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County News

December 19, 2018

Johnson County K-State Extension saves residents nearly $364K

October into December can be a challenging time for older adults as they enroll in Medicare. For some, the process can be overwhelming, so to have assistance along the way is always appreciated. Through the help of a Johnson County Extension... more

Ground breaking for new medical examiner facility
December 19, 2018

Ground breaking for new medical examiner facility

County leaders and other partners and stakeholders donned hard hats and flipped dirt on a cold and drizzly Thursday. A ground breaking ceremony celebrated the construction of Johnson County’s first-ever medical examiner facility.

NEW:... more

proclamation
December 18, 2018

Governor signs Radon Awareness Month proclamation

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can have serious health consequences, including lung cancer, when excess levels are present in your home. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Johnson County K-State Extension Agent Denise Dias was at the... more

road closure sign
December 17, 2018

Portion of Cherry Street closed Tuesday, Dec. 18

Those who may be headed to downtown Olathe, will want to avoid Cherry Street, from Park to Loula, on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The road will be closed to through vehicular traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the installation of a 3D crosswalk.... more

December 17, 2018

Updates regarding Johnson County BOCC meetings

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will conduct its Dec. 20 meeting offsite in the Olathe City Hall city council chambers, located at 100 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe 66062. The 9:30 a.m. meeting is being relocated due to minor... more

Joseph M. Connor
December 13, 2018

New assistant county manager appointed

Joseph M. Connor has been appointed by County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson to serve as assistant county manager. Joe has served as the assistant county administrator at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, for nearly... more

pill bottles
December 12, 2018

Johnson County receives grant to combat opioid addiction

This week, Johnson County was named as one of 16 Kansas county health departments to receive a state grant to address the opioid crisis.

Of the $900,000 in grant funds distributed throughout the state, Johnson County Health and Environment... more

Paul and Diana Nickels stand with Ashley Yocker who his holding a flower arrangement with 1, 2, 3, 4 sticking out of it
December 11, 2018

Dispatcher saves community member with CPR over the phone

Diana Nickel suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while she was in Olathe watching her grandchildren. Her husband, Paul, called 911 and reached Emergency Communications Specialist Ashley Yockey. After gathering information about the location and... more

elementary pupil reading with mother in the library
December 7, 2018

New background check requirement for child care providers starts Dec. 3

Beginning this month, child care providers in Kansas applying for or renewing a license are legally required to submit to a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in... more

Medicare equals questions
December 6, 2018

Help is still available before Medicare deadline Dec. 7

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is almost here. Johnson County residents who still have questions and need some guidance can get free help only a phone call away.  Johnson County K-State Research and Extension offers personalized assistance... more

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