Archive for May 2014

KCK plans new community center

Mayor Mark Holland discussed the new downtown healthy campus at a meeting May 8. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

There was a town hall meeting tonight at the City Hall in Kansas City, Kan.

The meeting was to get people’s input regarding a new community center built in downtown Kansas City, Kan. This is part of Mayor Mark Holland’s campaign to create a healthy city.

There’s a lot going on in Kansas City, Kan., particularly in the downtown area. There are plans for a new grocery store and community center plus there are also a lot of community gardens that are also underway.

With a new grocery store and community center it will encourage new businesses to locate in the downtown area. Many residents will remember that a number of years ago the downtown was a major shopping area; in fact, Minnesota Avenue was noted as one of the best in the Midwest.

With the healthy cities campaign underway by Mayor Holland and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County this would encourage a resurgence of the downtown area.

“I want to build a city for businesses, want to locate right here in Kansas City, Kan., particularly in the downtown area,” said Mayor Holland. This new campaign to promote the redevelopment of the downtown area could do just that, making Kansas City, Kan., a more livable and healthy community to work and play.

During the last two decades Kansas City, Kan., has experienced a lot of growth and continues to do so. According to recent studies, Kansas City, Kan., is rated as the third greatest growth community in the nation. With this new campaign underway, even more future growth is possible particularly in the downtown area. It is planned that in August of 2014 a major announcement will be made by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

More than 250 people attended this town hall meeting.


Small groups discussed their ideas for a new downtown healthy campus in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)


Seven Blue Devils earn all-district softball honors

KCKCC Blue Devils earning NJCAA All-District softball honors for 2014 included first teamers (front row, from left) outfielders Justice Scales and Mierra Morrisette, third baseman Lacey Santiago and pitcher Leslie Ford: and second teamers (second row) second baseman Amana Holroyd, shortstop Hanna Barnhart and catcher Megan Dike. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins
Seven Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils have earned recognition on the NJCAA All-District softball team for the 2014 season.
The selections are headed by outfielder Mierra Morrisette, who has been nominated for the NJCAA All-American team.
Morrisette is joined on the first team by third baseman Lacey Santiago, outfielder Justice Scales and pitcher Leslie Ford while second team selections include second baseman Amanda Holroyd, shortstop Hanna Barnhart and catcher Megan Dike. All are sophomores with the exception of Scales and Ford and all hit .388 or better except Ford, the ace of the pitching staff of a Blue Devil team that finished 32-15.
A sophomore from Olathe who played high school softball at Notre Dame de Sion, Morrisette led the Blue Devils in hitting (.494) and runs-batted-in (50). Her .494 average was 20th best in the nation. A two-year starter, she also led in hitting as a freshman with a .459 average. Equally impressive, Morrissette played two full seasons without an error in leftfield.
The one-two hitters in the KCKCC lineup, Santiago hit. 464 from the leadoff position while Scales hit .491 at No. 2. A two-time All-Region selection, Santiago finished 46th in the nation in hitting and led in stolen bases with 14 and drove in 23 runs. A freshman from SM South who was 21st nationally in batting, Scales was second in hitting (.491), first in extra base hits (29) and third in RBI (41).
A righthander from Garden City, Ford was the workhorse of the Blue Devil pitching staff with 186 innings, fourth  most in the nation. Completing all of her 30 starts, she finished with a 22-8 record and 1.71 earned run average that was No. 30 nationally. Her seven shutouts included three no-hitters, the most of any pitcher in the Jayhawk Conference. Seventh in the nation in strikeouts with 183, she also hit .276 with 12 RBI.
All three of the second team selections are from the immediate area. A Bishop Ward grad, Hanna Barnhart hit .400 with 26 RBI. Amanda Holyrod; a graduate of Tonganoxie, batted .391 and was second in RBI with 45; and Lansing native Megan Dike hit .388 with 21 RBI.


Donnelly College holds hall of fame induction

Donnelly College will hold its Alumni Hall of Fame from 5 to 7 p.m. May 8 at the Community Event Center on the Donnelly campus, 608 N. 18th St.

Graduates to be honored include Steve Nicely, class of 1959; Sister Diana Seago, class of 1969; Dan Braum, class of 1971; Steve Modricin, class of 1974; and Anita Dixon, class of 1984.