Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt and Parks Director Christy Humerickhouse flank Lee Jones who received a proclamation declaring Lee Jones day in the city.
Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt and Parks Director Christy Humerickhouse flank Lee Jones who received a proclamation declaring Lee Jones day in the city.

Lee Jones Day in Mission. Lee Jones, a personal trainer, instructor and staff member at the Sylvester Powell Community Center for the last 10 years was honored by the Mission City Council Wednesday. Mayor Steve Schowengerdt declared it Lee Jones Day in the city as Jones heads for a new position at Children’s Mercy. Jones is well known to visitors at the community center and led the “Fitness with Lee’ program there.

Students wear black to support SM East victim. Students at a number of schools in the metro and across the country wore black on Wednesday to support the girl at SM East who reported she was inappropriately touched in a boys’ bathroom at the school. The idea to wear black was started by a SM East student. [KC area students show support for girl allegedly assaulted at Shawnee Mission East – The Kansas City Star]
[Students Wear Black to Support Reported Sexual Assault Victim – The Harbinger Online]

TUF gets its day at supreme court. The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the so-called “driveway tax” suit that was brought against the City of Mission at 9 a.m. Oct. 26. The transportation Utility Fee had been charged based on the number of trips a business would generate. Single-family homes all had the same rate. The fee generated nearly $800,000 per year for the city in street maintenance, but was replaced by a property tax increase. A state appeals court declared the fee illegal but the city appealed that decision to the state supreme court.

Light the Town Pink next week. The Village Shops will be hosting the Light the Town Pink official kickoff ceremony next Thursday, Sept. 29th. The event honors breast cancer survivors and a short program will begin at 7:15 p.m. near the Clock Tower. At approximately 7:30 p.m., 12 breast cancer survivors who were treated at Shawnee Mission Medical Center will have the honor of flipping the switch, illuminating The Village Shops in pink lights. The event will also feature family entertainment, including face painting, balloons and door prizes. In honor of the celebration.

SM East swimmer commits to KU. SM East swimmer Carrie Blomquist has verbally committed to swim at the University of Kansas. She holds school records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles. She won in two individual events at the 2016 state championships and was part of two winning relays.

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