Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Mission police go dancing. Mission police officers and Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt attended the Bickford Place Valentine’s Day Dance. The police department brought roses and cookies and even got out on the floor for some dancing. The mayor and Police Chief Ben Hadley announced the king and queen for each building.

SM East grad’s Nashville duo featured by National Country Review. Walker McGuire, the up-and-coming Nashville duo made up in part by SM East graduate Johnny McGuire, got a write up last week on National Country Review. “It’s nice to see a band who is still young in their career having such large scale successes and remaining upbeat and down to earth,” writes Zoe Kremki. “Jordan and Johnny undoubtedly have some heavy hitting talent going for them, and we at National Country Review are excited to see what Walker McGuire has to offer the world of country.” [Walker McGuire — National Country Review]

SM East’s Marshall Green wins Sunflower League wrestling title. SM East senior and smoothie impresario Marshall Green won the Sunflower League wrestling title in the 152 pound class this weekend. The tournament was held at Leavenworth High School.

Kansas among ten states with “worst taxes for average Americans.” A list out this month from 24/7 Wall St. finds that Kansas is among the ten states with the worst tax structures for non-wealthy residents. The article notes that the elimination of the income tax predominantly benefited wealthy business owners: “Since business owners tend to have relatively high incomes, wealthier Kansas residents have likely benefited from this arrangement. As a share of income, the poorest families in Kansas paid 310% what the wealthiest 1% of families paid in state and local taxes, the ninth highest such ratio nationwide.” [10 States With the Worst Taxes for Average Americans — 247WallSt.com]

MainStream schedules forum on public education funding for Thursday. The MainStream Coalition on Thursday will host “Public Education in Crisis,” a forum on the current education funding debate, at Colonial Church in Prairie Village. The forum will feature House Reps. Barbara Bollier, Nancy Lusk and Melissa Rooker along with State Board of Education member Janet Waugh. The Kansas City Star’s Dave Helling will moderate. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on the MainStream Coalition’s website.

New AT&T high speed service skips most of NEJC. The fiber wars heated up with the announcement by AT&T that it will start high speed internet service, with TV and a phone option, in the Kansas City market. Leawood already is getting the new AT&T service after Google dropped the city from its fiber plans. The AT&T announcement, with prices that match Google, left off all of the other cities in northeast Johnson County. The service will only come to Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park, in addition of Leawood, on the Kansas side, according to a Kansas City Star report. [AT&T to match Google Fiber speeds, prices in Kansas City and suburbs.]