrid striped bass and walleye. Lake Jacomo is at 7401 W. Park Road. For more information call 795-8888.

Blue and Gray Park

Seven miles south of Buckner-Tarsney Road and Interstate 70, Blue and Gray Park sits on 1,733 acres in the oak and hickory hardwood timbers of Eastern Jackson County. The park is popular with horseback riders, hikers and cross- country skiers. The parking lot features a pull-through for two large trailers and includes two shelter houses, six picnic tables and toilets.

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Known for its natural setting, the park offers a great way for people to study and enjoy wildlife. Primitive and organized camping opportunities are also available. Overnight horse camping on Brown Road costs $90, and a permit is required to use the horse trails. The permit can be purchased at the administrative offices at 22807 Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs. For more information, call the administrative offices at 503-4805.

Landahl Park Reserve

Landahl Park Reserve is a 1,397-acre county park east of Missouri 7 and south of Truman Road. The park, renamed for Jackson County’s first park director, William L. Landahl, includes hiking trails, mountain bike trails, a softball field, soccer fields, horse trails, fishing, picnic shelters, restrooms, camping sites, and a ski trail during winter months. Call Jackson County Parks and Recreation at 503-4805 for more information. Call Jackson County Parks and Recreation at 503-4805 for more information. – Jeff Martin

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City Parks

Enjoy life outside City parks offer something for all interests There are many activities that one can enjoy in Oak Grove – and many places to do them in. Here are a few locations and facilities located in the city.

Caraway Lake

Caraway Lake is stocked annually with crappie, catfish and other game fish. It’s about 8 acres. The proper city and state fishing permits must be obtained before fishing at the lake. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Webb Park

Webb Park offers 47 acres of land located on the east side of town. The park has a lighted pitching machine, ball diamonds, a concessions building, a T-ball field, tennis and basketball courts and sand volleyball courts, pavilions with picnic tables, restrooms, and large and small playground equipment. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Events including Fourth of July celebration and fireworks take place there, as well as adult softball leagues, youth tennis camp, the USSSA basement tournaments and others. Check the parks department program guide for updated times and event dates.

Frick Park

Frick Park exists on 57 acres of land at Cemetery Road and West 12th Street, offering a wide range of facilities and activities, including lighted equestrian arenas, a concessions building, athletic fields and playground areas. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check the park’s department program guide for updated times and event dates.

Oak Grove Pool

The public pool is adjacent to the Civic Center, 2100 S. Broadway St. It is open from 1-6 p.m. from late May to Labor Day weekend. The price for season passes ranges from $20 for a 10-day pass to $125 for a non-resident

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A skateboarder enjoys some time at the Oak Grove skate park behind the Civic Center.

family. The daily rate is $3 for adults and $2 for adults ages 55 and older. The pool is free for children 3 and younger.

Skate Park

The skate park is behind the Civic Center on a 60-by-120-foot concrete pad. It offers patrons several ramps or rails to use while skateboarding. Quarter pipes, grind rails, stairs and hard rails are available. Patrons are encouraged to wear safety gear while at the skate park. The skate park is open from dawn until dusk. It is home to the annual skate park contest, which offers competitors the chance to compete against their peers in a talent competition. Winners in each division are awarded prizes. Check the Parks Department program guide frequently for updated times and dates of events. – Jeff Martin



Major employers in Oak Grove offer job opportunities The city of Oak Grove’s commercial makeup has changed dramatically since the days when William Frick laid out the small town. In those days the town was boasting 11 stores, a school, church, livery stable, mill, post office and hotel. Today the rapid growth of the community has brought about a full range of service businesses, retail establishments, public services, schools, churches and includes both locally owned small businesses and large national companies. Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donna Minnick lists major Oak Grove employers as Wal-Mart, Travel Centers of America’s Kansas City East Travel Center, Patricia’s Foods, the city of Oak Grove and Sni Valley Fire Protection District, all members of the chamber. In addition, other statistical sources show employers of note for the area include Oak Grove Nursing and Rehab Inc., a 90-bed skilled nursing facility; Jackson County Public Works and County Road & Bridge and the Oak Grove Public Schools. Major corporate retailers Wal-Mart and Kansas City East Travel Center provide the community the largest range of sustainable sources of shopping, services and employment for citizens right in their own backyard. Wal-Mart, the mega retailer, offers a wide variety of retail oriented positions for the area. The 24-hour Wal-Mart Super

Center located at 201 S. Salem includes a pharmacy, automotive center, garden center and full service grocery. You can apply for any open Wal-Mart positions at Travel Centers of America’s Kansas City East Travel Center at 100 S. Broadway, right off Interstate 70, is a one-stop quick shop, full-service restaurant, fast food and fuel location for both over the road commercial trucking, travelers and local patronage while providing employment opportunities for area residents. Their corporate website, www.TATravelCenters. com, offers a “Career Center” on the home page with a drop-down for location specific management employment opportunities or online at for hourly positions that might be available for the location. In these days of high gas prices, working, living and shopping within the same area can be a big advantage in both time and money. Continued economic growth and development of the Oak Grove area will not only benefit residents with the specific service and retail businesses as well as the accompanying job opportunities afforded by new business. With the continued residential development of Oak Grove, the commercial growth is sure to follow with the guidance of the city government and the support of Oak Grove citizens. – Valerie Clark


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Chamber stays busy with projects The Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce serves Oak Grove businesses and the community with the motto of “come grow with us.” Executive Director Donna Minnick said the chamber’s goals are “to continue to work for the betterment of our businesses and our community.” The Chamber of Commerce embraces all size businesses and acts as a liaison between the business community and the public, providing time honored events and new ones such as their first May Fest held this year. Previous events include the Community Services League Auction, Taste of Country, Ladies’ Nights Out, After Hours Meet and Greets and Networking Nites. May Fest, their latest addition, brought people to Oak Grove’s Frick Park with music, a carnival, food and other family friendly activities. Supported by sponsor, St. Mary’s Hospital and local businesses; MVP Awards, Pizza Hut, Wal-Mart, JDK Enterprises and McDonald’s, the event included the crowning of Mr. Oak Grove, Dylan Loney and Little Miss Oak Grove, Miss Emma Peeler by Oak Grove’s, Mollie Richardson, the reigning Miss Teen Missouri. Although the weather didn’t cooperate fully, Donna Minnick said the chamber felt that, “…the feedback we are getting is (that) everyone had a great time and enjoyed it and are looking forward to next year.” Dates have already been set for May 11 and 12 in 2012.

