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Shawnee County housing recovers as sales, pricing rise

Home sales and prices in Shawnee County ended 2012 higher than in 2011, pointing to a continuing recovery in the housing sector.

The Topeka Area Association of Realtors reported 238 houses were sold in Shawnee County in December 2012, up 14 percent from 208 homes in December 2011.

Shawnee County had a 5.4-month supply of homes at the end of 2012, meaning that if buyers continued purchasing homes at the same rate, it would take about five months and 12 days before they would buy up all the homes on the market.

Prices also rose, but by a far smaller percentage. The average home sale price in 2012 rose to $119,332, from $117,773 in 2011 — a roughly one percent increase...

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Ventura Sports Group, Wallace Bajjali And Topeka Team Up To Bring Professional Baseball To Topeka, K

Topeka, KS. Ventura Sports Group is proud to announce, in partnership with Wallace Bajjali and the City of Topeka that a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) has been signed between the parties to explore the opportunities for professional minor league baseball and the construction of a multi use stadium in the community. The location of the ballpark has yet to be determined and will be the result of the process that will take place over the next 90 days. In addition to professional minor league baseball, it is envisioned that the multi use facility would host numerous other entertainment, philanthropic and cultural events for the community of Topeka. Roger W...

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Vantage apartment project to go back to Shawnee council

A proposal for an apartment complex in Shawnee that has faced heated opposition from many of its potential neighbors is headed back to the full city council for a second time.

After a short discussion of the traffic projections, the Shawnee Planning Commission reiterated its support of the Vantage at Shawnee project Monday night, voting 9-2 to allow the rezoning that would pave the way for the project.

The council had asked planning commissioners to further discuss the matter after a long meeting last month in which many of the project’s nearest neighbors showed up to oppose it. However the planning commission did not allow public comment for its second look at the project on Monday. The commission heard neighbors’ objections at its November meeting.

The $35 million project, on vacant land...

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Commercial sheetrock finish in Kansas City

(MENAFN – PRLog) Construction DesignWorks provides creative choices in gypsum board wall systems

By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC

Whether you are involved in a commercial tenant finish project or building reconstruction services , you will ultimately be judged upon the final look of your sheetrock (gyp board, gypsum board, drywall plaster board) and paint finish. This is one of the last steps in turning your project over to the client. Understanding the five levels of drywall finishes in accordance with the American Society of Testing Materials – Publication ASTM C80, is imperative to meet the expectations of the client and architect.

These levels define the final visual appearance of the surface and var...

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Here’s your chance to buy a castle: Renée Kelly selling ‘Caenen Castle’ in Shawnee


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Jackson Balzan pitches Shawnee baseball past Highland in Diamond Classic

TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

For six innings, Shawnee’s Jackson Balzan was a crafty left-hander, throwing three pitches for strikes in a steady march through the Highland lineup.

“Awesome,” Shawnee coach Brian Anderson said of Balzan’s work in the final inning of the crisply played game on the Renegades’ field.

Joe Dalsey and Nate Liedtka delivered two-out RBI hits to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning for Shawnee (14-3), the No. 6 seed which advanced to face third-seeded St. Augustine in the quarterfinals Saturday at 10 a.m. at Washington Township.

“This tournament is huge for us,” said Dalsey, who had an RBI single, a stolen base, and scored a run in the Renegades’ rally in the fourth inning.

Losing pitcher Mark Cotton drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Matt Schae...

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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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City of Shawnee’s spring cleanup begins Saturday

Shawnee Tidy Town 2019


Shawnee residents looking tidy things up around their homes have a chance to get rid of some of their bulky items starting this weekend.

The city of Shawnee’s annual Tidy Town event begins Saturday and is spread out over three weekends. The city is split into three sections, and curbside collections depend on where you live.

The first day for pickup is Saturday for residents west of Switzer Road, north of Shawnee Mission Parkway and east of Interstate 435. The next event is on May 4 for residents west of Switzer, south of Shawnee Mission Parkway and east of 435. The final day for Tidy Town is on May 11 for residents west of 435.

There are some guidelines and restrictions, though.

On your Tidy Town date, you can set out five items on the curb and the i...

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Gower, Daniel J.

Daniel J. Gower

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Daniel James Gower, 71, of Kansas City, passed away March 30, 2019.

Survived by: nieces, Michelle (Kelly) Rawlings and Cristi Lynn (Rich) Campbell; uncle, Lyle (Diane) Smith; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service: Noon Wednesday, April 3, at Kingdom Messianic Congregation, 7230 Quivira Rd. Shawnee, KS 66216.

Burial: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas.

Arrangement by: Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Gower, Missouri. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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Gleason Glen and Hills of Forest Creek’s magic capture homeowners’ imaginations.

Hills of Forest Creek’s Destin EX, similar to this floor plan, is available for immediate purchase (and can be built in other Rodrock Homes communities). The home’s generous kitchen opens onto the great room, creating space for memorable family gatherings and entertaining ($485,500). Submitted photo

When Whitney and Michael Zamora’s Shawnee home sold last November after being on the market for one day, they were faced with the daunting challenge presented by a hot real estate market.

“We needed a home, now,” Whitney Zamora said.

The couple wanted to stay in the western suburbs and had specific requirements for both a neighborhood and a new home.

“Quick highway access for Michael and me and a reverse-style floor plan were high priorities,” she said...

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