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by Kelly Rogge
There are only a few days left to submit nominations for induction into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, presented by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association.

The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center.

The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame was started in 1996 by the KCKCC Endowment Association as a way to recognize individuals, organizations and corporate supporters in the community who have made notable contributions to education. Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to education, their effort to improve the quality of life in the community through a commitment to education, increasing educational opportunities for others and supporting significant changes that have improved the quality of education.

Nominees will be screened according to the set criteria by the selection committee. In addition, nominations must include a biography or program description and at least three letters of recommendation.

Nomination forms are available at Forms can be submitted via mail or email. No video or audio tapes will be considered. Nominations are due by Feb. 2, 2015.

Last year’s list of honorees included Bob Van Maren, long-time superintendent of the Bonner Springs School District; Harry McDonald, a 30-year teaching veteran in the Blue Valley School District; Dr. Howard Shaw, a physician and hospital administrator who was named the Outstanding Community College Student in Kansas during his time at KCKCC in the 1980s; Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Kansas City-based Burns and McDonnell; AT&T, a company that has made a five-year commitment worth $250 million to address high school success as well as college and career readiness for students deemed at-risk and the 2nd Chance Scholarship Foundation, an organization founded by Matt and Jessica Brandmeyer that provides scholarships to high school graduates who have experienced adversity.

For more information on the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame or to submit a nomination, contact Dawanna Fangohr or Patrick McCartney at 913-288-7675.

Information is also available by email at
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.

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A tax preparer in Johnson County was sentenced Tuesday to 78 months in federal prison for filing false tax returns that cost a Kansas company more than $744,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

John M. Moore, 53, Lenexa, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return and one count of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted a company he owns, Accent Payroll Services (APS), was hired to provide payroll processing services for Tytan International L.L.C. of Lenexa, Kan.

From 2008 to 2010, APS was responsible for paying the wages of Tytan’s employees, withholding employment taxes, filing Tytan’s employment tax returns on Internal Revenue Service form 941 and paying withheld employment taxes to the IRS, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Moore transferred more than $2 million in employment tax withholdings from Tytan’s bank account to his company’s bank account, federal authorities said. However, he only paid the IRS approximately $1.3 million, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. To keep Tytan from receiving notices from the IRS that taxes were not paid, Moore gave the IRS an address for Tytan at a post office box he controlled, authorities said.

“These victims trusted Mr. Moore to properly remit their taxes, but instead he used their funds for his own purposes. Unfortunately, these victims are left holding the bag,” said Sybil Smith, special agent in charge of IRS Criminal Investigation. “Businesses who utilize a third party for paying their payroll taxes must realize that if the taxes aren’t paid, they are ultimately responsible for the tax liability. The IRS will work with victims to set up payment plans or possibly reduce penalties.”

Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

The final blast of the Fairfax bridge is scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, according to the Missouri and Kansas departments of transportation.

Crews are scheduled to detonate the northern portion of the truss from the north bank to the Missouri levee, according to a spokesman.

Unlike the previous two blasts, this demolition cannot be seen from public access points, and no public viewing will be available, according to officials.

Northbound and southbound U.S. 69 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate the blast.

The current U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River is being replaced. A new structure will be built in its place and will include multiple lanes and bike and pedestrian access, according to the department of transportation. It will open to traffic in December 2016.

The project is shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Transportation.

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