Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Merriam Mayor Ken Simmon presented Police Chief Mike Daniels with a plaque recognizing his 30 years of service to the city. Photo via city of Merriam.
Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom presented Police Chief Mike Daniels with a plaque recognizing his 30 years of service to the city. Photo via city of Merriam.

Merriam honors police chief for 30 years of service. The city of Merriam on Monday presented a plaque to police chief Mike Daniels recognizing the milestone of 30 years of service to the city. Daniels had worked for the Merriam police for 27 years before he became police chief in 2014, replacing Tim Burnett, who retired. The city also recognized crossing guard Cynthia Knapp for 20 years of service and parks and recreation staffer Sara Thompson for five years of service.

Lancer girls fall to Shawnee Mission Northwest in soccer match. Shawnee Mission Northwest got out to a 2-0 lead over the Lancers Tuesday, but SM East looked to make a comeback when freshman Caroline Chisolm broke away and crossed the ball to senior Lily Flint, who netted a goal with 16 minutes of regulation time. However, the Lancers couldn’t muster another score, giving the Cougars the win.

Mission Hills listing is currently the ‘most expensive home in Kansas.’ Realtor.com this week profiled the currently most expensive house on the market in Kansas, a $10.4 million estate in Mission Hills that comes in at 17,600 feet. “The owners, who commissioned the home, have lived there for over a decade,” reads the piece. “Since deciding to sell, the place has languished on the market for almost a year. This isn’t unusual given the home’s prodigious price.” [There’s No Place Like … the Most Expensive Home in Kansas — Realtor.com]

St. Ann 8th grader wins national essay contest. Sophie Rice, a St. Ann Catholic School eighth grader, was recently named the winner of the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project essay contest. For her reflections on the achievements of King Sejong the Great and his philosophy, Rice won a prize of $300.