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Johnson County transit will not run Dec. 26 or Jan. 2

Johnson County bus

Johnson County transit will offer reduced holiday schedules on Friday, Dec. 23 and will not offer service on Monday, Dec. 26 or Monday, Jan. 2. Special Edition/SWIFT paratransit will not provide trips, and dispatch and the administrative offices will also be closed. Regular weekday service will resume Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Next Board of County Commission meeting is Jan. 5

Graphic that says "next BOCC meeting is Jan. 7, 2017 with county sunflower icon

The Board of County Commissioners will not hold its regular weekly meetings on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29 because of the upcoming holidays.

The board will reconvene on Jan. 5, 2017, for its regularly scheduled meeting.

Feeling SAD this time of year

senior woman with burnout in winter

This time of year is typically associated with social gatherings and merrymaking, but it can also prove to be a challenging time for those suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (or appropriately known as SAD), a type of depression that occurs usually in the winter. Some people simply characterize their feelings as being the winter blues or a seasonal dread. Symptoms typically begin in the fall and continue until spring, leaving the sufferer lethargic and moody. But don’t simply dismiss this malady as it is a common disorder and a subtype of major depression.

It’s about to get frosty outside

Okay, so we’ve had quite a cold spell here in Johnson County already this fall, but temperatures in the area are about to take a dip in the next few days.

It’s important to know how to keep yourself and your family safe as very low temperatures mix with high winds.

If you’re going to be outside in the cold, you need to protect against dehydration, frostbite and hypothermia. You can stave these by:

Property tax statements due Dec. 20

Child writes TAX TIME on screen

Taxpayers are beginning to receive mail from Johnson County Government’s Treasury and Financial Management department as they have begun mailing 200,694 real estate and 20,874 personal property tax statements.

The deadline for the first-half real estate and personal property taxes is Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, and second-half taxes are due Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

County celebrates careers of Sheriff Denning and Undersheriff Cavanaugh

Photo County Manager presenting an item to Sheriff Denning and Undersheriff Cavanaugh

On Friday, Dec. 9, more than a hundred people gathered to celebrate the careers of Sheriff Frank Denning and Undersheriff Kevin Cavanaugh in a retirement ceremony and celebration at the Olathe Community Center.

Dozens of attendees stood in a receiving line to shake hands with the event’s honorees before speeches and comments kicked off with Denning’s wife, Robin Lewis. Lewis, who swore Denning into office for each of his four terms as Johnson County Sheriff, presented the history of his career that started in Great Bend, Kansas.

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