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KCK school ranked one of the best in the country  KCTV Kansas City

U.S. News & World Report has listed Sumner Academy of Arts and Science as one of the best high schools in the nation and the best in Kansas.

Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs have some of state’s top 50 high schools  Kansas City Star

Both Blue Springs high schools and two Lee's Summit schools have been ranked among Missouri's top 50 high schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Smithville High School junior dies in accidental shooting  KSHB

A Smithville teenager died after an apparent accidental shooting Friday night, police said.

Smithville students may need to submit to random drug testing to drive to school  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- Smithville School District officials met with parents Tuesday to discuss the idea of beginning random drug testing at the high school for ...

Smithville cheerleaders shine at competition, bringing home a state title  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- A state championship is a lot to cheer about. This FOX4 Hy-Vee Team of the Week brings school spirit -- and a tough-to-find state title for its ...

Smithville football to play similar opponent in MICDS this weekend  News-Press Now

SMITHVILLE, Mo — Smithville has had its fair share of challenges on the gridiron throughout the 2018 season.

Benton's Rush captures district title, several local wrestlers heading to state

For the first time ever, MSHSAA hosted girls district wrestling tournaments.

Smithville family seeks answers after teen loses sense of smell, then loses eyesight  KMBC Kansas City

15-year-old Jordyn Walker is blind and doctors are still trying to figure out how it happened.

Smithville High School principal accused of inappropriate relationships with students

SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- The principal of Smithville High School is under investigation and has been dismissed by the district after officials say he violated ...

Police investigate Smithville High School teacher’s coffee to see if it was laced

SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- Police are investigating an accusation at Smithville High School that someone put an unknown substance into a teacher's cup of coffee.

Former principal known as “Pappy” sues Smithville School District for damages

SMITHVILLE, Mo. — In October, Smithville High School accepted the resignation of its popular principal, Dr. Rudy Papenfuhs, after the School Board placed Dr.

Barnhill, Mildred 1918-2019 | Obituaries  News-Press Now

GOWER, Mo. - Mildred "Millie" Barnhill, 100, of Gower, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019. She was born on Oct. 13, 1918, to Jesse Jacob and Bertha (Lee) ...

Addison named new wrestling coach for Falcons  Columbia Daily Tribune

Craig Addison has had a little bit of wrestling head coach experience since graduating in 2010 from Northwest Missouri State University, where he was a ...

Schurig likes depth of Washburn signing class  WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn welcomed 28 new Ichabods on National Signing Day. Every coach usually sees a key trait or something they really like about ...

Severely shaken as a baby, he lived to 20. Now his father is charged with murder.  The Kansas City Star

Olin Tannery faces a second-degree murder indictment in Clay County for the recent death of a 20-year-old man he assaulted in 1998. Dominick J. Pittsenbarger ...


by Debbie Coleman-Topi Landmark reporter. Montel Williams was doubly prepped for his latest gig. Most would not be surprised that the talk show guru is the ...

Smithville mourns death of longtime teacher

SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- Most of us can remember that one teacher who made school worth going to, and for many in Smithville, that was Mrs. Betty Jones.

Smithville native garners national attention on NBC's 'The Voice'  41 Action News Kansas City

A 2008 graduate of Smithville High School debuted on NBC's "The Voice" Thursday night. Dozens of people watched Casi Joy's audition in the high school ...

Former North Kansas City swim coach, charged with slew of sex crimes, takes plea deal  The Kansas City Star

A former teacher and swim coach in the Kansas City area pleaded guilty Tuesday to secretly filming a sexual encounter with a minor in Dec. 2013. James R.

Pensacola's Tommy Thrall Joins Reds Radio Team In February  WVXU

Update 11:30 a.m. Thursday Jan. 31: This just in from Karen Forgus, Reds Senior Vice President of Business Operations, about Tommy Thrall's addition to the ...

Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri announces Doug Harper Memorial Scholarship  kttn

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, as well as friends and family of Doug Harper, have announced the establishment of the Doug Harper ...

As two of Smithville’s best athletes, Jayce Tingler and Jacob Bohlken share admiration  Kansas City Star

In a dusty garage with pictures of Jayce Tingler plastered on the walls, just a short drive from Smithville High School, Jacob Bohlken can remember becoming ...

California's Kirksey places 30th at state meet | California Missouri News  California Democrat

JEFFERSON CITY — At the boys Class 3 cross country state meet Nov. 3 at Oak Hills Golf Center, California's Caden Kirksey finished in 30th place with a time of ...

