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William Jewell College 
names 15th president

The William Jewell College Board of Trustees has selected Elizabeth MacLeod Walls as the 15th president of the college. She will succeed David Sallee, who is retiring July 31 after serving William Jewell as president since 2000. Her appointment is effective July 1.

MacLeod Walls is in her fourth year as dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University where she oversees graduate and adult education at four campuses. She previously served in administration at Bryan College of Health Sciences (Lincoln, Neb.) as director of institutional effectiveness, dean, interim president and president. Among other roles in her career, she has taught college literature courses, written numerous refereed articles, co-edited several books and consulted on accreditation, healthcare reform and continued education.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College (Ohio) with a B.A in English and history. She completed a Ph.D. in literature and rhetoric, with Highest Distinction, from Texas Christian University and also completed the Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Program at Harvard University.

A native of Lincoln, Neb., MacLeod Walls will move to Liberty this summer with her husband, Rev. Dr. Craig MacLeod Walls, and their two sons.

Mosaic Life Care Named ACO

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 121 new participants – representing 49 states and the District of Columbia – in an innovative initiative – Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – designed to improve the care patients receive in the health care system and lowers costs.

Mosaic Life Care was selected as one of nearly 150 renewing Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), providing Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality, coordinated

care across the United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That brings the total to 434 Shared Savings Program ACOs serving over 7.7 million beneficiaries.

Since ACOs first began participating in the program in early 2012, thousands of health care providers have signed on to participate in the program, working together to provide better care to Medicare’s seniors and people with disabilities. The new and renewing ACOs will bring approximately 15,000 additional physicians into the ACO program starting January 1, 2016.

Gladstone Arts Commission 
Seeks Artists

Gladstone Arts Commission is seeking artists interested in displaying their work as part of the rotating art collection featured in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space of the Gladstone Community Center.   Artists selected by the Selection Committee will display their works for a period of 8 weeks during the time period of Sept. 2016 and July 2017.

Interested artists should submit an application and five digital images of representative work. Only art that is able to hang can be accepted.  Digital files should be submitted on a CD and must be labeled with name, address and telephone number, the title, medium, dimensions, date and with the top of the work identified.   Each image must be submitted in JPEG or TIF format.   A completed application must accompany each submission.  The application is available at Gladstone.Mo.Us. Submissions should be addressed to:

Director of Parks and Recreation

City of Gladstone

7010 N. Holmes

Gladstone, Missouri 64118

All submissions are due by July 8, 2016.   Please call 816.436.4089 for additional information.

Free Small Business 
Boot Camp March 4

The Clay County Economic Development Council and Mid-Continent Public Library will host a special Small Business Boot Camp for entrepreneurs March 4.

The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for networking at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 North Flintlock Road, Kansas City. The keynote speaker is Jason Rule, owner of the popular Corner Café, which began in Riverside and now has locations in Liberty and Independence. He will share his entrepreneurial story and what led to this success, starting at 9 a.m.

A number of organizations that specialize in assisting small businesses will be present to share resource information. Local entrepreneurs and business specialists will host breakout sessions offering tips and tricks on finding customers, improving business practices, finding employees, accounting and legal issues, funding, intellectual property issues and patents.

Registration is free and required. Call 816.848.4489 or 816.468.4989 for more information or to register.

Wanderlust introduces 
the ‘mindful triathlon’

Get ready to run, replenish and recharge! Wanderlust, producer of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, reveals the springtime, North American dates and locations for Wanderlust 108, the world’s first and only mindful triathlon. Coming to Kansas City on May 21, Wanderlust’s reimagined triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a large-scale, outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation led by the world’s top teachers. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy musical performances from live bands and DJs, acroyoga, hooping and other surprises throughout the day.

For more information about the 108 series please visit: 

Metro Cross Presentation 
Receives Warm Welcome

David Horn of IAS Partners presented details on the Metro North Crossing development at a Clay County EDC committee meeting Jan. 19.

Addressing the Civic and Legislative Affairs Committee, Horn said the group is beginning work on a formal development plan for the former Metro North Shopping Center. Some demolition has begun inside the facility that will be completely removed except for the Macy’s store.

