Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

The Bar on Johnson Drive in Mission.
The Bar on Johnson Drive in Mission.

The Bar gets approval for additional parking. An expanded parking area for The Bar, located at the corner of Johnson Drive and Beverly Avenue, was approved Monday by the Mission Planning Commission. The 4,300 square-foot expansion will add 18 parking spots along the South side of the existing parking lot behind the building.

Vaughn earns All-American honor. Graceland University women’s basketball’s Sydney Vaughn of Prairie Village, received All-American Honorable Mention recognition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It is the second time in her career to win the honor – she also earned it following the 2014-15 season. Vaughn, a senior forward had 17.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg, holding seven double-doubles on the year. This season, Vaughn was named to First Team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference. In her career with the Graceland Yellowjackets, Vaughn compiled 1,474 points, 680 rebounds, 134 assists, 116 steals and 52 blocks.

Prairie Village student wins journalism award. James Wooldridge of Prairie Village has placed in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Wooldridge, a junior journalism major in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, placed fifth in Photojournalism I: News and Features. He will advance to the Hearst Journalism National Competition in San Francisco in May to compete for additional awards.

Shawnee Mission East grads in ’Shave to Save.’ Kip Strauss of Black and Veatch and Brendan Beattie of HTNB, will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Shave to Save event that raises money for Hope Lodge in Kansas City. Strauss is a 1986 graduate of SM East and Beattie is a 1987 graduate. Hope Lodge offers a place to stay for cancer patients and caregivers during treatment. Shave to Save event goers will enjoy heavy appetizers, drinks, silent and live auction, entertainment and, most importantly, they will support this year’s Shavees who will shave their head on stage in support of those fighting back against cancer. The event is at 6 p.m. Saturday. Since opening in 2000, Hope Lodge Kansas City has served more than 12,000 patients and their caregivers. To date, Shave to Save has had more than 220 Shavees and contributed more than $2 million to the operating budget of the Hope Lodge Kansas City.