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A spokesman for the Kansas City T-Bones said terms have been reached with the team’s 2013 Player of the Year, infielder Matt Padgett.

Padgett, 36, has spent the 2014 season with Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, where he batted .294 in 85 games with 95 hits, including 22 doubles and 10 home runs, and 60 RBIs. He was selected earlier this season for the league’s all-star game.

Padgett, who was the American Association-PointStreak Hitter of the Month in July 2013 while with the T-Bones, was one of the top hitters in the league last season before being traded to New Jersey of the Can-Am League in August. He had a .337 batting average with 19 home runs, 33 doubles, 66 RBIs and a .650 slugging percentage in 82 games for Kansas City. The T-Bones reacquired Padgett’s rights in September.

“We’re excited to welcome Padgett back,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne. “He’s a veteran hitter that will be an asset on the field and in the clubhouse, plus he’s a fan favorite.”

The 2014 season is Padgett’s 17th professional season. Padgett, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds from Lexington, S.C., is a career .274 hitter with 417 doubles, 199 home runs and 1,026 RBIs in 1,806 games.

Padgett is expected to be in uniform for the T-Bones on Friday night when the team starts a three-game series at Lincoln.

To meet league roster requirements with the signing of Padgett and to strengthen their bullpen, the T-Bones have traded infielder-outfielder David Espinosa to Wichita in exchange for pitcher Patrick Mincey. According to American Association rules, each team is allowed a maximum of five veteran players. Both Padgett and Espinosa are veterans.

Mincey, a 6-foot-3 and 190-pound right hander, is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 26 games this season with the Wingnuts. Although he hasn’t been used as the closer in Wichita, Mincey had 24 saves in 2013 for Grand Prairie, and 41 overall in two-plus professional seasons.

“You hate to lose a player like Espy,” Browne said. “He’s been a class act on and off the field this summer. We wish him the best. But it’s simply a numbers game with the roster, and in this case, it’s kind of a two-for-one deal. We add a veteran bat with some pop in Padgett and we bolster our bullpen with Mincey.”

Mincey is expected to be in uniform for Kansas City tonight as the T-Bones conclude the series against Grand Prairie at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

- Story from T-Bones

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Operation School Supplies will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bonner Springs High School for students in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District.

The event is intended to help low-income families with providing school supplies for their children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

To qualify, students must be in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville district, currently enrolled or a returning student in the district.

Sponsors of the event include the school district, Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Fellowship West, Bonner Springs City Library, Walmart, Lagasse Sweet, and churches, businesses and individuals.

The defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City will play host to the defending English Premier League champions Manchester City at 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The match will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes with radio coverage in Kansas City on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340. A limited number of tickets may still remain for Wednesday’s match and may be available at Ticketmaster.com.

The international friendly will consist of two 45-minute halves. If the match is tied at the conclusion of regulation, the two teams will go directly to a penalty kick shootout. The winner of Wednesday’s friendly will take home the Champions Shield.

Sporting KC hoisted the MLS Cup on Dec. 7 defeating Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park. At the end of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods, the match was tied 1-1 before eventually being decided by the longest penalty kick shootout in MLS history. Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin was named MLS Cup MVP for his equalizer in regulation and game-winning penalty kick.

Sporting KC currently sits atop the Eastern Conference with 32 points and a 10-5-5 record that includes five victories in the club’s last six MLS matches. Midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Lawrence Olum each netted a goal in Sporting KC’s 2-1 victory last Saturday over the LA Galaxy. Feilhaber’s goal was his second in as many matches earning him MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 19.

Manchester City enters the midweek match as part of a preseason tour in the United States to prepare for the 2014-15 English Premier League season.

Sporting Kansas City will be the first of Manchester City’s four scheduled matches in the United States. The marquee match between reigning champions is part of Summer in the Soccer Capital, presented by the Sprint Framily Plan. Following the match against Sporting KC, Manchester City will participate in the inaugural International Champions Cup against Liverpool FC, Olympiacos and AC Milan.

Manchester City finished the 2013-14 season in first place, winning their final match of the season against West Ham United to clinch the Premier League title.

Under first year manager Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City finished with a 27-5-6 record and scored a club record 102 goals. The league title was Manchester City’s second in the previous three seasons. Manchester City also hoisted the Capital One Cup earlier this year and advanced out of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

- Story from Sporting KC

David Espinosa drew a bases loaded walk that gave the T-Bones a 7-6 win over Grand Prairie in 10 innings Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

In the 10th, with runners at the corners, the AirHogs intentionally walked T.J. Mittelstaedt to get to Espinosa, who drew a four-pitch walk that brought home Vladimir Frias for the win.

The T-Bones, who had trailed since the top of the fourth inning, were down 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Robby Kuzdale slid into third with an RBI triple that cut the deficit to two. Mittelstaedt then crushed a two-run home run, tying the game at 6-6.

