Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM North football players Jonathan Presler (L-R), Alec DeHerrera, Norty Hickman and Darrell Jackson will be headed to Fort Scott Community College next year to play.  Nick Perez (not pictured) will play for Highland Community College. Photo courtesy SM North.

Five SM North football players sign letters. SM North will send five members of its football team to play at the community college level next year. The group signed in a celebration on Thursday. Wide receiver Nick Perez is headed to Highland Community College while Jonathan Presler, Darrell Jackson, Alec DeHerrera and Norty Hickman are all headed to Fort Scott Community College.  SM North coach Ben Bartlett said the group was “definitely instrumental in getting the program back on track.”

Shawnee Mission schools to start limited background checks.  As part of its new security measures, schools in the Shawnee Mission district will begin using limited background checks on visitors to the schools, which includes scanning drivers’ licenses. The new procedures will begin Monday, according to a report by KSHB 41. [‘Limited background checks to start at Shawnee Mission schools on Monday – KSHB 41]

The Barn Players competing for grant. The Barn Players theatre in Mission is one of several non-profits in a seven-state area competing for one of two $15,000 grants and has made it through the first round of competition. Vida Bikes, president of The Barn Players said the money, if received, would be used for the Barn Kids summer sessions and summer internships which would let the theatre use other funds to do work on the building on Martway. The Barn Players bid can be supported by votes on the Isle of Capri Casino Facebook page under Community Aces Challenge and entering “Barn” in the search box. Votes can be made once per day until March 20.

KCUR profiles Rev. Thomas Johnson, founder of Shawnee Indian Mission. KCUR has a good piece out yesterday recapping the life of the man who lends his name to Johnson County. Rev. Thomas Johnson was murdered 150 years ago years after he founded the Shawnee Indian Mission that sits in present day Fairway. [Meet The Controversial Man Who Gave Johnson County Its Name — KCUR]

Mission Hills resident makes Dean’s List at Washington and Lee. Mission Hills native Erin Harvey has been named to the Dean’s List at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. To make the list, students have to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4 point scale.

SM East smoothie entrepreneur featured in TV segment. Marshall Green, whose plans to dominate the smoothie industry we told you about last month, was featured as a Fox 4 Reaching 4 Excellence Young Achiever this week. [Young entrepreneur is a smoothie operator — Fox 4]