Live music lunch at downtown KCK library today

A free live music concert will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Huron Park Rose Garden in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

The location is near the downtown Main Kansas City, Kan., Library at 625 Minnesota Ave.

Sponsored by the library and the Downtown Shareholders, the event features free live music from the alternative jazz band, Rough Tet, with music written by Arnold Young.

Food vendors including Indios Carbonsitos and Quick’s Bar-B-Q will be along Ann Street between the stairs to Huron Park and the library parking lot entrance. Lunch will be available for purchase.

In the event of inclement weather such as rain or storms, the event will be canceled and rescheduled. Any information about cancellations will be posted on the Downtown Shareholders’ Facebook page,

For more information, contact Downtown Shareholders at

Blacksher shuts out T-Bones in game one

Game two suspended because of curfew

Amarillo right-handed pitcher Derek Blacksher was looking for his first win and, unfortunately for the T-Bones’ offense, he got it Wednesday night in a 4-0 shutout for the Sox in game one of a doubleheader in Amarillo, Texas.

The T-Bones offense could muster only four total hits and six total baserunners against Blacksher (1-4), who went the distance with a 7-inning performance.

Kansas City starting pitcher Andy Noga (0-2) also pitched a complete game, but after giving up an RBI single to former T-Bones first baseman Kyle Nichols in the third, the Sox added three in the fourth. Noga allowed 10 hits and three earned runs through 6 innings.

In the nightcap, Kansas City jumped on Amarillo starter Kellen Moen early, when leadoff hitter Bryan Sabatella hit his second home run of the season on the third pitch he saw. After the Sox tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, the T-Bones added another run in the top of the second when Robby Kuzdale singled in Nick Schwaner, who had doubled with one out.

That was Kansas City’s last lead Wednesday night. Amarillo scored three more runs — two in the second and one in the fourth — against Derek Loera, who was making his first start for the T-Bones. The Sox scored two runs off Kansas City reliever Chris Squires in the fifth, which gave Amarillo a 6-2 lead, before the game was suspended shortly after midnight because of the league curfew rule.

Game two of the doubleheader, which will remain a seven-inning contest, is scheduled to resume at 4 p.m. Thursday in Texas. The series finale, a nine-inning game, is scheduled to start at its original time, 7:05. That game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or online at

Box score for Game 1:
– Story from T-Bones

BPU discusses electrical demand

by William Crum

The Board of Public Utilities discussed ways of improving the high electrical demands for the upcoming year at its work session Wednesday evening.

New technology and innovations create a high demand for electricity in the local community.

At the regular meeting a legislative update was given by Kimberly Svaty. She told the board there were a lot of things that went on, both good and bad, regarding public utilities. Also Jim Epp and Kathy Peters explained to the board about the new loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to help the utility make much-needed improvements.

April Alexander was named as the “everyday hero” by the Board of Public Utilities. Alexander is a longtime resident of Wyandotte County and has lived here since she was 4 years old. According to some of her peers, she is always there to handle any situation regarding customer service with a smile, a true leader.

Lori Austin gave an update on the bond sale that went on in Chicago.