Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Bridget Wray's photo took first place in the KSPA competition this October.
Bridget Wray’s photo took first place in the KSPA competition this October.

SM North photographers win monthly Kansas Scholastic Press Association contest. Four SM North photographers were honored in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s monthly photo contest. Bridget Wray took first place in the Student Life category, while classmate Kayla Dailey took second.

Kansas jobs grew sharply in October; Sprint layoffs hit close to home. The employment report for Kansas in October showed positive movement, as employers added 8,400 new jobs to their payrolls, accounting for more than half of all job growth in the state so far this year. With the surge in jobs, unemployment in the state fell to 4.4 percent. It had been 5.2 percent in October 2015. But jobs numbers for November in Johnson County may not look as rosy. Sprint recently laid off 910 local employees, with another round of layoffs planned. [Kansas unemployment rate fell; average pay up — Topeka Capital Journal]

Couple sues Fairway company over airline crash. Central Airllines, a Fairway company that owned the plane that crashed into a home near Midway Airport in Chicago, has been named in a lawsuit filed by the home’s elderly residents. The lawsuit was filed by Roberta and Raymond Rolinskas, 82 and 84, who were asleep when the plane crashed into their house just before 3 a.m on Nov. 18. [Lawsuit filed by elderly couple who escaped home in Midway plane crash – Chicago Tribune]

Star covers Roeland Park residents’ efforts to fund renovation of R Park. The Kansas City Star this week published a feature on the group of Roeland Park residents who have been working to raise funds to renovate R Park. [Roeland Park residents create ‘R Park’ from the ground up — Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park tree lighting on Dec. 2. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony for Roeland Park will be held at 6 p.m. at Sweany Park at Neosho and Wells Drive.