Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Four SM East students qualified for a national tournament in Salt Lake City. Photo via Twitter.
Four SM East students qualified for a national tournament in Salt Lake City. Photo via Twitter.

Four SM East students qualify for National Speech and Debate Association tournament. SM East’s excellent debate program had another successful weekend as four students qualified for the National Speech and Debate association’s national tournament in Salt Lake City later this year. The students are: Jacob Roberts in humorous interpretation; Kate Higgins and Brena Levy in two person acting; and Megan Gertzen in dramatic interpretation.

McGinley sisters featured in University Daily Kansan. The University of Kansas’s student newspaper had a long look at SM East graduates and current Jayhawk softball standouts Erin and Shannon McGinley. [Sister, Sister: McGinley duo’s time apart brought them closer together — The University Daily Kansan]

Roeland Park approves new chicken permit. The Roeland Park City Council Monday approved a permit to keep chickens from a resident on West 50th Terrace. The latest approval brings the number of residents with permits to keep chickens in the city to eight.


Roeland Park City Council splits on dog license. Mayor Joel Marquardt voted to approve an animal license variance request after the council deadlocked in a 4-4 vote. The permit will allow three dogs at the residence if a yard security item found during inspection is repaired. Councilors Sheri McNeil, Tim Janssen, Ryan Kellerman and Michael Rhoades voted against the permit. The discussion included information that one of the dogs had bitten another dog in the past and that two neighbors of several contacted had opposed the permit.

Indian Hills students place in CAD competition. Indian Hills students were recently recognized at the Crayons to CAD competition at Bartle Hall for taking second and third place. The teams were asked to design a park and build a model of a community center. The second-place team from Indian Hills received a certificate for Best Set of Blueprints and the third-place team received a certificate for Best Landscape Plans. The National Institute for Construction Excellence sponsors the competition.

Registration closes today for first-ever Johnson County Track and Field Meet. Kids aged 6-14 who want to compete in the first-ever Johnson County Track and Field Meet April 30 at SM Northwest must be registered today. The event is free to both participants and spectators, and will feature the following events: 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter and 1600 meter runs, the long jump, and the turbo throw. [Johnson County Track and Field Meet on April 30 — City of Prairie Village]

Filmmaker to address Families for Mental Health support group Thursday at Village Presbyterian. Kevin Bryce, the director of the award-winning documentary “About All These Flowers” which takes a hard look at bi-polar disorder, will be on had at Village Presbyterian Church on Thursday from 7-8 p.m. to discuss the film with the Families for Mental Health education and support group.

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