The Whole Person’s 5th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person (TWP) held its 5th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon on November 6 at the Grand Street Café, honoring individuals and organizations that are working to further TWP’s mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

New Year, Fresh Start

Oh, January. By the end of December's daze of parties and excess, it seems like almost a relief to turn our minds to the task of undoing all the festive damage of the holiday season. This month's focus on health and fitness gives me a chance to clear my head, strap on the workout gear and remind myself to get…

Around Town

William Jewell College has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2015-2017, recognizing Jewell for its access to integrated technology and engaged learning. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. “We are excited to provide students a technologically sophisticated learning…

The Laughing Place Bakery

This is a story about a dream. A dream of a place where families gather. A dream of a third child. A dream of a place where the knowledge that has been forgotten can be gained again. It's also a story about a bakery. But I digress. Alicia Hammon occasionally tears up when she tells her story. We are meeting…

Jeff Ehlrich: Park University’s Best

Imagine taking control of a 140-year-old renowned college shortly after heart surgery. A heart issue flared up just weeks before Dr. Jeff Ehrlich was appointed interim president by Park University’s Board of Trustees. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. Ehrlich served on the faculty as Faculty Senate president and associate dean of Park University, located in Parkville. His qualifications…

Man in the Mirror

2016. If this year really was a baby wearing a top hat and sash, it should probably also have a comic conversation bubble that reads, ‘Hold on to your butts!” In an election year and in the wake of some pretty tumultuous world events, my resolutions are of a less aerobic nature this year. Of course, I will always use…

Treating The Whole Person, One Individual at a Time

For Jim Leach, it was a battle with bipolar disease. For Aaron Price, it was a devastating car crash that led to being paralyzed. Each man had a very different challenge that lay before him, but each was able to turn to the same place for help: The Whole Person. This incredible local nonprofit aids people with disabilities so they…

Gladstone Masters Swim for Fitness

Light shimmers off the water in the indoor pools at the Gladstone Community Center. The scent of bleach in the warm air is unmistakeable. A group of swimmers gather at one end of the pool, adjust goggles and suits, jump in the water and begin warm-up laps. Masters swim coach Doug Hayden observes as the Gladstone Masters Swimmers ease into…

Family Owned, Results Driven

If you’ve not yet shopped at Thyme Capsule Nutrition, you’re in for a surprise. The specialty store stocked with quality supplements, vitamins, natural aromatherapy essential oils, herbs and more is in a nondescript building—between a Quik Trip and a Sav-A-Lot—and seems, from the outside, small and just a bit ordinary. But inside is a different story.

Fitness Lifestyle Keeps Stay At Home Mom On The Go

Whether she’s running for fitness, for fun with her three sons, or taking someone to soccer practice, she’s always running somewhere. Running has been a part of Steffen’s life since grade school, long before she had children, before she married her college sweetheart, before she became known for her popular blog RunningRachel.com. Blogging about running has been a part of…

Morning Day Cafe Art Jam

Shawn Stewart entertained crowds as audience members bid on art pieces by Farmers' Hands Photography at the monthly Art Jam held November 28. A silent auction, expanded cocktail list and new dinner items drew crowds for the event.