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Going Red For Fred
This article describes a celebration to honor Jackson County's longest serving County Legislator, who was also a Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer.

Royals Superfan
This article details the incredible journey of South Korean man living his dream to see the Kansas City Royals play in person.

Salute To Veterans
This web "spread" includes an in-depth article about Jackson County's Salute To Veterans with a focus on a World War II figher pilot and woman who built B-25 bombers in Kansas City.

Courthouse Rededication
This article captures the historical significance of reopening a national landmark after years of renovations.

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Transit Meeting
This article details the conversation between local officials and the United States Secretary of Transportation about mass transit and other issues.

Arrowhead Dedication
This article describes the renovations made to the Turman Sports Complex.

Constructing Futures
This article describes the emotions associated with the give-away of a house through Jackson County Constructing Futures program, while also explaining how the progam works.

Regional Correctional Center
In 2009, Jackson County opened -- on budget and ahead of schedule -- a new Regional Correctional Center.

The Dino Lab
I developed all this original content to promote the new Dino Lab inside Union Station's Science City. — September 26, 2014

Going Red For Fred: Honoring County Legislator
& Former Kansas City Chiefs Great Fred Arbanas

Going Red For FredThe Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City was awash in red Friday afternoon  Chiefs red.

A sea of Chiefs flags adorned the courthouse grounds, and the team's logo was painted on the front lawn. Chiefs placards, the famous KC-inside-an-arrowhead against a red backdrop, filled the windows.

A crowd lined the courthouse steps, nearly everyone wearing red, mostly in the form of Chiefs jerseys and T-shirts, a few of which were custom-made for the occasion with a name and number printed on the front: "Arbanas 84."

On what was no ordinary Red Friday, Jackson County decided to "Go Red 4 Fred" in honor of longtime County Legislature and former Chief Fred Arbanas.

Arbanas wore No. 84 for the Chiefs during their glory days in the 1960s, playing for the Super Bowl IV champs before retiring in 1970. He became a County Legislature in 1973 -- the year the legislative body was first formed -- and has served the citizens of Jackson County throughout the 1970s, '80s, '90, the so-called "otts" and now the into the mid-teens of the 21st Century.

CLICK HERE to view entire article. — August 11, 2014

County Extends The Royal Treatment
To Royals Super Fan SungWoo Lee

Super Fan

Jackson County has extended the royal treatment being bestowed upon Kansas City Royals super fan SungWoo Lee. At Monday's County Legislative meeting in Independence, Legislative Chairman Scott Burnett presented Lee a proclamation honoring the South Korean's unlikely devotion to the Royals.

From afar Seoul, South Korean is about 6,500 miles from Kansas City Lee has been, for two decades and counting, the most unlikely of passionate Royals fans.

As a middle school student in the 1990s, he began tuning into the American Forces Korean Network to develop his English skills. The sports broadcasts were easier to follow than other programs

CLICK HERE to view entire article. I also took the photographs that accompanied this article. — June 14, 2014

Salute To Veterans

Salute To Veterans

Emma Jean Newland had never before flown on a B-25. She helped build the World War II bomber, though -- hundreds if not thousands of them.

During Jackson County's Salute To Veterans, Newland finally got her chance to climb aboard a B-25 for an "honor flight" over downtown Kansas City.

"This is exciting," she said, while standing under the Axis Nightmare's tail section prior to the ceremony Saturday, June 14 two days before her 90th birthday.

At 18, Newland went to work at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas where more than 6,600 B-25's would be produced. She became the quintessential Rosie The Riveter, attaching flaps to the twin-engine plane's tail section.

CLICK HERE to view entire article. I also took the photographs that accompanied this article. — September 7, 2013

Truman Courhouse Rededication

Truman Courthouse Rededication

Historical accuracy guided every decision made during the multi-phased restoration of the Truman Courthouse on Independence Square — right down to the date and hour chosen for the rededication ceremony. The past, present and future all converged during that ceremony Saturday, September 7, 2013, when, for the first time in a generation, the clock atop the iconic building chimed at precisely 2 p.m.

