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Shawnee Mission Park features campout and Camp Rock

The 10th annual Great American Family Campout is occurring this weekend, allowing participants the opportunity to sleep under the stars in Shawnee Mission Park and to take part in other outdoor activities.

County employee receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Gerald Hay receive award

Gerald Hay, staff member in the Public Information Office with Johnson County Government, has received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City Press Club, the local chapter of the National Society of Professional Journalists for eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The chapter, with membership including print, TV and radio journalists/writers, is marking its 70th anniversary. The award was made this past Saturday during the annual Heart of America Awards luncheon. 

Watch out for ticks this weekend

Prairie grass field

Summer is officially here, and you may find yourself outdoors on the prairie this weekend.

Mental Health Center to host community event on opioid misuse

Opioid crisis

News outlets, criminal justice agencies and health organizations across the county have characterized opioid misuse and addiction as an escalating public health crisis.

The Johnson County Mental Health Center will host a community conversation and panel discussion on opioid misuse 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 29, at the Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd St. in Olathe.

County stakeholders will participate in a discussion about opioid misuse as a concerning trend, local responses and developing strategies for future efforts.