Excelsior Springs Weekly News Headlines – Oct 23-Nov 5, 2023

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

$253M in Scholarships Offered to Excelsior Springs Students via VU Scholarships Collaboration – Excelsior Citizen
In a move to expand scholarship access for students, Excelsior Springs High School announced a new partnership with VU Scholarships, a Kansas City-based organization, on October 11.

Community Donations Drive Success at Excelsior Springs Museum’s Rummage Sale – Excelsior Citizen
The Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives recently closed the curtains on its much-anticipated annual rummage sale, marking yet another milestone in its growing popularity. 

Thrive Excelsior Recognizes Maring Family for Outstanding Curb Appeal – Excelsior Citizen
In a celebration of the Halloween spirit, the Maring family (1013 Rose Ave.) emerged as the winner of the Thrive Excelsior Monthly Curb Appeal Award for October.

Zero Clucks Given: Planning and Zoning Commission Opts Against Backyard Chickens – Excelsior Citizen
Although it’s not a done deal, the question of whether Excelsior Springs residents should be permitted to raise backyard chickens has reached a critical juncture following a Planning and Zoning Commission study session.

92 Hwy Between Excelsior Springs and Kearney Closed for at Least 3 Months – Excelsior Citizen
Commuters and residents traveling between Excelsior Springs and Kearney should be prepared for significant detours.

Clay County’s Investment in Youth Mental Health: A Glimpse into Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Citizen
In August 2017, Clay County made a decisive move towards supporting the mental well-being of its young residents by passing a ¼ cent sales tax.

Clay County Public Health Center announces continued WIC contract – Courier-Tribune
… Excelsior Springs School District Early Childhood Center, 500 N. Jesse James Road, Excelsior Springs, (second Friday of the month, 8:30 a.m. to 3 …

Milwaukee Park gains traction coming into fall – Excelsior Springs Standard
The Excelsior Springs Comm The Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Board recently announced that grading plans for the new Milwaukee Street …

Business

Business Owners Unite for Safer Streets in Revived Downtown – Excelsior Citizen
As the historic downtown area of Excelsior Springs undergoes a remarkable revival, with new businesses opening their doors regularly and tourists flocking in greater numbers, there have been some growing pains.

Fresh from the Market: October 25, 2023 – Excelsior Citizen
It seemed that Mother Nature had other plans for our final night at the Farmers Market.

Lyndsey Baxter, DEP Director, Receives Multiple Accolades in a Single Week – Excelsior Citizen
Lyndsey Baxter, Downtown Excelsior Partnership’s Director since 2014, has been making waves in downtown Excelsior.

Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce Unveils New Community Improvement District – Excelsior Citizen
In lieu of their regular monthly luncheon, the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce recently organized two after-hour events that not only provided valuable networking opportunities for its members but also served as a platform to introduce the new Community Improvement District (CID) and its one-cent sales tax initiative. 

Public Safety

Deadly Toxins Found in Drug Takeback Bin Jeopardize the Life of Excelsior Springs Police Specialist – Excelsior Citizen
A routine procedure turned dangerous for Andy Warner, an Excelsior Springs Police Investigative Specialist.

Woman and Cat Rescued in Excelsior Springs Apartment Fire – Excelsior Citizen
An unexpected kitchen mishap turned into a moment of crisis as fire and smoke filled the top-floor apartment of a complex on Excelsior Street in the heart of downtown Excelsior Springs.

Excelsior Springs Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs’ Reports for October 27, 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 …

Excelsior Springs Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriffs’ Reports for November 3, 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 …

Lathrop police request charges following assault investigation – KMZU
Once they arrived on the scene, the victim was not there. They soon realized they fled to an apartment in Excelsior Springs and unsuccessfully tried …

Excelsior Springs officer exposed to deadly substances in drug box – FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
Excelsior Springs’ drug take back box was temporarily closed after police officer found broken bottles, was exposed to toxic substances.