“Today, we bring this great building back to life,” stated Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, 80 years to the hour that Harry Truman, on what was an equally sunny September 7, 1933, rededicated the same courthouse following extensive renovations he supervised as the county’s Presiding Judge.

Hundreds of residents lined Lexington Avenue as Sanders joined United States Senator Roy Blunt, former Congressman Ike Skelton, Independence Mayor Don Reimal and other dignitaries in officially declaring the Historic Truman Courthouse reopened.

CLICK HERE to view entire article. I also took the photographs that accompanied this article.
I'm providing this link to a "package" of content that I prepared for this website because, previously, the site lacked information that might appeal to a "general" audience. — October 11, 2011

U.S. Secretary Of Transportation LaHood
Meets With City, County & State Officials

If federal dollars become available because Congress passes either a jobs bill or a transportation bill, the Greater Kansas City area will be "well positioned" to receive assistance for a wide-array of projects. Those projects could employee thousands of people.

United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood delivered that good news in person during a round-table discussion Friday, October 7 at the Truman Library in Independence. LaHood was joined by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill as they received input about transportation-related issues from Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, five area mayors, Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith, railroad executives, union leaders, transit agency officials, urban planners and others.

CLICK HERE to view entire article. I also took the photographs that accompanied this article. — August 30, 2010

Renovated Arrowhead Stadium Dedicated

In their very first game at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, 24-14. While Lenny Dawson was still taking snaps as the Chiefs quarterback, the real star that night August 12, 1972 was Arrowhead. The facility was considered among the very best in the National Football League.

Now, 38 years later, Arrowhead is again among the league's elites, thanks to renovations made possible through Jackson County's voters and the Chiefs' owners, the Hunt family. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined Clark Hunt, son of the Chiefs' late founder, Lamar Hunt, and United States Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (Missouri 5th District) to commemorate the completion of those renovations -- on time and on budget -- prior to the Chiefs' preseason clash with Philadelphia on Friday (August 27).

"With the renovations of this world class facility, the Hunt family has tapped into what Arrowhead has always been about," said Sanders, "the fans and the game."

CLICK HERE to view entire article. — August 17, 2010

Constructing Futures
A Once Homeless Family Has New Place To Call Home

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders had a surprise for Wayne and Jacqueline Scott and their 12-year-old daughter Symone: a key.

The key to their new home.

The Scotts knew they were being considered possible recipients for a formerly vacant house being remodeled through Jackson County's Constructing Futures program. They would frequently go past the two-story house on Myrtle Avenue in Kansas City, hoping — and praying — it might one day be their home.

The Scotts were asked to join Sanders at the Vineyard Neighborhood Association headquarters Monday (August 16) to undergo a final interview and then make some comments during a news conference. They didn't know the final decision had already been made. When Sanders announced they would be getting the house, the Scotts' jaws dropped. Then their joyful tears began to flow.

CLICK HERE to view entire article. — July 31, 2009

Regional Correctional Center Opens

The new Jackson County Regional Correctional Center began receiving detainees from Kansas City today (July 31), marking the official opening of the new facility a day ahead of schedule.

"What this community has been talking about for almost two generations is now a reality," said County Executive Mike Sanders in a news conference announcing RCC's opening. "This is a good day for Jackson County, a good day for Kansas City and a great day for the taxpayers of both."

Dating back to his tenure as County Prosecutor, Sanders has long championed the cause of creating a regional facility to consolidate correctional services within Jackson County. He and Jackson County Corrections Director Ken Conlee both called the July 31 RCC opening "just a beginning" as they anticipate other communities joining Kansas City in having the County detain their municipal inmates. 

CLICK HERE to view entire article.

  Dino Lab

The and websites have significantly deteriorated in the seven years since I left Union Station Kansas City, Inc.

However, I am providing here a look at the Dino Lab content I created for to promote the newest and, to date, still the biggest improvement ever made to the science museum. The target audiences for the content were school teachers and moms, for we learned through our market research at Union Station that mothers generally make the decisions regarding the exhibits, museums and events to which they'll take their children.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF-version of the content.


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