Excelsior Springs Weekly News Headlines – April 10-23, 2023

News Headlines

Here are some news headlines that you may have missed over the past two weeks, collected and collated from a variety of news sources, all pertaining to Excelsior Springs.


Council Recap: Changing of the Guard, Community Development Report & More – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs City Council met on April 3, 2023, to discuss a variety of topics and make decisions that will impact the community.

Excelsior Springs City Council Recap, April 17, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs City Council Meeting, held on April 17, 2023, considered several proposals and requests. 

60+ Excelsior Springs Homes Prepare for City-Wide Garage Sale – Excelsior Citizen
We are still two weeks out from the Spring Excelsior Springs City-Wide Garage Sale on April 28th and 29th and there are over 60 local homes signed up to participate in the event! 

Mark Spohn Names Mayor of Excelsior Springs as Renne, St. John Join City Council – Excelsior Citizen
On April 4, 2023, the City of Excelsior Springs held an election to elect two council members. 

Community Comes Together for 7th Annual Earth Day Cleanup in Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Citizen
Volunteers in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, gathered on a chilly Saturday morning to participate in the 7th annual Earth Day cleanup led by the Parks and Rec Department.

Volunteers Served a Feast of Appreciation at Annual Dinner – Excelsior Citizen
On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the city of Excelsior Springs hosted its 5th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the newly reopened Hall of Springs, located at the historic Hall of Waters.

Excelsior Springs Community Center Update – Excelsior Citizen
Excelsior Springs Community Center Special Projects Coordinator Jesse Hall sent an update on the progress taking place on the outside expansion to …

Community Comes Together for 7th Annual Earth Day Cleanup in Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Citizen
Volunteers in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, gathered on a chilly Saturday morning to participate in the 7th annual Earth Day cleanup led by the …

MO Heritage Workshop Prompts Citizens to Reevaluate Heritage Assets – Excelsior Citizen
On April 15, 2023, the Excelsior Springs community in Missouri hosted a Cultural Heritage Workshop sponsored by Missouri Humanities. 

Spohn elected Mayor – Excelsior Springs Standard
In a 4-1 vote, the Excelsior Springs City Council recently elected Mark Spohn as mayor of the town, while Stephen Spear was re-elected as mayor …


School District Offers Free Meals During Testing Periods – Excelsior Citizen
Excelsior Springs School District has announced that it will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students during the MAP and EOC/AP testing windows in an effort to boost student performance.

Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center Delights Audiences with Neil Simon’s “Rumors” – Excelsior Citizen
Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center presented Neil Simon’s “Rumors”, a farce set in Sneden’s Landing, New York in 1988 this weekend.

Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Gains New Life at ESSD – Excelsior Citizen
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. 

Nominate a Compassionate Senior for the Jason Simmons Memorial Award – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs High School and the Kim and Dave Simmons family are seeking nominations for the Jason Simmons Memorial Award.

Cornerstone Elementary Opens Doors as Excelsior Springs’ First Public Storm Shelter – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs School District has opened its doors to the public with a new storm shelter at Cornerstone Elementary.

School Board Recap: Hooray for Prop. Lewis, Strategic Planning, and Facility Upgrades – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs Board of Education met Tuesday, April 11 for their regular monthly meeting as well as a brief special meeting to certify election results and welcome newly re-elected board members.

Middle Schoolers Show Off Their Poetic Prowess at Excelsior Springs’ Poetry Night – Excelsior Citizen
On Friday, April 14th, from 4:30 to 7 PM, students from Excelsior Springs Middle School poured out their emotions through powerful words and vivid imagery.

Unlock Your Child’s Potential With Excelsior Springs Summer School – Excelsior Citizen
The Summer School program in Excelsior Springs is designed to provide students with an opportunity to continue their education while enjoying their summer break.

Board discusses improvements, recognizes students – Excelsior Springs Standard
New building improvement plans were discussed during the monthly meeting of the Excelsior Springs School Board. The group agreed to remodel the …


Excelsior Springs’ Newest Winery Shamrock Hills Releases Spring Season – Excelsior Citizen
Just having had their Grand Opening, Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery has already released a whole season of live entertainment to take place on the new property at 12300 Shoemaker Road in Excelsior Springs. 

