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DeGoler’s acquired by major drug store chain

DeGoler’s, an independent pharmacy that has served Wyandotte County for about 90 years, was sold recently to CVS. The company can trace its roots to 1928 when Pharmacist Harvey DeGoler founded the company. This 2003 feature covered the 75th anniversary of DeGoler’s Pharmacies in Kansas City, Kansas. DeGoler’s, which was recently sold, was 90 years [...]

Congressman defends immigration stance

By Murrel Bland When U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Third Dist.) speaks at the Congressional Forum, the questions from the audience are usually issue-oriented and rarely get into harsh criticism. Most persons who attend the forum are “good ol’ boy” Republicans or Democrats who are business-friendly. The Kansas City, Kansas, Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the [...]

Congressman defends immigration stance

By Murrel Bland When U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Third Dist.) speaks at the Congressional Forum, the questions from the audience are usually issue-oriented and rarely get into harsh criticism. Most persons who attend the forum are “good ol’ boy” Republicans or Democrats who are business-friendly. The Kansas City, Kansas, Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the [...]

Business West Bulletin – Mid July 2018

Business West to co-sponsor Candidates’ Forum Business West, along with Kansas City, Kansas, Community College, will co-sponsor a Candidates’ Forum starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 in Upper Jewell at the Community College. Democratic Candidates for District Judge who plan to attend are Mike Nichols, Tony Martinez and Jane Sieve Wilson. Panelists who will [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Bulletins|

Letter to new superintendent

Dear Dr. Foust, First, congratulations on your selection as the next superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas, School District. It is an extremely important job. I have lived in the district for nearly 50 years. One of the most important things the district does is educate students who will be ready to join the workforce. [...]

Newspaper founded 50 years ago

By Murrel Bland It was 50 years ago on June 20, 1968, when The Wyandotte West was born. It was produced in a basement of a town house condominium in the Redwood Gardens subdivision at 816 N. 70th St. I was barely 27 years old.  My staff was my business partner, Jack Root, a friend [...]

Business West Bulletin – Late June 2018

Population in Western Wyandotte County continues to increase In 1968, Western Wyandotte County’s population (west of 38th Street) was 35,000. Today, that area has a population of about 60,000. This area has continued to grow during the past 50 years despite the loss of overall population in Wyandotte County. Wyandotte County’s overall population peaked in [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Bulletins|

Businesses need qualified workers

By Murrel Bland Gov. Jeff Colyer said that as he travels the State of Kansas, the number one concern he encounters from business owners and managers is the severe lack of qualified employees. The governor, who spoke at a luncheon meeting of the Congressional Forum Friday, June 15 at Children’s Mercy Park, said he has [...]

Senator favors federal funds for interchange

By Murrel Bland U.S. Senator Jerry Moran drew loud applause when he said he was encouraging the U.S. Department of Transportation to award a $13 million grant for an interchange at the Turner Diagonal at I-70. That comment came at a luncheon meeting of the Congressional Forum Friday, May 18 at Children’s Mercy Park. The [...]

Business West Bulletin – Late May 2018

Commission seeks continuation of sales tax The Unified Commission will be asking residents of Kansas City, Kansas, to renew a 10-year sales tax in the Aug. 7 Primary Election. The tax helps fund public safety and neighborhood infrastructure projects. Voters approved this three-eighth cent sales tax in 2010 by a 70 percent margin. A community [...]

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