Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Prairie Village traffic units to participate in presidential motorcade. Three Prairie Village Police traffic units will be assisting in the motorcade that will escort President Obama from the Topeka airport to his appearance in Lawrence Thursday. “It take a lot of resources to pull a motorcade like that off,” said Police Chief Wes Jordan. “These motorcade units from all over the area train together. When they ask for help, we try to give it.”

MaxPreps recaps Tour of Champions award presentation at SM East. MaxPreps, the national high school sports website that’s part of, published an overview of its presentation of a Tour of Champions award to SM East’s football team last week. [MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions celebrates Shawnee Mission East High School — MaxPreps]

Star profiles former PV Mayor Shaffer as he moves to County Commission. The Kansas City Star this week profiled Ron Shaffer, the departed Prairie Village mayor who last week moved to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. ““I have learned to listen to all sides of an issue before making a decision,” Shaffer told the Star. “It’s something I also do in my position as an architect. I have to determine what’s appropriate for each circumstance.” [Former Prairie Village mayor looks to county duties — Kansas City Star]

Bishop Miege hires longtime soccer coach’s son to replace him. Fans of Bishop Miege soccer will recognize the name of the school’s new coach. Joe Huppe announced his retirement in December after 22 years at Miege. This week, the school announced that Huppe’s son Nate would take his father’s place. “He is a Bishop Miege alumnus, cares greatly about our soccer programs, and is determined to see that we remain a solid winning program,” said athletic director Mike Hubka in a release on the announcement.

“Hunter Pence sign lady” performing stand up Sunday. Rachel Raile, the Prairie Village woman whose yard full of Hunter Pence signs during the World Series attracted national attention, is set to perform a stand up set at 7 p.m. this Sunday at Stanford’s Comedy Club at 119th and Metcalf. Raile has performed in California and New York in the past, but has been out of the stand up circuit for a while. “I’m getting back into standup after over 10 years (you know, parenting and all),” she said.