Excelsior Springs Business Organizations Hold Networking Events – Excelsior Citizen
The business community in Excelsior Springs has never been stronger, with not only the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce working on their behalf but the Downtown Excelsior Partnership providing support to the downtown businesses, too.

There are Kansas City’s five strongest small banks of 2022 – The Business Journals
CEO D.R. Landwehr and President Stephanie Landwehr lead the bank, which has a branch in Excelsior Springs. The bank ranks high on our list because …

Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery Grand Opening – Excelsior Springs Standard
On April 2, Excelsior Springs boys wrestling coach Cody Beck recognized the hard work his Tigers had put in this season. That afternoon at the high …

A new freight rail line is the first to run through Mexico, the U.S. and Canada – Ideastream
MORRIS: But a few miles up the tracks from Kansas City in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the merger looks a little different.

No Show Queen: The Pro Street Camaro runs as good as it looks – Dragzine
About two years ago, the split-bumper-upgraded Camaro received a new paint scheme by Jones Customs in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

Public Safety

78 Year Old Excelsior Springs Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash – Excelsior Citizen
A motorcycle crash occurred on Easter Sunday, April 9th, around 2:11 PM in Ray County on Highway A west of Christian Rd. leaving the driver in serious condition. (Also published here: KCTV, St. Joseph Post, Missouri State Hwy Patrol, NewsBreak, KTTN-FM 92.3)

Excelsior Springs Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs’ Reports for April 14, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
Police blotter, Fire Calls, and EMS Runs for Excelsior Springs, Missouri, as well as Clay County Sheriff, Ray County Sheriff, and Missouri State Highway Patrol, reports for April 14, 2023. 

Excelsior Springs Man Arrested on Charges of Statutory Sodomy and Child Molestation – Excelsior Citizen
Excelsior Springs Police arrested Gary Dean Tackett Jr. on charges related to the sexual assault of a child under 12 years old.

Excelsior Springs Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs’ Reports for April 20, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
Police blotter, Fire Calls, and EMS Runs for Excelsior Springs, Missouri, as well as Clay County Sheriff, Ray County Sheriff, and Missouri State Highway Patrol, reports for April 20, 2023.

Clay County Sheriff’s Office Releases 2022 Annual Report – Excelsior Citizen
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has made public its 2022 annual report, which has highlighted some of the significant reductions and increases in statistics from the previous year.

Excelsior Springs Man Dies in Fatal Car Crash on O Highway – Excelsior Citizen
A fatal car crash occurred on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at around 5:05 PM, claiming the life of a 23-year-old resident from Excelsior Springs.

Rider seriously injured in Ray County motorcycle crash – KMZU
RAY COUNTY, Mo. — A motorcycle crash in Ray County seriously injured an Excelsior Springs rider Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2023.

Kansas City Police reinstate missing persons unit one year later – FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
A woman told Excelsior Springs police she escaped captivity, torture and sexual assault after getting picked up on Prospect Avenue, according to court …

Felony Warrant Gets Excelsior Springs Man Arrested – NewsBreak
An Excelsior Springs man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Clay COunty on a felony level warrant out of Clinton COunty….

SAFE offers help where it counts – Excelsior Springs Standard
The monthly Substance Abuse Free Environment meeting (SAFE) at Excelsior Springs Hospital was held recently. SAFE, a prevention coalition that …

Three injured, including teenager and 1 year old boy, in crash on Highway 69 – KTTN
… along with a one-year-old boy from Polo, received minor injuries and were taken by another vehicle to the hospital in Excelsior Springs

Single vehicle crash injured three – KCHI Radio
McConnel and the one-year-old child were taken to Excelsior Springs Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A third person in the vehicle was …

Excelsior Springs man dies in crash north of Orrick – KTTN-FM 92.3 and KGOZ
An Excelsior Springs resident was killed when the car he was driving went out of control on a curve and hit a concrete bridge structure in …

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports three arrests on Saturday, April 22nd – KTTN-FM 92.3 and KGOZ
An Excelsior Springs resident was arrested Saturday afternoon in Ray County. 33-year-old Kelli Server was accused of felony driving while …


BJC, Affinia, other St. Louis organizations warn against proposed state diversity budget ban – The Business Journals
Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, has defended the move, saying “your tax dollars should not be used to promote Neo-marxist ideology, …

