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KCKCC sponsors ‘30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge’

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Wellness and Fitness Center is starting the New Year by helping the campus community develop a healthier lifestyle.

The 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge starts Jan. 29.

Its purpose is to encourage students, staff, faculty and community members to complete at least one mile of cardiovascular activity every day for a month, according to a spokesman. That includes walking, jogging, riding a bike or one mile on an elliptical machine.

“It takes 21 to 30 days to break old habits and create new habits,” said Pam Hall, wellness specialist at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “We want to make it personally challenging, have individuals make a real change and re-pattern their fitness routine.”

Upon registering, individuals will receive a Tracking Card, which is what they will turn in at the end of the 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge to show the activity logged. Participants mark the box for each day they complete a mile.

When the challenge ends March 3, individuals will submit their completed cards for a chance at winning a prize. The Tracking Card does not include any Sundays.

The 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge is also for those that may already be exercising.

“Make this a personal challenge for yourself,” Hall said. “Say you already do two miles of exercise a day. For one mile, make yourself go faster than you normally would.”

For more information or to register for the challenge, contact Pam Hall at or at 913-288-7368. Individuals can also register by calling the Wellness and Fitness Center at 913-288-7610 or visiting the front desk.


Free tax preparation offered at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is working with NextStep KC and the United Way of Greater Kansas City to provide free federal and state income tax preparation for qualified individuals.

The service, which starts Feb. 3, is available to taxpayers with incomes of less than $60,000. Tax assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lines form in advance, so participants are asked to arrive early, as spots will likely be full as soon as the assistance time opens. Residents are asked not to email or call the location. Walk-in clients only are accepted.

Those who qualify may go to Room 3632 in the Flint Building on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. at the following times:

• 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays (with the exception of March 14)
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays (with the exception of March 17)
• 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays (during February and on March 3 only)

The preparation is a joint venture between students in KCKCC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and NextStep KC., a community-based nonprofit that works to provide affordable financial services to low and moderate income families.

Taxpayers need to bring:

• Photo identification for themselves and their spouse
• Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers for everyone in the home, including dependents
• Last year’s income tax return
• All income documentation such as W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, etc.
• Daycare federal ID number
• College tuition documentation
• Student loan interest documentation
• Mortgage interest
• Property taxes
• Charitable contributions
• Health Insurance Documentations
• If elderly or disabled, please bring paid property tax or rent documentation as well
• Bank account and routing number for direct deposit. Refunds are available faster if clients use direct deposit.

The free tax preparation service is only available for federal returns as well as Kansas and Missouri state returns. It is not available for Schedule E (rental or royalty income), Schedule F (farm income) or estate and trust returns. Only 2017 returns will be prepared in February. Any returns 2014 through 2016 will be prepared in March and April.

For more information, call 913-288-7555. Information on additional tax preparation sites is available by calling the United Way’s 2-1-1 line.


Last-second desperation shot foils KCKCC comeback, 78-77

Washburn defenders were helpless to defend as 6-9 KCKCC freshman Tyson Beringer slammed home a dunk shot in the Blue Devils’ heartbreaking 78-77 loss to the Ichabods Tuesday. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

If breaks really do even out over the course of a year, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s snake-bitten men’s basketball team has a bunch coming their way.

Spenser Wine’s desperation 3-point field goal with two-tenths of a second left Tuesday night gave Washburn University’s junior varsity a 78-77 win, the third KCKCC buzzer-beating loss in the last 11 months.

Nationally ranked North Alabama won on a desperation 3-pointer from mid-court Dec. 1 and Fort Scott ended KCKCC’s playoff hopes last March with a 3-pointer that video later showed should not have counted.

The win boosted Washburn’s record to 6-5 while the loss sends the Blue Devils (5-13) out on the road for their next three games – at Saint Mary junior varsity in Leavenworth Friday at 7 p.m., at North Central Missouri in Trenton Monday at 7 p.m. and the Jayhawk Conference opener at Johnson County Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Blue Devils fought their way into a see-saw battle that had eight ties and 10 lead changes in a furiously fought second half.

Solomon Thomas forged the eighth tie 73-73 with a short range jump shot with 1:14 left and Sterling Hicks gave KCKCC its biggest lead 77-73 on a clutch 3-pointer from the corner with 39.5 seconds remaining and a free throw with 21 seconds to go.

However, Washburn’s Jacob Dickey scored from short range after an offensive rebound with nine seconds left and after two KCKCC missed free throws with four seconds to go, the Ichabods got the ball to Wine who put up a closely guarded desperation heave from in front of the Washburn bench for the game-winner. The trey was the third in seven attempts for Wine, who had nine points.

Hicks and Juvan Davenport led KCKCC in scoring with 21 points while Solomon Thomas added 13 and Arother Ratliff second. Davenport also led n rebounds with eight with Thomas and Tyson Beringer adding seven each. In addition, Thomas led in assists with four while Beringer had four blocked shots.

The game was ultimately decided by 3-point goals. The Ichabods made 11-of-25 for 44 percent; the Blue Devils just 3-of-15 for 20 percent.

The Blue Devils also converted 22-of-31 free threes to 9-of-14 for Washburn but missed their last three attempts from the charity stripe. A.J. Pleasant led Washburn with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.