Mill Valley News

Shawnee police chief Larry Larimore discusses daily blog

Sarah Darby, news editor

March 29, 2011

Last week on Tuesday, March 22, Larry Larimore became Shawnee’s chief police officer following former chief police officer Jim Morgan’s retirement. Starting his first day, Larimore writes a daily blog called "A Few Good W...

Increase in class sizes anticipated

Sarah Darby, news editor

March 22, 2011

Administration and staff members deal with general increase in class sizes in future years. As the general trend for class sizes increases for next year, many teachers and students are somewhat concerned, while building principals...

Interactive snow removal maps should be utilized in Shawnee

Sarah Darby, news editor

February 24, 2011

Winter is finally ending in Shawnee after accumulation of near-record breaking amounts of snow and such severe storms as “The Blizzard of Oz,” on Wednesday Feb. 1. This year, in particular, technology played an increased...

Budget delays local roadwork

Sarah Darby, news editor

February 10, 2011

Funding for road projects has been reduced to $1 million, down from $10 million a year in times of greater prosperity. Now neighborhood projects have been delayed and even maintenance has been reduced. What budget restriction means...

Students speak about traffic hazards and safety concerns

Sarah Darby, news editor

December 16, 2010

Accidents and school traffic continue from last year, despite parking lot renovation, patrols and the issuing of tickets by school resource officer John Midiros. Last year, due to 50 less parking spots, cars were allowed to...

Journalism staffs win awards

Maya Sudduth, reporter

December 16, 2010

The newspaper, yearbook and broadcast programs won several awards at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention held on Nov. 11-14. In the Best of Show Competition, The JagWire newsmagazine earned 7th place...

Staffing cuts to Youth Friends hurts remarkable program

Sarah Darby, news editor

December 10, 2010

For the last two years, I have had the great pleasure of volunteering for the Youth Friends program. The program was first introduced to me by a teacher as a community service opportunity that I would enjoy. That first year,...

Kansas State Department of Education changes to new funding model

Sarah Darby, news editor

November 15, 2010

KSDE funding model reforms elective classes After four years in the making, career and technical education classes offered next year will change name and curriculum under a new Kansas State Department of Education career clusters ...

Local blog emphasizes the importance of community happenings

Sarah Darby, news editor

November 11, 2010

As news reporter for the JagWire staff, I am constantly seeking out the big story. I seek out the news and often try to tackle issues that are bigger than myself. I was recently introduced to a local blog written by Shawnee...

Cuts to Youth Friends staffing alter the program

Sarah Darby, news editor

October 25, 2010

The district has cut the position of Youth Friends coordinator due to lack of district funding, after three years and 600 volunteers. Started with the help of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, a chapter of the program began...

“Ground Zero Mosque” project strikes controversy and fear

Sarah Darby, news editor

September 28, 2010

Is America Islamophobic? The recent uproar over the Park51 project, commonly known as the "Ground Zero Mosque," located two blocks from Ground Zero, has made me wonder this question. In its most positive light, Park51 is...