Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Mattie Duncan (pink shirt), 5, of Mission was focused on the ball during the Roeland Park soccer clinic over the weekend. It was Mattie's first time to try the sport.
Mattie Duncan (pink shirt), 5, of Mission was focused on the ball during the Roeland Park soccer clinic over the weekend. It was Mattie’s first time to try the sport.

Soccer clinic raises money for R Park. A Saturday youth soccer clinic in Roeland Park raised money for the new drinking fountain in R Park and gave plenty of kids a instruction in the sport. Nearly 40 children signed up for the clinic.

New state rental inspection law has little effect in Merriam. Merriam held a first reading on a minor change in language for its rental inspection law Monday night. Merriam already complies with the new state provision that rental inspections must have the permission of the occupant. The city has been conducting internal rental inspections for 15 to 20 years. Mayor Ken Sissom noted that renters can ask for the inspections as well. Sissom said he was amazed at how many cities are just now starting inspections.

Toronto firm to purchase majority stake in Prairie Village-based WireCo. WireCo, the wire rope manufacturer that relocated from Kansas City, Mo., to Prairie Village last year, will be selling majority control to a Onex Partners IV, a Toronto private equity firm. The move comes as WireCo has seen revenues drop over the previous few years and sizable quarterly losses. [Prairie Village-based WireCo WorldGroup control to change hands — Kansas City Star]

Cat_sadDid you lose this cat? Reader Sam Provost gave us a heads up that a wayward cat had shown up in his neighborhood this past week: “We live at about 78th and Pawnee and have had a cat show up in our cup-de-sac suddenly over the past week. He/she is super sweet, and has appeared to have lost weight over the past week to 10 days we have seen her/him, leading us to believe she/he might be an indoor cat that has gotten loose. He/she has a red collar with no tags.” If this is your cat, give us a heads up and we’ll connect you with Sam.

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