Katy Bergen, The Kansas City Star

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The Kansas City Star

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Past articles by Katy:

‘Dawson’s Creek’ alum back for Big Slick with ‘True Detective,’ ‘Drunk History’ stars

The latest batch of entertainers announced for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend: actors James Van Der Beek, Josh Hopkins and Samm Levine. The fundraiser is set for June 7-8. → Read More

Kansas City’s homegrown ‘SNL’ star is (finally!) coming to Big Slick

The latest celebrities announced for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend: Kansas City’s Heidi Gardner, of “Saturday Night Live,” as well as actor Richard Kind and comedian Seth Herzog. The event is June 7-8. → Read More

Kansas City’s own Hollywood power couple coming to Big Slick Celebrity Weekend

The latest guests to be announced for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend: actress/director Olivia Wilde, sportscaster Curt Menefee and actor and Shawnee Mission South alum David Dastmalchian. The event is June 7-8. → Read More

Afternoon thunderstorms could bring torrential rain and possibly hail to Kansas City

The Kansas City region may be in for hail, torrential rain and lightning this afternoon when scattered rain showers give way to more severe thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said Saturday. → Read More

Severe thunderstorms bring collisions, flooding and outages to the Kansas City region

More than 3,000 people lost power Saturday afternoon when the Kansas City region was hit with widespread thunderstorms that brought torrential rain and lightning to the area. → Read More

Big Slick announces guest stars from ‘SNL,’ ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Shadowhunters’

Taran Killam of “SNL” and “Single Parents” fame returns for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend. Joining him in Kansas City are “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke and actress Katherine McNamara, a Lee’s Summit native. → Read More

‘No more reason to hide:’ Ex-Shawnee Mission principal says depression led to his DUI

Former Rosehill Elementary School Principal Cory Strathman was arrested for driving under the influence in January. He says the incident was the result of years of not addressing his depression. → Read More

Downtown Overland Park controversial murals move closer to reality with commission OK

Overland Park planning commissioners paved the way Monday for the city’s first major multi-mural project on four downtown buildings. Nearly a dozen residents spoke for and against the artwork. → Read More

In Overland Park, proposed murals spark conversation about what represents the city

Overland Park may soon approve its first major multi-mural project, which would bring four vibrant murals downtown. While some residents are fans of the proposed pieces, others have concerns. → Read More

Mission Gateway construction to resume; luxury entertainment center up first

A Mission Gateway developer said residents will soon see work on a building pad for Cinergy Entertainment’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment center. Construction at the site had paused this winter. → Read More

‘Hamilton’ tickets go on sale in Kansas City — will it sell out?

Hamilton fans showed up Monday morning to buy tickets at Music Hall. Thousands had also registered as verified fans to buy tickets online. → Read More

Two JCCC staffers knew of hungry students. They came up with a way to help, discreetly

Food insecurity at Johnson County Community College prompted Claudia Martin-Ayoade and Jason Arnett to create a meal-share program that gives hungry students “dining dollars” through the financial aid office. → Read More

Will Shawnee get a community center with pools, gyms, more? Ballots go out this week

The city of Shawnee has proposed raising property taxes to fund the building of a new community center with pools, gyms, a track and more. The issue has divided the community, which will vote on it this month. → Read More

Overland Park man says city didn’t offer nearly enough to take his land. Court agrees

Overland Park is using its power of eminent domain to acquire homeowners’ land to widen Quivira Road. Court-appointed appraisers valued a homeowner’s property at more than double the amount the city offered. → Read More

They lost friend to out-of-control car in JoCo. Robotics team finds a way to honor her

Alex Rumple of Overland Park was supposed to travel with her team to a robotics competition. She died after a car struck her on her way home from school. The team is raising money for a program in her honor. → Read More

Shawnee Mission families with unpaid lunch debt will face collection agency more often

The Shawnee Mission school board has tweaked its meal policy to hold parents more accountable for unpaid lunch balances. The district will now turn over lunch debts to collection agencies after each semester. → Read More

Massive entertainment center coming to Mission Gateway

Cinergy Entertainment has signed a lease at the Mission Gateway development. An entertainment center would include luxury movie theaters, a bowling alley, escape rooms and game centers, among other amenities. → Read More

Turf gym, lazy river and more: Will this JoCo town finally get its community center?

Shawnee voters will mail-in ballots after May 1 to determine whether to increase property taxes to build a 67,707 square foot facility near 61st Street and Woodland Drive. The ballots must be mailed by May 17. → Read More

Where are the lifeguards? Applicants to work at some JoCo pools are dropping

Some Johnson County cities, including Overland Park and Olathe, have seen a drop in applicants for summer lifeguarding positions. Several cities are still filling indoor and outdoor pool jobs. → Read More

Mizzou announces Greek system reforms, addressing hazing, alcohol, diversity and more

The University of Missouri revealed reforms to its fraternities and sororities — major changes, in some cases, for a 150-year-old Greek system with long-held recruiting and initiating practices. → Read More