Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


A rendering of the proposed museum space at King Louie.

Johnson County board paves way for creation of “Arts and Heritage Center” at King Louie. The Johnson County board of county commissioners on Wednesday voted to dedicate $30 million to the renovation of the former King Louie bowling and ice skating facility into a “arts and heritage center” that will house the Johnson County Museum. The vote was 4-3, with commissioners John Toplikar, Michael Ashcraft and Jason Osterhaus dissenting. [Johnson County Commissioners vote to commit $30 million to convert King Louie into an arts and heritage center – The Pitch]

Go to college free for a day. Johnson County Community College will hold its Free College Day, an event that only happens once every other year, on April 18. Registration for the classes starts Monday, March 16.  More than 100 cases will be offered in a wide range of subjects. The 45-minute class sessions will start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. with free refreshments during the class breaks.  Class topics range from ancient Greek to making great coffee at home , backyard beekeeping, chemistry and cooking. Classes for children will be offered as well. A full class listing is available here.

TV covers student initiative to counter racial issues at SM East. Television stations in the metro picked up on the story of a group of SM East students who have launched a social media campaign to increase understanding of the minority student experience. [Shawnee Mission East students aim to stop hate — KCTV]

Johnson County holding electronic waste and recycling event Saturday. Johnson County will be holding its first electronic waste recycling event of the year this Saturday. Resident can drop off items including cameras, CD players, cell phones, all computer equipment, faxes, printers, video games and small kitchen appliances at the facility located near the county’s wastewater treatment plant. Appointments are required, and may be made by calling 913-715-6907.

Lancer Lacrosse wins season opener. The Lancer Lacrosse team got its 2015 campaign off to a good start with a season-opening win against Lee’s Summit North Thursday. The Lancers won 16-4.

Programmer from Leawood pleads guilty in Federal Reserve case. A former software programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City pleaded guilty to stealing software code. Hamid Tahmasebi of Leawood admitted emailing information to his personal accounts. [Leawood programmer guilty of stealing Federal Reserve Bank software code – Kansas City InfoZine]

Robotics competition kicks off. More than 54 robots and 1,000 high school students, including teams from SM East, SM North and Bishop Miege, will competing in the Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition today and tomorrow at the MCC Business and Technology campus in Kansas City. Schools have been building their robots for the competition since the first of the year. Qualification matches start this morning and final rounds are Saturday afternoon.

SM North students qualify for state press competition. Several SM North students placed in regional competition at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and qualified for the state competition in May. Qualifiers include: Sports Writing: Tevin Oller; News Writing: Carina Smith; Editorial Writing Contest: Dillon Torello; Yearbook Sports Contest: Oluoma Obi; Advertising Contest: Morgan Cole (2nd Place); Infographics Contest: Joe Roubinek; News Page Design Contest: Kylie Cameron; Photo Illustration Contest: Rachel Cunningham (3rd Place); Student Life Photography Contest: Kati Sneegas (2nd Place); YB Theme and Graphics Contest: Shannon and Bridget Wray.

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