Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Southminster's Peanut Butter Tree.
Southminster’s Peanut Butter Tree.
Southminster Presbyterian collecting peanut butter for food pantries. A 14-year holiday tradition is still going strong at one Prairie Village church. Southminster Presbyterian is hosting its annual peanut butter Christmas tree drive. Peanut butter jars collected for the drive are arranged in a wooden Christmas tree frame so their lids look like Christmas ornaments. The church will be collecting peanut butter through Epiphany Sunday and donating the jars to Harvesters and Wyandotte and Johnson County food pantries.

Roeland Park storm photographer featured for wedding work. The Kansas City Star this past week ran a story on Stephen Locke, a Roeland Park-based photographer who switches his focus from chasing storms in the spring and summer to shooting weddings in the spring and fall. [In winter, Roeland Park storm photographer turns lens to weddings — Kansas City Star]

Other states look to Kansas budget situation as warning. A PoliticoPro article last week explored how the massive budget shortfalls caused by Kansas’s recent tax cuts are serving as a lesson for other states. “It’s a cautionary tale on a national scale … Many of us felt that [Kansas] had been too aggressive,” Brandt Hershman of the Indiana State Senate told author Rachel Bade. “We all like low taxes … but we have to ensure the stability of a revenue stream to provide basic services that our citizens expect.” [GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback’s tax scare — Politico]