Motorcyclist falls off bike on I-70

A motorcyclist who was eastbound Sunday on I-70 near 7th Street in Kansas City, Kan., fell off his Harley Davidson.

The Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report stated the accident happened about 4:35 p.m. Sunday when the motorcyclist lost control of the vehicle and fell off.

The 41-year-old man from Overland Park, Kan., had a “possible injury,” according to the report, and was taken to a Kansas City, Kan., hospital. He was wearing a helmet and safety glasses.

Two Wyandotte County students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at KU

Two Wyandotte County students have been inducted into the University of Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society.

In all, there were 98 new members initiated.

From Wyandotte County, students who were inducted included Chloe Carroll, senior, Bonner Springs; and Daniel Hilliard, senior, Bonner Springs.

Granath, Reardon named Employees of Month

Jack Granath
Bill Reardon

Jack Granath and Bill Reardon recently were named Employees of the Month by the Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education.

Reardon is a former state legislator who is the lobbyist for the school district. Granath is the branch manager of the South Branch Library, 3401 Strong Ave.

The nomination for Granath:

“The community has been flooding into the new South Branch Library since the doors opened on Sept. 26, 2012. The new building is a bright, welcoming and accessible location. We believe a key part of the success we have experienced is Jack Granath. It is our pleasure to nominate Jack Granath as Employee of the Month. Jack is the branch manager for the South Branch Library. This is not just ‘a job’ for Jack. His commitment to our community and our library is strong. I can truly say Jack is one of the best people I have had the pleasure to work with.” — Janey Humphries, community member and Bridgette DeSmet, administrative assistant for the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools.

The nomination for Reardon:

“Sometimes, an individual will come to a position with the exact right mix of skills and experience, such that they seem born for the job. Such is the case with Bill Reardon, the KCKPS lobbyist. Bill, who worked as a high school teacher for more than 30 years, and served in the Kansas Legislature for more than 30 years, is the perfect person to serve as the district’s voice and advocate in Topeka. The skill with which he performs his job has had a profound impact, not just on the well-being of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools, but on the health of public education across the state of Kansas.” — David A. Smith, chief of staff
– Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools