Your Monday NewsLink for the week of December 7, 2020. One local business owner receives a unique grant; LSR7 has COVID-19 antigen tests available for students & staff; filing period for LSR7 Board of Education opens December 22; UCM hosting adult education open houses; and Santa Claus plans special live stream for area families.

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit and The Historic Browning Guest House. I am Nick Parker and with me is the Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

LIESL: Each week, we'll take a few minutes to give you the news, happenings, and events around Lee's Summit.

NICK: We all know the pandemic is making things hard on business owners everywhere, but one local entrepreneur is in for a unique bit of help. Kelly Lankford, who owns KHL Design Studio and INSPO, a retail home decorating shop, got word last week she was receiving a $5,000 COVID relief grant from the Red Backpack Fund courtesy of the Spanx by Sarah Blakely Foundation. Read more about the grant and Lankford’s two businesses at

LIESL: The State of Missouri has provided the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District with BionaxNOW COVID-19 antigen tests free of charge, and the district will be making those tests available to students and staff who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Visit our web site for more details and contact information for your local school building.

NICK: With one election season wrapped, it's time for local voters to look ahead to their next decision. Filing for the Lee's Summit R-7 School District Board of Education opens Tuesday, December 22 and runs through Tuesday, January 19. Candidates may file at the Stansberry Leadership Center located on Tudor Road. district offices, located at 301 NE Tudor Road in Lee's Summit. For this April 6 election, there will be two positions available, each with three-year terms. The seats are currently held by current Board President Ryan Murdock and immediate past president Julie Doane. Neither of the two have declared publicly if they plan to seek re-election. More details on the filing process are available on our web site or at

LIESL: Adult learners are invited to attend two upcoming Professional Training and Education Open Houses, designed to help you find the workforce training that fits your goals. Two events will be held in January, both from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 and Jan. 26. Each open house will include information about job training for high-demand fields as well as career advancement. See for more information.

NICK: Before Santa Claus comes to town on December 24, he’s making a special live stream appearance on December 17. In an effort to help keep Santa safe, Link 2 Lee’s Summit and Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit’s annual Story Time with Santa event has moved virtual this year. We’ll have a special live stream conversation with Santa at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Between answering your questions, Santa will be telling some of his favorite holiday stories. Visit our Story Time with Santa event page on Facebook for more information. Donations to Lee’s Summit Social Services are encouraged during the event.

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Lee's Summit Town hall is a podcast conversation, produced by Link 2 Lee's Summit, highlighting local issues and people in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Host Nick Parker and guests discuss pertinent issues and topics concerning local residents and introduce listeners to some of the people who help make Lee's Summit a vibrant community. New episodes available every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

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