Lancer Senior Night festivities scheduled ahead of SM East-SM North game Thursday. Northeast Johnson County rivals SM East and SM North will meet for the third and final week of district play Thursday — and it’s likely to be a special evening for the 25 seniors on this year’s Lancer team. This year’s graduating football players were sophomores when the Lancers made their unexpected run to the state championship game in 2013. Many were on the field last year when the Lancers brought home the school’s first-ever state title. Lancer Gridiron Club organizers are encouraging fans and parents to get to the stadium early Thursday to help recognize this year’s seniors during a pre-game ceremony set to commence at 6:30 p.m. at SM North District Stadium. The ceremony will also include recognition for senior members of the band and cheerleading squad as well as the football team managers.
Shawnee Mission looking at therapeutic day school. The Shawnee Mission School District is exploring the possibility of adding a therapeutic day school that would provide services for the emotional and mental health needs of children in the district. Superintendent Jim Hinson raised the possibility during one of his “super chats” at Trailridge Middle School. Shawnee Mission does not have a therapeutic day school but some nearby districts do have them. [Shawnee Mission School District begins discussions on therapeutic day school – The Kansas City Star]
Guilty plea entered in murder of Prairie Village man. Dustin Maynard of De Soto pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 2013 killing of 21-year-old Jordan MacDonald of Prairie Village. Maynard pleaded to first-degree murder and will be sentenced in December. He admitted to stabbing and strangling MacDonald and burning his body. [De Soto man pleads guilty in murder of Prairie Village man – The Kansas City Star]
SM North gymnasts eighth in state. The SM North gymnastics team finished in eighth place as a team in the recent state meet. Natalie Lanman finished sixth in the vault and Elia Robertson was 10th in the bars.
Pets die in Merriam apartment fire. An apartment fire in the 7300 block of Brittany St. in Merriam Tuesday night resulted in the deaths of a cat and four parakeets. Merriam police and the Overland Park Fire Department responded to the fire at 6:49 p.m. The cause of the fire is believed to be an accidental grease fire from cooking. The building was evacuated and none of the human occupants were injured. The fire is estimated to have caused about $200,000 in damage.
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