Wyandotte County ranked near bottom in county health rankings

Wyandotte County was ranked near the bottom of Kansas counties in health rankings were released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ranked 96th overall in Kansas, Wyandotte County was low on most categories covered by the health rankings. It is among the bottom five counties in the state for health.

The fifth annual rankings again listed nearby Johnson County as the top county in Kansas. Woodson County in southeast Kansas was the lowest on the list.

Along with health factors, this ranking includes social and economic factors such as rates of graduation, numbers of children in poverty, single-parent households, and violent crime.

The rankings are located at www.countyhealthrankings.org.


Donnelly plans Multicultural Festival April 11

Donnelly College will hold its 2014 Multicultural Festival fr0m 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 11,  at 608 N. 18th St., in Kansas City, Kan.

This annual, family-friendly event allows Donnelly College to showcase and celebrate the wide array of cultures included in its student population.

Highlights of this year’s festival will include fun and interactive student presentations;  international food sampling; henna body painting; live music and dance performances; and hand-crafted items, which will be available for purchase. Admission, as well as on-campus parking, is free and open to the public.

Student displays, designed to educate on local, regional, and international culture and customs, will be held from  4 to 6:30 p.m. in Donnelly College’s Community Event Center.

Food vendor sales, arts and crafts, and musical performances will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Meeting Room. Ottoman’s House, Ten Thousand Villages, The Embellished Body, and local, Latin music group, Son Selecta, will be among the featured vendors and performers.

“The Multicultural Festival is my favorite event of the year,” said Betsy Gran, Multicultural Festival co-coordinator. “Our students come from all over the world and it’s wonderful to celebrate their cultures–and ours–through food, dance and music.”

For more information about the Donnelly Multicultural Festival, contact Michelle Bridges at 913-621-8757 or mbridges@donnelly.edu.

Sporting KC waives Gardner

Sporting Kansas City has waived defender Josh Gardner.

The 31-year-old appeared in nine MLS matches, three CONCACAF Champions League games and two U.S. Open Cup matches for Sporting Kansas City since joining the club in December 2012.

In seven MLS seasons, Gardner has played in 59 games (including postseason) with three goals and six assists.

With the departure of Gardner, and midfielder Peterson Joseph currently on the disabled list, Sporting Kansas City has one on-budget roster spot available.

Sporting Kansas City’s roster — the third youngest in Major League Soccer – has 28 players under contract.

Manager Peter Vermes has used 20 different players in MLS competition to date this year, tied for the most of any team through the first three weeks of the season.