Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Village Presbyterian’s Brian Ellison interviewed David von Drehle Wednesday.

Time editor-at-large speaks at Village Presbyterian. Time magazine editor-at-large and Kansas City resident David von Drehle was the featured speaker at the second “Village Talk” event at Village Presbyterian Church on Wednesday. Von Drehle, who received a Masters degree from Oxford University and initially intended to become an academic, discussed the path the brought him to journalism as a career, and the role of journalists in modern life.

Blue Valley Superintendent calls proposed school funding bill “anti-Johnson County.” Representing his own district as well as Shawnee Mission and Olathe, Blue Valley Superintendent Tom Trigg on Wednesday called the proposal before the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee that would rejigger how school funds are allocated by the state “anti-Johnson County.” Trigg noted that the proposed bill would take $11 million, a quarter of all the money it proposed to save, from Johnson County schools. [School officials decry ‘anti-Johnson County’ bill — Kansas City Star]

Prairie Village Police comment on weapons removal in light of Bollier’s anti-violence bill. Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan told KMBC Wednesday that there are too many loopholes in laws regarding firearms when it comes to mental illness situations. Jordan recalled having to return a gun to a mentally ill man who ended up killing himself weeks later while on the phone with Jordan. He said he believes Rep. Barbara Bollier’s anti-violence bill is about increasing safety.

SM East, North students advance to National Merit Finalist stage. The Shawnee Mission School District announced that all 21 of its National Merit Semifinalists had advanced to the finalist stage. Approximately 16,000 students were named semifinalists this year. Of those, 15,000 advanced to the finalist stage. From SM East, the students are: Shaon Borosha, Ali Dastjerdi, Akshay Dinakar, Mae C. Heitmann, Clara Ma, Shrushti S. Mehta, and Hunter C. Sodek. From SM North, they are: Bronwyn McNaughton and Emily Stava.

SM North places in Academic Decathon. The SM North team of Bronwyn McNaughton, Jacob Swearing, Walter Wright, Devin Duanne and team captain Forest Kinsey placed third in the Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Competition in Kansas.

Red Wing Shoe Store to move. The Red Wing Shoe Store on Mission’s Johnson Drive will be moving across the street into the building that also houses the Mission Wine and Spirits. That building is undergoing a renovation, including the removal of the false mansard roof and upgrading the facade. Red Wing has been in its current location for decades.