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Board of Canvassers approves official election results

The 2018 Fall General Election results were finalized Thursday, Nov. 15, by the Johnson County Board of Canvassers after the addition of more than 5,600 provisional ballots that had been approved by the board on Wednesday.

Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker said the November elections set three records:

Robert Sullivan joins task force to examine pretrial detention practices

portrait shot of Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan, director of the Department of Corrections, has been tapped by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on an ad hoc task force that will examine pretrial detention practices in Kansas district courts and report its findings and recommendations to the court within 18 months.
 

Residents graduate from Citizens Academy

Fall 2018 Citizens Academy Graduates

Twenty-four residents graduated from the Johnson County Citizens Academy Tuesday night at the County Administration Building.

The Citizens Academy Program (CAP) allows community-minded individuals to discover what makes the high quality of life possible in Johnson County through behind-the-scene tours, hands-on activities and conversations with county commissioners, the county manager and county staff.

America Recycles Day event in downtown Overland Park

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), downtown Overland Park, ProShred and Secure e-Cycle will hold an electronics recycling and paper shredding event on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons can drop off “anything with a cord” to be properly recycled, as well as paper that will be securely shredded. All electronic items are free except TVs ($20 each) and CRT monitors ($15 each).

Vietnam Era Veterans Honored at Johnson County Celebration

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert addressing Vietnam era veterans and their guests

Hundreds of local Vietnam War era veterans and their families and friends gathered Saturday morning at Antioch Park in Merriam to be honored for their service.

The celebration, held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense’s ongoing 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, took place at the Vietnam Memorial Plaza in the park.

Open enrollment for health insurance ends mid-December

dr. examining a child's ears

Open enrollment for health insurance marketplace coverage is now open through Dec. 15. The Johnson County Department of Health Environment (JCDHE) has partnered with El Centro this year to offer free, in-person enrollment assistance at the Olathe office location (11875 S. Sunset Dr.) or at El Centro (500 E Santa Fe, Olathe).

Those who may qualify for enrollment:

Johnson County’s Veterans Day Observance set for Saturday, Nov. 10

flag with silhouette of soldier and text which reads Veterans Day

The 2018 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War era as its special guests, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense’s ongoing 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. The observance begins at 11 a.m. and will take place at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial located within the park complex.

Election Day 2018: How, when, where and who

For those who are voting today in Johnson County, the polling locations are open until 7 p.m. Polling places are subject to change with each election. Please verify your polling location before each election. Before you go to the polls, you may want to view a sample ballot which is available online and don't forget to bring a valid photo ID. 

Extension provides assistance during Medicare open enrollment

doctor speaking to patient

Fall Medicare open enrollment is here and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering personalized assistance to Johnson County residents through plan comparisons. This service is available throughout the enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7, 2018.

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