Northeast Johnson County Fourth of July morning roundup


SM North football coach resigns after one season. For the second time in as many years, SM North’s football program will have a new coach when its season begins this fall. Eli Underwood at The Sunflower League Football Blog reported Wednesday that Simmons resigned last week to take the head coaching job at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, Ark. Simmons was a well-known figure in the area prior to taking the SM North job, having led the Blue Valley North Mustangs to a 37-10 record over five seasons, including a 9-1 record in 2001. Last season, he started mostly underclassmen in an effort to give them real game experience and accelerate their development. The Indians went 0-9 in 2013, just as they did in 2012. Assistant coach Ben Bartlett has been named Simmons’ interim replacement. [SM North’s Simmons resigns – The Sunflower League Football Blog]

Fourth of July fun around the area. In case you missed it earlier this week, here’s a link to our rundown of the Fourth of July celebrations slated throughout the area.

Prairie Village family reunited with dog after it was mistakenly adopted from shelter. A Prairie Village family whose cockatoo Alfie escaped its home and was delivered to the Great Plains SPCA is back with its owners after having mistakenly been adopted by another family. There was a miscommunication and the other family thought Alfie was up for adoption. [Missing dog Alfie returned to family — Fox 4]

Northeast Johnson County students make Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State. Fort Hays State University has released its Deans Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester, and two northeast Johnson County natives made the list. They are Jason Michael Foster, a 2013 SM North High graduate majoring in political science; and Molly Kathleen Simons, a Prairie Village native pursuing a second degree in elementary education.