Community Rallies For Law Enforcement
Supporters of law enforcement held a rally to cheer and thank the Platte County Sheriff’s Department during evening shift change on Thursday, June 18.
The crowd applauded deputies and handed out thank you cards and gift bags.
The demonstration was started by Abby Olson in response to the protests against law enforcement and calls to defund the police.
Platte County will vote on August 4 whether to fund law enforcement with a sales tax. In Kansas City and elsewhere, police departments are facing major budget cuts.
The group of police supports is planning a similar event in support of the Parkville Police Department.
Park Board Says No to Playground Equipment for Franklin Park
In a Zoom meeting Wednesday night, the Weston Park Board refused to participate in a grant application by the Weston Rotary Club that would have added $5,000 to their budget for improvements at Franklin Park.
“That park only serves 15 houses,” said Board Secretary Greg Hoffman. Sitting in on the meeting, Weston Chronicle Editor Beth McPherson pointed out that Franklin Circle was not a gated community and that kids from a larger area use the park. Other members asked if the $5,000 could be used at another park.
School Board Approves 2020-21
The effects of the Covid 19 pandemic uncertainty hung over the decisions of the West Platte School Board meeting. How open the school would be this Fall, and the school budget have been impacted by the virus.
West Platte School Board met the last Wednesday of June with approval of the 2020-21 school budget as a major action item. Just prior to the Board accepting the new Budget as presented by Superintendent John Rinehart, the Board accepted the final 2019-20 expenses.
West Platte Has A Graduation Like No Other
Graduation was a totally different experience for the West Platte Class of 2020, even more so than they expected.
First it was delayed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Normally held on Mother’s Day, it was rescheduled to Father’s Day when the school could have a maximum of 250 people in the football stadium. Then, when severe weather threatened Sunday, it was rescheduled to the following Tuesday night.
"Returning To Our Roots"-157th Platte County Fair Is July 24-26
The first Platte County Fair was held for 3 days in October of 1863, and most likely consisted of a large community picnic, livestock and horse showings. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fair will be greatly modified this year.
“Returning to our roots,” the 157th Platte County Fair will once again be a 3-day event, featuring 4-H exhibits, and horse and livestock shows.
“Even though there will be no grandstand events or carnival, we are extremely grateful to have a fair this year,” said Rick Hill, President of the Platte County Fair Association. “This will also allow us to maintain the title of the “Oldest Continuous Operating Fair west of the Mississippi River”.