Homes for Rent – Excelsior Springs

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The following are home rental listings found in the Town & Country Leader for Wednesday, February 6, 2019

House for Rent: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, very clean, available March 1st, must have good references and work history. Lawson, 816-721-7030

Apartments: Excelsior Springs west side location. 1 bedroom, $435, 2 bedroom $535, 3 bedroom $575. Call 816-985-1749. No dogs.

For Rent: 814 Wilhite, Excelsior Springs, 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with basement. Central air and heat, 800/800. 816-863-8315.

For Rent: Senior Property, 1 bedroom, $463, income restrictions apply. Call Mike at Excelsior Springs Properties 816-637-8711.

Senior Citizen Housing: 1 bedroom apartment homes, 24-hour maintenance service, central laundry facilities, controlled entrance, elevator, private parking, social activities, active tenants association, community room available, pets allowed (must meet certain criteria), lending library, shopping within walking distance, and all utilities paid. Call 816-630-6600. Must be 62+ or handicapped/disabled.

Apartments: Excelsior Village Apartments has 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. Pet friendly, Easy access to transportation, shopping, and entertainment. Call 816-630-3713.

For Rent: 2 bedroom duplex in Excelsior Springs for rent. Includes all appliances. Section 8 approved. 913-909-9827.

For Rent: Apartment Unit available, 3 bedroom, 2 full baths, washer/dryer hook-up, newly remodeled. $750 per month. Call 816-332-1219.

For Rent: 2 bedroom apartment for rent. Excelsior Springs west side location. 816-838-2981

Excelsior Springs Housing Authority: Ruey Anna High Rise offers studio and 1 bedroom apartments suitable for senior residents. Filley Place Apartments is the family housing facility offering 50 apartments, and Saratoga Towers offers roomy one bedroom units. Call 816-630-7361.

Commercial Property/Office Space for Rent: One space is 950 sq ft and one space 475 sq ft. 2001 W Jesse James Rd, Excelsior Springs. Call 816-630-2520.

Contact Courtney for information to be added to this post.

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Excelsior Springs Closures

Excelsior Springs Closures


Following is a list of Excelsior businesses that have announced they’re closed due to weather (updated Sun., 5:45pm):

• Excelsior Springs School District #40 – closed Monday
• ES Senior Center – closed Monday
• Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool – closed Monday
• Pisgah Baptist Church – Sunday evening activities
• ESHS Lady Tiger Basketball – optional practice Monday from 12:30-2:00pm
• Ziggy’s General Store – Sunday
• Flack Memorial – Sunday service
• Grace Family Worship Center – Sunday
• Abundant Praise Fellowship – Sunday
• Siloam Spring Baptist Chapel – Sunday services
• Main Street Baptist Church – Sunday services
• First United Methodist Church of Excelsior Springs – Sunday services

If you want to add your name to this closure list, please message Courtney Cole.

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People of Excelsior: Gerry Lemmons

Homes for Rent in Excelsior Springs

ESHS Transformed Into Egyptian Temple

Excelsior Springs High School Art Appreciation classes have transformed their hallway into an Egyptian Temple that looks amazing! Rebecca Ryan and Sherie Renne’s students have done a great job of making one feel like they are in the middle of a pyramid! Have a look:

New Excelsior Springs Library

Many thanks to all who supported Proposition L. The funding from the measure has paid for a renovation of our old library, expanding and configuring new technologies throughout the entire space. On Wednesday, December 5th a grand opening was held where multiple community leaders were invited to speak.

5 Things Excelsiorites Want the Community to Know

Our community group gets a LOT of messages sounding off on any particular subject. Many times it is clear that the post has been written while the resident is still upset or angry. We don’t allow folks to sound off or put someone in their place.

The following are messages that have been generalized, taking the emotions out so the point is made.

1. Have a “Stranger Danger” conversation with your kids.

Unfortunately, creeps are everywhere folks, so when your kids are without you, they need to know some things they should do if they feel they are in danger.