Located on 106 acres, the massive project is expected to bring approximately 750,000 sq feet of retail development, 60,000 sq feet of office space, a 100-room hotel and 150 market-rate apartments for older adults.

Horn noted the project is much larger than Antioch Crossing and Blue Ridge Crossing, both of which are earlier projects completed by IAS Partners. Those redevelopments were less than 50 acres each.

Taking questions from more than 30 people at the meeting, Horn said general plans call for an open mall with extensive landscaping and areas for events. The team is also communicating with city planners to connect the project with biking and hiking trails that are planned near the center.

Horn said the development team hoped to have some pad sites open by late 2017.

Adult Softball Leagues – 2016 
Spring Session

The City of Gladstone is hosting a nine week Spring Adult Softball League.  Games will be played Sunday through Thursday evenings at Happy Rock Park Softball Complex located at 76th and North Antioch Road.  Game times are 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 beginning April 17, 2016.

All teams must supply their own softballs and pay an annual $20 ASA fee. A variety of mens and coed leagues will be offered.  Registration will be accepted now through Friday, April 1, 2016.

The Parks & Recreation Department provides scorebooks, scorekeepers, one ASA sanctioned umpire and awards.

This past offseason, the Happy Rock Park Softball Fields were renovated. In the near future, look for more information regarding a spring open house for past and future participants.

Register on-line at or in person at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes.  If you need additional information, please call the Gladstone Parks & Recreation Department at 816.423.4200.  Visit our website at

Musical Heritage Theater Celebrates 14th Season

Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center has turned up the heat lately. Now in their 14th season, they are becoming a musical theater and entertainment enterprise.  Audiences have 140 performances to choose from; ranging from book musicals, revues, cabaret nights, and special engagements.  They also have a full bar – and yes, even food.

This year, MTH’s season includes Annie Get Your Gun, Big River, Next to Normal, and Cabaret, as well as two original musical revues; An Evening with Cole Porter, and Songs of the Great War.  Their high-octane musical theater-flavored cabaret nights; Musical Mondays & Tuesdays, Too, have been thrilling sold-out audiences for the last seven years. And their newest series, A Night on the Town, turns their theater into an intimate speak-easy, where patrons can enjoy cocktails at an up-close performance from their favorite local performer or Broadway star.

And their slogan?  “For those who love musicals.” Visit, or call 816.221.6987.

Wicket & Peg Launches in Kansas City

Wicket & Peg, an estate-grown bourbon handcrafted, bottled and distilled in Missouri is off to a fast start in Kansas City. The new, small-batch bourbon is the brainchild of Two West, a deep retail engagement, marketing and communications agency with clients throughout the country. The brand is born out of backyard culture and competitive leisure sports, such as croquet and badminton, to make the sporting spirit truly a bourbon of a different stripe.

Wicket & Peg is all about local and is being noticed early on by area establishments. Hot spots such as JJ’s Restaurant, Grunauer, Classic Cup Café, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Julep, Majestic Steakhouse and Jacobson are already serving the bourbon. It can also be purchased on store shelves throughout the area.

Wicket & Peg’s flavor includes light floral notes, vanilla, rich oak and citrus. The first sip of this craft bourbon brings a smooth transition, followed by a drawn-out, soothing warm finish. Wicket & Peg is created using the most sustainable practices possible and the purest ingredients available.

For more information visit

Liberty Middle School 
presents Cinderella

The beauty and magic of this classic fairytale is brought to life with wonderful singing and amazing sets and lights. Cinderella is transformed by the fairy godmother from a servant girl’s rags into a beautiful ball gown and dances with the Prince. Her jealous stepmother and stepsisters try to stifle Cinderella’s dreams while the handsome Prince searches for his one true love. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical includes songs such as: ‘Ten Minutes Ago’, ‘In My Own Little Corner’, and ‘The Prince is Giving a Ball.’ This fairytale story will entrance and entertain all ages.

Performances are March 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased online at or from Liberty Middle School. You can purchase your own magic wand at any show for just $5.