Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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The JO offering free bus rides all day Wednesday. If you need to get somewhere and are rideless today, you’re in luck. The JO is open its doors to travelers free of charge. From The Jo: “‘Free Ride Day on The JO is our way to say thank you to our regular riders and hopefully attract some new ones who’ve thought about riding the bus but never tried it before,’ says Cris Lowe, Community Relations Coordinator for Johnson County Transit. ‘Riders can take The JO Xpress to downtown Kansas City or hop on the K-10 Connector to spend the day in Lawrence, for example, for free, and can even enjoy free Wi-Fi on the ride.’The JO will also have a “selfie contest” on Wednesday. Riders who take a picture of themselves on a JO bus and post it on The JO Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for a prize pack.”

Prairie Village police action helped crash victim survive fire. Fox 4 aired a piece Wednesday on the news we brought you yesterday morning regarding the use of a special fire extinguisher that helped responders get a man out of a fiery wreckage of his truck alive. [Without powerful fire extinguishers, police would not have known man was inside burning truck — Fox 4]

Prescription drug take back scheduled in Fairway. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Price Chopper in Roeland Park or the Hen House in Fairway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The police departments in each community will be assisting with the drug take back. Anyone can dispose of accumulated, unwanted, unused prescription drugs by stopping at either location. No forms, questions or inconvenience involved.The drugs will be sealed and destroyed at an EPA approved incinerator.

Fairway sales tax forum set for Thursday. The second of two public forums to answer questions about the city’s upcoming vote on raising the sales tax will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fairway City Hall. Ballots are scheduled to mailed to registered voters in Fairway this week. An increased sales tax would pay for improvements at the city pool and the public works building.

Another big win from SM East lacrosse. The Lancers boys lacrosse team showed continued dominating form Tuesday as it beat Northland 14-2. SM East has four regular season games left before the playoffs begin, and it looks to three-peat as Lacrosse Association of Kansas City champions.

Recycling drop-off event. Saturday you can take a number of items to Mission’s Sylvester Powell Community Center to recycle. The multi-city event is sponsored by Fairway, Roeland Park, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Westwood and Westwood Hills. Tires, rims, monitors, televisions, gently worn shoes and furniture are just a few of the items that can be recycled from 8 a.m. to noon. A fee will charged by the vendors for some of the items. A full list and of accepted items and fees can be found here.

Four NEJC natives inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Four college students originally from the SM North area have been inducted into a prestigious national honor society. Membership requires approval by the chapter. The top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors at a college or university are eligible for induction. The students are:

  • Hassana Samassekou, University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter
  • Bonnie Postlethwaite, University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter
  • Gary Craig, University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter
  • Mary Cranor, Pittsburg State University chapter