Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Joey Wentz, third from right, just missed the cut to compete in the Junior Home Run Derby final today.
Joey Wentz, third from right, just missed the cut to compete in the Junior Home Run Derby final today. Photo via USA Baseball Twitter account.

Wentz takes part in Junior Home Run Derby in Cincinnati. SM East’s Joey Wentz was one dinger away from a shot at earning the Junior Home Run Derby title as part of this year’s All Star Game festivities in Cincinnati. Wentz found out he was one of eight high-school players selected to compete in the derby while trying out for Team USA’s under 18 team last month. Wentz finished third in the preliminary round with eight knocks. The top two finishers, who will compete in today’s final, finished with 10 and 9, respectively.

Rose speculates on roads to a Kansas constitutional crisis. The buzz around political circles in northeast Johnson County and beyond is that a contingent of conservative legislators may very well be relishing the prospect of a constitutional crisis in Kansas that would provide an avenue to change or remove the “adequate funding” provision of the state’s governing document. Former Johnson County Publisher Steve Rose used his weekend column in the Kansas City Star to analyze  possible scenarios that might touch off a crisis. [Echoes of a defiant governor ripple in Kansas — Kansas City Star]

Shawnee Mission parent quoted in teacher exit story. Judith Deedy, a leader in the pro-education Game On organization, is quoted in a story about the number of teachers leaving Kansas Schools. A total of 3,720 Kansas teachers have left the state, retired or taken jobs outside of education. The number is a significant increase from just a couple of years ago. [More Kansas teachers levin the state, retiring – Lawrence Journal-World]

More coverage of Mission budget issues. The possibility of Mission raising property tax and stormwater fees to cover shortfalls, partially caused by an adverse court ruling on the transportation fee it charges, received coverage from KSHB – 41, including interviews with Mayor Steve Schowengerdt and Becky Hanf at Mission Fresh Produce. The original story from last week can be found here. [Mission grapples to raise money after driveway tax ruled illegal; property taxes expected to go up – KSHB 41]

Mission police, public works draw attention to crosswalks. Part of the reconstruction of Johnson Drive in downtown Mission included adding pedestrian beacons to some Johnson Drive intersections, but not all drivers are yielding at other crosswalks, according to the city. Police and public works have put new signs out telling motorists to yield to pedestrians crossing and police plan to increase monitoring the area.

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