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Red Flag Warning for fire danger in effect

Red flag fire warning

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Kansas City metro area Monday, Dec. 11 until 6 p.m. Issued by the National Weather Service of Kansas City, people are advised to avoid outdoor burning, to secure trailer chains, properly extinguish cigarette butts, and avoid using any equipment which could generate sparks.
Dry relative humidity, strong northwest winds gusting to 35 mph, and very dry surface fuels, will lead to extreme fire danger across the area today. All outdoor burning should be avoided as any fires that start will be capable of rapid spread.

BOCC names interim county manager

Penny Postoak Ferguson

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today named Penny Postoak Ferguson as interim county manager, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The appointment by the commission was unanimous in a vote following an executive session this afternoon.

Postoak Ferguson has served as deputy county manager since 2012 when she was promoted from assistant county manager. 

Flu shot still best defense against viruses

Flu shot

The director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment says a flu shot is still your best defense against the various influenza viruses circulating in the community.

Director Lougene Marsh says flu vaccination protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which vaccine you get) and provides protection throughout the flu season. “While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works from year to year, it still prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.”

Winter Blood Drive planned for Dec. 11

Community Blood Center logo

The Community Blood Center is teaming up with Johnson County Government to conduct its Winter Blood Drive on Dec, 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at 111 S. Cherry Street, Room LL 0200.

There are a few appointments still available for each 15 minute time slot. Appointments may be booked online by entering Sponsor Code: JoCoAdmin. You may also contact Rene' Murphy at 913-715-0425. 

Local burn bans in effect

Sign which reads Fire Hazard no open burning

With the high winds and reduced moisture, several cities have posted bans on open burning, until further notice, when the area receives a substantial rainfall or heavy snow.  Please check the county's webpage for current information.

Employees exceed United Way campaign goals

United Way 2017

The Johnson County Commission last week recognized the United Way campaign's co-chairs for the success of the 2017 fundraiser.

This year's campaign raised more than $120,000 and had 378 donors — exceeding both goals set at the campaign's start.

"We appreciate the support of the employees to help make meaningful changes to our community," said campaign co-chair Tiffany Hentschel.


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