Archive for March 2017

New Civitan Club remembers KCK officers

A new Civitan Club in Kansas City, Kansas, was named in honor of slain Detective Brad Lancaster and Capt. Robert Melton of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.

The new club honors the slain officers and will work on service projects and other activities to make the community a better place, according to a spokesman.

The Lancaster-Melton Peace Keepers Civitan Club is sponsored by the Lawrence Action Civitan Club. A spokesman said the club’s main objective is to keep the two officers’ memory alive by working together on projects that improve the community, to increase the knowledge and support of law enforcement officers in the community, as well as supporting positive efforts to make the community a better place to live, work, and play.

“We are looking for community members to come out to our next meeting to discover more about Civitan,” said Frank Kelley, Heartland District Civitan International governor and lead club builder. “We want the community to come out in support of the two slain officers as well as those who continue to serve the community.”

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs and they will hold their Centennial Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, during June 24-27, 2017. Civitan Club membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character.

The club’s next organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 29 at The Dotte Spot, 8123 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting should be over at about 7:30 p.m.

Any community members interested may attend the meeting.

Weather foils outstanding starts for No. 9 KCKCC golf team

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Weather continued to wreak havoc with Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 9 ranked golf team this spring.

Snow canceled the second round of the Ottawa Spring Invitational with the Blue Devils just a stroke out of first place and rain and cold forced KCKCC to withdraw from Saturday’s Graceland Invitational after taking the lead in Friday’s opening round.

“We played well but it was cold and rained all day Friday and with us scheduled to play a practice round Sunday and 36 holes Monday in the Jayhawk Conference opener at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, it just made good sense to withdraw, come home, dry out and get ready for the conference,” KCKCC coach Gary Shrader said.

Rain forced a delay in the start of the final round Saturday in the Graceland Invitational at Mozingo Lakes in Maryville, Mo.

“For teams from Iowa that drove four or five hours, they wanted to get in some rounds but with the conference Sunday and Monday, we didn’t need more rounds in such inclement weather,” Shrader said.

With an 8-over par 296, the Blue Devils held a three-shot lead over Mount Mercy at the halfway mark of the 11-team tournament made up of KCKCC and 10 four-year colleges. Culver-Stockton was third at 299 followed by Graceland, 309; Lindenwood, 311; Simpson, 313; Iowa Lakes, 318; Waldorf, 328; Graceland B, 350; and Central Missouri, 355.

Bonner Springs sophomore Marc McClain led the Blue Devils with an even par 72 that tied him fourth in medalist standings with Micah Morris of Coyle, Okla., a stroke back in sixth at 73. Sophomore Jeremy Dunham of Derby was tied for 10th at 75 with freshman Nick Wagner of Wichita Maize South tied for 16th at 76.

In addition, sophomore Matt Thayne of Hesston tied for 34th with an 81 while sophomore Evan Shartzer of Blue Valley North and freshman Bobby Armstrong of Bishop Carroll were another stroke back at 82 in a tie for 36th.

The Blue Devils trailed Bethany College by just one stroke 310-311 in the Ottawa Spring Invitational at Eagle Bend March 13. Ottawa was third at 316 in the nine-team tournament when snow forced cancellation of the second round.

Dunham led well-balanced KCKCC scoring with a 76 followed by Armstrong with a 77, Wagner and Morris, both 78; and Shartzer, 81.

Saturday events

Quilting program offered
Learn to quilt at a program from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the West Wyandotte Library, conference room C, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kansas. The program covers the basics of quilting, along with new skills. It is for age 11 and older. Registration is required in advance to 913-295-8250.

Women’s chamber to meet March 25
The Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25, in the community room of the Country Club Bank at Hutton Road and Parallel Parkway. The group will discuss ideas for the future of the women’s chamber. For more information, email

Mammograms available at South Library

The South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will be the host for Mobile Mammography and Manicures from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25. To schedule a mammogram, call 913-334-9989. Participants should bring their health insurance cards. If they don’t health insurance, participants must call 913-573-6763 to be approved. Free manicures and hand massages will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Comedian appears Saturday night at Stanford and Son’s
Brad Ellis with David Kious are appearing on Saturday, March 25, at Stanford and Son’s Comedy Club at The Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan. Shows are at 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The event is open to those 18 and older. Ellis, a Lawrence, Kansas, native, brings a unique perspective to comedy with his background as a U.S. Marine and a former law enforcement officer. He has appeared on “Trial by Laughter,” on college campuses and the 2011 New Year’s Eve Bash.