De Soto High’s Amanda Sweet named Secondary Teacher of the Year; Overland Park municipal court hearings postponed; Shawnee man convicted of murder

USD 232 recognized Amanda Sweet as 2019-2020 Secondary Teacher of the Year earlier this month. Photo via Twitter

De Soto High’s Amanda Sweet named Secondary Teacher of the Year

USD 232 earlier this month announced that Amanda Sweet, English teacher at De Soto High, was named 2019-2020 Secondary Teacher of the Year for the school district, and Melissa Hembrey of Riverview Elementary School was named 2019-2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Both will represent USD 232 in the 2021 Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

Hembrey is a first grade teacher at Riverview Elementary. She joined USD 232 in August of 2001 and has spent all 19 of her years in education teaching for the district. She has also served as a new teacher mentor for the past several years.

Sweet has taught English language arts at De Soto High School since August 2006. This is her 14th year in education and at USD 232. She also serves as the assistant forensics and debate coach at the school.

The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award Program recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state, according to USD 232’s announcement. Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in school improvement, student performance and teaching.

KCC issues emergency order suspending utility disconnects until April 15

 Citing emergency declarations by Governor Laura Kelly, President Donald Trump and the World Health Organization, the Kansas Corporation Commission issued an order suspending utility disconnects for nonpayment until April 15.  The action, taken Monday morning, will offer relief to those experiencing potential hardship from the COVID-19 virus.

The directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities under the KCC’s jurisdiction, several of which have already voluntarily suspended disconnects.

The Commission may elect to extend the suspension order in a subsequent order if conditions warrant.

Overland Park municipal court postpones all hearings, requests business be conducted online

Although the city of Overland Park’s municipal court offices will remain open, all scheduled court hearings — including trials and appearances — are postponed until further notice, Overland Park Communications Manager Sean Reilly said in an email to the Shawnee Mission Post.

The postponement is due to the medical risks posed by the novel coronavirus, Reilly said. Staff members request the public to conduct as much business online as possible, he said. Those who need to contact Overland Park’s municipal court can do so via phone at (913) 327-6800 or via email at opmc@opkansas.org, or can request a continuance online.

Coty Borst of Shawnee convicted of murder in Platte County

Coty Borst, a, 28-year-old man from Shawnee, was convicted of murder on Wednesday in Platte County. Borst was found guilty of second degree murder and armed criminal action for a shooting that took place the night of June 21, 2018. His sentencing is set for April 23. Borst could receive up to life in prison. [Shawnee man convicted of murder in Platte County — KSHB]