Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Hobby Lobby leaves Mission, takes sales tax with it. The Hobby Lobby store in Mission has closed its doors in the wake of its new store opening last month in Merriam next to the new IKEA. That means the sales tax that it has generated also is moving to Merriam. Mission City Administrator Laura Smith told the city council last week that the loss of sales tax will be figured into city budget estimates for 2016. The city is not allowed to reveal specific sales tax revenue from a single store.

TV highlights SM East newspapers exploration of racial issues at the school. KSHB aired a piece Tuesday on SM East senior Julia Poe’s Harbinger article entitled, “Is East racist?” [Shawnee Mission East student newspaper sparks discussion about race in school — KSHB]

Star highlights challenges facing Johnson County in editorial. The Star’s 913 Editorial Board this week commended County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert for highlighting a range of accomplishments in his recent State of the County address, but said funding for the library programs and Parks and Recreation will pose challenges in the coming years. [Editorial: Eilert highlights challenges in Johnson County — Kansas City Star]

BBQ & Bluegrass tickets still available. If you want to catch the discount price for Saturday’s Roeland Park fundraiser for R Park, there is still time. Adult tickets go up from $15 now to $20 at the door. The BBQ & Bluegrass fundraiser is held by the Citizens Fundraising Initiative for R Park and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Roeland Park Community Center. To purchase tickets, email and leave your name. Tickets will be delivered to your door.

TV covers Prairie Village families fight for safer Mission Road. KCTV picked up on the story we broke Tuesday about a group of Prairie Village families lobbying to improve pedestrian safety along a stretch of Mission Road near St. Ann Catholic School. [Prairie Village neighbors fight for safer street solution after crash — KCTV]

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