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News from around “the Dotte”

We are sharing some news of note countywide this week, along with a couple of more local tidbits.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Wyandotte County has seen just a small amount of growth in the last four years. The latest population estimate for the county, released March 27, is 160,384 as of July 1, 2013. This is a growth of 2,879 people, or 1.8 percent, since the official census count in April 2010. We don’t yet know how much of this estimated growth took place in Bonner Springs, Edwardsville or Kansas City, Kan., specifically, as only the estimates for counties were released; the estimates for cities and towns will be released next month.

In other nearby news, the 60-foot sign for The Woodlands on Interstate 435 near Leavenworth Road is no more.

Two days, a small team of demo experts with a pick-up truck and excavator was all that was needed to bring down the nearly 20-year-old sign. The Unified Government received calls from residents concerned about the steel and metal sign. The sign has been deteriorating since the racetrack closed in 2008.

“With continued development taking place out west, some began to see the 11-ton structure as an eyesore and wanted to see it removed,” the Unified Government reported.

Speaking of western development, two new eateries have been announced for the Legends Outlets Kansas City: Pizza Studio, a fast-casual restaurant chain based in Los Angeles, and sweetFrog, a premium frozen yogurt chain based in Richmond, Va.

With more than 50 yogurt flavors — 21 different flavors daily — and more than 60 toppings, sweetFrog will open this spring in a 1,588-square-foot space across from Uniform Destination on the shopping center’s “yellow brick road.”

Pizza Studio will open this summer in a 2,542-square-foot space next to Christopher & Banks, the first of at least six planned for the Kansas City metropolitan area. Pizza Studio allows guests to create custom, individual-sized pizzas.

Turning our attention back to Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, it looks like Edwardsville will be getting a new city website soon. The city is trying to work with the company it hired to redesign the site, though Michael Webb, city manager, said the process has been delayed because city staff members have been so busy with other things.

Last week, Edwardsville and Bonner also jointly recognized the Edwardsville Kiwanis Club with a proclamation for Norman Steffey and Harold “Woody” Berry, charter members of the club, declaring April 15 as Kiwanis Club Founders Day in both cities.

Finally, here’s something for longtime Bonner residents and Bonner Springs High School alums: we have been told that the daughter of Mike Hyland, a Bonner native and BSHS graduate, is one of 25 finalists for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I National Freshman of the Year. Sierra Hyland is a freshman at CalPoly.

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