Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Couty Commissioner Jim Allen was among the crew that delivered stockings to Meals on Wheels clients Wednesday. Photo courtesy Johnson County Government.
Couty Commissioner Jim Allen was among the crew that delivered stockings to Meals on Wheels clients Wednesday. Photo courtesy Johnson County Government.

Officials help deliver Meals on Wheels holiday stockings in Merriam. County Commissioner Jim Allen was among the team the helped deliver holiday stockings and warm meals to residents in Merriam Wednesday. The annual stocking delivery is made possible by Lee Jeans, which collects stocking stuffers all years and puts them in denim stockings for the county’s Meals on Wheels program to deliver to its clients. County commissioners as well as local firefighters and police officers and paramedics took part in the delivery event yesterday.

Editorial board says Shawnee Mission officials shouldn’t fear public interest, involvement. Following Interim Superintendent Kenny Southwick’s call on Monday for an end to the perceived “ugliness” between portions of the administration, staff and patrons, the Kansas City Star’s editorial board responded with the suggestion that district leaders shouldn’t reject the public’s desire to be involved in district matters. “Discussion and dissent can turn ugly, as Southwick suggests, when it becomes aggressively personal. It’s also ugly when decision-making becomes an overtly partisan endeavor, turning debates on sidewalks and teachers into cable TV shout-fests,” writes the editorial board. “But Johnson County residents and the Shawnee Mission School District should never fear genuine, fact-based discussions of public issues. It shows people care.” [Shawnee Mission wants to ‘stop the ugliness,’ but don’t discourage public debate — The Kansas City Star]

Third wayside horn activated in Merriam, meaning quieter nights for area homeowners. The third and final wayside horn installed in an effort to reduce noise pollution from train activity in Merriam is up and running ahead of schedule. “Residents are always complaining about noise made by passing trains, and for years, we’ve had to tell people there is little that could be done,” Mayor Sissom said. “When City Council got the opportunity to become part of an effort to install the wayside horns in Merriam, we jumped at the chance. The reduced noise will definitely make our City a more pleasant place to work and live.” [Merriam Excited to See Third Wayside Horn Activated — City of Merriam]

Johnson County Community College receives $125,000 gift to support scholarships for single parents. The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation this month announced it was making a $125,000 gift to Johnson County Community College to support scholarships for students who are single parents. “The first grant our Foundation ever made was to Johnson County Community College and this gift represents the continuation of a relationship that began in the 1990s,” said M.K. Larson, the foundation president and granddaughter of M.R. Hudson. “Being a JCCC alumna, I am well aware of the impact the college can make on the individual. The Hudson Foundation is interested in investments that plant positive seeds and have a long-term impact on individuals and families. We are very pleased to offer this gift to JCCC at a time when the college is making transformational change to help students now and in the future.”