Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Mission Gateway could be on July schedule. The review of the latest Mission Gateway plan could be on the agenda for the Mission Planning Commission this month. The Kansas City Star reviewed the new plan’s prospects for passage in a report this week. [Mission Gateway’s future clouded by changed council – The Kansas City Star]

Teacher taught for year after Prairie Village traffic stop. A Bonner Springs kindergarten teach was able to teach for more than a year after a March 2015 traffic stop in Prairie Village that led to charges this week of felony possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The lengthy time from the original traffic stop to charging is under review. [Prosecutor, police promise change after teacher’s drug case took 15 months – KMBC]

Merriam boy who died from cancer brought groups together. The 8-year-old boy who was buried in a police uniform was befriended by a diverse group from bikers to police officers. Many of them turned out for his funeral this week. [Hundreds of grown-ups learn about life from an 8-year-old Merriam boy – The Kansas City Star]

Rep. Clayton to hold coffee Saturday. Rep. Stephanie Clayton will be at Foo’s in Leawood from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to talk about the recent special legislative session and what lies ahead for education funding and state solvency.

Longtime Johnson County Wastewater head retires. Today is the last day on the job of Johnson County Wastewater General Manager John O’Neil, who has led the agency for the past 10 years. He had worked for the county for 27 years. O’Neil was also prominent in wastewater issues at the national level, having served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for the past five years.

Star names SM East’s Andy Spencer golfer of the year. SM East graduate Andy Spencer can add a cherry to the top of his sundae of a high school golf career. A month after he helped lead his team to a 6A title, the Kansas City Star has named him the 2016 All-Metro Golfer of the Year. [Andy Spencer is player of the year — Kansas City Star]

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