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All Saints Catholic parish is planning a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 in St. Cyril’s Hall, 44 N. Mill St. Donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

Edwardsville United Methodist Church second Saturday supper on Saturday, Aug. 9, will consist of traditional picnic foods. Donations of $8 for adults and $3 for children are requested. The church is at 302 N. Fourth St, Edwardsville,

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., plans a picnic Sunday, Aug. 3, at the fellowship hall.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Parkway Baptist Church classrooms, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

St. Patrick’s CYO will benefit from the annual John Beggs Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 71st and Parallel Parkway. Entry fee is $95 per person, including lunch and dinner. Pre-registration may be made to 913-645-5840. A marriage enrichment class will begin Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church social hall, 94th and State Avenue. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The classes are in a relaxed small-group atmosphere where topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, hidden issues and commitment may be discussed. Trained facilitators will lead the class. The class is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Pre-registration is necessary to www.KansasLoveLetters.com or 913-906-8925.

Heat advisory in effect this afternoon

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A heat advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were 83 at noon Saturday, and were expected to climb to 95 degrees, with a heat index as high as 99 possible.
There also is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms in the forecast today. Some light rain has already fallen in Wyandotte County Saturday.

The weather service warned that those exposed to the heat and high humidity for a prolonged period could result in an increased risk to heat-related illnesses. Cars may reach lethal temperatures in minutes. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, the weather service said.

Residents are advised to drink plenty of water and stay in an air-conditioned room if possible.

Also, this afternoon there is a possibility of a thunderstorm, large hail and damaging winds, according to the weather service.

Expect temperatures to drop significantly on Sunday, when 87 degrees will be the high. Monday’s high will be 80 degrees.

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Advance voting opens at Kansas Speedway

Dearl Parker was one of the first people to cast a vote at a new advance voting center at the Kansas Speedway, near 110th and State Avenue. This center will be open until 3 p.m. today, July 26, and in the coming week for advance voting. (Staff photo)

Paige Wynn was one of the first people to cast a vote at a new advance voting center at the Kansas Speedway, near 110th and State Avenue. This center will be open until 3 p.m. today, July 26, for advance voting. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert
A new advanced voting facility opened Saturday morning at the Kansas Speedway, near the intersection of I-70 and I-435 in Wyandotte County.

Shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony, voters began to cast their ballots for the primary election. Voting takes places in a Speedway building that is north of the 110th exit on I-70, on the south side of the Kansas Speedway.

Election Commissioner Bruce Newby said voters now have a new satellite voting center, as well as some existing options, to vote in the primary election. Advance voting also will take place during office hours at the Wyandotte County Election Office, 850 State Ave.; and by mail. Voters may turn in their advance ballots at the new satellite voting center, as well as at the election office, he said. Voting also will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 5, at the regular polling places.

The new satellite voting facility will offer only touch-screen voting, Newby said. All Wyandotte County registered voters may vote there. There are 228 different ballot styles in Wyandotte County for the primary, according to the voters’ districts, so having paper ballots there would be difficult, he added.

Being close to both I-70 and I-435, the new satellite voting center is very accessible for voters, he added, and it has ample parking.

“We look for this site to be the start of something good in Wyandotte County,” Newby said. “We hope to repeat this in every election from now on.”

When the election office was located at the former courthouse annex about eight years ago, there were a lot of advance voters there, Newby said. Many of those voters did not vote in advance when the election office moved to 850 State Ave.

“I’m hoping to regain those advance voters from the west side that we lost,” he said.

As of Friday, July 25, the election office had received back a little more than 100 advance ballots for the primary election.

Newby said he hopes there will be a lot of interest in this upcoming election. There are contests in both the Democratic and Republican primaries this year. There is a three-way race in the Democratic primary and a five-way race in the Republican primary. “So their vote matters,” he said.

Besides state and federal candidates, there is a three-candidate Wyandotte County judge race in the Democratic primary, and an Edwardsville city sales tax on the primary ballot. Among the many interesting contests on the Republican side are five candidates running for state insurance commissioner. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts faces heavy primary opposition from a Leawood doctor. In the Democratic primary, Kelly Kultala and Reginald Marselus are running for the U.S. House, 3rd District.

The new advance voting facility at Kansas Speedway will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. There are signs directing voters to the polling place.

For more information on elections, visit www.electionwycokck.org or call 913-573-8500.

Dearl Parker, right, checked in before voting today at a new advance voting center at the Kansas Speedway. (Staff photo)

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for a new advance voting center at the Kansas Speedway. Election Commissioner Bruce Newby cut the ribbon. Also in the photo are Josh King, left, a program coordinator; Frances Sheppard, assistant election commissioner, center; Kim Strauss-Rivera, program coordinator, second from right; and Matt Woehrle, program coordinator, right. (Staff photo)

Election workers looked over identification for voters today at the new advance voting facility at the Kansas Speedway. (Staff photo)

Advance voting took place Saturday at the new advance voting facility at the Kansas Speedway. (Staff photo)

A building at the Kansas Speedway will serve as a new advance voting facility. (Staff photo)

Signs marked the new advance voting facility at the Kansas Speedway. (Staff photo)