Category: Features

Leukemia patient gets a super Christmas surprise

By LEE HILL KAVANAUGH, The Kansas City Star (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — No doubt, the security guards at Children’s Mercy Hospital have seen a lot of strange things. But never had they witnessed a Christmas Eve visitors’ list like this. Some might call it the not-so-silent night of Holy Superheroes, Batman! all for one… Read more »

Phone lines ready for NORAD Tracks Santa

(PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., AP) — Volunteers are pulling on their Santa hats, phone lines are in place and wall-size tracking screens are ready. NORAD Tracks Santa is primed for its 57th annual goodwill mission. The first shift of Santa trackers starts taking calls early Monday at 877-HI-NORAD (877-446-6723), telling children — and some… Read more »

Low-water rivers offering up glimpse of history

By JIM SALTER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation’s midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by. Lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels unseen for decades, creating problems for river commerce and recreation… Read more »

Sales tax will pay for communication fix

By BRANDON PEDERSEN (JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo., digitalBURG) – A police officer is conducting a felony traffic stop on a vehicle with two occupants along U.S. 50 in Warrensburg. The officer holds one suspect at gunpoint, but the other suspect runs into the nearby woods by Cave Hollow Park. The officer radios for backup but no… Read more »

2012 another record-setter, fits climate forecasts

By SETH BORENSTEIN (WASHINGTON, AP) — As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy. This past year’s weather was deadly, costly and record-breaking everywhere — but especially in… Read more »

Remembering South East: An administrative perspective

This is the second installment in a two-part series on the former elementary school. By MICHAEL FREEMAN (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – South East Elementary School saw many elementary school students walk through its doors for more than 50 years before closing its doors in 2011. Nancy Rogers, the school’s last principal, said South East was… Read more »

Remembering South East: A student perspective

This is the first installment in a two-part series on the former elementary school. By JASON STRICKLAND (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Stepping into that big yellow bus, walking through those clear glass doors that are twice your height and getting a taste of home at lunch — these are a few memories that Lisa Irle… Read more »

Homelessness: The person behind the label

By KRISTIN GALLAGHER (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) Part Six: Homeless in Warrensburg Editor’s Note: This is the final story in a six-part series that offers a glimpse into the lives of the homeless in our community.   With his Army days behind him, Teddy Bear attempted to begin his new life in Warrensburg. His one-year tour… Read more »

Homelessness: The person behind the label

By KRISTIN GALLAGHER (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) Part Five: A sensitive man Editor’s Note: This is the fifth story in a six-part series that offers a glimpse into the lives of the homeless in our community.   “They don’t give hugs in the Army,” Teddy Bear said as he shook his head and smiled a bit…. Read more »

Homelessness: The person behind the label

By KRISTIN GALLAGHER (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) Part Four: The man in the jacket Editor’s Note: This is the fourth story in a six-part series that offers a glimpse into the lives of the homeless in our community.   His long duster jacket drags the ground as he moves from one ashtray to the next, looking… Read more »