Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Fred and Carol Logan addressed the crowd at the Johnson County Library Foundation's Library Lets Loose party on Saturday. Photo via Susan Mong on Twitter.
Fred and Carol Logan addressed the crowd at the Johnson County Library Foundation’s Library Lets Loose party on Saturday. Photo via Susan Mong on Twitter.

NEJC’s Logans serve as honorary hosts of Johnson County Library Foundation party. NEJC residents Fred and Carol Logan were the honorary hosts of Saturday’s Library Lets Loose celebration, a fundraising event marking the 20th anniversary of the Johnson County Library Foundation.

Shawnee Mission School District enrollment down slightly. The SM School District reported it has 27,521 students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year, down 130 students from last year, about a 1/2 percent decline.

Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is this Thursday. This month’s guest speaker is Adam Fichman, founder of Lifted Logic. This entrepreneur started his first business in college and was $2 million in debt by the time he was 19. He also had a couple of run-ins with Mark Zukerberg, founder of Facebook along the way to now owning a successful web development firm. The luncheon starts goes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be at the Deer Creek Golf Course, 7000 W. 133rd St. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for non-members. You can register here.

Election office was not handing out federal voter registration form until pressed by reporters. The Kansas City Star reports that the Johnson County Election Office was not distributing a federal voter registration form that allows people to register without proof of U.S. citizenship until it was asked about whether withholding the form would violate the National Voter Registration Act. “We may have inadvertently made it awkward or some level of inconvenient,” Election Officer Ronnie Metsker said. “But I don’t think we’ve stopped anyone from actually getting registered.” [Johnson County election office changes course, says it will hand out federal registration form — The Kansas City Star]

Scandal surrounding former Johnson County Election Officer grows. Brian Newby, who left his post as Johnson County Election Officer for a federal job last year, was involved in what the Associated Press dubs an “unfolding scandal” here in Kansas. Newby was having  an affair with a woman he had promoted in a previous job and used their relationship to cover up unauthorized expenses, according to the story. The AP also says Newby was abusive to his employees. [U.S. elections chief left behind scandal in Kansas — Associated Press]

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