Johnson County Museum launches regional effort to document COVID-19 experience; Comanche Elementary’s Josiah Enyart receives $1,000 for math education

Johnson County Museum is requesting stories related to the community's COVID-19 experience to include in a collection of local history from this unique time. File photo.

Johnson County Museum launches effort to capture COVID-19 experience

In an effort to capture this unprecedented time and the impact of coronavirus on the community, the Johnson County Museum is collecting COVID-19 related items to include with the museum’s exhibits. The museum has also launched an online form where people can share their COVID-19 experience.

Residents can visit to complete the online form, where they can include a description of their story, photograph, and/or object. The form includes prompts asking participants to share what they miss and appreciate during this time, what their new “normal” looks like, the impact on schooling and businesses, and what objects define this time for them.

The Johnson County Museum will contact those who submitted forms after the museum reopens to the public to follow up and to review the objects or photos before accepting them into the collection. Museum staff are encouraging those who are not yet ready to share or need time to reflect to write down thoughts as they experience them.

“This is not the first world pandemic, of course, but it is the first widespread outbreak of this lifetime,” staff wrote on Thursday. “It is a period that will define the time and redefine lives. With the community’s help, the museum can make sure this historic moment is captured for future generations.”

Comanche Elementary teacher Josiah Enyart receives $1,000 for outstanding mathematics education

The Jedel Family Foundation has awarded $1,000 to Josiah Enyart, sixth grade teacher at Comanche Elementary, for providing “exemplary K-12 math teaching.” Enyart is one of 14 Kansas City area recipients of this year’s Jedel Excellence in Mathematics Education Awards. The winners exemplify innovation, mentorship and service in elementary and secondary mathematics teaching.

Sam Rockford, a teacher at St. James Academy in Lenexa, was also recognized with the award, taking home $1,000 as well.

Nominations for next year’s award will be accepted beginning Sept. 1.

Teachers, principals, and school faculty are encouraged to nominate exceptional mathematics teachers from their schools for the award. Mathematics teachers who have at least three years of teaching experience from schools located in Platte, Clay, Jackson, and Cass counties in Missouri as well as Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, and Douglas counties in Kansas are eligible for the award.

Leawood couple settles lawsuit against JoCo Sheriff’s deputies after marijuana raid

Robert and Adlynn Harte, retired CIA employees and Leawood residents, settled their civil suit case against leading Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies after they raided the Harte’s home in a marijuana search eight years ago, in April 2012.

The deputies raided the home based off a Missouri Highway Patrol officer’s tip eight months prior, after the officer — surveilling a store to spot people buying indoor marijuana growing supplies — saw Robert and his children buy tomato-growing supplies from a hydroponic-gardening store, according to KCUR.

After no marijuana nor growing supplies were found, the Harte’s filed a lawsuit in 2013. A federal trial judge found “the deputies were protected by qualified immunity” dismissed it 2015, according to KCUR. Two years later in December 2017, after the immunity decision was partially reversed by an appeals court, a jury ruled in favor of the deputies.

Following a second appeal and confusion brought on by the appeal panel’s three different opinions, the settlement resolves the Hartes’ following three claims:

  • An improperly executed search warrant
  • The scope of the warrant was exceeded
  • Subjected the Hartes to an illegal arrest by extending their detention

Until portions of the settlement dealing with the Harte children are redacted, the settlement amount will remain unknown. [Leawood couple targeted in bungled marijuana raid settles case against sheriff’s deputies — KCUR]