The chamber is also looking toward their next event, the 19th Annual Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund for Oak Grove High School seniors. It will be held on Friday, June 10 at Bent Oak Golf Club in Oak Grove. The event features a luncheon, awards presentation and lots of golfing contests including one to win a car provided by Molle Chevrolet for shooting a hole-inone. The Fifth Annual Eastern Jackson County Rodeo will be held Sept. 9 and 10 at Frick Park Arena in Oak Grove. The annual event is a MRCA and URA sanctioned rodeo with special events including Mutton Bustin. As well as sponsoring these key events, the chamber also assists with the Fourth of July celebration and the Trail for Treats and Halloween Party. The Chamber of Commerce of Oak Grove meets the first Tuesday of each month at the United Methodist Church in Oak Grove. Their office is located at 1212B S. Broadway, Oak Grove, 64075. They are open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their website is www.oakgrovechamber. biz and emails can be sent to – Valerie Clark

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Water and Sewer

Most Oak Grove residents are served by city-owned water and sewer utilities. Call the city at 816-690-3773 for visit City Hall at 2100 S. Broadway to establish service. The miniumum charge for water service is $12.74 for the first 2,000 gallons. The cost increases based on usage. The miniumum charge for sewer service is $2.56. The unit charge is $4.45 per 1,000 gallons.


Missouri Gas Energy To establish service, call 816-756-5252 To report a gas leak at any time, call 1-800-582-0000 New customers can arrange gas service by phone.


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Emily Handley, D.D.S. Hawthorn Square 14227 Highway 40 East Independence, MO 64136 (816) 398-8410 General Dentistry. Same day service, emergencies & walk-ins.



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David Moyer, D.D.S. Hawthorn Square 14227 Highway 40 East Independence, MO 64136 (816) 398-8410 General Dentistry. Same day service, emergencies & walk-ins.

Family meDiCine Family Medicine, Inc.

Larry Legler, M.D., FAAFP Certified American Board of Family Practice 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787

Family Medicine, Inc.

Gregory Markway, M.D. Certified American Board of Family Practice 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787

Family Medicine, Inc.

Marvin P. Steiner, M.D., FAAFP Certified American Board of Family Practice 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787

Family Medicine, Inc.

Johnna Bodenstab, FNP, BC Family Nurse Practitioner 17611 East 24 Hwy., Suite 200 Independence, Missouri 64056 (816) 257-7787



Grain Valley Family Medicine Deb Bersano, R.N., Nurse Midwife 1439 Minter Way Grain Valley, MO 64029 (816) 404-6785

Oak Grove Medical Clinic Steve T. Gialde, D.O. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566

Oak Grove Medical Clinic Bryan Hughes, M.D. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566

Family medicine Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Debra A. Ahern, D.O. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Anne M. Arey, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Angela Barnett, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

Oak Grove Medical Clinic Joyce Peterson, F.N.P. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566

Oak Grove Medical Clinic Elaine Akin, F.N.P. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566

Oak Grove Medical Clinic Stephanie Hutchison, F.N.P. 1900 Broadway Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-6566


Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Wael Mourad, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

Family Practice - TMC Lakewood Beth E. Rosemergey, D.O. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

MEDICALDIRECTORY GastroenteroloGy Summit Gastroenterology

Kit Bartalos, D.O. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 Dr. Bartalos was born and raised in Kansas City. He received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University and went on to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for his medical degree. Completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Missouri and finished his fellowship in Gastroenterology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible for Gastroenterology. His area of special interest is an inflammatory bowel disease. He enjoys having opportunities to teach medical students and residents at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and to mentor others in their medical career. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, horseback riding and most importantly, time with his family.

Summit Gastroenterology Richard D. Lozoff, M.D., F.A.C.G. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 Dr. Lozoff was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. From there he went to the University of Bologna in Italy before transferring to the Rush University Medical College in Chicago, in Internal Medicine, where he became the Chief Medical Resident. This was followed with a Fellowship in Gasteroenterology at Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, after which he became Board Certified. Dr. Lozoff is Board Certified Gastroentererologist and Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow in the American College of Gastroenterology, member of the American Gastroenterological Association and The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has been in private practice in Kansas City since 1983. He also has a degree in Culinary Arts and enjoys cooking, traveling, and cycling.

Summit Gastroenterology Mary Lynne Lucido, M.D. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 Dr. Lucido was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She completed the BA/MD program at the University of Missouri - Kansas City obtaining both her undergraduate and medical degrees in six years. She then moved to Minneapolis to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She was the Chief Medical Resident at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center and then completed a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Minnesota. During her fellowship, she spent a year performing research and training in Endoscopic Ultrasound. Dr. Lucido is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.



Summit Gastroenterology

Jeffrey L. Schlachter, D.O. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 Dr. Schlachter is a native of New York and a graduate of Brooklyn College. He earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, as well as a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Barnes Hospital, Washingto University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Schlachter is an Associate Professer of Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has been in private practice in the Kansas City area since 1989. He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, Metropolitan Medical Society and the American College of Osteophathic Interest. Dr. Schlachter's hobbies include fishing, collecting antique watches, as well as classic automobiles. He has recently celebrated 36 years of marriage with his wife, Linda. His daughter Julie, is in the advertising and promotion business. His son Andrew, is in his medical residency and plans on following in his father's footsteps.

