Former Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Carol Marinovich endorses Tom Niermann in congressional race. Carol Marinovich, who served as mayor of Kansas City, Kan., from 1995-2005, on Wednesday endorsed Prairie Village teacher Tom Niermann in the race for the Democratic nomination for the area’s congressional seat. “Tom Niermann is not like other politicians – he’s a real member of the middle class, who at times has worked three jobs to support his family,” she said in the announcement. “I know that if we send Tom to Congress, the people of Wyandotte County will again have a representative working hard to create opportunity, and improve their lives.” Niermann this week also picked up the endorsement of several Shawnee Mission-area city officials, including Merriam City Councilman Al Frisby, Overland Park City Councilman Logan Heley, Roeland Park City Councilwoman Jen Hill, and Mission City Councilwoman Hillary Parker Thomas.
Pre-kindergarten enrollment will begin for Shawnee Mission families Feb. 16. Families who want to enroll a child in the Shawnee Mission School District’s pre-kindergarten programs will be able to get the process rolling Feb. 16. To be eligible, children must reside within the district and be 4 years old before Aug. 31 (but not eligible to attend kindergarten). Pre-kindergarten programs will be offered at 17 schools this year. All but four of the buildings will offer no-fee options under federal funding and grant programs. You can find out more about the district’s pre-k programming here.
Shawnee man charged with sexual assault of child. Benjamin Edward Ambrose Rutherford, 32, of Shawnee, is in Johnson County Jail facing charges of rape and indecent liberties with a child. Court documents in the case say the victim was born in 2004. [Shawnee man charged in Johnson County with child rape — Kansas City Star]
Flatland features Merriam’s Porter Teleo. KCPT’s Flatland produced a feature on Kelly Porter and Bridgett Cochran’s Merriam-based company Porter Teleo, which produces lush wall coverings and fabrics. [Show Me | Porter Teleo — Flatland]