Fair Spirit!

The Washington Town & Country Fair has long been known for its volunteer spirit. Fair Board members make a 9-year commitment, taking a week or move of vacation during Fair week--and still pay for their own season pass. Volunteers sell concessions, work gates, parking and more all on behalf of the organizations they serve. Volunteer firefighters wear heavy gear in high temperatures stand at the ready on the motocross track. When severe thunderstorms rolled in the Saturday night of the Fair, over 11,000 fairgoers were safely evacuated from the fairgrounds with just one minor injury reported. A leather goods vendor in his first year at the event told me when he saw the grounds at dawn on Sunday morning, he figured there was no way they would be able to open that day. What he didn't know is how much this community is willing to step up when called.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

2 days 7 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 1 day ago

CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO HEAR OFF THE CUFF: ON DEMAND.

Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

8 hours 3 min ago

2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.