Former KCKCC instructor honored in scholarship fundraiser

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Plans for the ninth annual Philip Miller Memorial Scholarship Reading on Oct. 13 are underway.

The reading honors Phil Miller, a former Kansas City Kansas Community College faculty member known for his love of poetry and for promoting literary writing through readings.

Phil Miller taught English composition and literature at KCKCC as well as creative writing and learning center courses from 1976 until he retired in 2002.

He also co-created the Riverfront Reading Series in the mid-1980s, which still continues.

The reading series highlights poetry and fiction readings and are held on the second Friday of each month.

For more information about the series, visit www.riverfrontreadings.com.

This year’s memorial scholarship reading is at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Writer’s Place at the Nonprofit Village, 31 W. 31st St. in Kansas City, Missouri.

The reading will be an open mic with the theme of “Haunted Words.”

Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on a ghost or ghostly encounter.

Donations collected will go toward the Philip Miller Scholarship fund at KCKCC. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to at least one KCKCC student each year.

 Those who are interested in participating in the Philip Miller Memorial Scholarship Reading may send an email to Randy Ratliff at randy@riverfront.com. Readers can also register the day of the event if slots are available.

If unable to attend the scholarship reading event, donations to the Philip Miller Scholarship Fund can be mailed to Kansas City Kansas Community College Foundation, Attn: Deborah Cowick, 7250 State Ave., Room 3500, Kansas City, Kan. 66112. Checks should be made payable to the KCKCC Foundation. Please write “Philip Miller Scholarship” in the Notes section. Contact Cowick at 913-288-7369 to donate by credit card.

Identity of two other vehicles sought in theft of food trucks

Police released this photo of a vehicle they are seeking to identify.
Police released this photo of a vehicle they are seeking to identify.
Police released this photo previously of a truck they are seeking to identify.

Police announced that two more vehicles are being sought for information in connection with the theft of two food trucks and a large trailered smoker that was stolen Sept. 29 from 100 S. James St. in Kansas City, Kansas.

Police are looking for the two additional vehicles, a Chevy Spark and the other, possibly a Chevy Malibu, for information in connection with the theft.

The vehicles were near the scene around the time of the theft, in the early morning hours of Sept. 29.

Police are also looking to identify individuals whose photos were captured by surveillance cameras, and a white Ford flatbed utility truck with an overhead light on top of the cab and “STE” mud flaps.

Anyone with information may call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

To see other photos of persons and vehicles the police are seeking to identify, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/police-request-publics-assistance-in-search-for-suspects-in-food-trucks-theft/.

Weather could be windy today, with chance of rain tonight

Storms are predicted to move through the region Tuesday afternoon and evening. Wyandotte County may get some rain and wind from the storm.
Winds, rain and other threats are possible with storms on Tuesday. (National Weather Service graphic)
Strong to severe storms also are possible Wednesday. (National Weather Service graphic)
From 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is possible Tuesday through Thursday. (National Weather Service graphic)
A flash flood watch will be in effect to the north and west of Wyandotte County on Tuesday through Wednesday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Wyandotte County may receive wind gusts, with a 60 percent chance of rain tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

An area to the north of Wyandotte County could experience strong and severe storms Tuesday afternoon and evening, but Wyandotte County is only at marginal risk for the storms, according to the weather service.

On Wednesday afternoon and evening, there is a 70 percent chance of showers in Wyandotte County, the weather service stated.

The Missouri River at Parkville is currently at minor flood stage, and is forecast to go into moderate flood stage later this week, according to hydrology charts.

This gauge is located on I-435 over the Missouri River between Wyandotte County and Platte County.

The Missouri River at Parkville, where the gauge is on I-435 over the Missouri River between Wyandotte County and Platte County, is in minor flood stage and could go into moderate flood stage on Thursday or Friday. (National Weather Service – USGS graphic)

Today, it will be partly sunny with a high near 86 and a south southwest wind of 13 to 15 mph, gusting as high as 22 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, there is a 60 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 67 with a south wind of 9 to 13 mph becoming west after midnight. Between a tenth and quarter-inch of rain is possible.

Wednesday, there is a 70 percent chance of showers, with a high near 73, the weather service said, and a west northwest wind of 7 mph. Between a half and three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Wednesday night, there is a 70 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 54 with a west southwest wind of 5 to 7 mph, becoming north northwest after midnight. Between a quarter and half-inch of rain is possible.

Thursday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 66 and a north wind of 6 to 8 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 50, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 64, the weather service said.

Friday night, there is a 50 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m., with a low of 55, according to the weather service.

Saturday, there is a 60 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1 p.m., the weather service said. The rain could be heavy at times. The high will be near 73.

Saturday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 51, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 68, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be mostly sunny, with a low around 49, according to the weather service.

Monday, it will be sunny, with a high near 66, the weather service said.

For more information on changing weather conditions, visit www.weather.gov for updates.

The Kansas River at 23rd Street is below flood stage, and could go into action stage on Thursday and Friday. (National Weather Service – USGS graphic)