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Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair to be Aug. 5

The annual 2017 Wyandotte County Back-to-School Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the KCKCC Community Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

The Back-to-School Fair is held for students who live in Wyandotte County who attend school (both public and private). Parents are required to provide proof of Wyandotte County residence.

Parents and their children are invited to stop by for free school supplies. Free immunizations, physical exams, eye exams and free haircuts will also be provided.

In addition to supplies, immunizations and physical exams, parents will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from a variety of community organizations who will offer information on services.

“Families attending will be able to experience a one-stop-shop for information to support them and their children,” said Arlana Coleman, Planning Committee chair.“We are fortunate to have several organizations who help plan and organize this fair that greatly benefits Wyandotte County families.”

Parents are required to bring proof of residence in Wyandotte County, such as a driver’s license or a utility bill and children must be accompanied by their parents at the Back-to-School Fair.

For more information, individuals may visit

– Information from Pat McBratney


KCKCC president put on administrative leave

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College President Doris Givens was placed on administrative leave with pay effective immediately today.

Edward Kremer, the dean of math, science and commuter technology, was named acting president by the College’s Board of Trustees in a special executive board meeting this morning.

J.D. Rios, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that the board was not permitted to make any further comments on its actions because of privileged personnel matters.

Only the fifth president at KCKCC, Givens was also the first woman and first African American to hold that position. She was hired July 2, 2011, after serving as vice chancellor at Kern Community College in Bakersfield, Calif.

The interim vice president for academic affairs, Kremer has served as dean of math, science and computer technology since 2010. Previous to that, he was a chemistry instructor and science coordinator for 10 years at the college.


KCKCC ‘wall of candidates’ encourages students to vote

Gary Bradley-Lopez, president of the Student Senate at KCKCC, is encouraging students to get involved and vote in this year’s elections. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Today is voter registration deadline for primary election

Candidate forum planned tonight

by Mary Rupert

Students and employees at Kansas City Kansas Community College are seeing a “wall of candidates” in the lower Jewell building on campus at 7250 State Ave.

On the wall are photos and information about the candidates who are seeking office in the primary election on Aug. 1, according to Gary Bradley-Lopez, KCKCC student president. Candidates for mayor, Unified Government Commission, sheriff, Board of Public Utilities, KCKCC Board of Trustees, school boards and other offices are listed.

Bradley-Lopez said the “wall of candidates” is sponsored by the Student Senate and the Student Activities office at KCKCC. Students may pass by the wall on the way to the deli or the library.

He said the main purpose in putting this display about candidates together was to make students aware.

“A lot of students feel that their vote does not matter, and they feel like politics is just ‘poli-tricks,’ where the political system has no engagement with the people,” Bradley-Lopez said. “One thing they don’t know is a lot of times local elections are the biggest elections, because that’s actually what helps the people, and our votes do matter there.

“That’s how we want students to feel,” he said. “Your votes do matter here.”

Bradley-Lopez said that Tracy Reed, student activities secretary, did a lot of the work and posted all the information about the candidates on the wall.

Bradley-Lopez said he is considering a future in politics, including a run one year in the future for the UG Commission, and is planning to major in theater.

Voter registration deadline today

Bradley-Lopez noted that today, July 11, is the voter registration deadline for the primary election. Those who are not already registered to vote for the primary may register until 5 p.m. today at the Wyandotte County election office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The KCKCC display also has printed forms for voter registration available. More information on registration is at

Voter registration also is online at Those who have not previously registered to vote in Kansas will need a birth certificate or other accepted identification.

Advance voting begins on July 12, and more information on it is available on the election commissioner’s website.

Candidate forums planned

Tuesday, July 11, also is the date of a Unity with a Purpose candidate forum for mayor and sheriff candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 500 Nebraska Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. It is open to the public.

Another candidate forum is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18 and 19, at the upper Jewell building at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. The forum is sponsored by Business West, Central Avenue Betterment Association and the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association. There are plans to show the forum on the KCKCC cable channel before the primary.

Bradley-Lopez said the KCKCC Student Senate also will be holding a forum after the primary for the general election candidates.