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For sale in Shawnee: A regal mansion built next to a landfill

The “for sale” sign goes up this week on what experts say may be the priciest home ever put on the KC housing market. The two-level, 13,000-square-foot mansion was the last residence of Ron Deffenbaugh. By

The “for sale” sign goes up this week on what experts say may be the priciest home ever put on the Kansas City housing market.

Sitting on more than 100 wooded acres in the hills of western Shawnee, the two-level, 13,000-square-foot mansion was the last residence of the late Kansas City trash collection titan Ron Deffenbaugh.

Beneath the 24-foot ceiling in the great room is a built-in saltwater aquarium, the enclosed service area behind it as big as a studio apartment.

Downstairs, the home theater features a 120-square-foot screen behind red velvet curtains like you might find at an art ...

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Tour Rodrock Homes’ Parade entries for ideal locations, stunning décor and family-friendly communities.

The Silverton, Rodrock’s dazzling artisan home in Terrybrook Farms – The Enclave, boasts a striking living room featuring custom walnut shelves, a linear quartz hearth and an Italian imported large-format, textured tile fireplace wall with a large bank of windows inviting the outdoors in. The custom home is for sale at $1.5 million. Submitted photo

Last weekend Rodrock Homes kicked off the Spring Parade of Homes by highlighting 13 exquisite entries and floor plans in 10 premier communities throughout Johnson County. Celebrating new home construction and trendsetting, statement décor, the parade is an opportune time to explore one of the Kansas City area’s leading homebuilder’s visionary take on effortless design and amenities that streamline hectic lifestyles.

“Discerning buyers not only ...

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Shawnee teacher kicks student; mother says school ignored abuse

SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) — A mother says an elementary school teacher grabbed and kicked her 5-year-old daughter and when her daughter told a teacher about it, she says the school did nothing.

The only reason this mother says she knows a teacher hurt her daughter, was because her daughter, not the school, told her and there was video to prove what the teacher said happened was a lie.

The incident happened at during a kindergarten class at Bluejacket Flint Elementary school in Shawnee, KS.

That girl’s mother requested not to be identified and did not want to share her daughter’s name. The mother said she picked her daughter up from school Feb. 21, and that’s when she first heard something might be wrong...

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Rodrock has ready-now homes in time for spring and summer.

This new reverse 1.5-story, well-appointed four-bedroom Aspen II is available for purchase in Shawnee’s Ridgestone Meadows (6802 Brownridge Dr., $569,000). Submitted photo

If you’re eager to find the perfect new home this spring, look no further than Rodrock Homes.

One of Johnson County’s most recognizable and respected builders, Rodrock celebrates the season with a robust inventory of ready-now properties, and many available within 45 days.

Make your move today if you’re considering buying a new home in the acclaimed Blue Valley or De Soto school districts. Gleason Glen, Hills of Forest Creek, Summerwood and Wyngate collectively have more than 17 new homes available in 45 days or less...

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Sentry Management Expands to Metro Kansas City in Kansas and Missouri

James A. Tiehen, of The Tiehen Group, is welcomed to Sentry Management by President Bradley Pomp.

Orlando FL, April 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sentry Management, Inc., the leader in homeowner association and condominium management, recently concluded the partnership with The Tiehen Group, located in Leawood, Kansas. The office supports HOAs and associations in the metro Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) area. With this new office, Sentry Management now operates in 17 states with 37 offices.

James A. (Jim) Tiehen, founded The Tiehen Group in 1995 and has built the firm into a local industry leader with an outstanding reputation for superior service. He will serve as the Sentry Management Vice President for Kansas City...

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Landlords in Hutchinson accuse inspectors of looking in windows


There is anger in Hutchinson over rental property inspections.

Some landlords say the city is going too far in regulating them, even claiming inspectors are peeping into windows of homes.

Now, landlords are hoping the city will change the way inspections are done.

A handful of the community’s 15-hundred landlords showed up Tuesday to the Hutchinson City Council meeting, and emotions were high.

"I have been really upset with this," said one landlord.

"Some of the stories I’ve been told, they would be considered harassment by any reasonable person," added another landlord.

Some landlords are accusing inspectors of violating theirs and their tenant’s 4th Amendment Rights, prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures.

"The biggest concern we have is these inspectors ge...

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Briefly Noted: Sprint selling campus to Occidental Management; Shawnee resident Vicki Hiatt becomes next chair of Kansas Democratic Party

Sprint will be selling its massive Overland Park campus to a Wichita-based real estate company.

Sprint selling Overland Park campus to Wichita-based company. Sprint Corporation officially announced Friday that it is selling its Overland Park campus to Occidental Management. Michel Combes, Sprint chief executive officer, told employees in a company-wide email that the deal is expected to close in the coming months. Occidental Management will lease back to Sprint portions of the campus that Sprint still occupies if the deal goes through. “Sprint’s headquarters remains firmly planted in Overland Park, whether we own the buildings or not,” Combes wrote in the email...

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Topeka has two TIF districts, but there may be more to come

Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $2.6 million in development costs because of the Topeka City Council’s 2006 vote to provide tax-increment financing to improve central Topeka’s College Hill business district.

Still, Greater Topeka Partnership official Curtis Sneden says that project brought a positive transformation to that part of the city by replacing rundown structures with new apartment buildings and retail space.

“That entire area is better off,” said Sneden, the partnership’s senior vice president.

He was among those The Topeka Capital-Journal contacted this past week as it responded to a question posed through its reader engagement project, ”#TopCity What? You ask. We answer.”

Capital-Journal reader Lyndon Johnson asked for information about the city’s existing TIF districts a...

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Briefly noted: Star pulls Steve Rose column at heart of Denning suit; Affordable housing panel in Johnson County

The Kansas City Star’s headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Photo credit David Reber.

Star removes Steve Rose piece at heart of Denning lawsuit; Rose resigns from columnist role. The Kansas City Star has removed from its website the column by former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose that prompted a lawsuit by Sen. Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park. In the suit, Denning claims that Rose attributed statements to him that he never made, and that the two had not spoken in more than two years. “The Kansas City Star has been made aware of a lawsuit filed in response to a column written by Steve Rose and published on Jan. 26,” said Colleen McCain Nelson, The Star’s editorial page editor and vice president, in a story posted on the site...

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Ridgebrook Capital Partners Open Golden Oaks Memory Care in Shawnee, Kansas

Ridgebrook Capital Partners announces the grand opening of new The Golden Oaks Memory Care home in Shawnee, Kansas.

Shawnee, Kansas – Ridgebrook Capital Partners are proud to announce the Friday, December 6, 2018 grand opening of the Golden Oaks Memory Care Home in Shawnee, Kansas – a 5,000 square-foot home providing safe, loving care for 12 seniors diagnosed with dementia.

The Shawnee Memory Care Home is the first facility for Golden Oaks, a company which was founded in 2017 by Ridgebrook Capital Partners.

For several months prior to the December opening, Golden Oaks renovated the single-family home to fit the needs of a group home facility. It was made ADA-accessible and a 2,000 square-foot wing was added to the back...

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