Kuzdale gave the T-Bones an early lead in the second inning. With the bases loaded, he singled up the middle, extending his hitting streak to 12 games and bringing in one run. Mittelstaedt then drew a bases loaded walk for a quick 2-0 lead.

The AirHogs answered in the top of the third with two runs off two hits and two T-Bones errors. Jimmy Mojica and Alex Nunez both ripped back-to-back singles.

Frias reached base five times with three singles and two walks. Kuzdale, who was a home run short of the cycle, went three-for-five with two RBIs. Kris Regas got his sixth win on the year with a scoreless 2 1/3 innings and five strikeouts.

The T-Bones (31-34) will try to take the series against the AirHogs (27-35) Wednesday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178020
- Story from T-Bones

Scenes from the Wyandotte County Fair on Tuesday, July 22. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


Scenes from the Wyandotte County Fair on Tuesday, July 22. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


Scenes from the Wyandotte County Fair on Tuesday, July 22. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


Scenes from the Wyandotte County Fair on Tuesday, July 22. (Photo by Steve Rupert)


Scenes from the Wyandotte County Fair on Tuesday, July 22. (Photo by Steve Rupert)



Scenes from the Wyandotte County Fair on Tuesday, July 22. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

The Wyandotte County Fair opened Tuesday, July 22, for a five-day run at the fairgrounds at 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan.

Temperatures on opening night were in the 98-degree range. Wednesday will be cooler, with a high of 87.

The schedule for Wednesday:

Wednesday at the Fair
Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Daycare Day (call ahead)

5 p.m. Pie Contest at the Red Barn

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Carnival Wristband night

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hedricks Petting Zoo, Hedricks Camel Rides, Pony Rides and Pictures

6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Hedricks Pig Races

6:30 p.m. to dusk Hot air balloon rides

6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free Magic Show, Red Barn

7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sully Brothers, Free Stage Tent

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Arena, Horseshoe Pitching Contest (4 tosses for $1), Wyatt Earp interpreter, blacksmith demonstration

Admission to the fair is free and parking is $5. There is a charge for carnival rides; wristband nights are Tuesday and Wednesday, when a wristband admission will cost $15.

For more information about the fair, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/five-day-county-fair-kicks-off-tuesday-with-more-arena-events-than-last-year/

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by William Crum

The year was 2004 when the Fringe Festival started in the Kansas City area. Referred to by many as the new vaudeville, the Fringe Festival has gotten bigger and better every year.

This year it has 100 artists and groups in more than 422 performances in 18 venues from the Crossroads area to the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The performances range from dance to comedy and the visual arts.

The price for each event ranges from $10 to $15 and the tickets can be purchased at the venues 30 minutes before show time. Tickets for children 12 and under are $5 and are available at box office for shows that are rated family friendly.

One of the participants in the Fringe Festival is Heidi Van Middlesworth, who is known at the festival as Heidi Van. She is a 1996 graduate of Bishop Ward High School who now is the owner of the Fish Tank, a place where a new playwright can get a chance to show off his work.

Heidi started acting at a very young age; her mother was involved with the Theater League and they would have plays where children who are young get a chance to act.

“I really had fun doing these plays as a child,” she said. “As I got older my love for the theater has become a major part of my life. I really enjoy teaching acting to young people. This is how the Fish Tank came about,” Heidi said.

Another participant in this year’s festival is Wendy Wood, who performs with a group called Skin. She goes by the stage name of Emery. This is a Las Vegas-style ensemble that when you see it you think you’re right there in downtown Vegas, a group that Wayne Newton would have on stage with him. This performance is for adults.

Wendy Wood, a resident of Wyandotte County, appears in this year’s Fringe Festival. (Photo by William Crum)


Wendy lives here in Wyandotte County. Wendy is a graduate of Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kan., and has relatives who live in Bonner Springs, Kan., and Edwardsville, Kan. Like Heidi, she started off at a very young age and both Heidi and Wendy are proud of their roots in Wyandotte County.

“Eventually I plan to move back to Wyandotte County and bring the Fish Tank along with me. Especially with the redevelopment of Minnesota Avenue,” Heidi said.

There are lots of residents from Wyandotte County who really enjoy the Fringe Festival and every year they try to attend various performances. Two people who enjoy the festival are State Sen. David Haley and State Rep. Pam Curtis. “I tried to attend as many of the performances I can even though I have a very busy schedule,” said Sen. David Haley.

“Eventually we want to go to the Wyandotte County area, but nothing for me yet. They have been talking to the Alcott Center but nothing is firm yet. As soon as we close this year you start getting ready for next year immediately,” said Cheryl Kimmi, the executive director.

The Fringe Festival started July 17 and runs through Sunday, July 27, at 20 places in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the performances of the Kansas City Fringe Festival go to the website, www.kcfringe.org.