Excelsior Springs officer exposed to cyanide, arsenic left in drug disposal box – KCTV 5

Excelsior Springs kidnapping suspect appears in court for docket call hearing – Fox 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV
An Excelsior Springs man accused in 2022 of keeping a woman hidden in his basement while repeatedly sexually assaulting her was back in court for …

Vandalism prevalent at local parks – Excelsior Springs Standard
Vandalism in Excelsior Springs has been occurring at local parks, leading the Parks and Recreation Department to spend time and money to correct …

Sports

Kirksville football team opens districts with 28-13 win over Excelsior Springs – Kirksville Daily Express
Kirksville quarterback Ryder Lyons runs behind blockers in the game against Excelsior Springs on Oct. … Excelsior Springs 28-13 to advance to the …

Soccer Season Ends as Excelsior Springs Defeats Chillicothe – KCHI Radio
… Excelsior Springs Tigers (11-5). Chillicothe entered with momentum on their side following the comeback win in the opening round against Savannah …

Excelsior Springs boys soccer shuts out Bishop Leblond to win district championship – KQ2
(EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO) – The Excelsior Springs High School boys soccer team defeated Bishop LeBlond 2-0 to win the Class 2 District 8 …

Featured

Haunted Happenings: A Photo Journey of Halloween Fun – Excelsior Citizen
The cold didn’t keep local trick or treaters away from getting free candy!

The Bill Payne Party: A Historic Halloween Tradition in Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Citizen
For nearly a century, the quaint town of Excelsior Springs has celebrated Halloween with a unique tradition, the Annual Bill Payne Party.

A Closer Look at UFO Reports in Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Citizen
The skies have long been a source of mystery and fascination, sparking curiosity about what lies beyond our planetary borders.

Missouri education commissioner’s resignation reignites debate on public schools – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, the co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee, in a statement on social media Wednesday …

Missouri House Ethics Committee begins inquiry into personnel moves by Dean Plocher – Missouri Independent
Chris Sander of Lone Jack, Mazzie Boyd of Hamilton and Doug Richey from Excelsior Springs – have called for Plocher to resign. On Friday, state …

Missouri lawmakers hold closed-door meeting amid speaker controversy – Fox 2
Most of those calls coming from other Republicans like Rep. Mazzie Boyd, R-Hamilton, Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs and Sen. Andrew Koenig …

Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher dismisses calls for his resignation – Missouri Independent
State Rep. Doug Richey, a Republican from Excelsior Springs who is running for state Senate, released a statement Thursday morning calling …

Beleaguered leader of Missouri House vows to stay amid calls to resign – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Doug Richey of Excelsior Springs and Chris Sander of Lone Jack. Others who’ve joined the anti-Plocher chorus include Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon …

Speaker won’t resign – Neosho Daily News
State Rep. Doug Richey, a Republican from Excelsior Springs who is running for state Senate, released a statement Thursday morning calling Plocher’s …

Missouri education leaders say social-emotional learning guidelines are ‘ongoing discussion’ – Missouri Independent
State Rep. Doug Richey, a Republican from Excelsior Springs who is running for state Senate, posted on social media that the board’s decision was …

Ghost Stories from around the country – KHBS
Excelsior Springs, Missouri. For years, guests and employees of the Elms Hotel and Spa have shared stories of paranormal activity. Many who stay at …

Spirits spotted in Excelsior Springs – Excelsior Springs Standard
Excelsior Springs has been known to have had ghostly spirits haunting the halls of several historic properties, including the Hall of Waters …

What are Kansas City’s eeriest and creepiest places? You don’t need to look far – KCUR
In 1910, just outside of Kansas City in the quaint town of Excelsior Springs, the’ illustrious Elms Hotel caught fire the night of a Halloween …

Missouri Hotel Names the “Most Haunted” Place in the State – iHeart
According to the site, the most haunted place in Missouri is the Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs outside of Kansas City. Here’s what the …

11 Must-Do Day Trips from Kansas City, Missouri – Nomad Lawyer
Lake Jacomo #1 · Powell Gardens #2 · Atchison #3 · Excelsior Springs #4 · Carthage #5 · Louisburg #6 · The Somerset Wine Trail #7 · Independence #8.

Ever wonder how many Christmas tree farms are in Missouri? – CJ Coombs
One of the many tree farms in the state is Christmas Ranch Tree Farm located at 24818 NE 148th Street in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. According to …

Obituaries

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

Allen Ray Jarman – Bolivar Herald Free-Press
Keisha Sisk – Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home
Lyle Atkins – Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri
Mary Alice Clevenger – Echovita
James “Jim” Franklin Burnett – KMZU
John William Hampton – KTTN
Michael Hubeny – Pathway-Millard Family Funeral Chapel
Marjorie Jenkins – Chapman-Black Funeral Home
Charles Ross – Maryville Daily Forum
Charlotte Hon – Atkinson Funeral Home
Vicki Hollingsworth – Park Lawn Northland Chapel
Ella Dowell – Chillicothe

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