Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Johnson County Gateway Phase 2 Project celebrates dual milestones

Kansas Department of Transportation

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King, along with officials from Lenexa and Olathe, celebrated the completion of two key milestones today in the mega Johnson County Gateway project.

With the new K-10 and Ridgeview Road interchange in Olathe serving as the backdrop, Secretary King, Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm, Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland, Gateway Interchange Constructors’  Bill Clarkson and KDOT Project Director Burt Morey cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the K-10 and Ridgeview Road diverging diamond interchange and College Boulevard improvements.

“We know this massive project comes with many traffic delays and we understand what this means to commuters,” said Secretary King. “We know with each project step completed, drivers will experience the improved benefits that each phase brings to their daily travels.” 

Breakfast Event Sets Goal to "Engage Organizations in Actively Implementing Healthy Lifestyles in Wyandotte County"

News Release:
Wyandotte County’s Healthy Communities Wyandotte Education Action Team will host an event to work to improve the health of Wyandotte County residents this Thursday, July 30th, 7:30am at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Tech Center (6565 State Ave, Kansas City, KS). The breakfast is sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation, Wyandotte Health Foundation, YMCA, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Providence Medical Center.

Wyandotte County has been cited by the Kansas Health Institute as having some of the worst health outcomes in the state of Kansas. Healthy Communities Wyandotte and Children’s Mercy Hospitals partnered to implement the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative (HLI) in Wyandotte County in order to address fundamental issues that impact children’s health. The Initiative promotes five behaviors that families can use to improve their health. These behaviors are (1) hour or more of physical activity, (2) hours maximum of screen time, (3) servings of low or nonfat milk or yogurt, (4) servings of water not sugary drinks, and (5) servings or more of fruits and vegetables, or 12345 Fit-Tastic!. This message was created to provide families who are regularly bombarded with health messages with one phrase they can easily remember on how to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

It is hoped that those attending the event will join dozens of other Wyandotte County organizations in incorporating this message into their own organization to promote healthy living.

“There are many organizations across Wyandotte County working to improve our community’s health" said Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland. "We are gathering to celebrate current efforts while asking our partners to align in integrating this easy-to-remember message into how they talk about health with the families they serve."

The breakfast event seeks to bring together elected officials, education, business and community leaders and give them a chance to create an action plan not only to implement the 12345 Fit-Tastic! message into their organizations, but implement policy and environmental changes in the community to increase residents’ opportunities to act on these healthy behaviors.

“Our goal is to create a collective impact" said Dr. Ray Daniels, Education Action team Chair and retired superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas School District. "We want as many different organizations in Wyandotte County as possible to join together to spread the same health messages and each do their part to improve how their organizations support families in attaining these goals.”

Healthy Communities Wyandotte is committed to encouraging and supporting these organizations on their journey to a healthy future.

Valerie Stambersky, KCKCC's winningest women’s basketball coach to teach, coach in Warrensburg School District


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Valerie Stambersky, the winningest women’s basketball coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College, is stepping down after giving the Lady Blue Devil basketball program two of its best years in history.

One of only two teams to defeat NJCAA Division II national champion Johnson County and the only team to defeat the Lady Cavaliers on their home floor, the Blue Devils were 28-4 the past season after finishing 24-8 in 2013-2014. The 28 wins matched the KCKCC record for second most wins in a season.

“My family comes first,” said Stambersky, who commuted from Warrensburg, Mo., the past season after her husband, Damian, joined the Central Missouri State University baseball coaching staff as an assistant last summer.

The couple has two children, a son Taylor, 8; and a daughter Tyler, 5. In addition to her coaching duties, Stambersky served the last two years as Assistant Athletic Director where her responsibilities included overseeing the Communications and Web Design for the Athletic Department website.

Stambersky said her decision to resign was anything but easy.

“I got this job right out of college so this has been my home. I’ve truly enjoyed my years at KCKCC and telling my players I was leaving was the most difficult part. But in the long run it’s the best thing for my family. And I won’t miss later drives home in the snow that turns an hour, 15 minute trip into three hours.”

Stambersky won’t get out of the coaching profession. She has accepted a teaching and an assistant coaching position in the Warrensburg School District starting this fall.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Turner High School class of 1985 to hold 30th reunion

Submitted News

Its reunion time for the class of 1985 at Turner High School, in Kansas City, Kan., – in fact it’s the class’s 30th Anniversary Reunion and it is being planned for Saturday evening October 10, 2015, hosted by Kimberly Enlow and Jodi Orser Patterson; over 100 graduates and family members are expected to attend.

