Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Kevin Yoder was a judge at an SM North debate tourney Friday. Photo via SMSD.org.
Kevin Yoder was a judge at an SM North debate tourney Friday. Photo via SMSD.org.

Yoder judges at SM North debate tourney. Congressman Kevin Yoder brought his expertise in debate to SM North last Friday, where he served as a judge at the SM North Invitational Debate Tournament.

Nine SM East, 7 SM North wrestlers qualify for state. SM East and SM North will be well represented at the state wrestling meet this weekend in Park City. Nine Lancer grapplers qualified for the season-ending tournament in regionals competition, as did seven wrestlers from SM North. The SM East wrestlers are: Mike Bamford, who won the 145-pound regional title, Marshall Green, who won the 152-pound regional title, Jack Carter, Justin Finnigan, Drake Yost, Zach Rome, Michael Aldrich, Sachary Ortiz and Armando Martinez. The SM North wrestlers are: Johathan Presler, who won the 220-pound regional title, Jacob Guthrie, who won the 285-pound regional title, Joe Steve, Noah McGinnis, Cesar Salgado, Alonso Salgado and Jose Nippert.

State tornado drill set for March 3. Local law enforcement agencies are reminding residents that the National Weather Service has scheduled a state-wide tornado drill in Kansas for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. The drill will be postponed until Thursday, March 5 if there is inclement weather on that Tuesday.

Price Chopper in Roeland Park evacuated.  The Roeland Park Price Chopper was evacuated Monday night for a short time, reportedly due to a bomb threat. The store was reopened  later without incident. One customer told KCTV5 that it was a stampede when it was announced that customers needed to leave the store. The threat was called in shortly before 5:30 p.m. [Price Chopper in Roeland Park back open after evacuation – KCTV5]

Menards plan for Kmart building put to an end.  Merriam cancelled a public hearing Monday night that had originally been set on a plan to expand a development district to accommodate a new Menards store. Official notices had already gone out for the hearing when Menards pulled the plug on its plans to build a new store on the site. “I was pretty disappointed that we got that news,” said Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom. No one showed up to talk about the plan.

Sales exchanges in parking lot draw attention. Merriam will take steps to put an end to the use of parking lot for exchange of items sold online. Dozens of cars were recently in the old Kmart parking lot on a weekend with trunks open. The gathering was reportedly to exchange items that had been sold on the internet. Merriam officials talked Monday about code violations with the practice and taking steps to end it.

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