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December 29

Ring in the New Year legally

Parents can use approaching New Year's Eve celebrations as a way to discuss underage drinking with children.

Many parents are already talking with their kids about this important issue. According to the Kansas Communities That Care Student Survey, 54% of Johnson County students surveyed (in grades 6,8,10, and 12) report having a conversation with their parents about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco or drug use in the past year and 86 percent of the students said their families have...

December 17

JoCo Transit, KCATA management consolidation finalized

It's official. Johnson County Government will contract with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to provide administrative and management services for The JO transit service. The 2‐year Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Transit Management and Administration Agreement - which will develop a more regional public transit system - was approved by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 11 and by the KCATA Board of Commissioners at a special ceremony on...

December 12

Haneberg retires after 35 years of improving criminal justice system

Risë Haneberg, Criminal Justice Coordinator, retired this week after 35 years of service dedicated to improving Johnson County's criminal justice system. Her innovative programs have been recognized on the state and national level many times.

Haneberg started her career as a juvenile probation officer in 1979 and spent nearly 30 years with Johnson County Court Services, including 13 years as chief. She became the first criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County in 2008. The...

December 11

JoCo Transit, KCATA one step closer to management consolidation

Efforts to consolidate transit management in the region took another step forward on Thursday when the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Transit Management and Administration. The agreement will consolidate Johnson County Transit and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and develop a more regional public transit system.

Johnson County Transportation Council passed a motion to consolidate services with a...

December 3

Picking the perfect tree is easier than you think

When it comes to the holiday season, choosing the type of tree that will take center stage in our homes can be a big decision. Dennis Patton, the horticulture agent at Johnson County's K-State Research and Extension Office, has some suggestions for choosing the perfect tree for your family and keeping it fresh. If you're ready to test your tree-selecting skills, stop by Mildale Farm on Saturday Dec. 6, for Johnson County Park & Recreation District and Kansas City WildLands'...

December 1

10 ways to help others this holiday season and all year through

The holidays are a wonderful time to help others. Below is a sampling of volunteer opportunities available through Johnson County Government during this time. A list of opportunities available during other parts of the year is available here.

Creative Expressions
Show off your artistic abilities and brighten a senior adult’s day at the very same time. Decorate a Meals on Wheels lunch bag or...