Local news

Rhein Benninghoven Elementary marks 50 years, looks forward to new facility
February 12, 2016
Thursday evening was full of hugs and memories at Rhein Benninghoven Elementary School, with lots of familiar faces returning to its halls for what might be the last time.
Shawnee approves contract to repair two bridges in coming months
February 11, 2016
The Shawnee City Council approved bids for two bridge maintenance projects on Monday for about $256,000.
Police chase driver into KCK following suspicious activity at Shawnee Walmart
February 11, 2016
Shawnee Police chased a vehicle into Kansas City, Kansas after the driver allegedly swerved at an officer in a Walmart parking lot around 12:30 Thursday morning.
Man arrested after crashing into utility pole
February 11, 2016
A man was arrested after crashing his SUV into a utility pole, knocking out power to 20 KCP&L customers.
Shawnee mayor delivers her first State of the City address
February 10, 2016
The theme of teamwork and collaboration that helped Mayor Michelle Distler get elected was also the focus of her first State of the City address on Wednesday.
Shawnee may face development challenges following Vantage apartments decision, developer says
February 10, 2016
The Shawnee City Council’s decision to deny a $35 million apartment complex on Pflumm Road could have lasting impact on Shawnee’s chances to attract multi-family developments in the future, a local developer says.
Shawnee residents earn honors at University of Nebraska
February 9, 2016
Eight Shawnee residents were among the University of Nebraska-Lincoln students named to the Deans’ Lists for the 2016 fall semester.
SMSD sixth grade task force seeks public input
First meetings set for Hocker, Trailridge
February 9, 2016
A task force reviewing the Shawnee Mission School District’s sixth grade configuration has scheduled public input sessions at each district middle school, with the first two sessions set later this month at the two middle schools serving Shawnee students.
Shawnee woman located after police issue silver alert
07:43 p.m., February 8, 2016 Updated 12:27 a.m.
Police say 73-year-old, Laverna Galloway had not been seen since Thursday, February 4. She was located late Monday night.
Shawnee students brainstorm solutions for landfill odor
February 8, 2016
Some Shawnee third-graders have noticed the increased odor from the Johnson County Landfill, and they have a few ideas of how to address the problem.
Shawnee teen seeks to fulfill dream, attend Naval Academy
February 8, 2016
Though she is not yet a high school graduate, Madison Wheat has nearly too many accomplishments to fit on one page of her resume.
Your view: Another perspective of the Vantage at Shawnee protesters
February 8, 2016
Reader Ray Erlichman submitted this column to editor@shawneedispatch in response to a Your View column written by Shawn Peterson titled ‘A big thanks to those who stood against Vantage apartments’ published last Wednesday.
Shawnee family opens first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Kansas
February 7, 2016
It was on a Florida vacation two summers ago that the Andersen family of Shawnee got hooked on Tropical Smoothie Café.
The future of Nieman Road: Businesses, residents weigh in on possible major changes
February 7, 2016
Property owners on Nieman Road and neighboring residents have strong opinions about the future of the main downtown Shawnee cross street and the city’s plan to turn it into a three-lane road.
Cougar Pride connects with KU Med students to protect hearing
February 7, 2016
When Nicole Denney was a member of the Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougar Pride Marching Band prior to graduating in 2009, she saw the effects of being around up to 155 students playing their instruments.