Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Police officers had a steak lunch at Claridge Court Thursday as part of a 9/11 observance event.
Police officers had a steak lunch at Claridge Court Thursday as part of a 9/11 observance event.

Brownback calling for ouster of Leawood’s Vratil from committee. In her column today, the Kansas City Star’s Mary Sanchez says Gov. Sam Brownback wants to remove former Republican state senator John Vratil of Leawood from the committee that is looking into school efficiencies. As a senator, Vratil was known for his expertise on education. The issue, Sanchez writes, is rural schools. [Gov. Sam Brownback is playing politics with rural schools in Kansas – Kansas City Star]

Johnson Drive construction on KCUR. Sandi Russell of Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop and Emily Randel, public information officer for Mission, appeared on KCUR’s Up To Date program with Steve Kraske this week talking about the rebuild of Johnson Drive and how it has affected businesses along the street during the disruption. You can listen to the full interview by clicking the story link. [Mission Businesses Cope With Losses From Construction – KCUR]

Mission police helping organize fundraiser for homeless. Mission police officer Roy Castle is hosting a charity mini-golf event at Mission Bowl Saturday, Oct. 4 to benefit the HALO Foundation, an organization that works to support homeless youth. In addition to the mini-golf tourney, the event will feature door prizes and hole prizes, a silent auction of art created by HALO children, and additional activities for young ones. Download the registration flier here.

Claridge Court residents honor first responders on 9/11. Claridge Court residents on Thursday hosted 15 local police officers and three firefighters as part of a Sept. 11 recognition event. “The residents truly appreciate all they do for our community and this was a great way to just say thank you,” said Katie Young, who helped coordinate the event.