Summit Gastroenterology

Frank Totta, D.O. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 Dr. Totta was born and raised in the Kansas City area and graduatedfrom Bishop O'Hara High School in 1987. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at the University of Central Missouri, he entered Medical School at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. Following Medical School, he trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Internal Medicine, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident from 1998-1999. This was followed by a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center - University of Phoenix Medical Center combined Fellowship program in Arizona. Dr. Totta is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterology Association. He has been in practice in the Kansas City area, since 2002. He is married and enjoys spending time with his three children.

Summit Gastroenterology

Amy Waller, A.P.R.N., B.C., A.N.P. 20 NE Saint Luke's Blvd., Ste. 330, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 Lee's Summit Medical Center 2000 SE Blue Pkwy., Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3838 Fax: (816) 554-1634 Amy Waller was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She received her undergraduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with honors and her masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with honors. Amy has over 12 years of GI experience and is certified as a Clinical Specialist by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She emphasizes wellness and selfcare by giving patients the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices and health care decisions. Amy and her husband reside in Lee's Summit with their two children. She enjoys exercising, yoga, shopping and spending time with her family.



Gastroenterology - TMC Lakewood Osama Yousef, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

HearinG aid specialist Rita's Hearing Center & Repairs Rita Harman, Mo-Lic. BC-HIS Locally owned & operated 1914 N. Plymouth Road Independence, MO 64058 (816) 796-8165



Health Care For Women

Terry V. Morris, M.D. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Health Care For Women

Leanna M. Mosher, M.D. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Health Care For Women

Obstetrics/GynecOlOGy Health Care For Women

Kenneth A. Adams, M.D. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Health Care For Women

Stephanie J. Carpino, M.D. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Health Care For Women

Thomas R. Dowd, M.D. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Nathan T. Wegner, M.D. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Health Care For Women

Kimberly Negrete, C.N.M. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502

Health Care For Women

Karla Wilmot, C.N.P. Hausheer, Braby and Associates 19550 E. 39th Street, Suite 310 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 350-1200 • Fax: (816) 350-3502



Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc.

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc.


Alisa R. Ash, M.D. Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Robert T. Caffrey, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456


Michelle R. Lemberger, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Syble Cretzmeyer, RN, WHNP Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Thomas F. Green, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Richard K. Gutknecht, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Timothy A. Hall, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Debra K. Sims, RN, WHNP Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Independence Women’s Clinic, Inc. Amy Trout, M.D., FACOG Specializing in Women’s Health 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-0220 Fax: (816) 795-3456

Obstetrics - TMC Lakewood Kristin Kruse, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

MEDICALDIRECTORY OphthalmOlOgy - pediatric Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. and Associates 16637 E. 23rd St. (The Hub Shopping Center) Independence, MO 64055 (816) 461-6880

OptOmetry Blue Springs Family Eye Care, Inc. Member American Optometric Association Joyclyn R. Westfall, O.D. 900 Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 224-EYES (3937) Dr. Westfall graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry and has been in practice in Blue Springs for over 20 years. She enjoys providing full eye care for all ages. Special services include medical and fitting, specialty contact lenses for astigmation and presbyopia. I am a member of the AOA, and AOA Contact Lens Section.

Blue Springs Optical Dana Krause, O.D. 1116 S.W. 40 Hwy. Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 229-2020

Blue Springs Optical Richard C. Wilson, O.D., F.A.A.O. 1116 S.W. 40 Hwy. Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 229-2020



Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. and Associates Marcia E. Bray, O.D. Pediatric & Adult Optometry 16637 E. 23rd St. (The Hub Shopping Center) Independence, MO 64055 (816) 461-6880

Gerhard W. Cibis, M.D., P.C. and Associates Cara A. Vander Wilt, O.D. Pediatric & Adult Optometry 16637 E. 23rd St. (The Hub Shopping Center) Independence, MO 64055 (816) 461-6880

OrthOdOntics David E. Dykhouse, D.D.S.

Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics 1300 S. Outer Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 229-0444

Vance J. Dykhouse, D.D.S., M.S.

Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics 1300 S. Outer Road Blue Springs, MO (816) 229-0444

James B. Indiveri, D.M.D.

Specialist in Orthodontics Board Certified – American Board of Orthodontics 300 West R.D. Mize Rd. Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 229-1245

MEDICALDIRECTORY OrthOPedic surgery Orthopedic - TMC Lakewood Tom McCormack, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Rd. Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

Pain ManageMent Rockhill Pain Specialists

Dan Hancock, M.D. Board Certified Pain Management, Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine



Blue Springs Pediatrics

Camille Lucito, PNP Specializing in infant, child and adolescent care 1600 NW South Outer Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 554-6520

Pediatrics - Grain Valley Family Medicine Suzanne M. Hestwood, M.D. 1439 Minter Way Grain Valley, MO 64029 (816) 404-6785

Serving Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas. For an appointment, call our scheduling office at

(913) 754-0641 or toll-free at 1-877-234-5846

Rockhill Pain Specialists

Daniel Kloster, M.D. Board Certified Pain Management, Anesthesiology

Serving Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas. For an appointment, call our scheduling office at

(913) 754-0641 or toll-free at 1-877-234-5846

Pediatrics Blue Springs Pediatrics

Cynthia M. Dean, D.O. Specializing in infant, child and adolescent care 1600 NW South Outer Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 554-6520

Blue Springs Pediatrics

Kelly R. Fritz, PNP Specializing in infant, child and adolescent care 1600 NW South Outer Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 554-6520

PharMacy Fifty Plus Pharmacy Becky Culbertson, R.Ph 211 W. Lexington Independence, MO (816) 461-6546

Lowe Drug at Centerpoint

Mike Hefley, R.Ph Centerpoint Medical Building 19550 E. 39th St., Suite 120 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 795-0086

Marr’s Pharmacy Larry Link, R.Ph 205 N.W. R.D. Mize Rd., Suite 104 Blue Springs, MO 64014 St. Mary's Professional Bldg. (816) 229-7755

MEDICALDIRECTORY podiatry Heartland Podiatry, P.C. Arthur Weisman, D.P.M. 2406 East R.D. Mize Rd. Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-FEET (3338)

Specialzing in the treatment of adults and children requiring special attention and reconstructive surgery due to sports injuries, diabetes, or age related problems.

