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- Cancer no match for true Kansas character: ‘If I go home and lay down, I’d be dead’
- May 27, 2016
- If you ever hit the Snack Shak Phillips 66 gas station in Johnson County for your morning fill-up of coffee or breakfast edibles, you’ve likely seen a friendly and familiar face. His name is Ed Kempf, and the Shawnee resident has been a longtime fixture behind the convenience store’s counter. “I run the register, do a little stocking,” he said. “I tell you what, it’s kept me alive. Because I have to get up and go.” At 75 years old, Kempf isn’t just referring to his age, though. He is also battling emphysema and stage four lung cancer, which he was diagnosed with in March of last year. The cancer is incurable, and Kempf says he knows he is dying. But, as he also says simply, and rather good-naturedly, “Everybody’s gotta go sometime.”
- Kansas triplets give back to hospital that helped save their lives
- May 13, 2016
- A number of years ago, Jill and Ty Swarts of Shawnee went to dinner to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. But they didn’t say a whole lot during the meal. “I don’t think we said five words to each other. We just blankly stared at each other the entire dinner,” Ty recalled. “We were like, ‘Wow, OK, what’s next?’”
- Bonner Springs set to lose its marbles again Saturday
- May 4, 2016
- It’s about to be that time of year again, when those pink balls go tumbling down Oak Street in downtown Bonner Springs and marbles take center stage in a large-scale tournament in the city’s Centennial Park.
- Kansas school wins $100,000 grant for new iPads
- December 7, 2015
- “We did it!” An eruption of applause and cheers followed these remarks by St. Joseph Catholic School teacher Lisa Fox after she was surprised during a Wednesday all-school assembly with the news that she was the Kansas-based winner of Farmers Insurance’s nationwide Thank America’s Teachers Dream Big Teacher Challenge.
- Middle school rallies behind coach fighting leukemia
- March 20, 2014
- It was shortly after a routine physical exam last October that Dave Anderson got the news nobody wants to hear: Something was wrong.
- Poster that incited Kansas sex-ed debate lists ‘grinding,’ ‘oral sex’
- February 18, 2014
- A poster at a Shawnee middle school that incited a debate today before the House Education Committee listed sexual acts including “oral sex” and “grinding.”
- Area bands excited to play star-packed Kanrocksas
- May 12, 2013
- A group of folk-rock musicians, brothers who make music on the fly and a few beautiful bodies will be among local and area talent taking the stage this summer at the Kanrocksas Music and Arts Festival.
- Animal rescue organization needs rescue of its own following mouse shortage, summer drought
- January 8, 2013
- At this time last year, the price of a frozen, euthanized mouse was 45 cents. But now, that price has nearly doubled, said Diane Johnson, executive director of Operation WildLife Inc. And the 25-year-old animal rehabilitation clinic known as OWL is “struggling” as a result. By Melissa Treolo
- Getting degree while working full time a balancing act
- January 6, 2013
- hese days, Celeste Neubauer of Olathe describes her life as a balancing act. She’s married with two children, 12 and 15 years old. She also works full time as a paraprofessional in the Olathe school district. By Melissa Treolo