Fatal accident reported on Barnett

A fatal accident was reported at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, in the 900 block of Barnett Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, according to a police spokesman.

Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene on an injury accident, the spokesman stated.

When they arrived, officers found a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle, according to the spokesman.

The pedestrian was taken to a hospital, and succumbed to injuries, the spokesman stated.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Traffic Division. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Temperatures mild today, cold front moves in tonight

Snow may be melting today as temperatures hit 54, but a cold front will move in tonight, leading to much colder temperatures, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
The wind chill could reach minus 2 on Thursday morning. (National Weather Service graphic)
Wind chills on Friday morning may be 5 degrees. (National Weather Service graphic)

Today will be the mildest day of the week, with temperatures reaching 54 before a cold front moves in tonight.

A strong cold front will move into the region Tuesday night and Wednesday, leading to much colder temperatures, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Gusty winds of 25 to 30 mph are expected Tuesday night and Wednesday behind the cold front as temperatures plummet, the weather service said.

Tuesday’s high will be near 54, but on Wednesday, temperatures will fall to around 19 by 5 p.m., according to the weather service. Thursday’s high will be near 18. Temperatures will rebound a bit on Friday, to a high near 29.

Today’s skies will be mostly sunny, with a high near 54 and a south southwest wind of 6 to 10 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 22 and a southwest wind of 5 to 10 mph becoming north 11 to 16 mph after midnight, according to the weather service. Winds may gust as high as 29 mph.

Wednesday, it will be mostly cloudy, with temperatures falling to around 19 by 5 p.m., the weather service said. A north wind of 15 to 17 mph will gust as high as 29 mph.

Wednesday night, it will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low of 5. Wind chill values will be between minus 3 and 2. A north wind of 7 to 14 mph will gust as high as 18 mph.

Thursday, it will be sunny, with a high near 18 and a north wind of 5 to 8 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 5, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be sunny, with a high near 29, the weather service said.

Friday night, it will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 20, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 35, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 17, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be sunny, with a high near 41, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 24, according to the weather service.

Monday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 44, the weather service said.

Keynote speaker at KCK Dr. King Day celebration addresses voting rights issue

Instead of the will of the people being done, it seems like the will of a few are being done, said the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration in Kansas City, Kansas, on Jan. 17.

Every man and woman should be able to vote, but it seems that society is trying to make it harder and harder to have that basic right to vote, said Pastor Roger Bernard, keynote speaker, and president of the Central States Conference of Seventh Day Adventist.

Bernard said trying to shorten the voting day hurts people, including minorities who sometimes hold jobs where they can’t get time off.

He cited recent events as an example of a decaying democracy, where those who scream the loudest, give the most money or filibuster the longest get the most attention, instead of the will of the people being done.

“We are living in a time when people don’t seem to care about each other,” Bernard noted.

In an out-of-control world, is there a solution, he asked in his speech.

He cited a Bible passage from Luke 18 about a persistent widow who visited a judge for justice. Although the judge didn’t fear God or care whether justice was done, the judge eventually took action because the woman kept pestering him.

That’s the attitude people should take today, Bernard said. People should wear out their knees calling on the name of the Lord, praying in the morning, evening, at night and constantly, he said.

“Unlike this unjust judge, God will not get tired of hearing his people, coming to Him pleading for relief,” he said. “God is just waiting for his people to come to him.”

The more people plead with God, with humble hearts, to help get their democracy back and help them to vote, the more God will respond, because God will know his people are serious, he said.

Pastor Bernard spoke during a pre-recorded video for the Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration this year, held remotely because of rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the community. The video is available for viewing at https://www.facebook.com/kckmlkcelebration. Originally, the event had been scheduled for Memorial Hall as an in-person celebration.

Mayor Tyrone Garner, the first African-American mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, issued a proclamation of Jan. 17 as Dr. Martin Luther King Day. He said Dr. King’s teachings continue to guide and inspire them to address local inequities. He encouraged residents to give back to the community in service to increase equity and opportunity for all citizens.

He quoted Dr. King as saying, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Dr. Anna Stubblefield, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, also spoke. She quoted Dr. King’s saying, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

She called on residents to reflect on how to work together to put systems in place where children can learn, grow and thrive, and how to make cities better for children.

“Think of one small thing you can do,” she said, and practice it every day.

The video featured several musical selections led by Alicia Saunders and a choir. Selections also included Paula Saunders-Lewis Lead, “Oh How Precious,” and “You Deserve It,” with Bishop Cortez Vaughn, Evangelistic Center KCK.

During the invocation, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas prayed for all those afflicted by COVID-19, health care workers and those entrusted to their care. He said God sent his Son to forge bonds of brotherhood, toward love and peace, not hatred and bigotry.

Dr. King was a true American hero and minister of the gospel, sent as a prophet to forge a way for the nation to overcome bigotry, he said.

The Rev. Tony Carter, Salem Missionary Baptist Church, welcomed viewers to the celebration. He asked people to consider giving to the scholarship fund to a level commensurate with what God has been doing in their lives.

Dr. Clarence Small, general coordinator of the KCK Martin Luther King celebration, and chairman of the Bethel SDA of Kansas City, Kansas, said KCK was one of the first cities to recognize Dr. King’s birthday, even before the national holiday was established. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, they were not able to come together as they had originally planned this year, but their vision remains to have a celebration for 2023, with a goal to revitalize the event, he said. He said volunteers were needed to help with programming and fundraising.

An important part of the program was the announcement of scholarships for Wyandotte County students. The program’s goal was to raise $15,000 for scholarships according to the Rev. Donald Slack, 8th Street Baptist Church.

Scholarships were announced for several students at Piper, Schlagle, Sumner Academy, Harmon, Washington and Wyandotte high schools. People may contribute toward scholarships at https://gkccf.kimbia.com/king01.

In addition, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree announced that five scholarships were being presented by his office to students at Wyandotte, Schlagle, Sumner Academy, Bonner Springs and Piper. (No taxpayer money was used to fund the scholarships.)

“Education is the key to stopping crime and moving KCK forward,” Dupree said.

The Rev. Robert Milan Jr., pastor of Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, presented the closing benediction.

The program had many sponsors, both institutional and individuals, with many church donors from Kansas City, Kansas.