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Suicide prevention resources

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If you or someone you love is suffering thoughts of suicide, know that you can get help, here in Johnson County, and through national resources.

Board to assume governance of Fire District No. 2


On Thursday, June 7, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to assume governance of the Johnson County Fire District No. 2 effective immediately, after several months of assessment and discussion regarding the governance, personnel and the ongoing financial viability of the district.

The board voted to approve a resolution to change the governance of fire district No. 2 to the BOCC.

Commissioners also discussed the need to establish an advisory board comprising taxpayers from fire district No. 2.

Theatre in Park kicks off summer season with ‘Little Mermaid’

The Little Mermaid graphic with ship and moonlight images

The Theatre in the Park (TTIP) begins its 49th summer season on Friday, June 8, when the performance of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” floats to center stage at the entertainment complex in Shawnee Mission Park.     

Performances of “The Little Mermaid” will take place from June 8-10 and 13-16. Entrance to TTIP is at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee.

Other upcoming presentations include:

Safe Kids Johnson County offers free car seat safety check-ups

Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McCarthy Chevrolet, 675 N. Rawhide, Olathe

No appointment needed. First come, first checked. Seat checks are done inside the Service Department.

Segment of highway named for fallen officer


Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer joined the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Monday to announce a segment of U.S. 69 in Johnson County is now known as Master Deputy Brandon Collins Memorial Highway. Gov. Colyer signed into law Monday a bill that designates portions of highways in Kansas as memorials to honor fallen law enforcement officers.

Collins will be memorialized on U.S. 69 from 167th to 215th street in Johnson County. He was killed along that highway Sept. 11, 2016, while making a traffic stop.

Gardening hotline offered by Johnson County extension

Do you have a lawn or garden question such as:

  • What do I plant?
  • How do I plant?
  • What's eating my plant?

If so, call the Extension Master Gardener Hotline. They are ready to help you solve your growing concerns and is your source for non-biased, researched-based answers to your questions.

Beware of tech support scam

computer hacker with cell phone

Please beware of a tech support call scam which is currently underway in our region. You don’t want to be the next victim.

The call is from someone who claims to work for a well-known technology company (e.g. Microsoft or Google) and attempts to convince the victim that their computer is either being attacked, is attacking another computer, or is infected with viruses, and that the caller can remediate the problem. Victims who comply with the caller’s requests are highly likely to compromise their computer and experience monetary loss. 

Blue Star Museum offers free admission

Starting with May 29 through Labor Day (Sept. 3), Johnson County Museum, as one of more than 2,000 museums across America will participate in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense and participating museums.

Ribbon cutting for Shawnee Mission Park beach house set for May 26

A ribbon cutting event on Saturday, May 26, will open the new beach house at Shawnee Mission Park and start the summer season with a free admission day.

The event, which will include comments from public officials, a DJ and giveaways, will begin at noon. In addition, a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, water and cookies will be provided. 

Summer fun for kids: Johnson County extension cooking day camp

Campers ages 7 – 12 will gain skills in food safety, preparation and nutrition, and enjoy dining on their culinary creations through this hands-on series. Camp is held from 9 a.m. – noon each day at the extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. (Note: There are two sessions this year. Both sessions will feature the same recipes and activities. Please only sign up for one session to allow more youth the chance to participate in this exciting camp.) Registration is $50 per session. Registration deadline June 12.


Mon, 07/16/2018 - 7:00pm
Tue, 07/17/2018 - 11:30am
Tue, 07/17/2018 - 6:00pm
Wed, 07/18/2018 - 6:30pm
Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:30am
Thu, 07/19/2018 - 5:00pm