Howdy. Let’s get caught up on some nuggets.
Here’s a nugget that flew under the radar. Aaron Jung is now on the Central Platte Fire Protection District board of directors. Chad Edlin is no longer on the board.
He has had other roles but Jung might best be remembered for his time on the Platte City Board of Aldermen. He was on the board when the aldermen on a split vote decided to fire then-city administrator Keith Moody. It was a decision that was necessary and overdue.
Anyway, Jung is now on the three-member board that governs Central Platte Fire, whose headquarters are in downtown Platte City at Second and Main. “Chad Edlin moved out of the district and an open vacancy was created. The board then decided to appoint Aaron Jung to fill the open vacancy,” Brett Lemons, Central Platte’s deputy fire chief, says.
Along with Jung, other members of the board are Mike Ashcraft, president, and Steve McCullough, treasurer.
Creekside at I-435 and Hwy. 45 will in the not-too-distant future overtake Zona Rosa as being a first thought that comes to mind for many Platte County families seeking a local weekend destination/attraction/dining/hangout spot.
When some frequent live music/entertainment gets scheduled in that Creekside courtyard things will really be rolling.
With election season coming upon us, here’s a factoid for you. There are 77,490 registered voters in Platte County. Another factoid: 37,458 of those Platte County voters reside within the city limits of Kansas City.
It’s another reminder that, population wise, a large slice of Platte County is within the city limits of KC. Some folks–including a couple of our county commissioners–often forget this.
The Cajun catfish at the Platte City Pool Hall is a great choice. Place it on your “I need to try this” list.
Jason Maki officially received his Sunshine Hero award over the weekend. The award is presented by the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and Maki officially received the honor during a Saturday luncheon at a convention of the Missouri Press Association.
Interesting tidbit: Maki was presented the award four years to the day after he filed his first Sunshine request at the City of Parkville, which was then being led by Mayor Nan Johnston, who went on to try to paint Maki as being a bad citizen for filing requests for public information. Johnston’s reaction was to claim Maki’s Sunshine requests were ‘harassment.’ Interesting strategy that didn’t exactly pay off for her, or for city taxpayers, for that matter.
Maki, who is not a lawyer but represented himself in court, was winning the lawsuit he filed against the city so handily that the city paid him $195,000 to drop it.
A year ago this week we had award-winning actor/comedian/singer Vicki Lawrence on Landmark Live. ’Member that?
These days The Landmark is getting contacts from so many musical acts asking if we’d be interested in doing an interview that I’ve had to take the major step of naming Brad Carl as the unofficial music editor for your favorite newspaper. For those who may not know, Brad is the musical talent on Landmark Live. He’s also a professional player hater and our token Trumper, as the Constitution mandates that every podcast have at least one conspiracy theorist. It’s true, look it up.
Anyway, I’ve started simply forwarding the requests to Brad to peruse and decide if he wants to pursue an interview. This is a major step up in the working classification for Brad, and his compensation as unofficial music editor now matches his compensation for his Landmark Live duties.
You’ll recall earlier this year we had Ted Nugent for an interview/front page piece authored by Brad Carl. Most recently, musical acts wanting to get in on some Landmark time include country artists Mark Wills and Lorrie Morgan. Stay tuned to see what our unofficial music editor comes up with.
By the way, Lorrie Morgan (What Part of No Don’t You Understand) is the widow of Keith Whitley (Don’t Close Your Eyes) and ex-wife of Sammy Kershaw (Queen of My Double Wide Trailer).
Lorrie Morgan first hit the charts in 1979. She is now 63 years old, which seems damn near impossible since I’m still 29.
This week in his column on page 3, Chris Kamler asks the question “What is Platte City known for?” and let me say the first person who answers “power outages” is getting sent to the corner.
My answer to Chris Kamler’s question would be the downtown square. More specifically, the downtown square when the power is on.
Twitter isn’t nearly the happening place it used to be, but there’s an account you really need to be following. The account is called Didn’t Happen of the Year Awards and you’ll find it at @_DHOTYA
The account sniffs out tweets that are presented by the writer as factual but are so over-the-top they are flagged as BS by @_DHOTYA. It is amazing the personal stories some folks post expecting the general public to believe, and the peeps at the Didn’t Happen Of The Year Awards account see through the bull and put the douchebaggery on blast. Thus the phrase “Didn’t Happen of The Year.” Other tweeters chime in and the entertainment factor is off the charts.
Next to @TheFakeNed, it’s the best thing going on Twitter these days.
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