Error leads to widespread distribution of NotifyJoCo message. A message intended to go to just a small portion of south Leawood on Saturday instead reached approximately 125,000 phones throughout Johnson County, including Prairie Village, Mission Hills and Westwood. Leawood police were trying to alert residents in the target area that a domestic violence suspect was on the loose in the area. “The Leawood Police Department would like to apologize for the ill-advised alert and the unnecessary contact of people who should not have received the alert and anyone else otherwise inconvenienced by it,” the department said in a written statement. [Leawood police apologize for inadvertent phone messages — Kansas City Star]
KCBJ features Story’s Thorne-Thomsen. The Kansas City Business Journal this week published a profile on the Village Shops’ Story restaurant and owner/chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen, who came to cooking while working as a writer. “I’d be writing, but really I’d be waiting for that time I could stop writing and go to the kitchen, make chocolate cake, make beef stew, figure out how to roast a chicken properly,” he tells the paper. [Story plays key role in dishes, life for Prairie Village chef – Kansas City Business Journal]
Fairway’s Peterson Park closed for maintenance Tuesday. Crews working to replace the fiber chips that surround the playground at Fairway’s Peterson Park will necessitate the closure of the park Tuesday morning. Work is expected to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude in the early afternoon. The whole playground area will be closed off during the work.
Retirement reception set for Corinth principal Emley. Corinth Elementary principal Ken Emley will be closing a 45-year career in education at the end of this school year, and the Corinth community will wish him a happy retirement in style. Emley started his career in Wichita before moving to Emporia and then the Blue Valley school district. He has been principal at Corinth for nine years. On Thursday, May 15 there will be an all-school assembly at 2 p.m. for current students and staff followed by a reception from 3:15-4:30 p.m. that will be open to Corinth alumni, parents, teachers, friends and family.
Village Crawfish Festival benefits Head Start. Head Start of Shawnee Mission has been selected as the beneficiary of the 13th annual Village Crawfish Festival which will be held May 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. at St. Pius X Church at 5500 Woodson in Mission. The Secret Order of Crawdaddies will be serving up the boiled crawfish, red beans and rice, barbecue pork, whole pig and beignets. More information on tickets is available here.
MainStream Coalition legislative forum cancelled. A planned legislative session scheduled for Thursday has been called off. Legislators on the panel feared the legislative veto session which begins Wednesday would run late into the evening and make it impossible for them to attend. The next MainStream legislative session is scheduled for May 29.