Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


SM East's debate team celebrating its weekend wins.
SM East’s debate team celebrating its weekend wins.

SM East debate teams qualify for nationals in Sacramento. Two SM East debate teams earned a trip to the Catholic Forensic League’s national tournament this May by placing among the top six teams at the regional qualifier over the weekend. Bhavish Dinakar and Spencer Mitchell took first in the tourney, followed by teammates Will Bledsoe and Nathan Paris.

World War II vets remember Pearl Harbor. KMBC on Monday profiled a group of World War II veterans who gathered at The Big Biscuit in Prairie Village to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacked that precipitated the United States’ entry in the war. [Pearl Harbor survivors share stories on attack’s 74th anniversary — KMBC]

Roeland Park looks at regulation on dumpster bags. Dumpster bags that are used for disposal of construction materials or other debris were the subject of a Roeland Park discussion regarding regulation. City staff said the bags do not fit well in existing code. Mayor Joel Marquardt said the bags should have a cap on them or be banned. Other councilors favored a shorter time for the bags to be outside a home, but thought a cap was unrealistic. No decision was made.

Chamber schedules State of Cities Luncheon. The annual State of the Cities Luncheon, sponsored by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Jan. 20 at the Overland Park Marriott. All NEJC mayors have been invited to give a brief address on the latest updates, accomplishments and expectations for his or her city. The Northeast Johnson County area includes the cities of Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood and Westwood Hills. The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and tickets are $35. Reservations can be made by contacting the Chamber.

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