Two fires reported in KCK

The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department responded to two fires during the past 24 hours.

• One fire was reported around 3 a.m. May 29 in the 300 block of North 35th Street, according to fire officials. The house was fully involved, according to early reports, and firefighters entered the building to make an interior attack. The fire was then knocked down.

• Another fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. May 28 in the 1800 block of North 22nd, according to fire officials. The first crews on the scene stated the fire was located outside of the building.

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Pitching, defense key series win

The Kansas City T-Bones won their first series of the season behind a three-run third inning and solid relief pitching to beat the St. Paul Saints 5-2 Sunday night at CHS Field.

Facing Saints ace Mark Hamburger, the T-Bones took the lead in the second with an RBI double from Joe Jackson and a fielder’s choice ground out to second from Daniel Rockett to take an early 2-0 lead.

Kansas City added to their lead in the third when Zach Walters hit a three-run home run to right make the score 5-0.

St. Paul got back-to-back solo homers from Mate Hanson and Brady Shoemaker in the bottom of the third off T-Bones starter Jeff Walters to cut the lead to 5-2.

The Saints loaded the bases in the fifth and chased Walters from the game. Kamakani Usui entered the game and forced Jacob Caldwell to bounce a ball back to Usui who threw home for the force out, and Leo Rojas threw on to first for the double play.

In the home half of the sixth the Saints loaded the bases with one out. Usui again induced a double play by getting Nate Hanson to line to first and Chase McDonald doubled up Breland Almadova to dodge the threat.

Myles Smith and Cody Winiarski each worked a scoreless inning to keep the game 5-2 into the ninth. Grant Sides worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. Usui (1-0) got the win for Kansas City with Mark Hamburger (2-1) getting the loss for St. Paul. Kansas City matched a season high 12 strike outs as a pitching staff in the win.

The T-Bone’s 10 game road trip continues Monday night with the start of a four game series against Gary SouthShore. Right-hander Scott Carroll goes for Kansas City against fellow right-hander Tyler Harris. The 7:10 p.m. game tonight in Gary can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network online at tbonesbaseball.com.

Tickets for future games are available online, by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office.

– Story from T-Bones

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Those who gave their lives for the nation remembered at Memorial Day service

A wreath was placed under a U.S. flag during today’s Service of Remembrance at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, Kansas. The Memorial Day service was attended by about 100 persons. (Staff photo)


James “Bundy” Jenkins, at a Memorial Day service today, read a list of World War I veterans’ names from Wyandotte County who were buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

On the 100th anniversary year of the United States’ entry into World War I, Jenkins, who is with the Armourdale American Legion Post 188, noted that he did not know any of the World War I veterans buried there, but they were all his fellow veterans.

Although only involved in 18 months of World War I, the United States suffered more than 291,000 battle deaths, an average of about 580 deaths every day, in that war, Jenkins said. There were 13 major campaigns. He noted that World War I servicemen were often confined to trenches most of the time.

Jenkins also noted today would have been the 100th birthday anniversary of President John F. Kennedy, who was a World War II hero.

Jenkins spoke at the annual Service of Remembrance held today at the cemetery and funeral home in Kansas City, Kansas. The event included a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute, the playing of “Taps” by Joel Brinkley, and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Joe Henre. The service honored those who died in service to the nation. Jenkins credited area firefighters with helping place small flags on the graves of veterans at the cemetery.

Flags representing the different branches of the U.S. military flapped in the wind at today’s ceremony, while about 100 persons attended the service in pleasant 74-degree temperatures.

According to Jenkins, Memorial Day began in the Civil War era after women in the South began to decorate graves of the fallen. Decoration Day officially became Memorial Day, a federal holiday, in 1971, he said.

Jenkins said the United States has fought wars for 242 years, involving more than 60 military actions, with the loss of 1.2 million American lives, Jenkins said. This year is the first time he has seen a Gulf War veteran’s grave at Chapel Hill cemetery, he added. It is important, Jenkins said, for veterans and their families to support each other.

James “Bundy” Jenkins, left, with the Armourdale American Legion Post 188, gave the Memorial Day address today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)


James “Bundy” Jenkins, of the American Legion Post 188, noted that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War I. He spoke at a Memorial Day service today in Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)


Joe Henre played the bagpipes at today’s Memorial Day service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, Kansas. (Staff photo)

James “Bundy” Jenkins spoke at the Memorial Day service today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)

A wreath was placed at the base of a U.S. flag today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)

Members of Armourdale American Legion Post 188 gave a 21-gun salute at the Memorial Day service today. (Staff photo)

Members of Armourdale American Legion Post 188 gave a 21-gun salute at the Memorial Day service today. (Staff photo)


Joel Brinkley, general manager of Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, played “Taps” today at a Memorial Day service. (Staff photo)

Joe Henre played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes at today’s Memorial Day service. (Staff photo)

Those attending the Memorial Day service today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens stood at the end of the program. (Staff photo)

James “Bundy” Jenkins addressed those who attended the annual Memorial Day service at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)


The crowd listened to a Memorial Day message today at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo)


Many gravesites at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens were decorated today. (Staff photo)


Many gravesites at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens were decorated today. (Staff photo)

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