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Excelsior Springs Weekly News Headlines – January 8-15, 2022

Last Updated on January 15, 2023 by Excelsior Citizen

Weekly 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.

City/Government

Excelsior Springs Chamber’s Westside Committee Forms CID – Excelsior Citizen
Seeing the benefit that it has brought our downtown, the Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Westside Committee has worked for years now to form a Westside CID partnership between the westside business owners.

School Board Recap: Prop Lewis, Financial Audit Results, and Middle School Progress – Excelsior Citizen
Traci White, Cornerstone Elementary secretary, who was selected as the January Classified Employee of the Month…

Now Accepting Applications for Citizens Leadership Academy – Excelsior Citizen
Over the past year there has been a group of citizens testing out a new opportunity for Excelsior Springs citizens and…

Critical Repairs Made to the Hall of Waters with More to Come – Excelsior Citizen
The historic Hall of Waters in downtown Excelsior Springs, MO is one of the most unique architectural wonders of the midwest.

Clay County Commission Grows From Three to Seven – Excelsior Citizen
From our partners at the Gladstone Citizen and author Jim Oldebeken On January 3, the Clay County government completed its…

Ashcroft’s Library Rules Raise Concerns for Many – Excelsior Citizen
In the fall of 2021 several individuals spoke at the Excelsior Springs Board of Education meetings requesting to have books removed from school …

Overnight Power Outage Impacts Hundreds in Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Citizen
January 4, 2023 – On Tuesday night, a malfunction at the Ameren Wood Heights substation left hundreds of Excelsior Springs residents without …

Amnesty month offered – Excelsior Springs Standard
The Excelsior Springs Municipal Division will be offering an amnesty month during the entire month of January 2023 on active Excelsior Springs …

Public Safety

Excelsior Springs Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs’ Reports for January 4, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
Police blotter, Fire Calls, and EMS Runs for Excelsior Springs, Missouri, as well as Clay County Sheriff, Ray County Sheriff,…

Excelsior Springs Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs’ Reports for January 12, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
Police blotter, Fire Calls, and EMS Runs for Excelsior Springs, Missouri, as well as Clay County Sheriff, Ray County Sheriff,…

Haslett, Jr. Case Granted Continuance until February 24th – Excelsior Citizen
Timothy Haslett, Jr. has been held in custody at the Clay County Detention Center charged with first degree rape, first degree…
Additional coverage: KMBC, Fox 4 News, YouTube, KSHB, Courier-Tribune, KCTV5

Excelsior Springs Man Transported to Hospital After Car Crash – Excelsior Citizen
The start of the work week left Excelsior Springs citizen Carl Driskill being transported to Liberty Hospital by Liberty Fire after…

Update: Boil Order Lifted for Excelsior Estates and Crystal Lakes – Excelsior Citizen
The Boil Order has been lifted from the Ray County Water District #2 area. The…

Hearing set for Excelsior Springs man charged with kidnapping, sex assault – FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
A Clay County judge set a Feb. 24 preliminary hearing for Timothy Haslett, charged with kidnapping and sexual assault in Excelsior Springs.

Black leaders criticize police naming ‘witness’ in Excelsior Springs kidnapping case – The Kansas City Star
The news release from the Excelsior Springs Police Department included the name, photo and last-known Kansas City address of a Black woman police said …

Grandmother describes helping woman who escaped being held captive in Excelsior Springs – KCTV5
Nearly three months after an extensive investigation began into a rape and kidnapping, Rose Crowley is speaking about the morning she helped a …

Kansas City Police Denied Reports of a Missing Women. Then One Turned Up – Capital B
For more than a month, a 22-year-old Black woman was allegedly held hostage inside a makeshift room in the basement of an Excelsior Springs, …

Police dismissed Black leaders’ claims of a serial killer, then a woman escaped – Stars and Stripes
Police Lt. Ryan Dowdy poses for a portrait by the home of Timothy Haslett in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Nov. 21, 2022. The Navy veteran was …

Fears that Black women are targeted are being dismissed and ignored – Final Call News
Excelsior Springs is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. According to the Clay County Prosecutor Probable Cause Statement, the victim …

Sports

Fulton boys wrestling splits Fulton Tri – Fulton Sun
Fulton will compete in the excelsior springs Tournament at 9 a.m. …

Fulton boys wrestling’s Blattner wins 106-pound division in Excelsior Springs Tournament – Fulton Sun
Fulton boys wrestler Cole Blattner received the gold medal after winning the 106-pound division of the Excelsior Springs Tournament Saturday at …

Excelsior Springs Youth Open/Girls Tiger Classic – Wrestling Event – FloWrestling
Excelsior Springs Youth Open / Girls Tiger Classic. Excelsior Springs Youth Open / Girls Tiger Classic on Jan 8, 2023 in Excelsior Springs, MO.

