SM East swimming and diving coach named Coach of the Year. Coach Wiley Wright has been named Coach of the Year for Kansas 6A swimming and diving for 2014. It is the fourth time Wright has received the honor, including 1990, 1995, 2005 and 2014. This is his 30th season coaching at SM East. It is also the 25th anniversary of the SM East Boys’ Swim and Dive first state championship under his leadership. He has led the team to seven state championships out of the school’s total of 12. He has coached approximately 1,200 athletes in the water over the years with a team this year of more than 60 swimmers and divers.
Spin! Pizza adds menu items by Michael Smith. Spin! Neapolitan Pizza has added small plates, shrimp dishes, a new dip and more sizes of beer and wine on an expanded menu. All of the dishes were created by chef partner Michael Smith who was named 2014 Chef Innovator of the Year by the National Restaurant Association. Spin! has six area locations, including one in Corinth Square in Prairie Village.
Mission Project to hold information night. The Mission Project, which supports adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and brain injury, will hold an informational meeting about the group and its support at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Sylvester Powell Community Center. Mission Project participants live independently with minimal support.
Old Neff Printing plant nearly ready for demolition. The Neff building in Mission where a new senior living apartment development is hoping to locate, is scheduled for demolition soon. The city reported that the contract calls for the demolition to occur by the end of February. Asbestos abatement at the building has been completed and most utilities have been removed.
Fairway police report jury scam. The Fairway Police Department has recently had reports of residents receiving phony calls from someone identifying themselves as a member of the Johnson County Sherrif’s Department. The caller tells the resident they failed to report for jury duty and will need to post a bond to avoid arrest. The caller them tells them to purchase a green dot money card to not have a warrant issued. Residents should call the sheriff’s department at 913-782-0720 to confirm validity of any calls.