Smithville softball stops Lafayette in playoffs | Sports  News-Press Now

Looks like the Irish luck finally ran out. After winning the Class 3 District 16 tournament as the second-lowest seed, the Lafayette Fighting Irish couldn't produce ...

Seay files for 42nd Judicial Circuit Judge | Local News  The Salem News

Megan Seay will be in Jefferson City today (Tuesday) filing as a candidate for Division I – 42nd Judicial Circuit Judge of Missouri, according to a press release ...

Casi Joy joins Team Blake in ‘The Voice’ competition  Kansas City Star

Her decision was no big surprise. Casi Joy, a 2008 graduate of Smithville High School and current contestant on “The Voice,” selected country music star Blake ...

Suspended principal: Show of support at hearing is 'overwhelming'  KMBC Kansas City

Rudy Papenfuhs, the suspended principal at Smithville High School, said the large and vocal crowd who came to support him at a meeting with district officials ...

18-year-old accused of child molestation  KMBC Kansas City

Clay County prosecutors charge an 18-year-old with child molestation.

North KC teacher accused of sex crimes moved from school to school with no red flags  Kansas City Star

A North Kansas City teacher facing charges for sex crimes dating back to 2005 landed his most recent job after resigning from Blue Springs South High School ...

Benefit set for child who had stroke after birth  News-Press Now

Wyatt Fisher is a warrior. The 18-month-old fights all day every day to do things others take for granted, such as sitting up and eating.

Gromacki commits to pitch at Missouri  News-Press Now

Nolan Gromacki knows all too well the backgrounds of Jayce Tingler and Andrew Jones before they left Smithville to play Division I athletics at Missouri.

Faith Bender Is One Of The Top Underclassman Throwers  MileSplit

We look to see who are the top underclassman girls throwers.

High school homecomings: Traditions of autumn fun  Kansas City Star

Although the cars they drive are different and their music calls for new dance steps, high school students still dance and still paint the town red — or whatever the ...

Tow truck driver killed in wreck on I-35 near Bond Bridge  KCTV Kansas City

An 18-year-old Smithville, MO, tow truck driver was struck and killed while out of his vehicle on Interstate 35 near the Christopher S. Bond Bridge.

Casi Joy will be on ‘The Voice’ Monday to give ‘performance of a lifetime’  Kansas City Star

Though this isn't the first time Casi Joy of Smithville has auditioned for NBC's “The Voice,” it's the right time. “I've dreamed of getting to a stage and a platform like ...

Grundy County Sheriff reports arrest of three area residents  kttn

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of two area residents Monday and the extradition of another area resident Tuesday. Twenty-five year old ...

Felony charges filed against former Coffey City Clerk  kttn

Mary Lou Browning has been charged with two counts of forgery, one count of stealing $25,000 or more, and one count of stealing $750 or more. Her bond has ...

North KC swim coach sexually exploited minors over 20-year span, indictment says  Kansas City Star

A Blue Springs man, and Kansas City-area teacher and swim coach, has been indicted for sexually exploiting minors.

Profile collection for the Aug. 7 primary election candidates  The Salem News

Associate Circuit Judge. Brandi Baird (D). My husband Brandon and I, along with our two boys, are blessed to live on our family farm here in Dent County where ...

Tupelo maintains 'B' rating, Milam moves to 'A'  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

TUPELO – New letter-grade ratings among the schools in the Tupelo Public School District vary, but the district maintained its overall “B” rating and inched ...

Ranking 10,010 Girls By Average XC Finish  MileSplit

10010 cross country runners ranked by their average finish place during the cross country season with a minimum of three races.

Northland’s museums offer a bounty to history buffs  Kansas City Star

It's no surprise that history museums are a magnet for researchers eager to pore over sepia-toned photos and fragile pages. And to be sure, a plethora of ...

Child sex abuse: Things parents might want to know after a teacher is charged  Kansas City Star

Questions about child sexual abuse might currently be on the minds of Kansas City-area parents given the latest investigation into a North Kansas City teacher ...

Where are they now: Catch up with Ali and Scott, The Star’s Scholar-Athletes from 2007  Kansas City Star

Each year, we check in with our male and female Kansas City Star Scholar-Athletes from a decade prior to see what they're up to nowadays. We found Ali ...

Benton replaces its gym floor  News-Press Now

Springer Gym at Benton High School received a face-lift over the holiday break.

Festivals crowd the summer events calendar  Kansas City Star

With the beginning of summer, it's time to celebrate things. And in the Kansas City area, we celebrate almost everything. There are festivals honoring fruits, ...

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