Unified Government Medical Officer Issues Order Prohibiting Wyandotte County Public Schools from Opening to In-Person Classes until After Labor Day, 2020




Wyandotte County’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Greiner, issued a new Health Order prohibiting public school buildings within the County from opening to in-person classes until after Labor Day, September 7, 2020. The reason for the order is to give educators sufficient time to prepare for school re-opening and in-room classes. The order became effective […]

KCPS and NKCPS to start instruction after Labor Day




By Roberta Pardo The Kansas City School Board unanimously voted during a July 24 meeting in favor of a plan to start classes after Labor Day, following major school districts across the state line in delaying the start of the school year until after the holiday. School will begin Sept. 8 and end June 10, […]

A voter’s guide to the Kansas 2020 primary elections




What’s on the ballot? By Angie Baldelomar Registered voters of the Kansas City area – and nationwide, for that matter – are preparing to cast their votes in the Aug. 4 primary elections. For those registered to vote, here is a rundown of the races that will appear on the ballot in the Kansas primaries: […]

What You Need to Know About Wyandotte County Mask Requirements




Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most people in our community are required to wear masks when in public. Here are some additional details to help you know when and how to wear a mask and where masks are required, courtesy of the Unified Government Public Health Department. What we’re asking the public to do: *Please […]

Kansas Board of Education scrapes Gov. Kelly’s order to delay school start date




By Roberta Pardo The Kansas State Board of Education has nixed Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order that would push the start date of schools until after Labor Day. With their 5-5 vote, the board of education’s decision means local schools districts will determine when they start classes this fall. Because there was no simple majority, […]

Gov. Parson Announces $50 Million in New Grant Programs for Missouri Businesses




Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced $50 million in new grant programs for Missouri businesses. “The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted Missouri businesses,” Governor Parson said. “However, this challenge has not stopped them from stepping up and finding new ways to serve Missourians. These critical programs will help Missouri businesses continue their operations, cover costs for increased PPE […]

Deadlines approaching for mail-in voting in Kansas and Missouri




By Roberta Pardo With primary elections less than a month away, here are some deadlines to keep in mind for all those registered to vote for the Aug. 4 primaries. In Kansas, mailing of advance ballots for the Aug. 4 primary elections has begun. Since Wednesday (July 15), people also can do advance voting in […]

311 hotline assists WyCo residents, stages diversity campaign




By Tere Siqueira During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Wyandotte County, Kansas, residents are receiving access to expanded COVID-19 services by calling 311 or (913) 573-5311. Despite fewer operators and a spike in calls, the 3-1-1 Contact Center continues to answer its phones. And to assist Wyandotte County’s diverse community, the center has launched One Conversation […]

Father and girlfriend charged in 3-year-old’s death




By Roberta Pardo A woman and the father of a 3-year-old girl, whom the police found dead after a more than nine-hour search July 10, have been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child endangerment and criminal desecration. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Howard Jansen III, the girl’s father, reported his daughter, Olivia Ann […]