The reunion will be held at the Ameristar Casino and Hotel, 3200 North Ameristar Drive in Kansas City, Missouri, in the Rendezvous Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. – cocktails (cash bar) at 6:30 with dinner buffet at 7:30. 

Dinner will be a unique Fajita buffet including beef, chicken, all the trimmings and dessert; surprise entertainment will begin at 8:30.  Following the reunion events guests can enjoy the casino activities and gambling - the casino is open 24/7.

Date:  October 10, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Pre-Reunion registration -- $50.00 per person / $90.00 per couple – at the door $60
Your check or money order is your reservation – make checks payable to and send to Dianna Stratton, Reunion Treasurer, 5819 Inland Dr, Kansas City, KS 66106
For additional information contact Dianna at
Reservation deadline is September 18, 2015

  • Room rate $149.00 plus tax – call reservations at the Ameristar or go on line – mention you are with the Turner Reunion group and give the group code TURJ15A
  • Hotel telephone number is 816-414-7000, toll free 800-499-4961, or book on line
    Check in 4 p.m. – check out 11 a.m.
  • Hotel reservation deadline is September 10th

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback calls for inspections of abortion facilities in Kansas

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today called on the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to investigate, as part of its inspection of office-based surgical practices, whether any Kansas facility is engaged in the inhumane practice of selling tissue and organs from unborn children who are aborted. 
He also called upon the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to cooperate in any investigation.

The Governor issued the following statement:

“Kansas remains committed to a culture that respects the dignity of life at all stages. Recent videos show Planned Parenthood employees treating the unborn as commodities as they discuss the sale of tissue and organs. This does not reflect the culture of life most Kansans want.

“We now call upon the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to address the issue of sale of tissue and organs from the unborn in its inspections of Kansas medical offices.

“Human life has dignity at all stages of life. Senate Bill 95, banning dismemberment abortion in Kansas, prevents the barbaric procedure of dismembering an unborn child.

“We must remind ourselves and others that unborn children are just that – children – with certain inalienable rights that we must respect and protect.”

Indictment: 8 defendants accused of trafficking $1.7 million in cocaine

U.S. Department of Justice

TOPEKA, KAN. - Eight defendants, including six from Topeka, were indicted Tuesday on federal charges of trafficking $1.7 million worth of powder cocaine in the Topeka area, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Charged are:
  • Booker Zachery Johnson, III, 38, Topeka, Kan.
  • Quinton “Ron” Warner, 39, Houston, Texas.
  • Huey James Love, 57, Grandview, Mo.
  • Shanae Ransom, 30, Topeka, Kan.
  • Christopher McMillon, 32, Topeka, Kan.
  • Frederick Brooks, 35, Topeka, Kan.
  • Brannon Smith, 37, Topeka, Kan.
  • Trena L. Talbert, 48, Topeka, Kan.
All the defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

The conspiracy is alleged to have existed from October 2014 to July 9, 2015, in Topeka and elsewhere. In addition, Johnson and Warner each are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of more than $73,000 in cash seized on July 9, 2015, and asks the court for a money judgment of $1.7 million against the defendants, which represents the proceeds of the crime.

If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the conspiracy charge.

The possession charges carry a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million.

The Topeka Police Department, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrence Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag are prosecuting.

The are innocent until proven guilty. 

Schmidt: More than 9,800 concealed carry applications in 2015 fiscal year

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The attorney general’s office received more than 9,800 applications for concealed carry licenses in the recently ended 2015 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, the Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 9,805 applications. This was the fourth-highest year on record. Since the licensing program first began in 2006, the office has received more than 100,000 applications.

Schmidt said that while the Legislature passed a law earlier this year allowing eligible Kansans to carry concealed without a license, he expects the licensing program to remain popular.

“There are still a number of benefits for Kansans who obtain concealed carry licenses,” Schmidt said. “Most notably, Kansas licenses are recognized by 36 other states, most of which still require a permit in order to carry concealed.”

Schmidt also encouraged all Kansans who intend to carry firearms to pursue training opportunities. He also reminded all Kansans who choose to carry firearms to comply with properly posted signage.

Currently, more than 90,000 Kansans have active concealed carry permits. More information on the concealed carry licensing program is available on the attorney general’s website at