I remember my parents and I had a code word that only we knew. If someone else picked me up and didn’t know the code word, I wasn’t to go with them. My code word was rainbow. I was six years old when I chose my code word and I still remember it to this day. That’s how much impact my parents left on me after our “stranger danger” talk.

2. Tell your kids rules of the road when walking to school.

Did you know there’s a proper way of walking if you’re a pedestrian having to walk in the road? You should always walk on the side with oncoming traffic, so you can see what’s coming toward you and they can see you.

This year there are more kids walking to school than in years past. Please talk to your kids about staying out of the road as much as possible and if they do have to walk in the road, to walk on the side with cars coming toward them.

Also, if you’re a parent with these concerns, reach out to the school district because they will follow up with crossing guards and the school.

3. Stop for School Bus Stop Signs

If you are driving and see a school bus with red or yellow lights flashing and a sign out that says stop, you must stop driving. I’ve seen several posts lately concerned because folks aren’t stopping when the bus is unloading kids. That’s against the law and could end tragically.


5. Check the due date on your water bill.

One Excelsiorite believes the due date may have changed on our water bills and moved up. Check your bill to make sure you’ve paid on time. Also, consider setting up automatic withdrawal so you don’t have to worry about missing any!

Over 12 Events in Excelsior Springs This Week


There is a lot going on this week here in Excelsior Springs. I tried to feature two things a day for you to consider attending! Shout out definitely goes to the Christmas Committee and all the shops around town that have been busy prepping for the Christmas Kickoff this weekend!

Monday, November 12

• Veteran’s Day activities taking place all over town. Click here for a list.
• Monday Night Basic Yoga at the Community Center. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, November 13
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• ESHS & ESMS Black and Gold Intrasquad Dual at ESHS. Click here for more info.
• Portrait Drawing at Main Spring Gallery downtown. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 14

• Murder Mystery Casting Call at Main Spring Gallery downtown. Click here for more info.
• Dementia Support Group at ES Hospital. Click here for more info.

Thursday, November 15

• Punch Card Challenge Group Exercise at the Community Center. Click here for more info.
• Courtney’s Community Challenge (with chance to win $100 from Billy Hale!). Click here for more info.

Friday, November 16

• Chorale Tour Concert at First United Methodist Church. Click here for more info.
• Karaoke Friday’s at the Atlas bar downtown. Click here for more info.

Saturday, November 17

• Christmas Kickoff for the community of Excelsior Springs. Click here for more info.
• Multiple events at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery. Click here for a list.

Whatever you do, be safe and have fun, Excelsior Springs!

5 New Business Developments in Excelsior Springs



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!


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!


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!

5 Activities in Excelsior Springs This Week

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There are a lot of things that are going on this week here in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, but here are 5 things that you don’t want to miss coming up this week!

Tuesday, Nov. 6th – The Mid-Term Election

Find a sample ballot by clicking here, on Ballotpedia

Thursday, Nov. 8th – Annie’s Christmas Open House (Nov. 8-10)

If you’ve never been to Annie’s, this is the perfect time to! Both Jill and Joy King do a beautiful job of decorating their furniture store! Stop by during their Open House to see their new Christmas display!



Friday, November 9th – Second Friday’s in Downtown Excelsior Springs

Every Second Friday in Downtown Excelsior Springs, the shops stay open later (usually until 8pm or 9pm). Many of the restaurants have specials, there are featured artists in the galleries, live music while you eat or shop, and plenty of wine tastings to warm you up!

Be sure to check out (click each one for more info) –

Peril in Pointesville (Nov. 9-11) – Slightly Off Broadway Theatre
• Featured Artist Amy Kephart – Molly Roberts Studio
Karaoke Friday’s – Atlas Saloon
‘Skirt and Tie’ with Paul and Carolyn – Willow Spring Mercantile
Featured Artist Jim Shaw – Bohemian Sage Gallery

Friday, November 9th – ESHS Production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Nov. 9-11)

The high school students never disappoint with their productions! Full of talent, this show is sure to be one that will have you smiling from your seat! Great music, excellent message, this is definitely one that you don’t want to miss! The show is at 7pm both Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday there is a matinee at 2pm. Adults $10 and Students $5 at the Excelsior Springs Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets before every show.


