Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Graduate of the Citizens Police Academy received their diplomas Monday at Prairie Village City Hall.
Graduate of the Citizens Police Academy received their diplomas Monday at Prairie Village City Hall.

Prairie Village graduates new class from Citizens Police Academy. The Prairie Village city council this week recognized the latest group of area residents to complete the Citizens Police Academy program. The 11-week course teaches participants about the many facets of law enforcement, including traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation and firearm use.

PrepsKC recaps Lancers’ perfect season. High school football publication PrepsKC this week took a look back at the SM East football team’s historic 2014 season: “It’s not often that a team can run the table in Class 6A. A team needs to catch all the breaks, find a way to win an ugly game or sneak away with a win every once in a while. Or just be downright dominant all year long. Shawnee Mission East was the latter. And then some,” writes reporter Jim Bradford. [Sideline Pass — PrepsKC]

Two-hour parking limit in effect on Johnson Drive. One of the recommendations from Mission’s Johnson Drive Parking Task Force this fall was to institute a two-hour parking limit along the street when construction was complete. That parking limit is now in effect and signs are up in most blocks. Anyone who believes a vehicle is in violation, should call the police non-emergency number: 913-782-0720. An officer will chalk the tires and return in two hours to verify the violation. Extended parking is available in city lots which can be found on the Downtown Mission Public Parking Map.

Joyce DiDonato’s World Series anthem tops Wall Street Journal’s Best Sports and Arts Moments of 2014. The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog on Tuesday released a list of the top ten “Sports and Arts Moments of 2014,” and Prairie Village native Joyce DiDonato’s rendition of the National Anthem ahead of game seven of the World Series came out at number one. [The 10 Best Sports and Arts Moments of 2014 — Wall Street Journal]