Featured

2022 Citizen Spotlights – Excelsior Citizen
The following local citizens were recognized for their unique stories and talents to be featured in our weekly newsletter each week…

2022 Excelsior Springs Year in Review – Excelsior Citizen
This year was a difficult one for our community, with an unprecedented amount of violent crime that reached national media coverage…

Four Horses and a Dog Find a New Home at Shamrock Hills Winery – Excelsior Citizen
The owners of Four Horses and a Dog Winery, Michael and Cheryl Jennings and Stephen and Jeanine Stubbs have built a thriving business over the past decade.

Community Showers Job Corps Students for Holidays – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center staff does a great job of making the holidays special for the students that stay on Center over the holidays, knowing that those students don’t have a family or home to go back to.

Citizen Spotlight: Shirley Knipker – Excelsior Citizen
At 91 years young, Shirley Knipker is still actively working to make a positive impact in the community of Excelsior…

Citizen Spotlight: Tray Harkins – Excelsior Citizen
A life-long Excelsiorite, Tray Harkins is known as one of the most trusted individuals in the community. A 1987 graduate…

Author Kim Malaj Tours Hometown to Promote Her Latest Novel – Excelsior Citizen
Kim Malaj spent the first 18 years of her life in and around Excelsior Springs. Now she’s back to promote…

Excelsior Roasting Co. Reopens After Fire Destroys Roaster – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Roasting Company reopened its doors last week after closing for nearly a month to recuperate from a fire…

MCPL Winter Reading Challenge “Humor Me” Starts January 15th – Excelsior Citizen
Whether it’s giggling, chuckling, chortling, or guffawing, everyone likes to laugh! That’s why Mid-Continent Public Library is excited to present…

Eagle Days set for January 7-8 at Smithville Lake – Excelsior Citizen
The 27th annual Eagle Days at Smithville Lake will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8

Dreaming of Spring? KC Seed Exchange Set for January 28th – Excelsior Citizen
Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to start a seed exchange right here in Excelsior Springs?

MBC Pastor, Legislator Aims to be Missouri Speaker of the House – MBC Pathway
Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs and co-chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Education) is senior pastor at Pisgah Baptist Church, …

Second half of 2022 highlighted by those making positive impacts, solved crimes – Courier-Tribune
A local teen hero, Ava Donegan, a senior at Oak Park High School, was honored in mid-November for helping save an Excelsior Springs’ police …

Obituaries

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

Betty Ann O’Dell (1925-2023) – KMZU
Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs. Thurman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please share your memories of Betty …

Ruth Poor (1939-2023) – Legacy
Ruth Nan Poor, beloved Mother and Nanny, left this Earth for her heavenly home on January 1, 2023.

Craig Kennedy (1961-2023) – Legacy Remembers
Craig Kennedy, 61, of Excelsior Springs, MO passed away on Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at Cameron Regional Medical Center.

Karen M. Witt – Times Republican
She worked at Porter Cable in Excelsior Springs, MO, and later worked as a CNA Med Tech also in Missouri. She was a proud member of the Red Hat …

Ryan Creason (1973-2023) – Legacy Remembers
Ryan Michael Creason, 49, of Nixa, MO, passed away on January 2, 2023, after a 16-month battle with cancer. Ryan was born in Excelsior Springs, …

Lois Lucille “Mitzi” Chase (1932-2022) – lakenewsonline.com
In addition to her husband, David of 41 years, she is survived by her children, Bill “Skip” Foster and wife Deb of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Greg …

Michael Bruce Hoefer (1960-2023) – KMZU
Michael Bruce Hoefer, 62 of Higginsville, Missouri passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

Beverly Downer (1942-2023) – Legacy Remembers
A full obituary will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Published by Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs on Jan. 14, 2023.


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