UG bringing election ordinances in line with state law changes

A Unified Government committee on Tuesday night advanced a charter ordinance to bring the timing of Board of Public Utilities elections into line with state law changes.

Last year, state lawmakers changed the spring city elections to the fall. They will be held in August and November of 2017.

The charter ordinance extends the terms of the current BPU members to cover the extra time between their original terms and the new timing of the election. According to a UG attorney, the primary election will be in August, with the general election in November.

The charter ordinance will require a two-thirds vote approval by the UG Commission, and there is a 60-day protest period in the ordinance, according to the UG attorney.

The change was unanimously approved at the Administration and Human Services Committee meeting and moves forward to a UG Commission meeting.

The UG Commission last year passed an ordinance changing the election laws concerning the UG Commission elections.

New church plans first service Sunday in Turner

A new church, The Chapel KC, plans its first service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22.

Pastor Troy Bailey said the church’s first meeting will be in the auditorium at Turner High School, 2211 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kan.

He said the church grew out of a vision that he and his wife had. It is a nondenominational Christian church, he added.

Bailey, from the Independence, Mo., area, attended a Bible college and traveled as an evangelist for five years. He formerly was an associate pastor and creative arts pastor at a church in Florida.

Bailey said the worship service will be high energy, relevant and will try to make the Bible come alive.

He said the church services are open to anyone who would like to come, open to the entire family, and are for all people.

There will be a separate kids’ worship experience as well as the adult worship service on Sunday.

The church has a website at, and also has a Facebook page.

Two KCK students named to honors list at Concordia University

Concordia University, Seward, Neb., has named two Kansas City, Kan., students to the honors list for the fall 2016 semester.

Olivia Johnson and Scott Johnson, both of Kansas City, Kan., were named to the honors list at Concordia University, a private institution founded in 1894 by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.