Saturday, November 10th – Excelsior Expo

From 10am to 2pm at the Excelsior Springs Community Center, you will find the Excelsior Expo taking place! Each year the Chamber features their local business members with an expo where businesses set up with goods for sale. Perfect time to get some early Christmas presents while shopping local and shopping small! See you there!

There are many other events taking place during the week:
• Be sure to search for events in Excelsior Springs on Facebook to find more!
• If you’re interested in knowing the Excelsior Springs Student Activities, click here!
• If you want to know more about what’s going on in the community, click here!


Be sure to participate in my Community Challenge that is taking place this month here in Excelsior Springs! Each day that you participate, you’ll be entered to win $100 from Billy Hale with Shelter Insurance.

Click here for more details!

The Way It Was



The Way It Was…
“First Solo”
Joe E. Morgan
As Spun by the Old Publisher

There’s just something about an unnatural thing like flying an airplane by your self for the first time that brings out a crowd. My dad drove down to Warrensburg for the occasion, my girlfriend, Patty (later my dear Missus) was there as well as other assorted friends. It gave me a rather uneasy feeling somewhat like a Christian at his first lion gathering. However, everything went reasonably well. I got back in one piece. My dad presented me with my first real wristwatch and the real prize was a big hug from Patty.

The more eventful “first” solo was my maiden Naval flight while stationed at the Olathe primary base. They had several breeds of training planes there, all painted a bright yellow and appropriately dubbed yellow perils. For my big event I drew an ancient NP-1. It was told that one could cut the throttle at 500 feet directly over a circle and land right in the middle of it. To make up for this critical lack of ability to glide, they had large loops on the wings, somewhat like a W.W.I. Jennie. This did help keep yellow paint off of the runway, of course.

I had brashly told my dad, Tom, that I would fly down to Excelsior on this first trip and sneaked him a call shortly before takeoff to announce my E.T.A. for this historic flight.

My troubles began when I couldn’t fly straight down Highway 69. I’d burned that road up in the old cleaning truck so much that I probably could have made it blindfolded. But Fairfax was still a Naval base too and it was very verboten for cadet types to pollute the sacred airways around there. I thought about sneaking south and then coming back to the river, but somehow an end run around by Kansas and back by Parkville seemed a better idea. Somehow things don’t look quite the same from above and I almost made it to Cameron before I got started back in the right direction.

If you’ve ever flown over Excelsior in a small plan you’re sure to remember that the valley creates lots of convection currents and makes for pretty bumpy riding. This combined with my inexperience, not to mention my streak that matched the plane, made my two passes over the old hometown rather traumatic.

It was all worthwhile…and patriotic too! I finally spotted my dad behind the cleaning shop mightily waving his giant American flag. Normally reserved for Armistice Day and the Fourth, it was now being unfurled for a fledgling son.

With a trembling, but jaunty, salute…I headed back to the barn. I was already five minutes late and it was no time for any more “short” cuts. I firewalled it right on down 69, over Fairfax and back to Olathe as fast as my archaic machine would take me.

All of the other sheep were long in the fold as lonesome me came in for my approach. At the end of the runway was the “Blue Goose” (a C-54 that took all of the instructors into K.C. for their nightly opportunity to forget cadets). I knew that I was in for real trouble if I held them back from their revelry. In panic I kept hitting the throttle until finally I was clean past the main runway and was actually landing on the parking apron. The area was still under construction and suddenly looming ahead of me was a double row of workers’ cars. At the last moment with a might braking…and a loud ping as the prop grazed the cement, I stopped just short of disaster. I had homed in on a spot with a single row of cars so that I actually had cars parked on both sides of me.

As I started my prayer of thanksgiving it was quickly drowned out by the roar of the Blue Goose overhead as it was finally able to take off.

In a state of stupor, I could only sit there until the lineman came out and pulled me backward until I could taxi in on my own for almost certain retribution. What happened? The duty officer was down drinking coffee and didn’t see my fiasco. The crew just shook their heads as they witnessed another dumb cadet miracle. Remember I never said I was good…just lucky.


Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.