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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards More Than $70,000 To Kansas Schools, Nonprofits And Literacy Organizations

Grants provide funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs Goodlettsville, Tennessee – May 15, 2017 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $70,000 in literacy grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a(…)

Wyandotte County Benefits From Transition to AVID powered by iNSPECT

We are excited to announce that the Wyandotte County Register of Deeds Office has fully integrated our assisted-indexing technology, iNSPECT, with AVID! iNSPECT reads the document in process and presents key index data to the user to be validated for indexing. Since iNSPECT recognizes the data for the user instead of the user having to(…)

Insurance Matters Retirement Planning Requires Basic Education, Assistance

By Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner Of Insurance TOPEKA, KS – Changes in employee benefits, health care, longer life spans, and uncertainty with Social Security and Medicare are challenges for today’s older Kansans. Those in their 40s,  50s and 60s should look to develop financial preparedness for their retirement years. Preparing yourself and your family(…)

IRS Explains How Offer In Compromise Works

Taxpayers who have a tax debt they cannot pay may have heard that they can settle their tax debt for less than the full amount owed. It’s called an Offer in Compromise. Before applying for an Offer in Compromise, here are some things to know: . In general, the IRS cannot accept a settlement offer(…)

Bonner Springs City Wide Yard Sale

Bonner Springs, KS – Spring is here, so it’s time to do some cleaning!  The Bonner Springs Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual Spring City Wide Yard Sale for those interested in buying or selling goods on Saturday, April 29th. This is a chance for you to clean out the closets, garage, and(…)

Celebrate Diversity At The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival

Music, dancing and ethnic foods will fill the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House as part of the 12th annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival: A Human Family Reunion. The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 15 in the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave. Admission and parking are(…)

New Rankings Show Healthiest And Least Healthy Counties In Kansas

Premature Death Rates Improve In 21 Counties And Worsen In 18 Counties Princeton, N.J. and Madison, Wis. – Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Labette County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the eighth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University(…)

Bonner Springs Welcomes Police Chief Naff

Bonner Springs Welcomes Police Chief Naff

Bonner Springs, Kansas – Bonner Springs Police Chief William “Billy” Naff officially started duty on Monday, March 20, 2017. “Mr. Naff is a progressive leader with a hands-on approach to community policing, and will be a great fit for Bonner Springs,” said City Manager Sean Pederson. “I am confident in his ability to lead our(…)

IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of April 1 Deadline To Take Required Retirement Plan Distributions

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who turned age 70? during 2016 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Saturday, April 1, 2017. The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional (including SEP and SIMPLE) IRAs(…)

Consumer Corner: Avoid These Most-Common Scams Of 2016

By Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt This week – the first full week of March – we observe National Consumer Protection Week. While our office focuses year-round on protecting consumers from scams and rip-offs, this week in particular we remind Kansans to be diligent in keeping themselves safe. It is also one of our customs(…)

Unified Government Launches Trailblazing Public Records Portal

The Unified Government today announces the launch of a new online portal that will make the fulfillment of public records request easier and more transparent, the first of its kind in Kansas. “The Unified Government is required by the Kansas Open Records Act to provide records that already exist. I believe that public records are(…)

Itemize or Choose the Standard Deduction

Most taxpayers claim the standard deduction when they file their federal tax return. However, some filers may be able to lower their tax bill by itemizing. Find out which way saves the most money by figuring taxes both ways. The IRS offers the following six tips to help taxpayers decide: Use IRS Free File. Most(…)

Younger Millennials Top List Of Worst Behaved Drivers

New Study Shows Almost 90 Percent Engage in Risky Behavior (But They’re Not Alone!) A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that young millennials are the riskiest drivers – but none of us are really setting a good example. According to the study, almost 90 percent of young millennials – defined(…)

2017 J.C. Harmon Sports Hall Of Fame Inductees And Hall Of Fame Day

The J.C. Harmon Sports Hall of Fame will induct it’s 2017 Class on February 17, 2017. Seven individuals will be inducted at the halftime of the J.C. Harmon boys basketball game with Atchison. The induction ceremony will be the highlight of a day long celebration. Inductees will speak to an assembly of current Harmon athletes(…)

United Way of Wyandotte County president announces retirement

Kansas City, KS (January 24, 2017) Wendell Maddox, President and CEO of United Way of Wyandotte County recently announced he plans to retire on June 30, 2017. Maddox has been with United Way of Wyandotte County for 17 years, 12 years as president. “Wendell Maddox has been a forward thinking, trustworthy, and motivating leader of(…)

First-Ever Online Data Tool Allows Kansas City To Examine Urban Health By Neighborhood — And Take Action

Pilot health dashboard will greatly expand city’s understanding of health & well-being and how it can be improved Over 80 percent of the United States population lives in urban areas. Yet Kansas City, Kansas and other cities seeking to make health improvements have lacked a standardized tool to understand and benchmark their city’s standing on(…)