Heartland Podiatry, P.C. Ryan Frank, D.P.M. 2406 East R.D. Mize Rd. Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-FEET (3338) Specialzing in the treatment of adults and children requiring special attention and reconstructive surgery due to sports injuries, diabetes, or age related problems.

SportS Medicine Sports Medicine - TMC Lakewood Margaret Gibson, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-9025

Sports Medicine - TMC Lakewood George Harris, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-9025

SportS Medicine


Sports Medicine - TMC Lakewood Russell D. White, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-9025

Surgery - general Surgery-General - TMC Lakewood Lynn Happel, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

Surgery-General - TMC Lakewood Mark Reintjes, M.D. TMC Lakewood Medical Pavilion 7900 Lee's Summit Road Kansas City, MO 64139 (816) 404-7600

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Sni Valley Fire Protection District



Oak Grove gets Don’t forget to register new fire station The new fire station for Sni Valley Fire Protection District is complete, and that’s a pretty good sign for residents. Located across the street from the current station in Oak Grove, the new facility is the same size, though its chief said the truck bays will be a little longer. The new station will feature a community room, larger training facilities, additional administration space and larger, more modern living area for the duty crews. The new address is 1600 S. Broadway.

The district passed a bond levy for its construction in 2008. The department had operated in its original building for about 30 years The district covers approximately 68 miles. Based in Oak Grove, there are 21 paid firefighters and 10 active volunteers. To contact the district, call 690-6191. The department’s mailing address is P.O. Box 589, Oak Grove, Mo., 64075-0589. – Jeff Martin

As residents move from one county or voting jurisdiction to another county or jurisdiction, they must re-register to vote. Residents must be registered at their current home address by the fourth Wednesday prior to an election to be eligible to vote. Residents may register at the main office or at the following Oak Grove locations: n Oak Grove City Hall, 1300 S. Broadway St.

Phone: 816-690-3773 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday n Mid-Continent Public Library, 2320 S. Broadway St. Phone: 816-690-3213 Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

– Adrianne DeWeese

Post office Oak Grove residents don’t have to go far to mail a letter. The post office, 1700 S. Broadway, is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The last collection times are 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. The number is 816-690-3500. – The Examiner staff



Annette Small

Q&A questions

Specializing in Women’s Health 1


Annette Small is the chief executive officer at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs. Small has worked for the hospital since May 2000 and was promoted to CEO in mid-2009.

Complete women’s healthCare… …for all stages of your life. We invite you to schedule your appointment today!


Thomas F. Green, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Richard K. Gutknecht, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Timothy A. Hall, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

816.478.0220 Visit us on the web:

What are some lessons you’ve learned in your first two years as the chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center? There are many things I’ve learned during my tenure as CEO. One is that there is always more to learn, which I welcome because I don’t believe in problems; I believe in opportunities. I’ve learned that you find what you’re looking for when dealing with others, so I’ve learned to look for the best in them. I’ve learned that no matter how hard you work at something, sometimes God has another plan, and you must accept it.

Robert T. Caffrey, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Michelle R. Lemberger, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Amy L. Trout, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

19550 E. 39th Street Suite 300 Independence, MO 64057

How are St. Mary’s Medical Center staff members staying abreast of the changes and reforms to health care legislation? St. Mary’s takes it responsibility to the community very seriously. Our mission calls us to provide compassionate, quality care for body, mind and spirit with a special concern for the poor. We are very active in the community and local organizations, and yet, as a member of Ascension Health, we can see the bigger picture of what’s happening at the national level and how that impacts us at home.


Similarly, how are medical professionals at St. Mary’s adapting and learning from the country’s aging population, including the baby boomer generation? We’re learning through experience,

by listening and by responding to the needs of an aging population. Technology has improved the lives of many of us as we age. Advances in cardiac care, joint replacement, stroke treatment and others have led to better outcomes than we saw a generation ago. Today’s 60 year olds are more active, and in some ways, more demanding of quality care than their parents and grandparents. They’re educated and are more inclined to question their health-care providers, and I think it’s improving the quality of care.


What are the three most important lifestyle changes that people should adapt to stay healthy? Exercise, exercise, exercise. It doesn’t even have to be that strenuous – walking provides so many benefits. And the more you do, the more you can do.


What are some changes Eastern Jackson County residents may expect at St. Mary’s Medical Center in the upcoming years? This year, St. Mary’s is celebrating 30 years of providing quality, compassionate care. So much has changed since we first opened our doors. Not only has our physical space more than doubled in size, we can do so much more today. Today, if you’re having heart attack symptoms or stroke symptoms, our Emergency Department is the place to be. Our Endovascular Center provides streamlined care for vascular problems. Right now, we’re in the process of expanding our surgery suites to accommodate our growth, particularly in orthopedics and general surgery. We provide a much higher level of care now than we could in the past, and we are committed to continuing to expand services to meet the growing needs of our community and so residents in Eastern Jackson County can get the highest level of care as close to home as possible. – Adrianne DeWeese

find it together in… Alisa Ash, M.D.

