Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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A soggy Hog: KU's Hoglund Stadium was saturated with rain Thursday, postponing state baseball play.
A soggy Hog: KU’s Hoglund Stadium was saturated with rain Thursday, postponing state baseball play.

State baseball at the Hog washed out. SM East fans would have to wait another day to see the Lancers kick off their state tourney play. Thursday’s multiple rounds of severe weather altered the start of play for the first two quarterfinals games at Hoglund Stadium in Lawrence, and canceled the final two. The Olathe South-Washburn Rural game will start at 10 a.m. today with SM East’s game against Wichita West to follow 20 minutes later. Zeb Vermillion is expected to start the first game for the Lancers. Should the Lancers advance to the semifinal round, it would be played this afternoon. The championship game has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Johnson County agency warns of damage to senior care after state cuts. Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Director Dan Goodman this week issues a warning that the $2.1 million cut to Senior Care Act funding that came as part of Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget-balancing moves “will severely limit a primary resource which allows Johnson County seniors the independence from nursing facilities through in-home supports and services. We are concerned about the rapidly narrowing options seniors and their families have in Kansas.” The Johnson County agency administers programs that provide Meals on Wheels service, hot meals at neighborhood centers, in-home services and legal consultations, among others.


New stripped-down Metcalf South plan focuses on new Lowe’s store. LANE4 Property Group this week revealed its latest plans for the shuttered Metcalf South property, a significantly smaller proposal than the mixed-use development that couldn’t win Overland Park’s approval last year. The new proposal calls for an $80 million project that would be anchored by a Lowe’s and flanked by 52,000 square feet in smaller box store sites and 77,000 square feet of pad sites. [Developers take second crack at Metcalf South site with $80M retail plan — Kansas City Business Journal]

Summer lunch service starts next week in Shawnee Mission. The Shawnee Mission School District offers free hot lunches for all children ages 1-18. Summer Lunch Bunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday from June 1 to July 29. There will be no Summer Lunch Bunch on July 4. These meals, funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide a hot entree with a choice of numerous side dishes. The Shawnee Mission food services department will prepare and serve these lunches during the summer. Lunch Bunch will be held at the following schools: Apache, Bluejacket-Flint, Broken Arrow, Comanche, Merriam Park, Nieman, Overland Park, Rising Star, Roesland, Rosehill, and Shawanoe.

Mission council chooses officers. Debbie Kring is the new city council president in Mission and Pat Quinn will serve as vice-president. Ron Appletoft will head the finance committee and Arcie Rothrock will chair community development.

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