A 1916 photo from Miss Helen Thomes' scrapbook. The dancer is Frances Atkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Aikins, 4315 Warwick Boulevard.

Pryde’s building in Westport was Miss Thome’s dance studio

This building, very familiar to people today as the site of Pryde’s in Westport, played an important role in history. Miss Helen Thomes used it as her dance studio, teaching “joy of life and appreciation of beauty” to many young Kansas ...
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Guitarist kicks off Westport Center for the Arts’ series

Guitarist John Francis kicks off the 2015-16 season of Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert series with a performance at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road. Francis will be performing ...
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Body of missing man has been found

Stephen Mitchell, missing since March 13 Police have found the body of a Kansas City man reported missing earlier this month. They say the body of 48-year-old Steven Mitchell was located April 12 in the 600 block of Tracy.  The cause of death ...
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Kansas City known for fine dining

Bluestem in Westport. A new survey ranks Kansas City third nationwide among cities for food snobs. Travel+Leisure reports that the survey shows the city “is more than just burnt ends.” Kansas City ranked high for both barbecue and fine dining ...
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St. Patrick’s Day Run through Midtown Saturday morning

As Midtown gears up for St. Patrick’s Day, the annual Westport St. Patrick’s Day Run is scheduled for this Saturday. The race sponsored by the Kansas City Track Club begins Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m., “when bagpipes will sound, glasses ...
The 3900 block of Central is near the corner of Broadway and Westport Road, where the Corner Restaurant now stands. In the 1940s, when this photo was taken, the building appeared to house the headquarters for a Jackson County Sheriff candidate.

Do you know the history of this Heart of Westport neighborhood block?

The 3900 block of Central is near the corner of Broadway and Westport Road, where the Corner Restaurant now stands. In the 1940s, when this photo was taken, the building appeared to house the headquarters for a Jackson County Sheriff candidate. As ...
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Westport Center for the Arts offers folk music performance

American folk music – both old and new– takes center stage at a Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert Series March 20. Folk musician Kelly Werts and guest vocalist Pam Gregory will explore American folk music during their ...
Courtesy Westport Historical Society.

Learn ghost hunting in historic Westport museum

Courtesy Westport Historical Society. The ever-popular chance to look for ghosts in one of Westport’s oldest houses is coming up again. S.P.O.O.KS Investigations (The Supernatural Paranormal Organization of Kansas) presents a look into “History ...
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Violent armed robber charged

Edward K. Thomas. A KCK man has been charged with a series of armed robberies, two of them in the Westport area. Jackson County prosecutors announced three counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action against Edward ...
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Two Westport restaurants rate among city’s best

Two Westport restaurants, Bluestem and Port Fonda, are among the top 10 in the metropolitan area, according to USA Today. Its 10 best travel section recently listed the restaurants based on those with the most appeal and best reputations. Bluestem ...