Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

SM North's Chamber Singers are: (front row from left) Erin Klehm, Annie Sinsel, Alex Coddington, Kori Martiny, Aleesha Gonzalez, Matt Mahr, Clement Lee, Tyson Martin, Kennedy Carter, Kealie O’Brien, Hope McAlexander, Tori Collene, Zane Scheffler, Alice Barnard; (back row from left) Josiah Moreno, Matthew Speert, Shawn Pearson, Hannah Patterson, Carah Beets, Michael Schley, Cody Young, Danny Lubratovic, Chelsea Turner, Alex Vonderschmidt, Mattew Webb, Noah Hastings, Michael Webb
SM North’s Chamber Singers are: (front row from left) Erin Klehm, Annie Sinsel, Alex Coddington, Kori Martiny, Aleesha Gonzalez, Matt Mahr, Clement Lee, Tyson Martin, Kennedy Carter, Kealie O’Brien, Hope McAlexander, Tori Collene, Zane Scheffler, Alice Barnard; (back row from left) Josiah Moreno, Matthew Speert, Shawn Pearson, Hannah Patterson, Carah Beets, Michael Schley, Cody Young, Danny Lubratovic, Chelsea Turner, Alex Vonderschmidt, Mattew Webb, Noah Hastings, Michael Webb
County Chair candidates explain stances on taxes during radio debate. Johnson County Chair candidates Ed Eilert and Patricia Lightner were on Steve Kraske’s Up to Date on KCUR Monday. During their hour-long appearance, Eilert and Lightner discussed their takes on the government transparency and taxes at the county level. [Candidates For Johnson County Commission Chair Debate Taxes, Transparency — KCUR]

SM North Chamber Singers win honor. The SM North Chamber Singers will perform at the Kansas Music Educators state convention in Wichita in February after being selected for the honor in a statewide competition. Groups across Kansas submitted recordings of their performances to be judged in blind auditions. The top groups were invited to perform at the convention. Through the SM North digital learning initiative, the group worked with a composer in Chicago whose composition they were learning.

Global Montessori Academy to host “Cherokee Coat Drive and Pancake Breakfast” to honor legacy of congregation. The new Global Montessori Academy that took over the facility at 75th Street and Belinder Ave. that had housed the Cherokee Christian Church for years will be hosting an event this weekend to honor “the legacy of good work and community service that had so long been a core value of Cherokee,” the group announced in a statement. The Coats & Cakes events will feature a winter clothing donation drive as well as a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes. Tickets are $5 per person. The Cherokee Coat Drive and Pancake Breakfast will benefit The Micah Ministry in Kansas City, Mo.


Prairie Village named Google’s 2014 Kansas eCity. Google announced last week that Prairie Village was the recipient of its 2014 eCity Award in the state of Kansas. Google and IPSOS, a research company, base the awards on how likely small businesses in cities are to use the web for sales and promotions. “We have many forward-thinking, tech-savvy, entrepreneurs who have chosen to locate their small businesses within our city,” said Mayor Ron Shaffer of the award. [Google designates Prairie Village as Kansas’s 2014 eCity — City of Prairie Village]

Roeland Park reports 13 citations, 1 DUI arrest from traffic blitz. Roeland Park police on Monday reported that they had towed vehicles, issued 13 citations, made one DUI arrest and fulfilled two warrants during its Saturday night traffic blitz. Chief John Morris said the department plans to have another traffic blitz in November that will focus on commercial vehicles and non-licensed drivers.

Founder leaving Roeland Park substance abuse center. Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center announced that its founder, Dalyn Schmitt, will step down as CEO at the end of the year. Jason Hess will take over the position. [Longtime leader leaving Kansas substance abuse group – KCUR]