Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Transformer fire in Merriam causes power outage. A power transformer at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Ikea Way in Merriam caught fire Sunday evening, leading to a power outage that affected several dozen homes in the area.

Westwood mayor hosts holiday tree lighting this Thursday. The Westwood Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting is scheduled for this Thursday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Santa will be meeting with children to hear holiday wishes and light refreshments will be served.

Merriam collecting donations for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. For the third year, Merriam is collecting donations for Johnson County Christmas Bureau’s Holiday Shop program. The program serves 12,000- 14,000 people. Items can be donated at at City Hall and the Community Center through Wednesday. Donations of all kinds are needed: toys, coats, gloves, personal care items, nursing home items, books, clothing, etc.

Shawnee Mission East teacher records rap song based on “The Hunger Games.” KCUR 89.3 public radio reports that David Muhammad, aka Brotha News, a social studies teacher at Shawnee Mission East, has recorded a rap song based on the popular book trilogy and films, “The Hunger Games.”

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