Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Kevin Collison - November 22, 2016 7:00 am

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Ruth Higgins of Mission sorts canned goods going to a needy family for Thanksgiving.
Ruth Higgins of Mission sorts canned goods going to a needy family for Thanksgiving.

Volunteers package Thanksgiving food at Sylvester Powell Community Center. Volunteers gathered at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission Monday morning to assemble Thanksgiving meal packages for 72 needy families. The program is in its 11th year and began with eight families, according to Mission Council member Suzie Gibbs. Families in need are identified with the help of social workers at schools serving Mission students.

Area police begin Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign. The Mission Police Department is joining other area police departments and law enforcement agencies across Kansas in cracking down on removing impaired drivers from the road through this Sunday. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation is helping underwrite overtime enforcement efforts. Police also will be ticketing seat belt violations, both for drivers and child passengers. The Thanksgiving holiday period outranks all but New Year’s in average number of crashes in which driver impairment is cited as a factor.

Lancer soccer standout makes a commitment. Shawnee Mission East senior Oliver Bihuniak has decided where he’s going to continue his soccer career. On Monday, Bihuniak tweeted he will attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Bihuniak helped lead the Lancers to a fourth-place finish at state.

Shawnee Mission Board of Education to hold special executive session to discuss Superintendent Jim Hinson’s evaluation. The Shawnee Mission school board has scheduled an executive session on Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss Superintendent Jim Hinson’s evaluation. The meeting will be at the McEachen Administrative Center, 7235 Antioch. In June 2015, Hinson received a pay raise of $22,000 to $254,280, an increase of approximately 9.5 percent.

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