Bomb threat leads to evacuation of Mission Target. Target executives ordered the evacuation of the store’s Mission location Saturday afternoon after someone called a bomb threat into the store. At around 4:30 p.m., law enforcement gave the all clear and people were allowed back into the store. This is the second time in a month a bomb threat has closed a big box retailer in northeast Johnson County. [Police: Bomb threat phoned into Mission Target store
Attorney General Derek Schmidt moves to stop same-sex marriage in Johnson County. Just a day after the first same-sex couple here got married, a petition from the Kansas Attorney General has put a stop to same-sex marriage in Johnson County. [Johnson County puts a hold on same-sex marriage — WDAF]
SM East graduate earns NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Matt Baker, a 2008 SM East graduate who went on to become a national wrestling champion at Maryville University, is one of just 174 winners across the country of the 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. The scholarship will help Baker pay for graduate school. His mother, Lou Ann Baker, said Matt intends to move back to the area next year to teach science and coach wrestling. [Matt Baker Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship — Maryville Athletics]
Lulu’s Asian Bistro to open in Westwood Tuesday. Lulu’s Asian Bistro, the sister restaurant to Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop in the Crossroads, is planning for a Tuesday opening. The restaurant is in a former auto repair shop at the corner of 47th Street and Belinder.
SM North Marching Band wins Bonner Springs Invitational. For the third year in a row, the SM North Marching Band has walked away with the top honor at the Bonner Springs Marching Invitational. The Indians were the only band to receive the highest rating given at the competition.
Eleven SM East seniors found out recently that they had received the National Merit Letter of Commendation. Letter of Commendation winners had PSAT/NMSQT scores among the top 50,000 high school students in the country, but are not among the 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists. The SM East students are: Maggie R. Bridges, Derek C. Burrows, Charles A. Dalgleish, Elizabeth L. Hall, Clara Martin, Michael J. Moedritzer, William Moore, Emily E. Perkins Rock, Julia Poe, Henry Walter and Ellen M. Whittaker.
SM East grad returning to area to perform with St. Olaf Band. 2013 SM East graduate Emma Reno made a name for herself in high school for her talent on the flute, winning a Shooting Stars award from the Johnson County Arts Council and earning a trip to the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Now, Reno is set to return to the area to perform with her college ensemble, the St. Olaf Band. The group, one of the most well regarded college musical groups in the country, will stop at Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park Saturday, Oct. 18 as part of a national tour. The performance will be at 7 p.m. More information if available here.