Debra Sims, WHNP

Syble Cretzmeyer, WHNP

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Hometown St. Mary’s Medical Center

St. Mary’s celebrates its 30th birthday From its strong base of volunteers to its full-time staff of medical professionals, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs is still going strong in its 30th year. Blue Springs resident Lillian Ratcliff has worked as the volunteer coordinator at St. Mary’s Medical Center for three years, though she’s been employed with the hospital for 22 out of its 30 years in business. St. Mary’s, 201 N.W. R.D. Mize Road, relies on more than 150 volunteers who run the information desk, transport patients, host the waiting rooms, deliver the mail and run the gift shop. These volunteers are all residents of Eastern Jackson County, Ratcliff said, and they range from 14 years to older than 90 years. A program also takes place in the summer for high school students who are interested in volunteering. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the hospital, in my opinion,” Ratcliff said. “Volunteers don’t give clinical care, but the volunteers facilitate getting people where they need to be in making sure they receive the care that their physician thinks they need to have.” St. Mary’s is always seeking additional volunteers, she said, and residents may contact 816-655-5362 for more information. They should be willing to work a minimum of a four-hour shift, “but we are very flexible, and we can work with folks,” Ratcliff said. St. Mary’s Medical Center is part of Carondelet Health’s nonprofit, Catholicsponsored health care system in Kansas

City. Amy McKay, St. Mary’s director of rehabilitative services and outpatient services, said the hospital has a family-like atmosphere to it that is immediately noticeable. “You feel it when you walk in here,” she said. “When I came here, it felt right. It’s very hard to explain until you’ve felt it. We’re all here together as one team, working for the good of the patients. “It’s a business, but it’s a family business.” McKay said she has seen numerous changes take place at St. Mary’s since she started at the hospital seven years ago, including an expansion in orthopedic services, the addition of the Breast Center within the Women’s Health Institute, a complete renovation of patient rooms and an overall “facelift” to the hospital’s infrastructure. “It makes it feel more like home than a hospital,” McKay said. Visit and click on “St. Mary’s Medical Center” for more information. The hospital is the only one in Eastern Jackson County that has earned Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing care. “I believe in the mission,” Ratcliff said. “I believe in what St. Mary’s stands for – there is definitely a place for faith-based health care in America today.” – Adrianne DeWeese

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Grain Valley Family Practice

Doctor’s practice serves Oak Grove Dr. Alan J. Scharrer is originally from Wisconsin and studied medicine in Illinois, but now he calls Eastern Jackson County home. Scharrer, a primary care physician, is the lone doctor and private owner of Grain Valley Family Practice, which has been in business for six years. The practice includes 3,100 patients throughout Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Blue Springs, Buckner and unincorporated Jackson County. “He does everything unless he feels a specialist is needed, and then he refers out,” said Diane Scharrer, the practice’s billing specialist. Prior to establishing a practice at 1454 S.W. Eagles Parkway in Grain Valley, Dr. Scharrer was the founding medical director at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Mo., and also was the sole medical care provider at the 200-bed facility for its first five years. Then, someone mentioned to Scharrer that Grain Valley was growing quickly and that an opportunity existed to serve the community. Scharrer said he wanted to help young families and that no medical doctor in private practice existed in Grain Valley for nearly 10 years prior to the establishment of his clinic. “I kind of missed the broad spectrum

of family medicine, which is what I was trained to do,” he said. Nowadays, Scharrer’s patients range in age from birth to 99 years old. The Grain Valley Family Practice is accepting new patients, and most forms of insurance are accepted. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and residents may contact 816-8472390 for more information. In looking ahead, Scharrer said he is aiming to expand his practice to include up to three physicians. “I’m never going to be a big practice, and I don’t want to be a big practice,” he said. Patients visit the practice mostly by word of mouth, and Scharrer often provides talks and services through the Grain Valley School District. During the most recent wrestling season, Scharrer visited with the wrestlers to address skin concerns prior to the state competition. The doctor also is active in the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce and served on the city’s tax increment financing commission. “For me,” Scharrer said, “it’s extremely important to be a part of the community.” – Adrianne DeWeese

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Board of Education

Seven make school decisions Seven people serve the community on the Oak Grove Board of Education. The district covers more than 43 square miles and includes not only

portions of Jackson, but small parts of Johnson and Lafayette counties. Board members are elected at large each April, and terms are

for three years. Most years, two board members are elected. However, every third year, three seats are open. Because of a tie during the April

5 election, a runoff election will occur in June between current board member Sue Alexander and newcomer Jennifer Smith. – Kelly Evenson

Oak Grove R-VI Schools Oak Grove Schools has a proud tradition of providing quality education for the community

OAK GROVE PRIMARY Grades K-2 500 SE 17th St

G.C. Matson

Matson is in his second term on the board of education. He has owned a business in Oak Grove for more than 20 years, specializing in painting and other home repair. He is a longtime resident of Oak Grove and has three children who all attend schools within the school district. In addition, he and his wife are graduates of Oak Grove High School.

Bob glasgow

Glasgow is beginning his second year on the board of education. He is a former wrestling coach and activities director at Oak Grove High School and is currently the activities director for the Raytown School District. A graduate of Blue Springs High School, he and his wife have two sons, who both attended Oak Grove schools.

Chuck Sears

Sears is beginning his second year on the board after a short absence from serving. He served on the board for 12 years before losing re-election in 2008. He is a retired teacher and coach from St. Mary’s High School and is now a real estate agent at RE/MAX Heritage. Sears and his wife, Charlene, have six children and seven grandchildren.

Montie tripp

Tripp is in the second year of his first term on the board of education. He was previously on the board for 12 years before taken a brief absence. He is president of Garney Construction Co. and he and his wife have three children, all graduates of Oak grove High School. He also has six grandchildren.


Pavlica was elected to his first term on the board in April. He is a longtime Oak Grove resident, graduating from Oak Grove High School in 1989. He works for APEX Heating and air-conditioning and is involved with Oak Grove Blaze Baseball. He is married and has four children.


Lawler was elected in April to her first term on the Oak Grove Board of Education. She is a longtime resident of Oak Grove and has been active throughout the community.


Laura Oyler - Principal

A Proud "Character Plus" District.

