Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Briarwood students celebrate Earth Day with new recycling bins. Briarwood was one of the 17 Shawnee Mission School District schools to receive new color coded recycling and composting bins with stipends from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Principal Chris Lash and members of the student council met with Jim Callier of US EPA Region 7, Sadie Gardner of Johnson County Health & Environment, and SMSD Sustainability and Community Engagement Coordinator Joan Leavens on Friday to receive the new bins.

USA Today profiles SM East’s Joey Wentz. USA Today national high school sports writer Jim Halley profiled SM East senior Joey Wentz as part of the paper’s ALL-USA team watch, noting that despite his reputation as a power hitting prospect, his pitching this season has been amazing as well. The top-ranked Lancers are slated to play defending state champion Lawrence Free State, currently ranked second in Kansas, today at 4:30 p.m. — but weather is likely to be a consideration. [ALL-USA Watch: Joey Wentz’s has been Dr. No for Shawnee Mission East — USA Today]

Fire damages Roeland Park home. Firefighters were called to a house on 47th Terrace in Roeland Park at about 3 a.m. this morning after being called by the homeowner. The woman said she smelled smoke after a storm came through and the lights went out. [Fire damages home in Roeland Park –]

Chamber sponsors Google workshop. The NEJC Chamber is partnering with Googles’ Get Your Business Online team to host a free workshop for local small business. The workshop will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. May 4 at Sylvester Powell Community Center. Registration is due with the Chamber by May 2.

Mission man killed in car wreck near Abilene. Mission resident Larry J. Velasquez died in a single-car accident on eastbound I-70 outside Abilene when his Jeep Grand Cherokee ran off the road. Velasquez was 69. [Mission man killed in I-70 crash — Kansas City Star]

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