Rob Roberts

Rob Roberts is news editor of The Dispatch

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Beauty on a back street
Tour to feature gardener’s bigtime transformation of small lot
12:00 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
To say Brendalyn Blake is interested in gardening is sort of like saying Pavarotti liked to sing. Both are ridiculous understatements.
First Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas meeting in Shawnee
12:00 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Jrie Newsome followed a long road from the Baptist church she was brought up in to the first Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas.
Rare young musical talents provide parish with rare treat
12:00 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Five young adults from Good Shepherd Catholic Church are rising so rapidly in the musical world that the parish decided it better get them together on stage one more time before it was too late.
Drive-thru book drive helps Scout with fourth-generation Eagle goal
04:04 p.m., May 7, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Be prepared. That’s the Boy Scout motto, so it wasn’t surprising that Graham Cannon was prepared for the 30-degree temperatures and light rain that greeted his Eagle Scout project Saturday morning.
Shawnee approves agreement to bring Google Fiber to city
May 2, 2013
Google Fiber, the 1-gigabit Internet and television service that made its world premiere in a Kansas City, Kan., “fiberhood” last year, is planning to come to Shawnee.
Open for business: Shawnee grabbing attention of outside development world
12:00 a.m., May 1, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Shawnee has long faced “a perception challenge” in trying to attract commercial development and new employers, Andrew Nave says.
New Shawnee homes awarded in conjunction with spring tour
07:30 p.m., April 30, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The new home at 22607 W. 60th St. in Shawnee’s Eagle View of Grey Oaks subdivision has just about everything — even a lanai.
Downtown celebration will feature open houses, food trucks, chalk art
07:22 p.m., April 30, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Celebrating the Beauty and the Best of Downtown Shawnee, an annual event showcasing the area and its merchants, has come a long way from the yearly cleanup days of downtown’s more litter-strewn past.
Local couple, bookmobile driven to help at-risk kids
12:00 a.m., April 24, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Bookmobiles, a popular means of serving Johnson County Library patrons in the 1950s, fell out of use locally as branch libraries began sprouting up across the county.
Shawnee Police, landfill firm may partner on shooting range
08:41 p.m., April 23, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
A recent surge in the number of private citizens wanting to arm themselves and practice firing their guns has triggered a shortage of shooting range availability for Shawnee police officers.

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Recent photos

Jrie Newsome, senior pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living Crossroads, is pictured outside the new church, which is located at 6424 Vista Drive in Shawnee’s Attic Business Park.

Graham Cannon, a Boy Scout with Troop 93, carries books donated during a drive-thru book drive Saturday morning at Mill Valley High School. Graham organized the drive to fulfill the community service project requirement for becoming an Eagle Scout.

Brendalyn Blake is pictured in a corner of the lush, mature garden she has created at her home.

The five young adults who performed a special concert at Good Shepherd Catholic Church last Wednesday were, from left, Olivia Betzen, Cassie Banion, Andrew Morris, Kirsten Hyde and Jessica Freyermuth.

A teenage male hurrying through the parking lot at Mill Valley High School at about 10:30 a.m. May 1 flipped the Jeep Cherokee he was driving and struck two other vehicles before the Jeep came to a rest on an electrical box. The driver escaped uninjured, but police secured the area while determining whether the Jeep was an electrical shock hazard due to the box it landed on.

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