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Shawnee Town transports visitors back in time

Shawnee Town transports visitors back in time

Annika Lehan, JAG organizations editor

December 10, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

When traveling to downtown Shawnee, one might find themselves back in the ‘20s, experiencing what life was like on a historical site called Shawnee Town. Since its creation in 1966, “Old Shawnee Town,” as it is most commonly referred to, has expanded its site with the overall mission of preservi...

Wonderscope offers interactive exhibits where children can use their imagination

Wonderscope offers interactive exhibits where children can use their imagination

Sammie Volkamer, JAG reporter

December 9, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

5700 King St. is where Wonderscope, a children’s museum, calls itself home. Its location houses many different uniquely themed rooms that are available for children to dive in and make themseleves at home.  “It’s all free play and self-guided,” Foster said. “When you think of the word ‘museum’ you think of things to look ...

Historic Aztec Theatre will reopen its doors

Historic Aztec Theatre will reopen its doors

Ally Nguyen, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

December 9, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

Couples and families walk down Johnson Drive and Nieman Road on weekend nights until they stop under the flashing lights of the Aztec Theatre. Then, as multi-screen theaters become a popular attraction, the theater is closed in the ‘70s. It is left empty for another 40 years, until just recently w...

Q&A with Mayor Michelle Distler

Q&A with Mayor Michelle Distler

Elizabeth Joseph, JagWire reporter

December 8, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

What first attracted you to public service? The love that I have for this city. I am a lifelong resident of Shawnee and I just absolutely love the city. I hate politics. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would subject themselves to this if they didn’t have a reason, and my reason is the...

Old Shawnee Pizza presents homey atmosphere and recurring clientele

Old Shawnee Pizza presents homey atmosphere and recurring clientele

Tricia Drumm, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

December 8, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

A walk through the dim, hardwood vestibule leads to the heart of the restaurant. Tables, chairs and booths with dark-clothed seats give the space a classic feel. In the back of the restaurant, just visible from the tables, an employee pulls a massive pizza stone from one of the many ovens. Take a short f...

Pegah’s Family Restaurant benefits Shawnee for over 30 years

Pegah’s Family Restaurant benefits Shawnee for over 30 years

Lauren Ocker, JAG editor-in-chief

December 7, 2017


Filed under SHAWNEE: KEEP IT LOCAL, Special coverage

Whether they come to enjoy a homestyle meal or to waitress as their after school job, members of the Shawnee community know Pegah’s Family Restaurant as a family-oriented restaurant  many call home. Pegah’s began over 30 years ago when owner Mo Sharifi and his business partner set out to cr...

ShananiGanns combines unique products with a vibrant retail environment

ShananiGanns combines unique products with a vibrant retail environment

Ashlyn Windmiller, JAG reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under SHAWNEE: KEEP IT LOCAL, Special coverage

Upbeat holiday music plays in the background as customers search through a rack of new festive t-shirts. The smile of owner Kristina Gann-Albright welcomes each local as they enter the store. Since ShananiGanns opened in October of 2014, located at 11006 Johnson Dr., the citizens of Shawnee have been...

Shawnee: Keep it Local

Shawnee: Keep it Local

Mill Valley News staff

December 7, 2017


Filed under SHAWNEE: KEEP IT LOCAL, Special coverage, Top stories

From the scent of pizza wafting through the kitchen of Old Shawnee Pizza to sipping hot chocolate with your friends at the Kansas City Ice Center to laughing at the bruises from playing human foosball at Kick it Foos, come explore the ins and outs of Western Shawnee. In this special project, you'll see...

Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center provides fun memories for many

Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center provides fun memories for many

Jakob Twigg, JagWire news editor

December 3, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

During the long, hot days of summer, many people prefer a place on or near the water. It is fitting that the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center (TASAC), located at 13805 Johnson Dr., has become a haven for Shawnee residents looking to cool off during those bright, warm days. TASAC was originally b...

Kick it Foos provides life-size version of foosball to the community

Kick it Foos provides life-size version of foosball to the community

Anika Roy, JagWire copy editor

December 2, 2017


Filed under Special coverage

Scrolling through posts of homemade, life-size foosball tables made of materials such as hay bales on Pinterest, an inspired Brittany McWilliams and husband Lucas McWilliams set out to build an establishment of their own, designated for playing, what is called, “human foosball.” To play, participants strap their hands onto...

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