Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Photo via Gracie Schram website.
Photo via Gracie Schram website.

Burgeoning musician Gracie Schram of PV on Up to Date. Sixteen year old Gracie Schram of Prairie Village is preparing to debut her first album, and KCUR listeners got a peak at why the young singer is turning heads (and ears) in Nashville on Friday. Schram appeared on Up to Date with Steve Kraske Friday talking about how she balances school with her music career as well as performing her songs. The audio of the appearance is now available on KCUR’s website.

SM East boys soccer Blue/Black scrimmage this afternoon. Lancer soccer fans will get a sneak preview of the fifth-ranked SM East boys soccer team this afternoon at the annual Blue/Black scrimmage. The event will run 4:30-6 p.m. at the Indian Hill soccer field. The even will also serve as a fundraiser for the team, which will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, chips, a cookie and a drink for $5.

Brownback criticizes Davis vote on education bill. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday accused challenger Paul Davis of voting against better funding for Johnson County schools. At an event in Merriam where he announced parts of his education platform if he were to be elected for a second term, Brownback said that Davis “voted against money going to education.” Davis quickly countered that the reason he voted against the education bill was that it stripped teachers of the right to a hearing if they were fired, among other non-funding related provisions. All of the Republican legislators from northeast Johnson County voted against the bill as well. [Gubernatorial candidates Sam Brownback, Paul Davis clash over Kansas school funding — Kansas City Star]

Tickets on sale for Roeland Park fundraiser. If you want to attend the Bacon, Blues and Brews event in Roeland Park in October, you have to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. The event will be held at the Roeland Park Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 11. Proceeds will fund the walking trail at R Park. Tastings will feature bacon recipes, beer, and coffee all flavored with blues singer Toni Gates. More information is available here.

MARC issues ozone alert for Tuesday. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has issued an ozone alert for the Kansas City area Tuesday, indicated that there is an unhealthy level of ground-level smog in the region. This is the first orange-level ozone alert for Kansas City since July 26.