Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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image002SM North celebrates Black History Month. SM North students last week recognized Black History Month with their 14th annual Black History Month Program. The event featured student performances of poetry, music and dance. Dr. Bernard Franklin of Kansas State University served as this year’s keynote speaker.

Prairie Village will start accepting applications for exterior grant program March 1. Prairie Village residents who live in designated areas of the city will have the chance to get part of their home improvement projects reimbursed through the city’s exterior grant program. The city will start accepting applications for the program, which can provide up to $2,500 from the city for certain home improvement investments, on Tuesday, March 1. The applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. [2016 Exterior Grant Program — City of Prairie Village]

Mission police join enforcement around schools. From Feb. 29 through March 13, the Mission Police Department will join other agencies in a three-state area to stop the epidemic of teens who have lost their lives in car crashes and not using seatbelt. In 2015, 13 teens lost their lives in car crashes in Kansas and 40 percent of them were not properly restrained. During the special enforcement period, officers will issue citations to individuals for any traffic violations, including speeding, texting or failing to buckle up. “Even one teen death is unacceptable,” said Mission Police Chief Ben Hadley. “Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off and always buckle up.”

Roeland Park wins awards. Roeland Park was given awards for both financial reporting and traffic safety. The city won its 20th award for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and its second silver traffic award from KDOT and AAA. Only 23 police departments receive the award. Roeland Park’s participation in DUI enforcement and seat belt enforcement contributed to its high rating.

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