The county has approved a sewer line that would run along a wooded creek and was fervently opposed by Bell Road residents. Residents along the creek say they don’t oppose the development itself, but would like the city and county to consider a different route for the sewer line that serves it.
A “lending machine” will be built at the site of the future Monticello branch, 22435 W. 66th St., sometime in 2015. The machine will cut miles off the drive to pick up materials at the Shawnee and Lackman branches, which are currently the closest for those residents. The county is also planning significant changes to the Central Resource Library to enlarge the popular MakerSpace
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Sushi Mido in Shawnee offers an all-you-can-eat sushi while discouraging over ordering and waste. The all-you-can-eat special costs $21.99 per person. If you typically order three or four rolls that cost $8, it’s a good deal — especially because the meal comes with crab rangoon or edamame, plus soup or salad.
Happy-X combines a coffee shop and cafe on weekdays with a Peruvian restaurant on the weekends. Retail updates for Leawood’s Park Place and Town Center Plaza, and Overland Park’s Prairiefire. Mission’s new bar and restaurant, The Bar, plans a mid-November opening.
But while the trend seems to be taking hold on the Missouri side of the state line, most Johnson County school districts have been unaffected. Only one district, De Soto, uses a temporary employment agency, but it has done so since 2007 — well before the health insurance law was even considered by Congress.