The quest to bring a World Cup to Kansas City secured the alignment of prominent local sports and government figures.,Kansas City is one of 17 finalist cities in the United States to host 2026 World Cup matches.,The 11-person executive bid committee is Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt; Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig; Doug Bach, Unified Government and Kansas City, Kanas county administrator; Lynn Berling-Manuel, United Soccer Coaches CEO; Jason Fulvi, VisitKC president and CEO; Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director; Matt Kenny, Chiefs vice president of stadium services and events; Donna Maize, Kansas City, Missouri assistant city manager; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation president and CEO; Joe Reardon, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Jake Reid, Sporting KC president and CEO.,Ficklin spent 11 years as vice president of development for Sporting Kansas City, placed in charge of the construction of Children’s Mercy Park and Pinnacle, the club’s new training facility that opened last year.,“The Kansas City metropolitan area has built over $400 million in soccer facilities over the past decade, but more importantly, we have really been the thought leaders in innovative ways to grow the game of soccer,” Ficklin said in a news release.

This Sunday, County of Orange officials plan to pull the plug on a five-year field agreement they struck with the youth football and cheer team back in 2017.,Back then, a frustrated County Supervisor Shawn Nelson engaged youth league leader, Fred Jung, to help revamp a local sports field that had been largely abandoned by the county parks department, just off Rosecrans Avenue, near Clark Regional Park.,Supervisor Doug Chaffee, a Democrat who now represents the Fourth District and is a former Fullerton Mayor, told me he has asked OC Parks to keep the City of Fullerton in charge of administering the fields on a “fair” basis to “all” teams.,Without any action from the county on the lease, the challenge now turns to Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer to consider the special circumstances behind the development of those sports fields and figure out a use agreement that can keep the Bears doing what they are doing for so many working class kids.,Indeed, County supervisors and their city colleagues should work diligently to ensure that any kid living in one of their districts could attend an inexpensive youth sports activity every day.

Jim DeFrancia, a principal at Lowe and a local representative for the firm, said the claims are untrue.,Representatives from Unite Here Local 11 didn't answer numerous questions from The Aspen Times about their campaign against the ballot question, including how they were alerted to the local election.,Roxana Aslan, a research analyst for Local 11 and the designated representative listed with the city, did not answer questions about the union's social media campaign.,In an email response to the questions posed by The Aspen Times, Aslan restated the union's claims about Lowe Enterprises.,The Aspen City Council approved a public-private partnership with the developers of Lift One Lodge, a timeshare project that also is part of the ballot question.

GOSHEN — The pilot of a plane who died in a crash near Goshen Thursday was an auto dealership owner in Middlebury, a community booster and an aviator with a history of volunteering his aircraft to fly sick children to hospitals.,Neal Myers, 55, was killed when his plane struck a high-tension power line and went down in a field about 500 yards west of C.R. 33, between C.R. 42 and C.R. 40, east of Goshen Municipal Airport around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, Elkhart County Sheriff Jeff Siegel said.,MYERS REMEMBERED Middlebury Town Manager Mary Cripe called Friday “a sad day here in Middlebury,” as she and others grieved the loss of Myers.,Joe Caffee, president and CEO of First State Bank in Middlebury, believed Myers easily ranked as a pillar of the town.,Myers was also an avid pilot who volunteered his time and skills to transport children with illnesses to hospitals, Caffee pointed out.

The resulting Kickapoo Park Community Garden, which opened in late April, 2018, is the collaborative effort of Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County and the Community Garden Sub-Committee of the Blue Zones Project/Pottawatomie County.,Partners in Caring

As part of Avedis Foundation’s Pottawatomie County Education Initiative, Avedis continues to serve as a stakeholder to promote the services and activities provided by Partners In Caring (PIC), a multi-partnered, coordinated school health team that provides critical, combined support to rural schools to ensure that children are healthy, safe, engaged, and ready to learn.,Blue Zones Project read more

Earl Warren, of Fort Dodge, was shopping at the Key on Central Friday afternoon when he heard loud banging noises from across the street.,When he looked outside, he was among the first to notice a section of the building at 1031 Central Ave. leaning out.,The tilting section of the wall fell in three large chunks shortly before 2:40 p.m., raining bricks, dust, mortar and bits of wood down onto the sidewalk and into 11th Street.,Fierke said Friday afternoon that the building owner is responsible for removing any part of the building that is in imminent danger of of falling down.,As he surveyed the fallen bricks Friday afternoon, he remained grateful it wasn’t worse.

Big changes could transform the town’s critical South Churton Street corridor over the next decade, giving people more ways to get around, visit and live in Hillsborough — instead of sitting in traffic.,The town has been working with the N.C. Department of Transportation for years on a plan for improving Churton Street, which connects the town’s commercial strip and its historic downtown.,The plan would expand South Churton Street to four lanes with center turn lanes, and add bike lanes and sidewalks from Interstate 40 to Orange Grove Road.,Amtrak station

Also this month, the Hillsborough Town Board could begin the process of designing and building an $8.1 million Amtrak station at South Churton and Orange Grove streets.,The goal, Hauth said, is to get people on U.S. 70A to use the new route and reduce the number of cars waiting to turn downtown at the Churton Street stoplight. read more

The facility was designed and built by Team Pain Skate Parks, a Winter Springs company founded by skateboarding guru Tim Payne, whose resume includes more than 200 custom skate parks — including those in Lake Mary, Oviedo, Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna Beach — and designing ramps for ESPN’s X-Games.,Several Central Florida cities in recent years have built skate parks to meet a recreational demand from young people who aren’t interested in traditional sports such as baseball, football and soccer.,In 2003, daredevil skateboarders and BMX riders took part in the Central Florida Extreme Festival to mark the opening of the 26,000-square-foot Orlando Skate Park at Festival Way and Livingston Street.,Some Central Florida facilities have gone by the wayside, including Vans Skatepark Orlando, a 61,000-square-foot indoor facility on International Drive that closed in 2012, and the Badlands Skate Park in Altamonte Springs, built by Team Pain, which shuttered in 1999.,In Eustis, skateboarding has surged thanks to the new skate park, which was the culmination of a presentation made by a group of young people two years ago to city commissioners about the need for such a facility in the Lake County city of 21,000.