Flags taken from county fair

Some American flags were taken from the Wyandotte County Fairgrounds during last week’s fair at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan.

Charlotte Andervich, a board member and treasurer of the Wyandotte County Fair Association, said the fair had borrowed the flags from the city of Shawnee. In all, there had been eight flags.

“We are going to, of course, replace them,” she said. “I don’t know who took them.”

The fair had security officers, she said, and other than the flags being taken, there weren’t other major incidents at the fair.

“I thought it went pretty well, in general,” Andervich said. “The weather was very nice the first three nights.”

On Friday and Saturday it was very hot, and there was a good crowd Saturday, she said.

The mud run Saturday night was well attended, and the carnival and most of the vendors felt they did very well, she said.

Barrel racing was canceled Wednesday night because of a big rain last weekend, and the arena didn’t dry out by Wednesday, she said.

Andervich said there will be a couple of barrel races scheduled at the fairgrounds in the future.

Public hearing to be held today on UG budget

A public hearing will be held at 5 p.m. today, July 27, on the Unified Government and Community Development Block Grant budgets.

The public hearing will be held in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The UG administrator proposed a $323 million budget with no mill levy rate increases.

The UG Commission may hold a budget workshop after the public hearing tonight.

A vote and adoption of the UG budget is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Commission Chambers in City Hall. There might be a budget workshop at 5 p.m. before the meeting.

High temperatures prompt excessive heat warning today

Monday afternoon heat indices (National Weather Service graphic)
Monday afternoon heat indices (National Weather Service graphic)

An excessive heat warning is in effect today in Wyandotte County. It will be the fourth consecutive day of hazardous heat here.

Hot temperatures expected this afternoon with temperatures near 95 and heat index values above 104, according to the weather service.

The excessive heat warning is in effect from 1 p.m. today until 9 p.m. tonight.

The weather service advised residents to take extra precautions if they work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning o evening, according to the weather service.

Residents are advised to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur, the weather service said. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely, according to the weather service.

Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors, the weather service said.

Cooling centers throughout the county should open today.
For a list of the centers, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/cooling-centers-open-this-afternoon/.

Similar hot weather is possible Tuesday, according to the weather service. There may be additional heat advisories and warnings issued.

Thunderstorms are expected along a cold front Tuesday night into early Wednesday, according to the weather service.

A few storms Tuesday night to early Wednesday could produce heavy rainfall in places as well as isolated damaging wind gusts, the weather service said.

Forecast (National Weather Service graphic)
Forecast (National Weather Service graphic)