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Senior home in Johnson County is a landmark first

SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) — It’s a hard to decision to move a parent to assisted living and that struggle inspired one local man to try something new.

He and the generation before him broke barriers to make it happen.

Don Kelly built Our Home Senior Care with just 12 bedrooms and luxury touches, aiming to differentiate it with switch-ups as small as the dining room.

“We can do family style as opposed to the four-to-a-table you tend to see in nursing homes,” he said. “We wanted to give that family style feel.”

It’s the first senior home in Johnson County that’s African American owned and Kelly has his parents to thank for that.

“My mom was my biggest supporter,” he said. “My dad never felt like there was anything he couldn’t do.”

James Kelly, Jr. was 19 when he moved to KC in 1958.

“My dad came fr...

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Growing Enterprise Cybersecurity Software Firm Opens New HQ in Prairie Village

June 24, 2019( –
Growing enterprise cybersecurity software company SOFTwarfare ® has today announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters at 7301 Mission Road in The Village Office Center in Prairie Village, Kansas. Previously based in Western Shawnee, Kansas, SOFTwarfare believes this move will foster a new era in the company’s culture and the way it does business, while having a positive impact on the community it joins.

The move to Prairie Village is significant in that it positions the company in a location equipped for SOFTwarfare’s future growth and upward trajectory in the world of cybersecurity and integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS)...

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Gov. Kelly requests another disaster declaration to help businesses, homes

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly sent a disaster declaration request to the Small Business Administration Thursday, to help homes and businesses begin to recover from the tornado that swept through Douglas County last month.

After the state, county and Small Business Administration assessed the damage in Douglas Co. last week, they determined that the damages meet the requirement for a declaration from the SBA.

"The damage caused by the tornadoes stretched far and wide," Kelly said. "It’s important we get affected individuals and families back on the path to recovery. We must do everything we can to help rebuild our communities."

Multiple homes and businesses were damaged as the one-mile wide tornado made its way through Douglas County on May 28.

If the declaration is granted, th...

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Tornadoes hit Kansas, Pennsylvania as storms sweep across U.S.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A vicious storm tore through the western outskirts of Kansas City on Tuesday, spawning one or more tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes and injured at least 12 people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York City.

Parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey also were under tornado warnings hours after a swarm of tightly packed twisters swept through Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows and ending the school year early for some students because of damage to buildings. One person was killed and at least 130 were injured.

Those storms were among 55 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado.


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2019 South Jersey baseball tournament preview: Favorites, dark horses, teams to watch

Breaking down the South Jersey baseball tournaments:

Field: 1. Shawnee. 2. Jackson Memorial. 3. Eastern. 4. Kingsway. 5. Cherry Hill East. 6. Toms River North. 7. Millville. 8. Vineland. 9. Rancocas Valley. 10. Clearview. 11. Williamstown. 12. Lenape. 13. Howell. 14. Brick Memorial. 15. Cherokee. 16. Egg Harbor Twp.

Favorite: Take your pick. Shawnee is the top seed and riding high after winning the Diamond Classic. But this is an absolutely loaded field. Lower seeds such as Clearview, Williamstown and Lenape have been among the best teams in South Jersey over the last few weeks. EHT is the 16 seed and the Eagles were a preseason Top 5 team!

Best first-round game: Take your pick for a third time. Clearview at Millville matches two teams that started slowly but have gathered a lot of steam...

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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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