Roxie Hammill, KCUR

Roxie Hammill


Lenexa, KS, United States

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Past articles by Roxie:

Hitting The Open Road: Travel Nursing Catches On With Millennials

Emergency room nurse Nathan Craft and his wife Annie don’t expect anything to be easy as they pull up stakes for the next two years. The RV they remodeled → Read More

Formed by ex-slaves, KCK’s Pleasant Green Baptist celebrates 150 years of empowerment

Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan., is celebrating its 150th anniversary on August 20. The church was formed by former slaves in 1867. → Read More

No more cost for guardians of kids under house arrest

To make things more fair for all income levels, commissioners voted to repeal a 2011 rule requiring the fee. → Read More

Johnson County’s status as a ‘sanctuary county’ for immigrants creates confusion

The county is listed as a “sanctuary” county by the Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative non-profit think tank. The center’s website notes that probable cause or a warrant are necessary to honor the ICE detainer. The listing is the think tank’s doing. No county commission vote was ever taken to declare sanctuary status, as some cities elsewhere in the country have done. → Read More

Nearly all Johnson Countians saw their residential property values climb this year

It has become “very much a seller’s market,” said County Appraiser Paul Welcome. → Read More

A glimpse of what Meadowbrook park, development will have to offer

When it is finished, the approximately 130 acres of the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club in Prairie Village — bounded by 91st and 95th Streets and Roe and Nall avenues — will be transformed into single and multi-family dwellings, senior living and an inn with 5,000 square feet of retail, plus a park that will be the largest in northeast Johnson County. → Read More

Developers want STAR bonds for BluHawk arena, Cosmosphere museum

Developers hope to make the 300-acre development at the southeast corner of 159th Street and Antioch Road a regional destination for visitors to the proposed Cosmosphere Innovation Space and a 6,000-seat hockey arena. The city council voted unanimously to ask for a state opinion on the project’s eligibility for sales tax revenue (STAR) bonds and to set a public hearing on the boundaries of the… → Read More

Overland Park a ‘nanny state’? Council raises tobacco sales age despite criticism

Overland Park became the 11th city in the Kansas City area to sign on with the Tobacco 21 initiative. Tobacco 21 is an effort by a partnership of area businesses, health care agencies and governmental bodies to raise the tobacco and e-cigarette buying age. Olathe, Prairie Village, Lenexa, Kansas City and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County have all passed similar laws. → Read More

Hockey arena, hotels and Cosmosphere museum get Overland Park planners’ OK

Parts of the BluHawk development at 159th and Antioch in Overland Park won approval from the Overland Park Planning Commission on Monday despite residents’ complaints about traffic and the proposed elite amateur hockey league arena. The city council will vote June 6. → Read More

City objects, but Overland Park planners OK Brookridge proposal —again

The Brookridge project, which has been controversial since the golf course was purchased in 2014, will bounce back to the city council on June 6. The development calls for 1.84 million square feet of office space, about 252,000 square feet of retail space, a 650-seat movie theater, 550-room hotel, 3,500-seat performance venue and 2,076 multi-family dwelling units. → Read More

Tomahawk treatment plant takes step toward $280 million rebuild

Johnson County commissioners voted unanimously to add about $21.4 million to the previously approved $4.1 million to design an upgrade to the Tomahawk Wastewater Treatment Facility so it can handle all of the water in its watershed area instead of sending water to Kansas City for treatment. The project, which will involve demolishing and rebuilding much of the plant at 10701 Lee Blvd. in… → Read More

Dropped Brookridge lawsuit clears a path for Overland Park project

Negotiations on the development went into a brief hiatus after the landowner, Overland Park Development Co. I, LLC, filed a lawsuit in district court over the city council’s recent denial of the previous plan. → Read More

JCCC takes action to fill vacant trustee seat

Bob Drummond’s resignation about a year and a half before his term is up marks the third time in recent years that a board member has resigned mid-term. → Read More

Overland Park landlords to face inspections, fees starting in July 2017

The Overland Park City council gave its final approval Monday on the inspection fee for a program that was created in February in an effort to keep a closer eye on the maintenance of rental property. The fee is expected to cover the cost of inspections, which is estimated at $330,000. → Read More

Five on short list for spot on JCCC board

The list of applicants returning for a second interview at a special meeting Thursday on the college campus includes a retirement education specialist, pastor, insurance agent and a business executive. Also among the returning applicants is the board member whose spot Drummond was appointed to fill in 2013. → Read More

Will Johnson County be ready for the 2016 presidential election?

Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker has asked county commissioners to fast-track a purchase of about $936,000 of electronic equipment. He has also asked them to consider around $12.8 million for the 2017 budget to replace the county’s voting machines, which are some of the oldest in the country. “We have great concerns about the intensity of this election year so we have been seeking to get… → Read More

Tech N9ne, Jewel, Bryan Adams worked here

Chapman Recording & Mastering in Lenexa supports state-of-the-art sound for artists, local and famous, like rapper Tech N9ne, as well as Dead Reckoning, Jewel and Bryan Adams → Read More

Johnson County voters to be asked to raise sales tax by a quarter cent for courthouse

After 15 years and $1.7 million spent on consultants, the Johnson County Commission decided Thursday to ask November voters to raise the sales tax by a quarter cent to pay for a new courthouse. → Read More

Brookridge developer sues Overland Park

The controversial redevelopment plan for offices, retail and apartments at the Brookridge Golf and Fitness Club is headed for court because of the Overland Park City Council’s recent denial of the project plan. → Read More

Overland Park Racquet club strives to be the home of ‘all things tennis’

The Overland Park Racquet Club has been a landmark at 6800 W. 91st St. since 1978. But big changes have been afoot there since the club came under new ownership almost two years ago. → Read More