MAPLE ELEMENTARY Grades 3-5 501 SE 12th Street


Peggy Tiffany - Principal

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What makes the Oak Grove School District stand a part from other districts in Jackson County? The Oak Grove School District is fortunate to have many experienced and knowledgeable teachers eager to make a difference for our students.


What do you see as the next need, whether facility or curriculum, in the school district? The Oak Grove School District is in the process of acquiring a FEMA Grant to help construct a safe room which can also be used as an auditorium.


Where do you see the Oak Grove School District headed in the future? It is the mission of the Oak Grove School District to create an environment for students to become lifelong learners by providing the guidance, tools and opportunities to maximize their academic, social and individual potential.


How is the district preparing students for life once they leave Oak Grove schools? We believe the difference between a student graduating and going to college and a student not finishing school or going to college is the relationship that students have with just one adult at school who knows him or her well, believes in the student’s ability to succeed, and will not let him or her fail. – Kelly Evenson

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High school

Secondary education has plenty to offer There is only one high school in the Oak Grove School District and that is Oak Grove High School. The facility houses students in ninth through 12th grades. The high school offers a variety of classes including advanced placement courses and the A-plus program. In addition, students have the opportunity to earn a regular high school diploma or a college preparatory diploma that has a higher grade point average and course requirements. Another opportunity for juniors and seniors is to take classes at the Fort Osage Career and Technology Center, which is in the Fort Osage School District. A variety of extracurricular activi-

ties are offered for students at the school, including football, track and field, wrestling, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball as well as many others. Other clubs and activities include academic bowl, marching and concert bands, choir and AFS. The principal is Randy McClain.


The following is contact information for Oak Grove High School. Enrollment numbers are based on the 2010-11 school year. n Oak Grove High School, 605 S.E. 12th St., 816-690-4152 – 650 students. – Kelly Evenson

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Elementary schools Three buildings serve young students In the Oak Grove School District, the elementary level is divided into two buildings – one that serves the primary grades and another that serves students in third through fifth grades.


throughout the week. In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll in the gifted program if they meet certain requirements. Peggy Tiffany is principal.


Oak Grove Primary School serves students in kindergarten, first and second grades. The school opened in 1993 and has had multiple renovations and additions over the years. Students at the building are instructed in the four core subject areas – communication arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The principal is Laura Oyler.

Before reaching kindergarten, services are available through the Oak Grove Early Childhood Center. The facility houses the early childhood/special education, Title I, after-school and Parents As Teachers programs. The principal is Lorri Boydston.



Maple Elementary School serves students in third, fourth and fifth grades. The school is in the former site of Oak Grove Middle School. When overcrowding became an issue at both the elementary and middle schools, a new middle school was built across the street and Maple students moved into the space vacated by the middle school. Like at the Primary School, students are instructed in the four core subject areas and have the opportunity to attend special classes such as music, art, computer/technology and physical education

The following is contact information and enrollment numbers for each of the schools. Enrollment numbers are based on the 2009-10 school year. n Oak Grove Primary Building, 500 S.E. 17th St., 816-690-8770, 483 students. n Maple Elementary, 501 S.E. 12th St., 816-6904153, 450 students. n Oak Grove Early Childhood Center, 1205 S. Salem, 816-690-3762. – Kelly Evenson

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Middle school Grades separated into wings Only one middle school serves students in the Oak Grove School District. Oak Grove Middle School houses students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. It was constructed so that each grade is separated in a wing or house. Students interact only with students in their grade level throughout the day. The exception is during elective classes such as choir, band, art or technology. The building also features a media center, gymnasium and commons area with a stage. The core subjects – mathematics, communication arts, science and social studies are taught within each house. Exploratory classes, or electives, are offered as well as extracurricular activities and sports. With a greater emphasis on extra-curricular activities, there are a wide range of opportunities in middle school. The middle school was named a Blue Ribbon School in 1999. The national

award is given to schools that demonstrate excellence. Tracy Kemp is the principal, and Tom Huffington is the assistant principal.


Enrollment numbers are based on the 2010-11 school year. Oak Grove Middle School, 401 S.E. 12th St., 816-690-4154, 490 students. – Kelly Evenson

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MCC-Blue River is local option for students Oak Grove residents have a close option for post-secondary education only a few miles down the road – MCC-Blue River. The community college opened in 1997. More than 3,500 students now attend MCCBlue River, 20301 E. Missouri 78, each semester. Classes are available in both day and night sessions as well as online and all applicants are accepted. A variety of programs are offered by the college’s academic divisions of business technology, mathematics, public safety, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Students have two choices – a transfer program or a career program. The transfer program allows students to transfer credits to a four-year college or university to continue with their education. A career program leads to an associate’s degree. In addition to the associate’s degrees, which can be earned in everything from arts, teaching and computer science to applied science, certificates are available to students. Certificates are earned in career and technical programs such as biotechnology or automotive. Among its many activities, Blue River is the home of the Trail Blazers soccer team and is a

member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. It offers student groups such as the Science Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Center Place Restoration Campus Ministries, Student Activities Council, Drama Club, Re-Entry Club and the Organization for the Purpose of Political Discussion. Selective programs are available such as the police and fire academics at the Public Safety Institute. The academies include time in hands-on, real-world type situations and at the Precision Driving Track, located not far from the college’s main campus. Although most students take classes during the day, night classes are available in both programs. If becoming a full-time student is not on option, MCC-Blue River also offers a large community and continuing education program with online courses as well as skills-based, short-time programs. Certificate programs in business are available through this option as well as classes purely for fun. For more information about MCC-Blue River, visit the website at or by calling 816220-6500. – Kelly Evenson


Stay close to home for your higher education Columbia College

Columbia College-Kansas City is a branch of Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. Offering more than 500 online classes and 19 online degree programs in addition to campus classes and degrees, Columbia College is an affordable option for those wanting to continue their education. The college, which is specifically geared for military personnel and working adults, offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The eight-week courses meet once or twice a week, and there are five sessions each year starting in January, March, June, August and October. There is also the flexibility of starting and stopping classes based on work, military and family obligations. The Kansas City campus is in the Blue Ridge Bank Tower at 4240 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City. For more information, call 816-795-1515.

