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JO bus
May 15

BOCC approves purchase of new wheelchair accessible buses

Today the BOCC authorized the purchase of nine total wheelchair accessible buses, including three compressed natural gas (CNG) coaches and one 45-foot low emission diesel commuter coach. CNG buses will provide significant fuel cost savings, and...

May 15

Blue Valley Multi-Service Center to relocate

If you or someone you know uses the Blue Valley Multi-Service Center, here is some important information you’ll want to know:

  • The Blue Valley Multi-Service Center, currently located at 7500 West 149th Terrace in Overland Park, will...
Musk Thistle in bloom
May 12

How to identify, control Musk thistle

Spring has sprung, and so has Musk thistle. The noxious weed is a threat statewide and must be controlled and eradicated wherever found. Below are four steps you can take to prevent its spread.

How to identify Musk thistle:...

jo hero
May 9

It's a bird, it's a plane . . . it's a JO driver!

The JO is lucky to have a bunch of great drivers, but on occasion they go above and beyond the call of duty. Here are the stories of a couple of true hero JO drivers:

Sterling Wilson

It was pouring down rain so hard...

May 9

Preview Prairiefire, JoCo’s newest big attraction, May 9-11

Prairiefire, a new, mixed-used development in Overland Park with several high-profile attractions, opens this weekend. Located at the 135th and Nall, the 60-acre project’s bars, restaurants, shops, movie theater and museum are expected to attract...

Recycling bins, various colors
May 7

Great job going green!

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Green Business Awards. The awards recognize businesses that lead the way in waste reduction and sustainability in Johnson County....

May 6 - 12 is National Nurses Week
May 6

We celebrate our RNs this week.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed May 6 – 12 as National Nurses Week. Each year, we recognize this week in honor of Florence Nightingale, and the 3.1 million Registered Nurses (RNs) nationwide who...

May 5

Master Gardener Public Tour opens private gardens for viewing

Some of the most beautiful private gardens in the area will be open to the public during the biennial Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Public Tour, May 16-17...

Brian Newby
May 2

Election Commissioner Newby receives LWV award

Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian D. Newby was recognized for his efforts in helping naturalized U.S. citizens register to vote, at the annual ‘Making Democracy Work’ breakfast sponsored by the Johnson County League of Women Voters (LWV...

May 1

May is Older Americans Month

In 2000, Johnson County was home to about 45,000 people over the age of 65. In 2012, that number climbed to nearly 66,000. That’s a 46 percent increase in just 12 years! According to the Mid-America Regional Council, 60 adults in the region turn...