Welcome back, Blue Valley!
🌤 Today’s forecast: Mostly sunny with a slight chance for storms this afternoon. High: 88. Low: 70.
🚨 One thing to know today
Former Blue Valley North multi-sport star Noah Barber has been signed by his hometown big league club.
The Kansas City Royals signed Barber to a post-draft free agent contract, the team announced through its official player development Twitter account last week.
We have agreed to post-draft free agent contracts, pending physicals, with:
RHP Connor Fenlong (Indiana St.)
OF Eric Kennedy (Texas)
RHP Doug Kirkland (Florida St.)
OF Noah Barber (Blue Valley North-KS HS) pic.twitter.com/Mu0PFEijwo
— Raising Royals (@KCRoyalsPD) July 14, 2023
Barber, the son of former NFL player Shawn Barber, was a standout at Blue Valley North both on the baseball diamond and football field.
He had been originally recruited as a non-scholarship player for the University of Kansas football team.
KU congratulated Barber on his new Royals contract with a tweet.
🗓 Public meetings Monday
- Blue Valley school board, 6 p.m. [View agenda]
- Leawood City Council, 7 p.m. [View agenda]
- Overland Park City Council, 7:30 p.m. [View agenda]
🚀 Post’s top stories since Friday
- 40-acre Metcalf Village project would remake this south Overland Park site
- Here’s what’s going up at Overland Park’s Bluhawk
- Pickleball lawsuit filed by Jonson County mayor appears to have been settled
- Commission OKs revised Schlagel Farms plan in south Overland Park
- Habitat for Humanity pares back plan for Olathe affordable housing development
📰 Other local news
- Bank of Blue Valley warns customers of imposter scam. The Overland Park-based regional bank said someone has been calling customers claiming to be from the bank’s fraud department and asking for customers’ full card numbers. [Fox 4]
- Kansas Board of Regents recommends special education funding increase. The board unanimously voted to recommend Gov. Laura Kelly and the GOP-dominated Legislature tackle spending increases totaling $86 million per year for the next four years, to bring the state into compliance with state law. [Kansas Reflector]
- Applications for JoCo Academy’s fall session now open. The semi-annual training give residents a chance to learn about how local government works. [JoCoGov.org]
📸 A thousand words
The calm before the storm. The view from Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead as the line of severe thunderstorms moved into Johnson County on Friday. Photo via Instagram.