Airman graduates from basic training

Derrick Miller Jr.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Derrick E. Miller Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Miller is the son of Shawna Super and grandson of Fredonia Super, both of Kansas City, Kan. He is a 2013 graduate of Washington High School, Kansas City, Kan.

KCKCC plans Spring Fling Friday

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is having a Spring Fling Celebration later this week.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 14 in Lower Jewell on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. The event is free to all students. However, raffle tickets can be purchased in Room 2313 or from any Student Senate Officer for a chance to win an iPad Mini.

In addition, The Strive will be performing live throughout the Spring Fling event, which serves as a sendoff into spring break from Student Senate. Spring break is March 17 to 22.

The band, Strive, is a nationally-known pop band from the Kansas City area. It released its debut EP, Anything Goes, in 2011 and is known for its infectious spin on the current “pop-vibe.” In addition to performing at Kansas City hotspots such as the Beaumont Club and Uptown Theatre, it has also played shows in Milwaukee, Dallas, Austin and Houston and were featured at Mix 93.3’s “Red, White & Boom” concert that featured additional performances from Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw.

The Blue Devil Deli will be selling a barbecue lunch for $6. This includes a pulled pork or turkey sliders, barbecued beans and chips.

For more information, contact Linda Sutton at 913-288-7652 or by email at

Warm, windy weather: Red flag warning for fire danger today

Red Flag Warning: Avoid outdoor burning this afternoon (National Weather Service graphic)

Wyandotte County will be under a red flag warning from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 13, according to the National Weather Service.

The red flag warning means there is extreme fire danger this afternoon for eastern Kansas and western Missouri, according to the weather service.

Today’s high will be 70 degrees, and sunny skies are forecast.

The higher temperatures and breezy winds will raise fire weather concerns through the afternoon, according to the weather service.

Low humidity, winds, dry conditions and temperatures present a danger of fire, where little sparks could carry a flame easily, the weather service said.

The weather service said all outdoor burning should be avoided.

Once the sun goes down, the fire danger threat should diminish significantly, the weather service said.