Graceland University

The Independence campus of Graceland University is home to the School of Nursing as well as the Global Campus. Its main campus is in Lamoni, Iowa, which serves around 1,200 undergraduate students each year. Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road, has been operating in Independence for more than 30 years. In addition to the nursing program, there are undergraduate and graduate programs in education as well as a graduate studies program in religion. Independence serves as the headquarters for the online programs as well as the Center for the Study of the Korean War and the International Health Center. Through a partnership with MCC-Blue River, a business administration program is offered with at Blue River. For more information, visit Graceland University’s Web site at or call 816-833-0524.

National American University

The National American University site in Independence has been serving residents since 1990 and has been considered as one of the university’s flagship locations. Associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are available in a variety of programs including medical assisting, paralegal studies and health care management. In addition, NAU’s Zona Rosa campus offers a nursing and pharmacy technician program. Those who cannot attend campus classes have the option to take online courses in order to complete their degrees. The NAU campus in Independence is at 3620 Arrowhead Ave. For more information, visit NAU’s Web site at or call 816-412-7700.

William Woods

William Woods University is offering Eastern Jackson County area residents the opportunity to pursue an education degree without quitting work. Programs offered are master of education and a master of education in athletics/activities administration. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies at 1-800-995-3199 or contact William Woods by e-mail at AdultEd@WilliamWoods. edu or more information. These programs make it possible for people with full-time jobs to complete a baccalaureate or a graduate degree while remaining employed. The programs are designed to prepare students for career advancement and to enhance their marketability in the job market. – Kelly Evenson



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Neighboring cities

The city of Independence has experienced a vast history since it was founded in 1827. It borders Blue Springs on its western and northern boundaries. According to the 2010 U.S. census, Independence has a population of 116,830, making it the fourth largest city in the state ahead of Columbia. For more information, visit or contact Independence Tourism at 816-2357111.

Originally named for a considerable amount of grain in the area in 1878, Grain Valley has since grown into a sprawling urban town. The 2010 U.S. census listed the city’s population at 12,854. The city borders Blue Springs along its eastern boundary and includes the East Kansas City Airport.

Lake Tapawingo began as a private lake outside Blue Springs by a group of businessmen who used it for a weekend getaway. It became a city in 1963 to avoid being annexed by Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit or Independence. The city has 730 residents according to the 2010 U.S. census.

Lee’s Summit has 91,364 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. census and is 65 square miles. Downtown Lee’s Summit has recently been renovated and Summit Fair, a new lifestyle center with retail stores and restaurants, has been built. The 550,000-square-foot center is at the southeast corner of U.S. 50 and Missouri 291/I-470.

Nestled to the south of Blue Springs on Missouri 7 sits Lake Lotawana, a city that surrounds the lake of the same name. The population is listed at 1,939 in the 2010 U.S. census. The Lake Lotawana Association is responsible for lake safety and maintenance.

The Blue Springs population is 52,575, according to the 2010 U.S. census. In the ‘80s and ‘90s the city experienced a huge population boom of more than 20,000 people. The population growth slowed when Blue Springs ran out room to build new housing. The city remedied the matter by annexing approximately 3,500 acres of land since 1998, which has helped increase population numbers.

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Jackson County Government Jackson County government operates with a division of powers similar to that used at the state and federal levels, with executive, legislative and judicial branches. The county executive runs the county day to day, although the county prosecutor and sheriff also are elected and run their offices independently of the executive. Legislators, the executive, the sheriff and the prosecutor all serve four-year terms. Mike Sanders has served as the county executive since 2006. He was re-elected in April after running unopposed. The county is responsible for many roads, mostly in unincorporated parts of Eastern Jackson County, and it has an extensive system of parks. It also operJackson ates a jail in downtown Kansas City. It owns ArrowCounty head and Kauffman stadiums. Executive The County Legislature has nine members. Six Mike are elected from specific districts. Three others are elected from larger districts but are elected by all Sanders county voters. The county’s website is at n 5th District – Greg Grounds, R-Blue Springs. The 5th District, represented by Grounds, includes Oak Grove. Grounds can be reached at 816-8814476. The district runs east to west across the middle of the county, from Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs – the area from Burgess Road to the north and Wyatt Road to the south – and reaches into Independence and a Raytown north of 59th Street. The area of Independence is roughly from the southern city limits to 35th Street, but that northern boundary also jogs north on Lee’s Summit Road and then takes R.D. Mize Road east to the Little Blue River.

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n 1st District at large – Theresa Garza Ruiz, D-Blue Springs. The 1st District at large, represented by Ruiz, includes Oak Grove. Garza Ruiz can be reached at 816-881-3132. The district is roughly the northern third of the county, taking in a slice of northeast Kansas City, Independence, Sugar Creek, Sibley, Buckner and Levasy, Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Blue Springs. It’s mostly north of U.S. 40, but to the east drops as far south at Major Road.

