SM North NJROTC team wins regional championship. The SM North NJROTC team successfully defended its regional championship in Las Cruces, N.M. The Indians finished first in six events and second in five events. It is the team’s ninth consecutive regional championship. The victory in the nine-team field earned SM North its 10th consecutive appearance at the national championship in April in Pensacola, Fla. The team is 57-1 in meets for the year. SM North finished first in these events: Armed Exhibition Drill, Unarmed Exhibition Drill, Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, 100 Yard Relay, 200 Yard Relay; and second in these events: Academics, Inspection, Color Guard, Armed Regulation Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill.
KCP&L seeking rate increase. The city of Prairie Village on Tuesday alerted residents that Kansas City Power & Light had filed a petition with the Kansas Corporation Commission to increase electric service rates in their coverage area by 12.5 percent. The city estimates that the rate hike, if approved, would raise the average Prairie Village homeowner’s bill by $11.67 per month. The new rates would likely go into effect this fall.
Roeland Park quarterly community forum is Monday. An update on the status of the Cedar Roe Library will be among the topics for the quarterly community forum held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Roeland Park Community Center. County Librarian Sean Casserley will give the update and gather thoughts about the future of the library. The library system is in the process of creating a master plan that could affect the future of Cedar Roe. In addition, updates will be provided on the community center improvement plans and there will be a city economic update from Mayor Joel Marquardt.
Shawnee Mission poster at center of sex ed bill. The Kansas House Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would require students to opt in to take sex education in school, not opt out as is the current practice in Shawnee Mission. A controversy over a poster in a Hocker Grove class is at the center of the new legislation. [Kansas lawmakers consider requiring parental consent for sex education – Kansas City Star]
Mayors oppose election change. Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom and Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt have both expressed their opposition to a bill in the Kansas Legislature that would move municipal and school board elections to the fall and make them partisan. Both Sissom and Marquardt noted the opposition to the move from the League of Kansas Municipalities and other organizations. Both mayors made their comments during city council meetings.
Move to take items off consent agenda fails. The Roeland Park City Council this week had a larger than usual number of items – 12 total – on its consent agenda and Ryan Kellerman, the city’s newest council member asked that several of them be removed. Kellerman argued that the items deserved their own votes. Kellerman’s motion to remove the items died for lack of a second from the other six councilors present. Kellerman also was the lone dissenting vote during the evening on votes regarding R Park park benches and tables, repairs to the skateboard park, and a rental inspection ordinance. Kellerman had opposed a water fountain for the skateboard park, suggesting it might be vandalized.
Arrest made in reported Merriam kidnapping attempt. Merriam police said they received tips after releasing surveillance photos of a man that led to an arrest in Olathe. The 24-year-old is being held in Johnson County jail as a suspect in an alleged attempted kidnapping at a Merriam business Monday morning. [Arrest made in reported kidnapping attempt at a Merriam business – Kansas City Star]
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