Traffic fatality reported in 4900 block of Shawnee Drive

A traffic fatality was reported Wednesday evening in the 4900 block of Shawnee Drive, according to a Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department spokesman.

Officers were dispatched to the location at around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the spokesman stated. An all-terrain vehicle and sport utility vehicle were involved in the accident.

When officers arrived, they found an adult male driver of an all-terrain vehicle deceased, according to the spokesman. The passenger, an adult female, was taken to a hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, the spokesman stated.

The driver of a sport utility vehicle, an adult male, had minor injuries, police stated.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Traffic Division is investigating. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS, the spokesman stated.

All tips will remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward, according to police.

Juneteenth event planned Saturday in KCK

A Juneteenth event is planned on Saturday, June 18, in Kansas City, Kansas.

The event will be based at the Village Initiative, 3004 N. 27th St.

The day will open with a parade starting at 10th and Quindaro, and ending at 27th and Quindaro.

Parade participants will include the Afro American Cowboys, area drill teams and exotic car enthusiasts. Law enforcement and first responders also plan to participate.

At the end of the parade, those attending may enjoy entertainment at a main stage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local celebrities will perform and African American community leaders will be honored.

Singers including Sosha Oshaye, Carlton Rashad, Ja’Ron ‘Jay Melody’ Nichols and other guests are planning to participate.

There will be a variety of food trucks, vendors selling clothes and jewelry, and tables to encourage better health.

BuyBlaKCK also will honor Juneteenth with a celebration at Kaw Point.

“Juneteenth offers a chance for The Village Initiative to strengthen and build its relationships within the community,” said Village Initiative event organizer Rolanda Williams. “By working with Wyandotte County and our other nonprofit sponsors, we can introduce community services to those who may have a need for them.”

The Unified Government is one of the sponsors of the event, which has the title, “Community Unity: Juneteenth in the Dotte.”

Besides the Wyandotte County government and the Village Initiative, other sponsors of the event include Guiding Star Baptist Church, NAACP, Vernon Multi-Purpose Center, J’s Fish and Chicken Market, Security Bank and Sekisui XenoTech.

  • Information from The Village Initiative

Rosedale exhibit continues at Wyandotte County Museum

One of the landmarks of Rosedale is the Rosedale Arch, a World War I memorial to Rosedale soldiers that was based on the Arc de Triomphe. Rosedale is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, and an exhibit at the Wyandotte County Museum tells the story of the community, which is part of Kansas City, Kansas. (File photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

Currently at the Wyandotte County Museum, Bonner Springs, is the Rosedale 150th anniversary exhibit.

The exhibit has been extended until June 25, said Amy Loch, museum executive director.

Rosedale was an independent city until 1922, so it is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding and also the 100th anniversary of its annexation into Kansas City, Kansas, she said.

Rosedale has its own community identity, and the Rosedale Development Association, instrumental in keeping this identity alive, was the partner for developing this exhibit, she said.

Some of the most notable features of the Rosedale area are the Rosedale Arch and Mount Marty. The Rosedale Arch, a World War I memorial based on the Arc de Triomphe, was dedicated in 1924 to those Rosedale soldiers who served in World War I.

Also featured in the museum exhibit are the Vox Theater or Rosedale Theater, Strasser Hardware and the former Rosedale High School, now a middle school, Loch said.

“We have some stadium seats from the original high school, several sports trophies, clubs, plaques and trophies,” she said about the school exhibits.

Rosedale had its own mayors in the early days, and some items from the families of mayors are on display at the exhibit, she said.

A coat from one of the early Rosedale mayors is on display, as well as items from the Rainbow Mennonite Church, she said. The church had several mergers over the years, with different names and locations, and traces its history to the early Rosedale days.

Also part of the exhibit is a 15-minute video history of Bell Memorial Hospital, the forerunner of the University of Kansas hospital in Rosedale, she said.

Rosedale also has been known for some of its streets that originally were lining up with the numbering system in Kansas City, Missouri, and not the numbering system in Kansas City, Kansas. After annexation, Rosedale had to rename a number of streets and churches to be in sync with Kansas City, Kansas, she said.

Long-time Rosedale historian, the late Margaret Landis, also is featured in the museum exhibit, according to Loch. Her book about Rosedale history, “The Winding Valley and the Craggy Hillside,” and an audio recording that she made while giving a Rosedale history presentation at the “History and Culture of Wyandotte County” class at Kansas City Kansas Community College are part of the exhibit.

Loch said there are a number of maps and city directories that are being used by museum visitors to look up their ancestors and see where they lived in Rosedale.

There’s also a slide show of additional photos where some visitors found their relatives’ pictures, she added.

The Wyandotte County Museum, which is located inside Wyandotte County Park at Bonner Springs at 126th and State, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free. The next exhibit at the museum will be the 100th anniversary of the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kansas, which will start in July.