Missouri agencies say ban on diversity initiatives in budget would disrupt operations – Missouri Independent
Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, speaks during a 2021 House debate Tim Bommel/Missouri House Communications). If the Missouri budget becomes law …

Senate removes DEI ban from state budget – Columbia Missourian
Doug Richie R-Excelsior Springs, had broad language banning the use of any state funds for any “staffing, vendors, consultants, …

Capitol Notebook: Raw milk sales bill headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk – The Gazette
In this March 24, 2017 photo, Myra Moser bottles raw milk on her parents’ Be Whole Again Farm in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Senate committee rejects anti-DEI language, restores library funds in Missouri budget – Missouri Independent
Asked about the Senate vote, Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, said he will continue to push for some version to make it into the final budget.

Missouri lawmakers talk over each other during heated floor debate – FOX 2
Reps. LaKeySha Frazier-Bosley (D-St. Louis) and Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs) both spoke about various elements and stances on House Bill …

Missouri Senate committee restores library funding in state budget, strips anti-DEI language – St. Louis Public Radio
Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, who sponsored that language, recently posted an open letter, saying he disagreed with criticisms that it was a …


Honoring a Legend: Jim Dusek Memorial Bench and Uniforms Unveiled at Excelsior Springs High School – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs Baseball program has received a generous boost of over $12,000 through a memorial fundraiser held in honor of Jim Dusek, an iconic figure in the community of Excelsior Springs.

Youth Wrestlers Finish State Tournament with 13 Medalists and 3rd Place Team Finish – Excelsior Citizen
Excelsior Springs’ Youth Tigers wrestling team finished their state tournament on March 28th with an impressive showing, earning 13 overall…

2024 Women’s College Commitment List – FloWrestling
Excelsior Springs, Missouri, 130. Simpson (IA), Moorea Brown, Center Point-Urbana, Iowa, 144. Simpson (IA), Sara Zimmerman, Hays, Kansas, 109.

SBLive Missouri high school baseball Power 25 rankings (April 10) – Scorebook Live
This week, Liberty North and Blue Springs South are on a collision course for … this week before traveling to Excelsior Springs to end the week.

Results from I-35 Speedway – USRA Racing
(6) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo. 3. (1) 69ER Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo. 4. (3) 17X Clint Baker, Meadville, Mo. 5 …

Excelsior Springs Middle School Invitational 2023 – MoMileSplit
MileSplits official ESMS Invitational 2023 formatted results for the 2023 Excelsior Springs Middle School Invitational, hosted by Excelsior …

Fort Osage cruises to title in Northland Baseball Series – The Examiner
The Indians built an 8-1 lead on the way to a 15-3 rout of Excelsior Springs in the championship of the tournament Wednesday at Creekside Baseball …

WC Bears Varsity Can’t Hold Up Against Excelsior Springs Tigers Varsity – Team Home William Chrisman Bears Sports
Colson Moore led things off on the pitcher’s mound for Excelsior Springs Tigers Varsity. The southpaw lasted four and two-thirds innings, …

Road Trip – Excelsior Springs Standard
The Excelsior Springs varsity baseball team logged some out-of-state road miles recently. On March 31, the Tigers played in Springdale, Ark., …

Results from US-36 Raceway – USRA Racing
(2) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo. 2. (1) 12C Stephen Clancy, Odessa, Mo. 3. (7) 56 Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.

Tigers fall to Northmen; triangular cut short by rain – Excelsior Springs Standard
Mason Danner “deserved a better fate” when Excelsior Springs faced Oak Park April 15 as part of a rain-shortened triangular at Tiger Stadium, …

Netters split two duals, claim three tourney medals – Excelsior Springs Standard
Excelsior Springs had little time to relax between competitions last week in varsity boys tennis. The Tigers crammed two duals and their own …

Mineral Water Classic 2023 – MoMileSplit
MileSplits official Mineral Water Classic 2023 raw results for the 2023 Mineral Water Classic, hosted by Excelsior Springs High School in …


Good Samaritan Center’s Annual 5k Doubles in Attendance – Excelsior Citizen
… to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Excelsior Springs area. … at the Hall of Waters in Excelsior Springs to take part in the race.

