School starts today in some districts

School is starting in some districts in Wyandotte County.

It’s the first day of school in the Turner and Piper school districts.

The Turner school district has school today, Aug. 10, for students in first through seventh grades and ninth grade. On Thursday, grades seven to 12 will attend school all day. For more details on other grades, see

At the Piper school district, there is a half-day of school scheduled Wednesday for some students. The first full day of classes is Aug. 11. For more information on the grade level schedule, visit

In the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, the first day for kindergarten through fifth, sixth and ninth grades will be Monday, Aug. 15. The first day for all remaining students will be Tuesday, Aug. 16. The district is holding family advocacy days Aug. 10 to 12. For more information, see

In the Bonner Springs school district, classes begin Aug. 17. For more information, see

Free fireworks event scheduled tonight at Pierson Park

Fireworks in the Park is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Pierson Park, 1800 S. 55th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The fireworks show will be weather-permitting. It is open to the public. There is no admission charge.

This event is sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission. Partners for the event are the Unified Government, Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department and Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.

There is a map on the TRC website at
showing where people are allowed and where they are not allowed during the fireworks show.

According to the website, when all the parking lots are full, the entrances to the park will be closed. Shelter 1 and Pierson Hall will be closed, while the other shelters will be open. There will be no parking on 55th Street. No alcohol or drugs will be allowed inside the park. No persons will be allowed within the safety perimeter for this event.

For more fireworks information, visit

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.