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Couple shows love of Mahomes with tattoos

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then showing a tattoo of Patrick Mahomes II that takes up the better part of your back to the MVP is guaranteed to make him blush, right?

Mahomes had a record-breaking season last year, and for engaged couple Emilio Sandoval and Chelsea Taylor, that was reason enough to get tattoos of their favorite quarterback.

“He’s honestly who Kansas City’s been waiting for,” Sandoval said. “He’s who Kansas City’s deserved and needed for a long time.”

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Chelsea Taylor has a tattoo of Patrick Mahomes II on the calf area on her right leg.

Taylor features a tattoo of the QB on her calf with a crowd behind him — seemingly Chiefs fans and flashes from cameras. The work took four hours to complete and received first place at a tattoo convention.

Sandoval’s back tattoo is still a work in progress, with him only being under the needle for six hours so far. He estimates there will be another 30 hours before it’s done, and he hopes that happens before the team’s home opener.

The inspiration for the tattoo may be as unique as the tattoo itself.

“This year Jeremy and me were going back and forth for a couple months on how we’re going to beat the ‘Champ Stamp,’” Sandoval said.

The “Champ Stamp” is a lower-back tattoo a male audience member showed Mahomes during a “Jimmy Kimmell Live” appearance. After the show, Mahomes signed the man’s back.

“And that one was out of L.A.,” Sandolval said. “This is K.C. You know, this is homegrown hometown, so we definitely want to get it signed.”

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11th 'Stuff the Bus' draws more than 300 volunteers

The United Way hosted its 11th Stuff the Bus fundraiser at the St. Joseph Walmarts on the North and South Belt highways.

The fundraiser collects school supplies for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have them.

The event was from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and will continue today at the same time at both Walmart locations.

United Way partners with Mosaic, Walmart and local businesses to bring in thousands of supplies.

Once the supplies are collected, they are taken to the Salvation Army for a backpack giveaway. Volunteers pack the supplies in backpacks for the event on Aug. 8. Kids from first grade through high school can participate in the giveaway.

United Way Program Director Jay Martin said over 300 volunteers help with the entire process.

“A lot of the area businesses chip in and send out workers to help,” Martin said. “I think every high school this year is going to send out a team to help as well.”

United Way also is accepting monetary donations and gift cards for extra supplies.

“The whole community is really getting involved with this, and it’s a great feeling to be collecting these supplies for the kiddos,” Martin said.

Martin said they’re expecting to have the Central football team and Benton cross-country team in attendance to help as well.

“We have a very diverse group of people, young and old, to help collect these supplies,” Martin said.

Anyone looking to donate supplies after the fundraiser can go to the United Way or Salvation Army located in St. Joseph.

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Missouri government task force wants officers in all schools

A government task force out of Jefferson City is calling for school districts to put a police officer in each school, if they can afford it.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Joseph Police Department both employ school resource officers, depending on the jurisdiction.

Sheriff’s deputy Brandon Cabrera said the job of an in-school officer is often misunderstood.

“As far as SRO’s, we don’t deal with discipline,” Cabrera said. “The school districts have their own rules and policies that they administer if they see fit.”

Cabrera added that his main job is to provide peace of mind for kids and their parents.

“Our main concern is preservation of life and safety,” he said. “But we also uphold the law as law enforcement officers.”

“We show up before the kids arrive, and we leave after the kids leave,” Cabrera said. “We also conduct security checks around the building.”

Rather than issuing citations or arrests, Cabrera said he tries to forge relationships with the students and mentor them through tough times.

“What’s nice is we get to take a little more time and walk through with them,” he said. “Whether it would be a criminal (matter) or a mentorship, we have that time and walk beside these children.”

When school is out, Cabrera said he works in the road patrol division of the department.

The task force, spearheaded by Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, was assigned to find safety solutions in schools.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Missouri state government has $300,000 to spend in that arena. The report did not mention arming teachers as an option.

Cabrera said school resource officers are a good option, because they have some medical training and access to other first responders.

Cabrera said school resource officers in Missouri are required to complete at least 40 hours of specific resource officer training. He also said he attends continuing education classes and events throughout the year.

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Online payments new to SJSD

The St. Joseph School District will be instituting a new online payment platform for the upcoming school year.

School Cash is a website that was used by the SJSD about five years ago without the online payment component, meant to help more effectively manage various funds. Now, with that function having been purchased and instituted midway through last month, students and parents can pay for field trips, athletic fees, yearbooks and even spirit wear online.

“So any kind of fee that is charged to students, they now have the option to do it online,” Gabe Edgar, the SJSD assistant superintendent of business and operations, said. “Before, they would just write a check or pay cash, so that online option is definitely a benefit to the parents and students as well.”

An increase from around $23,500 a year to $30,000 allows for this online-payment feature, though lunch and nutrition-related payments still are done through My Payment Plus, which charges a 4.75 percent fee — approximately $1.20 for every $25.

However, Edgar said the district is in the process of having those services transferred over to School Cash Online in the future.

“For the school lunch, there is a fee to pay online, but what we have done is we’ve built in that fee for School Cash,” Edgar said. “The school district is paying that, so there is no fee to pay online for School Cash; it’s just a flat rate.”

He hopes that the removal of such a fee will make the processes more convenient and efficient not only for parents, but for teachers as well, considering they won’t need to take time out of their day to collect checks and cash for certain school-related activities and events.

And while Edgar said the process makes it easier for all involved, it is optional. Parents still can send money or checks with their children should that be more convenient for them.

According to the website, each school creates its own items for purchase and assigns them to its students, allowing them to add those items to a cart.

Edgar also said secretaries throughout the district have been trained in the system through the back-to-school workshops.

Students and parents can go to to access their accounts for the upcoming school year, which begins on Thursday, Aug. 15.