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Accident on I-35 injures one

A rear-end accident on the northbound I-35 ramp to I-635 caused an injury at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 19, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

A GMC Yukon and a Ford Econoline van were northbound on I-35 at the exit to I-635 when traffic came to a stop. While the van was able to stop in time, the Yukon was unable to stop and struck the rear of the van, according to the trooper’s report.

A 46-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man riding in the van was injured and taken to a hospital, the trooper’s report stated. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

The driver of the van, a 22-year-old man from Kansas City, Kansas, was not injured, and the six other passengers of the van were not injured, according to the report.

The driver of the Yukon, a 27-year-old woman from Kansas City, Mo., was not injured, the report stated.

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Dracula comedy opens tonight at Alcott

Dracula is a laughing matter at the Alcott Arts Center’s production opening tonight.

“Dracula, the Final Countdown,” by Geoff Bamber, is a comedy that will provide lots of laughs, according to Chris Green, Alcott executive director.

The plot is a retelling of Bram Stoker’s horror story of Dracula, with melodramatic twists giving a different turn to the old story, she said.

Changes to the original “Dracula” are that a young man will play one of the brides; Van Helsing is played by a woman; and Dracula is very much like a rock star, Green said.

The production is directed by Glendora Davis, who is from the Johnson County area and has worked with theater productions in the past.

Several sets of actors in families are working together, Green said, including a mom and son, two boys and a grandma, a father and a son, and a boyfriend and girlfriend.

Playing the title role of Dracula is Stephen Tafoya.

Also appearing in the production are Kate Williams, Kathy Murphy, Mark Millham, Gabriel Millham, Jeremy Walter, Joselyn Carolus, Kristi Hibschman, Zack Edwards, Alice Pollack, Brent Custer, Katya Mason, Dan Daly, Shelby Bessette, Dakota Campbell, and Tyler Howard.

Kamren Howard is in charge of props while the stage manager is Rebecca Parker DeSchepper.

“Dracula” will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28; and at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for students. Funds raised will go toward paying the bills at the Alcott Center.

Green said the show is not scary and kids may attend.

The art galleries at the Alcott Center also will be open, and they will include works by Darryl Woods, Maggie Killian, Ruthie Becker, Legion Fetters, Ivy Fetters and some art from the Alcott collection, she said.

The Alcott Arts Center is at 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The building is not ADA accessible. For more information, see https://www.alcottartscenter.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/alcott.arts.center/.

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Race car driver makes special delivery to KCKCC auto tech students

Race car driver Jamie McMurray became an Uber McDelivery driver this morning, delivering breakfast to students at the Kansas City Kansas Community College auto tech program and other KCKCC students. (Staff photo)

Race car driver Jamie McMurray became a McDonald’s Uber car delivery driver this morning, dropping off 100 breakfasts to students at the Kansas City Kansas Community College auto technology center at 67th and State Avenue.

McMurray took the breakfasts out of the delivery car and personally handed them to the students today.

“Just be thankful I’m not the delivery guy,” McMurray quipped as he stepped out of the car. He joked that he drove around the college campus at 72nd and State Avenue for a while before finding the auto tech location at 67th and State Avenue.

Students asked McMurray a few questions and posed with him for photos. He signed autographs for students, who were positive about the experience.

“I think it’s good. We don’t usually have this much action out here, we just usually work on cars,” said Anthony Quijas, an auto tech student at the KCKCC auto program.

“I think it’s pretty cool, he has a top-of-the-line engine,” said Daniel Morris of Tonganoxie, a senior at Basehor and a student at the auto tech program. Morris said his future plans are not to work on race cars, but to join the Marines.

Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez, KCKCC student president, said the event today showed a good connection with the community and the college, and brought attention to the college and its auto technology program.

“This is great, he’s out here passing out food to students early in the morning. That’s great publicity for the school, and they’re all out here getting turnt,” Bradley-Lopez said.

Students waited outdoors for McMurray to arrive, and while waiting, they sang “Happy Birthday” to Martha Yanez, a KCKCC admissions assistant. She said the event was good attention for the college.

McMurray signed an autograph for Holly Hampton, whose grandfather and mother work for KCKCC.

McMurray’s race car sponsors include McDonalds, which is promoting its McDelivery service with the UberEATS App.

McMurray will be racing in car No. 1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Hollywood Casino 400 Playoff race at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Racing starts tonight at Kansas Speedway with the ARCA Racing Series, Kansas 150, at 7:30 p.m. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Kansas Lottery 300, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Fans are asked to arrive early to go through screening.

KCKCC students asked Jamie McMurray, a race car driver, questions this morning when he dropped off breakfasts to them. One of McMurray’s sponsors is McDonalds. (Staff photo)

Jamie McMurray, right, arrived this morning with a breakfast delivery for students at the KCKCC auto tech program. (Staff photo)

Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez, KCKCC student president, said the event brought attention to the college and its auto technology program. (Staff photo)

Jamie McMurray, a race car driver, signed an autograph this morning for Holly Hampton. (Staff photo)

Jamie McMurray personally delivered breakfasts to students today at the KCKCC auto tech program. (Staff photo)

Jamie McMurray personally delivered breakfasts to students today at the KCKCC auto tech program. (Staff photo)

Jamie McMurray personally delivered breakfasts to students today at the KCKCC auto tech program. (Staff photo)

Jamie McMurray personally delivered breakfasts to students today at the KCKCC auto tech program. (Staff photo)

KCKCC students presented Jamie McMurray with a pennant and small gifts with the college’s logo on it today. (Staff photo)

The KCKCC Blue Devil mascot was present to meet Jamie McMurray today. (Staff photo)

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