5 New Business Developments in Excelsior Springs

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If you don’t know it already, The Mug coffeeshop has moved from the downtown to the west side in the Vintage Shopping Center. There you can find them in a much more spacious place with even a drive-thru window! There are still all the pastries, scones, and donuts inside! Be sure to ask for the Apple Cider, in season right now!

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The McElwee’s have done a good job restoring the old Brunke Hardware on Thompson Ave. Rumor has it that once it is finished, our beloved Bliss will be moving there from Broadway! 29137011_10156152436459501_2528649690438696960_o

Watch for the Thompson Ave corner to really change when the Excelsior Springs Chamber gets fully moved in to the old Sports and More store. The front parking is big enough for the trolley!

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City Councilman Brent McElwee has taken on the old Buckley Hotel across from the police department downtown. He’s restoring this historic building into a bed and breakfast!

The Wheeler’s are ready for their debut with their toy store Broadway Toyz! They had a sneak peek during the Pumpkins and Mums Festival, showing us the type of products that will be carried. Unique finds and quality toys like Melissa and Doug will be for sale. Love that it’s right across from Bobkorn so kids can get their fill of fun in one area of downtown!

Stay tuned…I’ll be featuring another 5 soon! Glad to see so much economic development and improvements being made to town!

What’s On the Ballot – Excelsior Springs – Ray and Clay Counties

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Are you a last minute decider when it comes to elections? Well, you’re not alone! There are many that begin their search for who to vote for just a few days before the actual election. This post is written to help those living in the Excelsior Springs area know what is on their ballot and where they can go to find more information on each issue or candidate.

Tuesday, November 6th • Polls open from 6:00AM to 7:00AM

What’s on the Ballot?
Information courtesy of Ballotpedia

Ballot measures for both Ray and Clay Counties include:

Missouri Proposition B: $12 Minimum Wage Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports increasing the state’s minimum wage each year until reaching $12 in 2023 and then making increases or decreases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
• A “no” vote opposes increasing the state’s minimum wage each year until reaching $12 in 2023 and then making increases or decreases based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Missouri Amendment 1, Lobbying, Campaign Finance, Redistricting Initiative
• A “yes” vote support this constitutional amendment to make changes to the state’s lobbying laws, campaign finance limits for state legislative candidates, and legislative redistricting process.
• A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to make changes to the state’s lobbying laws, campaign finance limits for state legislative candidates, and legislative redistricting process.

Missouri Amendment 2, Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 4 percent; and *spend tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.
• A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 4 percent; and *spend tax revenue on healthcare services for veterans.
Missouri Amendment 3, Medical Marijuana and Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 15 percent; and *spend tax revenue on a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute.
• A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 15 percent; and *spend tax revenue on a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute.

Missouri Amendment 4: Management and Advertisement of Bingo Games Amendment
• A “yes” vote supports this amendment to: “lower the time required that someone is a member of an organization to manage a bingo game for that organization from two years to six months and “remove the constitutional ban on organizations advertising bingo games.
• A “no” vote opposes this amendment to: “lower the time required that someone is a member of an organization to manage a bingo game for that organization from two years to six months and “remove the constitutional ban on organizations advertising bingo games.

Missouri Proposition C: Medical Marijuana and Veterans Healthcare Services, Education, Drug Treatment, and Public Safety Initiative
• A “yes” vote supports this initiated statute to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 2 percent; and *spend tax revenue on veterans’ services, drug treatment, education, and law enforcement.
• A “no” vote opposes this initiated statute to: *legalize marijuana for medical purposes; *tax marijuana sales at 2 percent; and *spend tax revenue on veterans’ services, drug treatment, education, and law enforcement.

Missouri Proposition D: Gas Tax Increase, Olympic Prize Tax Exemption, and Traffic Reduction Fund Measure
• A “yes” vote supports this measure to: increase the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon, with revenue for the state highway patrol and local road funding; exempt prizes for Special Olympics, Paralympics, and Olympics from state taxes; and create a dedicated fund for certain road projects, including those to reduce traffic.
• A “no” vote opposes this measure to: increase the gas tax by 10 cents per gallon, thereby leaving the rate at $0.17; exempt Olympic prizes from state taxes; and create a dedicated fund for road projects, including those to reduce traffic.

Candidates for U.S. Senate Missouri
Claire McCaskill (D) (Incumbent)
Josh Hawley (R)
Japheth Campbell (L)
Craig O’Dear
Jo Crain (G)

Clay County Candidates for U.S. House Missouri District 6
Henry Martin (D)
Sam Graves (R) (Incumbent)
Dan Hogan (L)

Ray County Candidates for U.S. House Missouri District 5
Emanuel Cleaver (D) (Incumbent)
Jacob Turk (R)
Alexander Howell (L)
Maurice Copeland (G)
E.C. Fredland

Candidates for Missouri Auditor
Nicole Galloway (D) (Incumbent)
Saundra McDowell (R)
Sean O’Toole (L)
Don Fitz (G)
Jacob Luetkemeyer

Clay County Missouri State Senate District 12
Terry Richard (D)
Dan Hegeman (R) (Incumbent)

Clay County Missouri House of Representatives District 38
Abby Zavos (D)
Doug Richey (R)

Ray County Missouri House of Representatives District 39
Peggy McGaugh (R) (Incumbent)
Rick Mellon (D)

The following are all county races pertaining to Clay County only:

Candidates for Clay County Auditor
Victor Hurlbert (R)

Candidates for Clay County Recorder of Deeds
Bruce Cantwell (D)
Katee Porter (R) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Prosecutor
Dan White (D) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Presiding Commissioner
Wendi Bridges (D)
Jerry Nolte (R) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Collector
Lydia McEvoy (R) (Incumbent)

Candidates for Clay County Clerk
Tom Brandom (D)
Megan Thompson (R) (Incumbent)

For more information on judges that will be on the ballot, click here.

Wednesday

Spent the morning with the National marketing firm for Job Corps touring campus and taking pictures.

Had a meeting for the homeless efforts at the Good Samaritan Center and couldn’t resist stopping to grab a picture of this beautiful tree!

This afternoon I got to see Romeo wearing his Fall decor at Molly Roberts Studio! Aunt Molly has her whole studio filled with fun Autumn and Halloween items!

When I got home I found my daughter Mackenzie working on a school project. She’s been busy making videos of her animations lately. She amazes me.

Mackenzie’s First Cartoon

For those of you who don’t know, our daughter Mackenzie, 11 years old, is destined to be an artist! We got her a Magnadoodle when she was about three and she would sit for hours drawing and erasing, then drawing and erasing again. Always perfecting her work. You can see much of her work by doing a hashtag (#) search for #mackaday, especially on Facebook! It will pull up all kinds of pictures she’s drawn over the years. (Click here to see!)

Recently she’s been practicing with the Animation app through her iPad. Here’s her pilot:

She also did a little short to add to the beginning of each of her cartoons:

Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel Mack & Cat Comics to see upcoming shorts!!