Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Jay Senter - May 19, 2017 7:00 am
SM East's girls swim team is looking to repeat at state champs. Photo via Twitter.
SM East’s girls swim team is looking to repeat at state champs. Photo via Twitter.

Lancer girls looking to repeat at state swim champs. The Shawnee Mission East swim team today begins its defense of the Kansas 6A state championship. The Lancers wrapped up their latest Sunflower League title two weeks ago, and will be looking to take their seventh state title in eight years. The Lancers won each year from 2010 to 2014. The finished behind Lawrence Free State in 2015 only to find their way back to a team title last season. Prelims start today at 10 a.m with finals at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The state 6A meet is being held at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka.

Turkey Creek Festival returns to Antioch Park this weekend. Merriam’s Turkey Creek Festival returns for the 32nd year on Saturday. The fun starts with a all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Antioch Park, with rides, the petting zoo and other activities up and running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music will begin at 11 a.m. There’s also an associated 5K race that begins at the Irene B. French Community Center at 8 a.m. You can find full schedule information and pricing for the breakfast here.

Kansas Masonic Foundation sponsoring free cancer screening in Merriam Saturday. The Kansas Masonic Foundation on Saturday will be offering free skin and prostate screenings and colon cancer risk assessments along with other services at the Masonic Lodge in Merriam at 6161 Slater. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The screenings are coordinated by Midwest Cancer Alliance and staffed the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Flash flooding possible with more heavy rain in the forecast for today. Weather stations in northeast Johnson County recorded 1.1 to 1.42 inches of accumulation during Thursday’s deluge, leading to swollen creeks and an increased risk for flash flooding today. The National Weather Service issued a warning this morning a flash flood advisory, noting that with a potential for an additional two to three inches of accumulation this evening and into Saturday, risks have increased.

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