May sales tax distributions holding their own

The Wyandotte County economy is holding its own currently in comparison with one year ago.

According to sales tax distribution figures compiled by the Unified Government for May, total figures were up just one-tenth of one percent in May. April sales tax distribution figures were up 16.9 percent in comparison with April of 2013.

Manufacturing was very strong in May 2014. There was a 33.8 percent increase in sales tax collections in the manufacturing sector for May 2014 as compared to May 2013.

Construction showed a 33.5 percent increase for the same period of comparison. Utilities were up 15.2 percent, while the wholesale trade was down very slightly, about one-tenth of one percent.

Retail showed some highs and lows in May, with motor vehicle and parts dealers up 22.1 percent; furniture, electronics and appliances down 39.2 percent; building material and garden supplies up 17.7 percent; groceries down 6.4 percent; health and personal care down 15.8 percent; gasoline stations and convenience stores up 1.5 percent; apparel and general merchandise stores down 5.7 percent; and miscellaneous store retailers down 52.2 percent.

The figures do not include the speedway and tourism district areas of Kansas City, Kan.

Wyandotte County students receive degrees at K-State

Several students from Wyandotte County received degrees this spring from Kansas State University, Manhattan.
In all, nearly 3,000 students from 98 Kansas counties, 48 states and 43 countries received degrees at K-State this year.

The graduates from Wyandotte County:
From Bonner Springs: Alexander Bezek, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Jared Burns, Bachelor of Science; John Cota, Master of Science in adult, occupational and continuing education; Jordan DeTar Newbert, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design; Noelle Remy, Bachelor of Science; Kayla Zimmerly, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition.
From Kansas City, Kan.: Courtney Albracht, Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design; Jaime Arreola, Bachelor of Science and a secondary major; Nozella Brown, Doctor of Education in adult, occupational and continuing education; Shahna Campbell, Bachelor of Science; Emily Cavlovic, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; Adrene Evans, Bachelor of Science; Adrene Evans, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Corey Gamble, Master of Science in adult, occupational and continuing education; Genna Gaunce, Master of Science in plant pathology; Sarah Hartman, Bachelor of Science; Joseph Haws, Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management; Jasmine Holmes, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Alyssa Jones, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Mollie Kennedy, Bachelor of Science; Shayla Lambert, Bachelor of Science; Patrice Lasley, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Frank Maxwell, Master of Science in adult, occupational and continuing education; Karla McDaniel, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services; Anastasia McHaney, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Cody Oldham, Bachelor of Arts; Justin Peterson, Bachelor of Science in Education; Omar Quintero-Alcazar, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Jazmin Richmond, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition; Jazmin Richmond, and a secondary major; Breanna Robbins, Bachelor of Science in Education; Mitzie Rojas, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics; Luis Sanchez, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Michael Saylor, Master of Science in adult, occupational and continuing education; Jeremy Scott, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; Kayla Sparks, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management; Andrew Turner, Bachelor of Science; Julia VanderWerff, Bachelor of Arts; Jeremy Walker, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering; Andre Watkins, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; Jordan Wegele, Bachelor of Arts.