Excelsior Springs Weekly News Headlines – Mary 27-April 9, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
Here are some news headlines that you may have missed over the past two weeks, collected and collated from a variety of news sources, all pertaining to Excelsior Springs.

Good Samaritan Center’s Annual 5k Doubles in Attendance – Excelsior Citizen
The Good Samaritan Center’s annual event, the Tortoise and the Hare 5k Run, Walk, and Roll, saw some big changes this year as Other Trails Coffee and Goods headline sponsored the race. 

Missouri City Invites You to Celebrate Spring with Parade and Fair – Excelsior Citizen
Get ready to enjoy the Spring season with the Missouri City community on Saturday, May 6th, from 10 AM – 1 PM! 

SOB Theatre Presents, The Church Basement Ladies – Excelsior Citizen
Excelsior Springs’ Slightly off Broadway is proud to present the hilarious musical comedy “The Church Basement Ladies” on April 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, and May 5, 6, and 7.

Mid-Continent Public Library Unveils April and May 2023 Programs – Excelsior Citizen
Mid-Continent Public Library is thrilled to announce its lineup of programs at the Excelsior Springs Branch for April and May 2023.

KC English Bulldog Rescue decorates homes with eggs for Easter – KSHB
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — The Easter Bunny was not the only special helper to visit homes in the Kansas City metro Saturday night.

Weekend Getaways Near Omaha – Midwest Living
Excelsior Springs, Missouri—195 miles from Omaha. Thirty miles northeast of the KCMO metro, Excelsior Springs has been a refuge for those seeking …


The following are obituaries of those who have connections to Excelsior Springs. Click here for all Excelsior Springs obituaries.

James Gordon Ford – Memphis Democrat
… Missouri; seven grandchildren Jill Fincher of Jefferson City, Missouri, Robin Bartlett and husband, Michael of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, …

Thomas Rovito (1950-2023) – Legacy Remembers
We celebrate the life of Thomas John Rovito Sr., age 72, who passed peacefully on April 5, 2023 at his home in Excelsior Springs, MO.

Danny Cochran (1954-2023) – Legacy Remembers
Danny Joe Cochran,69, of Excelsior Springs, Mo passed away on April 2, 2023 at Liberty Hospital. He was born March 30, 1954 ,to George Cochran …

Mark Mueller – KMMO
… and Steve Mueller of Concordia, MO; one aunt, Kay Brockhoff of Excelsior Springs, MO; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Gary Lee Dominique – KTTN-FM 92.3 and KGOZ
Mother, Frances, of Chillicothe, MO. Brothers, Joe (Pat) Dominique of Meadville, MO; Steve (Belinda) Dominique of Excelsior Springs, MO; and Scott ( …

Theodore Baldwin (1930-2023) – Legacy Remembers
After his receiving his medical degree, he started a practice in Excelsior Springs, MO where he served the local community until his final …

Dixie Baldwin (1931-2023) – Legacy Remembers
In life, Dixie taught school in St. Joseph, Columbia, and Excelsior Springs, Missouri where she retired in 1992. Dixie filled her retirement by …

Mary “Gay” Craven Russell – NewsBreak
Martha “Gay” Craven Russell, age 82, of Liberty, formerly of Excelsior Springs, went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, …

David Hokanson (1944-2023) – Petaluma, CA – Kansas City Star
Lawson MO resident 2004-2015 David Hokanson passed February 23. David was a volunteer with Northland Coalition, Excelsior Springs Hospice, a state …

Sara Winsor – KTTN
Survivors include sons Arthur Winsor of Excelsior Springs and Jerald Winsor of Stanberry; and daughter, Wanita Bowman of Liberty.

Jamies “Jim” Strack (1941-2023) – Legacy Remembers
Jim was born in Kansas City, MO to Vern and Minnie Strack (Anderson). Jim is survived by 4 children; Rick (Diane) Strack of Excelsior Springs, MO; …

Valorie Bussard (1953-2023) – Legacy Remembers
In addition to her husband, Valorie is survived by her sons, Kenneth (DeAnna) Dinwiddie, Pattonsburg, MO, Kevin (Tina) Dinwiddie, Excelsior Springs, …

Fabiola (Faby) Andonila Skaggs – Roswell Daily Record
She married James Skaggs of Excelsior Springs, Missouri on 14 April 1951. Faby was a faithful member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in …

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