Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Merriam church expansion at historic location gets city approval. The Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Merriam has been granted a conditional use permit which will allow it to build a 390-square foot addition to its fellowship hall. The permit was required by the expansion. The church is located in the former Walker School building which has significance in the history of school desegregation. The school board’s refusal to allow black children, who had gone to Walker, to attend the new South Park school in 1947 led to a lawsuit that was a forerunner of Brown v. Board of Education.

SM East’s Akshay Dinakar named “Young Achiever.” SM East graduated senior Akshay Dinakar was profiled this week by FOX4 as one of the station’s “Young Achievers.” Dinakar, who will be attending Stanford University in the fall, is spending part of his summer playing with the National Youth Orchestra. [Acclaimed student musician joining elite national youth orchestra — FOX4]

Mission police participate in fundraiser tonight. Mission police officers will be the wait staff at Johnny’s BBQ again tonight to raise money for Special Olympics Kansas. Officers will serve from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight and any extra tips from customers will be donated to the Special Olympics.

Prairie Village releases financial report. Prairie Village this month released its third annual Popular Annual Financial Report, a “user-friendly” summary of the city’s finances over the previous year. You can view the report here.

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