AT&T to offer GigaPower in Mission Hills. Mission Hills’ Architectural Review Board this week gave first approval to AT&T to bring its GigaPower high-speed internet service to the city. Previously, AT&T had announced it would offer the service in Prairie Village and Fairway in northeast Johnson County. The Mission Hills approval is good for just one section of the city. The company will have to seek ARB approval for four additional sections to cover all of Mission Hills.
SM East students start campaign against offensive post. A group of more than 20 black students at SM East are starting an Instagram campaign in response to an Instagram post, presumed to be from a SM East student, last month that included racial slurs. SM East Principal John McKinney called the original post offensive to every student. [Shawnee Mission East students launch campaign to challenge hateful words – The Kansas City Star]
NEJC students make it to geography bee.Charles Birt, a sixth-grader at Belinder; Asa Martin, a seventh-grader at Hocker Grove Middle School; and Ian Gould, a seventh-grader at Indian Hills Middle School are among the Shawnee Mission students who will be participating in the Kansas state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The state competition will be held at the Eisenhower Presidential Center in Abilene.
Forum on county mental health slated for Prairie Village. The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will sponsor a forum on “The Status of Mental Health Services in Johnson County” at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 18. The panel will feature Tim DeWeese, Executive Director of the Johnson County Health Department; Kyle Kessler, Executive Director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas; Jason Hess, Executive Director of Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center; Sharon Manson, member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Johnson County.Moderator will be League member and former state representative Jill Quigley.
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