Twelve Wyandotte County students receive degrees from Emporia State

Twelve Wyandotte County students were among those receiving degrees in May 2022 from Emporia State University.

The graduates include:

• Claire Gurley of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in Music.
• Anne Holt of Bonner Springs, Kansas, with a Master of Science in School Counseling.
• Waleed Alharthi of Kansas City, Kansas, with a Master of Arts in Biology.
• Kathryn Bowman of Kansas City, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Modern Language and English with a concentration in Spanish.
• Morgan Crusoe of Kansas City, Kansas, with a Master of Science in School Counseling.
• Alexious Felkins of Kansas City, Kansas, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in Modern Language.
• Samantha Macauley of Kansas City, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Art.
• Corey Mann of Kansas City, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Music in Music with a concentration in Music Performance.
• Annelise Meek of Kansas City, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
• Lauren Ocker of Kansas City, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.
• Davion Scott of Kansas City, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing with a minor in Information Systems.
• Madison Yoder of Kansas City, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education.

Monarchs’ Hall shuts out Saltdogs

Matt Hall of the Kansas City Monarchs delivered a pitch against the Lincoln Saltdogs in the Monarchs 7-0 win on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by John Ellis, Kansas City Monarchs)
Jacob Robson of the Kansas City Monarchs hit a grand slam home run against the Lincoln Saltdogs in the Monarchs 7-0 win on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by John Ellis, Kansas City Monarchs)

by Gabriel Lopez, Monarchs

Kansas City’s starting pitcher Matt Hall was lights out from the mound on Sunday.

He threw seven scoreless innings while conceding just two hits and striking out 10. His performance helped the Kansas City Monarchs (49-31) shut out the Lincoln Saltdogs (37-44) 7-0 Sunday afternoon at Legends Field.

The Monarchs scored right away. Darnell Sweeney led off the first with a single up the middle. He advanced to second base as the Saltdogs’ starting pitcher, John Bezdicek, delivered a pitch in the dirt. David Thompson drove in Sweeney to give Kansas City an early 1-0 lead.

The Monarchs extended their lead in the fourth inning. Jacob Robson notched a leadoff single. Thompson followed up the at-bat with a single of his own. Casey Gillaspie worked a walk to bring Gio Brusa to the plate who notched an RBI-single to left field. After four innings, Kansas City led 2-0.

The Monarchs continued to threaten the Saltdogs in the fifth inning. Pete Kozma led off the inning with a double to left field. Robson and Thompson worked back-to-back walks to load the bases. Gillaspie earned his second walk of the day to score Kozma and make it a 3-0 ballgame.

Kansas City’s offense kept rolling in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Robson delivered a grand slam over the home run patio in left field. The long ball pushed the Monarchs lead to seven runs entering the top of the seventh.

Matt Hall started on the mound for the Monarchs. He was phenomenal, throwing seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Hall allowed just two hits and kept the Saltdogs off balance the entire game.

Jameson McGrane toed the rubber for Kansas City in the top of the ninth. After walking Ryan Long, McGrane retired three straight to end the game. The Monarchs shut out the Saltdogs 7-0 to win two of the three games in the series.

The Monarchs hit the road to face the Winnipeg Goldeyes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, for a three-game series. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6 p.m. and the video stream airing on aa baseball.tv.

Tickets to Monarchs games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com.

Kansas anti-abortion activists scramble to cover $229K cost of abortion amendment recount

Secretary of state sets deadline for Colby resident to secure the money

by Tim Carpenter, Kansas Reflector

Topeka — Anti-abortion activist Mark Gietzen expressed confidence Monday that $229,000 would be secured to finance a hand recount of more than 920,000 votes cast statewide on a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution restricting the right to abortion.

The Kansas secretary of state’s office set a 5 p.m. Monday deadline for delivery of cash, check or credit card with a sufficient line of credit to proceed with the county-by-county recount sought by supporters of the amendment disappointed by the initial outcome. The amendment fell short in the Aug. 2 primary election by a landslide margin of 59% to 41%.

Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life in Wichita and a prominent participant in anti-abortion protests in Wichita for more than 30 years, said he would pick up the torch of the recount effort launched by Colby resident Melissa Leavitt.

“There are an abundance of resources to get this done,” Gietzen said.

Gietzen also alleged — without evidence — the Kansas election earlier this month was distorted by “massive” election fraud through “ballot harvesting.” He asserted people illegally obtained, filled out and deposited ballots in drop boxes. He had filed a lawsuit in Sedgwick County before the August primary in an attempt to stop use of drop boxes, but it was tossed by a judge.

Gietzen said the recount of votes on the amendment in all 105 counties would be conducted “unless we get screwed over by the secretary of state.”

Originally, Gietzen offered a credit card of a conservative political organization to leverage the recount. Leavitt later she was grateful Gietzen agreed to “put his home up for the recount,” but encouraged others to continue donating to the cause.

Leavitt informed the secretary of state’s office at 4 a.m. Monday that Gietzen’s assets would be sufficient to cover a recount.

In a setback for the recount campaign, however, Leavitt was notified that she couldn’t rely on the value of Gietzen’s home to finance the recount.

Under state law, the person requesting the recount must file a bond, approved by the secretary of state, guaranteeing payment of all costs incurred by counties conducting a recount. If the recount flipped outcome of the abortion amendment vote, Leavitt wouldn’t be obligated to pay the cost. If the recount didn’t change the outcome, she would be responsible for compensating each county for cost of the recount.

Leavitt had until end of the business Monday to personally secure a pathway to $229,000 required to proceed with the challenge. Through an online fundraiser, Leavitt had received commitments of $29,900, or about 10% of the projected cost of the statewide review of ballots.

“Failure to do so will result in the recount request being canceled,” said Brian Caskey, director of elections for Secretary of State Scott Schwab.

In the alternative, Caskey said, Leavitt could amend her recount request to isolate the review to counties for which she could afford to pay the cost.

Ashley All, spokeswoman for the amendment opponent organization Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, said basis for the hypothetical recount was unclear.

“Kansans across the political spectrum voted overwhelmingly against this amendment,” All said. “In fact, 165,000 more Kansans voted ‘no.’ They sent a clear message that they want to protect the constitutional rights of women to make private medical decisions for themselves.”

Leavitt said she would continue to pray a miracle occurred in terms of advancing recount on the failed abortion amendment.

“What else can you do when you take a leap of faith? I don’t know,” she said on a social media thread. “I’m getting a lot of hate messages and stuff like that, but so far I’m doing OK and we’re going to keep pushing.”

On Monday, officials in Johnson, Shawnee and Sedgwick counties worked to certify election election results. That included votes for and against the constitutional amendment, which was sought to nullify a decision by the Kansas Supreme Court that a right to abortion existed in the Kansas Constitution.

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