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Genealogy fair is good for beginners
March 8, 2019

If you have ancestors, or even relatives, you can learn how to explore their histories at the 2019 National Genealogy Day Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Johnson County’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th St., Overland Park.

The fair is presented by the Johnson County Genealogical Society.

National Genealogy Day is observed annually on Saturday of the first full week of March. This year, for the first time, the JCGS is hosting the resource fair to share the abundance of tools and skill ready to help library users explore their family history.

Anyone can attend the event free of charge. Stations and activities will be set up around the Central Library. Registration is encouraged to ensure ample supplies and kits. Register online at jocolibrary.org/research/genealogy or call 913-826-4600.

“This is an easy way for genealogy beginners to get the lay of the land,” JCGS board member Marsha Bennett said. “If you’re wondering how to get started in your research, I think this is a great event for you!”

The society also recommends the event for teachers and students working on Family Tree assignments.

Here are some of the activities at the resource fair:

• Tours of the library’s genealogy section

• Get one-on-one help from Society members in our Learning Lab

• Pick up a free Genealogy Starter Kit with forms and information

• Visit genealogy group exhibits; learn about genealogy software programs; and see Fruits of their Research displays with examples of family histories, pedigree charts, stories and scrapbooks.

Membership in the Johnson County Genealogical Society is not required to attend. Learn more about JCGS by visiting jcgsks.org.

DA’s office visits JCCC for consumer protection week
March 6, 2019

Staff from the Economic Crime Unit of the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office visited Johnson County Community College on Tuesday as a part of their National Consumer Protection Week activities.

The Economic Crime Unit receives approximately 500 consumer protection complaints each year. For college students who are entering the world of credit and contracts for the first time, understanding some basic rights and resources can save them from a lot of heartache and hassle.

The District Attorney’s Office staff provided information to college students regarding several relevant topics, such as how to deter, detect and defend against identity theft. They also shared how students, and any resident, can obtain a free annual credit report through the only Federal Trade Commission authorized website.

Individuals in the market for a new car should be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Car dealers/sellers who refuse to give you a title upon delivery or at the time of the sale.
  • Car dealers/sellers who keep changing the terms of the sale.
  • Car dealers who don’t fill out the Buyer’s Guide stickers, which are required by law to be filled out and posted on a vehicle’s windows.
  • Car dealers who refuse to put warranty information in writing.
  • Car dealers who claim this “low, low price” is only good for today. Never allow a car dealership to pressure you into buying or making a decision right on the spot.

If you’re interested in learning more about consumer protection, visit the District Attorney’s website or follow their office on twitter.

Johnson County mails out 2019 Citizen Survey
March 5, 2019

Johnson County’s 2019 Citizen Survey is on the way to selected mailboxes in early March to assess community needs and priorities on behalf of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.

The annual survey is conducted by ETC Institute, an Olathe firm that’s one of the nation’s leading community-based market research firms in public surveying and polling processes. ETC has been retained by the county to formulate and tabulate the survey, initially biennially and now annually, since 2005.

“This survey helps us measure how the county is effectively using resources to provide the services that our citizens want and expect from their county government,” Ed Eilert, chairman of the BOCC, said.

The timing of the annual survey is planned to gather citizen viewpoints regarding issues in the upcoming FY 2020 Budget discussions that start in June and end in mid-August with approval of the new budget.

As part of the survey, ETC will seek residents’ levels of satisfaction with Johnson County services and programs, including perceptions about overall quality of service, availability, affordability, accessibility, expertise, timeliness and responsiveness.

The survey also asks a few questions regarding how residents in Johnson County would like their community to look in the future.

The surveys will be mailed out the week of March 4 to select a random sample of about 6,000 Johnson County households.The survey involves 27 questions and  is expected to take about 15 minutes to complete. Only one survey will be sent to each selected household.

The goal is to complete at least 1,200 surveys by a combination of initial mail responses and follow-up phone interviews to achieve an adequate database. At least 200 surveys will be completed in each of the county’s six commission districts.


NotifyJoCo will be tested March 4
March 5, 2019

As a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the county will not only be testing its outdoor siren system at 10 a.m. today, but the county's emergency notification system, NotifyJoCo, will also be tested. Those messages will be sent via email, text message or by phone, depending upon the options those who have opted in to the system have chosen. There are also nearly 193,000 landline numbers from the county's 911 emergency database who will be contacted by NotifyJoCo. 

It’s the ideal time to sign up for emergency alerts from NotifyJoCo or update information in the system. Those who are in the system prior to 10 a.m. will be able to participate in the test. 

Anyone with an interest in Johnson County can sign up for NotifyJoCo alerts using one of three easy ways:

  1. Text NOTIFYJOCO (all one word) to 888777 to instantly register for countywide alerts via text message to a mobile device. Standard text messaging rates will apply.
  2. Go to notifyjoco.org and customize alerts for up to five designated locations and select the preferred communication methods (phone, text, email). Users can also opt-in for a variety of non-emergency messages.
  3. Call 913-826-5555 to register for alerts.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4-8
March 4, 2019

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed March 4-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. In preparation for anticipated severe weather in the coming months, Johnson County Emergency Management will be testing both its outdoor siren system and NotifyJoCo, the county-wide emergency notification system.

Residents can expect the sirens to sound at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5,  as well as to receive messaging at about the same time from NotifyJoCo via email, text message or by phone, depending upon the options those who have opted in to the system have chosen. There are also nearly 194,000 landline numbers from the county's 911 emergency database who will be contacted by NotifyJoCo. The system tests will be delayed until Thursday at 10 a.m. in the event of severe weather on Tuesday morning at that time. Residents should also be aware that the siren system test which is conducted on the first Wednesday of the month is also to be expected this week.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is an excellent time for people to review their plan in the event of severe weather, be prepared for weather, be it at home, work or in the car, and to be sure that they will receive important weather information, such as through NotifyJoCo.

JCPRD begins summer park hours
March 1, 2019

Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. began on March 1 for many Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks. The summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the change in hours are:

  • Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Rd., Shawnee and Lenexa;
  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe; 
  • Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe;
  • Lexington Lake  Park, 8850 Sunflower Rd., De Soto; and,
  • Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Rd., Edgerton.

Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other JCPRD parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd Street and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th Street and Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th Street and Metcalf Avenue, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points. 

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 888-4713.