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County's Feed the Need exceeds goal for 2016

Johnson County Government's employee-led Feed the Need campaign helped fill the shelves of 10 Johnson County food pantries, raising nearly 366,000 pounds of food. The goal this year was 325,000 pounds.

Talk, Read, Play books distributed across county

This month, Talk, Read, Play distributed more than 440 books to multiple Head Start partners across Johnson County in efforts to encourage early literacy.

Johnson County BOCC adopts 2017 budget

Yesterday the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted the county's 2017 budget with an estimated mill levy set at 26.595 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which is the lowest among the 105 counties in Kansas. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner's assessed valuation.

Enjoy Saturday's parade at the fair

As part of this year’s Johnson County Fair — Blue Jeans and Country Dreams — the annual parade will be Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It will snake through downtown Gardner and end at the county fairgrounds.

The parade will feature floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns, antique roadsters and more, and will set a festive tone for the final full day of the county fair. Admission to the fairgrounds is free.

Other Saturday activities include:

Primary results are in

Thousands of Johnson Countians turned out to vote in the Aug. 2 primary. Unofficial results are made public as soon as precinct totals are in, however, the county Board of Election Canvassers will convene next Monday (Aug. 8) to review and certify the election results.

Apply for the JoCo Citizens Academy by Aug. 9

The Johnson County Citizens Academy debuted in the Spring of 2016. It takes as its mission statement the words of Margaret Mead: “Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever does.” We aim to support an informed citizenry in progressing the quality of life in Johnson County through volunteerism, board membership, and networking. We hope you will join us.

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