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Other COUNTY legislators: n 1st District – Scott Burnett, D-Kansas City n 2nd District – James D. Tindall, D-Kansas City n 2nd District at large – Crystal Williams, D-Kansas City n 3rd District – Dennis Waits, D-Independence n 3rd District at large – Fred Arbanas, D-Lee’s Summit n 4th District – Dan Tarwater, D-Kansas City n 6th District – Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit – Jeff Fox

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County redraws districts By JEFF FOX

New Jackson County districts

New Jackson County legislative districts will remain mostly the same for Oak Grove residents. The new districts, based on figures from the 2010 census showing a shift of population to the east, were presented to the County Legislature on May 23. District 1 Tom Wyrsch, the Democratic chair of the commitDistrict 3 tee, said both sides realized no major changes were warranted. Former state Rep. Gary Dusenberg, the District 5 Republican chair, said basically about 35,000 people had to be shifted. The County Charter gives the committee broad District 2 powers. It calls on the committee to draw districts that are “compact, of contiguous territory and as nearly of equal population as is practicable.” Whatever both sides agree on goes into effect without action by either the District 6 county executive or the Legislature. The six-person committee had to draw two new District 4 maps. Six of the nine county legislators are elected by district. The other three are elected out of a separate set of three districts but voted on by all voters in the county. The at-large districts each have about one-quarter of a million residents: n The 1st, represented by Theresa Garza Ruiz, D-Blue Springs, covers Independence, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Sugar Creek, Buckner, At-Large District 1 Sibley and Levasy, but it no longer reaches very far into Kansas City. It does include parts of Kansas City south of U.S. 40 and west of Lee’s Summit Road. At-Large District 2 n The 5th District, represented by Greg Grounds, R-Blue Springs, will change. Currently it runs all the way from Oak Grove to just south of Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums – basically a rectangle from Oak Grove to Lake Tapawingo plus an area to the west along both sides of I-70 and into parts of Kansas City. n The 2nd, represented by Crystal Williams, DAt-Large District 3 Kansas City, covers most of Kansas City and much of Raytown. n The 3rd District, represented by Fred Arbanas, D-Lee’s Summit, covers roughly the southern onethird of the county – Lee’s Summit, Unity Village, Greenwood, Raytown, Grandview and, now, the westCourtesy of Jackson County ern edge of south Kansas City. The other six districts, each with about 112,000 residents, will see changes as well: n The sprawling 3rd District, represented by Dennis Waits, D-Independence, becomes more compact, covering Sugar Creek and Independence north of Interstate 70. It stretches from Interstate 435 to the Little Blue River but will no longer have Sibley, Levasy or Buckner. Now that district will have a whole new shape: North of I-70, it’s everything east of the Little Blue River, including parts of Independence, plus Buckner, Levasy and Sibley. It also covers Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Independence south of I-70. n The 1st District, represented by Scott Burnett, D-Kansas City, is now something like an upside down “U,” with the west side of Kansas City and downtown, then running east to I-435 and angling south and west to include the stadiums and the Blue Ridge Crossing (Wal-Mart and Lowe’s) area on the eastern edge of Kansas City. n The 6th District, represented by Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit, changes but is still the southeastern corner of the county: Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, the Lakewood area and much of Raytown. n The 2nd District, represented by James Tindall, D-Kansas City, retains much of the central, east and south sides of Kansas City, from just east of downtown to just east of the Grandview Triangle. n The 4th District, represented by Dan Tarwater, D-Kansas City, remains the county’s southwest corner – Grandview and much of south Kansas City.



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Federal, state representatives In Washington n Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who lives in St. Louis. Her Washington office is at 717 Hart Building. Phone: 202224-6154. Her Kansas City office is at 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 101. Phone: 816-421-1639. Website: Her term ends in 2013

n Sen. Roy blunt, a Republican from Strafford, Mo. His Washington office is at 260 Russell Senate Office Building. Phone: 202-224-5721. His Kansas City office is at 911 Main St., Suite 2224. Phone: 816-471-7141. Website: His term ends in 2017.

n Sam Graves, a Republican from Tarkio, Mo., represents Missouri’s 6th District. The district includes 26 counties, mostly in northwestern Missouri but also parts of Jackson County, including Oak Grove north of Interstate 70. His Washington office is at 1415 Longworth House Office Building. Phone: 202-225-7041 Website: His office in Liberty is at 113 Blue Jay Drive, suite 100. Phone: 816-792-3976 His mobile office makes periodic stops in Eastern Jackson County. His term ends in 2013.

n vicky hartzler, a Republican from Harrisonville, Mo., represents Missouri’s 4th District. The district includes much of western and central Missouri, including Oak Grove south of Interstate 70. Her Washington office is at 1023 Longworth House Office Building. Phone: 202-225-0148 Her Harrisonville office is at 1909 N. Commercial St. Phone: 816-884-3411 Website: Her term ends in 2013.

In Jefferson City n State sen. will kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican, represents the 8th District, which includes Oak Grove. He is vice chairman of the Ways and Means and Fiscal Oversight Committee and also serves on these committees: Appropriations; Government Accountability; Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections; and Judicial and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence. His Capitol office is at 201 W. Capitol Ave., room 220, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101 Phone: 573-751-1464 To send him an email, go to and click email on the left side

n State rep. sheila solon, a Republican from Blue Springs, represents the 55th District, which includes Oak Grove. She serves on these committees: Appropriations – Public Safety and Corrections; Local Government; International Trade and Job Creation; and Downsizing State Government. Her Capitol office is at 201 W. Capitol Ave., room 305B, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101 Phone: 573-751-8636 Email:

n State SEN. BILL STOUFFER, a Republican from Napton, Mo., represents the 21st District, which includes the Lafayette County portion of Oak Grove. The district covers all of Lafayette, Saline, Howard, Cooper, Macon, Chariton, Carroll and Ray counties and a portion of Clay County. He is serving his second four-year term in the Senate. His current term runs through 2012. He is majority caucus chairman, chairman of the Senate Transportatiton Committee and chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. He also serves on these committees: Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources (vice chairman); Health, Mental Health, Seniors and Families. He also is vice chair of the Missouri Senior RX Commission, and serves on the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission and Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. He’s in the Missouri Civil Air Patrol. Phone: 866-768-3987 E-mail: Jefferson City office address: State Capitol Building, Room 332, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Office phone: 573-751-1507 Office fax: 573-751-9764

Oak Grove City Guide 2011  
Oak Grove City Guide 2011  

The Oak Grove City Guide offers readers information about the City of Oak Grove.