Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Photo via Instagram.
Photo via Instagram.

SM East’s competition cheer squad cleans up at Best of the Midwest. It was a great day to be a Lancer in Olathe on Saturday as SM East’s competition cheerleading squad put in a series of amazing performances at the Best of the Midwest Cheer Festival. Hosted at Olathe Northwest, the competition brought together dozens of the best cheer squads in the region. The Lancers earned top ratings for their team competition routine, an individual stunt routine, team pyramid and team GPA. Here’s a video of the team competition routine shot by parent Mike Pruneau:

Rain totals top two inches in NEJC. The past 72 hours have seen more than two inches of rain pile up in northeast Johnson County. The weather station at 74th Street and Brush Creek recorded a total of 2.285 inches since Saturday night.

Yoder signs on to letter to Obama opposing Guantanamo Bay detainees coming to Leavenworth. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder was among the elected officials to sign on to a letter discouraging President Barack Obama from okaying the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Fort Leavenworth. The letter says that “moving these terrorists to our community could jeopardize our families, schools and downtown businesses [in Leavenworth].” [Kansas Elected Officials Send Letter to President on GTMO — Congressman Kevin Yoder]

Last day to join Roeland Park decorating contest. Today is the deadline for applications to enter the Roeland Park outdoor holiday decorating contest. The judging will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gift cards will be awarded for first, second and third place. Applications are available at Roeland Park City Hall.

Merriam residents divided on open burning. The public comment time at Merriam City Council meetings has drawn voices on both sides of the city’s law that allows open during of leaves and yard waste. Bruce Rainey has appeared several times asking the council to end open burning. “Stop damaging the health of Merriam and its kids,” he pleaded Monday. Two other residents spoke in favor of continuing open burning. Sam Matier told the council that “fires are a part of nature” and that “there is no evidence that burning creates a health hazard.” He added, “if you’ve got asthma, if you have health problems, you shouldn’t be in Merriam.” Most surrounding cities ban open burning.

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