Two KCK drivers involved in injury-accident on I-35

Two Kansas City, Kan., drivers were involved in an accident Thursday afternoon on I-35 northbound near 87th Street in Lenexa, Kan.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, a semi and a Chevy Tahoe were northbound on I-35 about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, when the Tahoe braked in response for traffic. The semi could not stop in time and struck the Tahoe, according to the report.

The driver of the semi, a 55-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man, had a possible injury, according to the report.

The driver of the Tahoe, a 38-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman, was injured and taken to a hospital, the report stated.

KCK man dies in I-35 accident in Gardner area

A Kansas City, Kan., man died Dec. 3 in an accident on I-35 near Gardner Road in Johnson County.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Gardner police received multiple calls about erratic driving of the vehicle before the accident, and repeated attempts to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as Arthur Lee Wright, 65 years old, of Kansas City, Kan. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Wyandotte County resident in ‘Messiah’ chorus

Rita Hrenchir, a resident of the Turner area of Wyandotte County, is in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus for the production of Handel’s “Messiah.” (Photo by William Crum)
Rita Hrenchir, a resident of the Turner area of Wyandotte County, is in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus for the production of Handel’s “Messiah.” (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Rita Hrenchir, a Wyandotte County resident, is preparing for performances of Handel’s “Messiah” with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

Hrenchir and her sister have lived in Wyandotte County for two years. She graduated from Washburn University in Topeka with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance.

“This is my first year with the chorus,” she said. “I really enjoy it. I learned a lot by being a part of the chorus. Both my niece and nephews are in band at Turner Middle School in Kansas City, Kan. Both my sister and I really enjoy living in Wyandotte County, especially the Turner area.

“I started Washburn in 2001 and took a few years off and went back in 2007, then I graduated in 2010,” Hrenchir said.

The Kansas City Symphony Chorus will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

The chorus also is scheduled to give a Christmas Festival performance Dec. 18-21.

For information on how to get tickets for the “Messiah” performance, visit www.kcsymphony.org.