Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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From left, Don Wise, YLI Co-Facilitator; Gabe Clark; Quentin Jerrell; Arjun Mahajan; Betsy Smoot; Nathan Del Rio; Donna Lauffer, YLI Chair; John Alex Jensen and Susan Keim, YLI Co-Facilitator, at the scholarship awards ceremony.

OP Rotary awards SM East student, announces charitable donations for 2015. Late last month, the Overland Park Rotary club met to celebrate the results of its 24th annual July Fourth Star Spangled Spectacular gift giving campaign. With the support of First National Bank, the group raised more than $102,000 for area charities and scholarship programs. Among the beneficiaries of the funds raised was the Rotary Club’s Youth Leadership Institute, which delivered scholarships to three participants based on essays they submitted. SM East junior John Alex Jensen received the top award of $1,500.

SM East boys soccer notches exciting Senior Night win. SM East’s boys soccer team advanced to 8-3-1 on the year with a Senior Night victory Tuesday — but not without a major challenge from Lawrence Free State. The Lancers and Firebirds were tied at one at the end of regulation, but the Lancers scored an overtime goal to secure the victory.


Shawnee Mission asks for direction on codes. Fueled by a $223 million bond issue earlier this year, the Shawnee Mission School District has embarked on building projects all across the district. That has prompted the district to ask for clarification about which building codes it should follow – those of the individual cities in which the project is taking place, or the state building codes. The district touches 14 cites in Johnson County, each with their own codes. [Construction push raises codes question – The Kansas City Star]

First performance at Karbank building. Last month the Mission Woods Board of Zoning Appeals approved a Special Use Permit for a building at 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway to allow for a performance space, event space and a cafe and restaurant. The building, being remodeled by Karbank Real Estate, will hold its first performance- the Tatsuya Gong Orchestra – this Thursday in an event open to the public. [Effortlessly engaging percussionist to conduct homegrown Gong Orchestra – The Kansas City Star]

Old Merriam Dutch Maid property may be up for sale.  A property owned by the City of Merriam that formerly was home to the Dutch Maid Hotel at 5024 Merriam Drive may come up for sale in the near future. The old hotel was razed and the land has been sitting vacant. The city plans to rezone the property through the plan commission and then offer it for sale. Some interest has been expressed in a purchasing the property, but it will be offered to all bidders when it goes on the market. The city bought the property at a tax sale.

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