NATURALLY STATED: Kansas may be holding seat for ASU athletic director

The day after the University of Kansas fired its athletic director, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir stood in the center of his office at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, measuring the seat of a metallic bar chair with a ruler.

After a few slides of the ruler, he looked up.

"Here, have a seat," he said. "What do you think? Comfortable?"

It was.

Mohajir walked toward his office’s door and called for another university employee to test out the chair.

Through the first floor window, bulldozers and cranes were assembling the early outline of the on-campus hotel and restaurant, which broke ground earlier this May.

Looking further north, construction continued for ASU’s $29 million north end zone renovation at Centennial Bank Stadium...

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Kansas, Oklahoma approve religious veto on LGBT adoptions

Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group’s right to live out its religious faith, while critics saw them as attacks on LGBT rights. (AP)

TOPEKA, KS (AP) –

State lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes.

Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group’s right to live out its religious faith, while critics saw them as attacks on LGBT rights. Both Kansas and Oklahoma have GOP-controlled legislatures and governors, but in Kansas, the proposal split Republicans.

The Kansas Senate approved a bill early Friday morning, 24-15, that would prevent faith-based agencies from being barred f...

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A Mission of Millions: May is Play Tennis Month

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Jackie Guyton was feeling adrift. The Nebraska native had recently moved from Hendersonville, NC, to Shawnee, KS, due to her husband’s job change. A former hair stylist, Guyton was now a stay-at-home mom with two young daughters in school all day.

The girls, Morgan and Allison, had taken inexpensive tennis lessons in North Carolina, and Jackie was anxious for them to continue the routine in their new hometown.

Jackie had never touched a racquet, though she did play volleyball in college. She signed her daughters up for lessons at the Genesis Health Clubs in Overland Park, KS, watching from courtside but never considering joining in.

“I just assumed that you had to have played for a long time to play as ...

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Summit Homes offers low-maintenance living during Home Hunt KC | The Kansas City Star

This weekend during Home Hunt KC, Summit Homes will feature ranch-style villa homes in three premier low-maintenance communities.

Home Hunt KC 2018 gives families looking for a new home in Kansas City a unique opportunity to tour Kansas City’s largest selection of move-in ready homes. Summit is showcasing more than 100 homes located throughout all areas of the Kansas City metro from Shawnee to Lee’s Summit, the Northland down to Raymore with prices ranging from the $280s – $500s.

Homes will be open for free tours to the public Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Move-in ready luxury homes from Summit’s award-winning Villa Collection are available in the low-maintenance Villas of Parkwood, located in Lee’s Summit south of MO-150 between Pryor and Ward Road...

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Stag’s Creek office building revitalizes gateway into eastern Shawnee

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The new Stag’s Creek office building, at the northwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Goddard, is set to open for business April 2.

For several years, it was a decayed and neglected commercial pocket nestled in one of the metro area’s busiest corridors.

As drivers soared west down Shawnee Mission Parkway, into the city limits, they were greeted by the sight of abandoned restaurants, vacant storefronts and a crumbling strip mall at the northwest intersection of Goddard.

That eyesore is now a memory.

Sitting prominently in its place is the brand new Stag’s Creek development, which features two new dining establishments and a sparkling new office building.

Raising Cane’s, a popular chicken strip restaurant, opened last summer and Andy’s Frozen Custard op...

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Floyd Thomas Holscher

Floyd Thomas Holscher, entered into rest on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Holiday Resort Health and Rehabilitation, Salina, KS at the age of 99.

He was born on December 5, 1918 in Council Grove, Kansas to John L. and Dollie M. (Robinson) Holscher.

Floyd married the love of his life Geraldine Nobert in Wichita, Kansas on June 1, 1946. She preceded him in death on February 17, 2018.

He was a former resident of Denver, CO., Wichita, KS, Ada, OK, and Abilene, KS.

Floyd retired as Senior Cost Engineer from Rockwell International Denver, Colorado. Floyd was plant superintendent for Forster Manufacturing in Ada, Oklahoma. He was a Sales Engineer with J.B. Ehrsam Abilene, Kansas. Floyd also worked for Boeing Manufacturing in Wichita, Kansas.

He was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus and also a l...

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Weather closes schools, universities; keeps workers home

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) –

Kansas school districts and universities are canceling classes and many state employees were told to stay home after another round of winter weather.

With about three-fourths of the state under a winter weather advisory, Gov. Jeff Colyer ordered the closure of state government through Thursday for nonessential employees in Shawnee County.

The University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Newman University and Haskell Indian Nations University closed Thursday. Snow days also were declared in school districts in Lawrence, Wichita, Hutchinson, and several in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

One more round of freezing rain for Wichita

In Wichita, a driver was rescued from a vehicle that slid into the frigid Arkansas River.

And at the Kansas C...

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Pennington, Vespersia

GARDNER, Kan. | Vespersia Marie Pennington, 92, passed away Jan. 13, 2018, at Meadowbrook Rehab Center of Gardner. Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m. CST Saturday, March 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 138 E. Shawnee in Gardner.

Vespersia was born March 29, 1925, in Philip, SD, to Morgan and Vera (Ernest) Smith. She grew up in South Dakota on the Quarter Circle Diamond Dot cattle ranch. Vespersia graduated from Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD. She married Albert A. Pennington on Aug. 28, 1949, in Wichita, KS. After marriage they lived in Wichita until 1980, when they came to Gardner. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gardner and Gardner Lions Club. Vespersia loved going to church, dancing and telling stories about her family history...

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Week Ahead: KS gets a new governor & local officials take the polar plunge

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Week Ahead

Kansas gets a new governor and local officials take the plunge for Special Olympics Kansas in your Week Ahead.
Monday,

One Riley Co. woman will never see the faces of many of those she helps.

13 NEWS’ Deneysha Richard follows the journey of a Riley Co. 911 dispatcher to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a behind the scenes hero.

Tuesday,

There’s little time to “talk turkey” when you’re working at a restaurant that breads, cooks, and serves over 2,500 pieces of chicken a month.

In this week’s Fork in the Road, 13 NEWS’ Chris Fisher takes a trip down K-99 to the famous Olpe Chicken House, 8 E State Road 99, Olpe, KS, for a behind the scenes look.

Wednesday,

Sam Brownback says he will resign as governor at 3 p.m...

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Rent and utility assistance, after-school care among uses for Shawnee Community Development Block Grant funds in 2017

By Jerry LaMartina

The Shawnee City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds report at its Monday night meeting.

Shawnee receives about $250,000 a year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the program. For comparison, Overland Park gets about $750,000 and Johnson County gets about $1.3 million. Funding amounts are based mainly on population but also on the age of housing and the percentage of low- and moderate-income residents.

Unused funding from a given year can be carried over to the following year. Three types of activities are funded: human services, which can’t exceed 15 percent of total funding; infrastructure; and housing.

According to a memo dated Monday from Neighborhood Planner Lauren Grashoff to Interim Ci...

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