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Grant will help region prepare for coordinated terrorist attacks

Diagram of the RHSCC group organizational structure

On July 13, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced $35 million in grant awards for its program to prepare communities for complex, coordinated terrorist attacks (CCTAs). The Mid-America Regional Council, which applied for funding on behalf of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC) and local governments in the Kansas City region, will receive $2,251,502 over three years.

DHE urges precautions during extreme heat

sweating man mowing lawn

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages residents to take precautions during this week’s extreme heat. Those who need a place to cool down may visit one of Johnson County’s 13 library branches during normal business hours.

JCDHE recommends the following to stay safe in the heat:

Johnson County to celebrate opening of new park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 8, will celebrate the official public opening of Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, in De Soto and north of K-10 Highway.

The new park is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD). Previously known as Rieke Lake, the 465-acre inverted L-shaped property features a 27-acre lake, which was previously a private fishing lake originally constructed in the 1950s.

Know when and where to celebrate with fireworks

Fireworks

Families across Johnson County will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with picnics, gatherings of family members and friends, outings to lake beaches and parks, neighborhood barbecues, and of course, fireworks.

In the State of Kansas, consumer (Class C) fireworks are legal with the exception of bottle rockets, which are banned throughout the state.  In support of the statewide ban, no cities or communities in Johnson County allow the use of bottle rockets.

The state authorizes local jurisdictions to enact and enforce their own fireworks ordinances.

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