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Proper hand washing especially important this time of year

It’s mid-February and we’re in the midst of cold and flu season. Lougene Marsh, director of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, says the most significant thing everyone can do to prevent the spread of disease is proper hand washing.

Arts in Prison comes to Central Resource Library

A poetry reading tomorrow night features former and current inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility. It's part of the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series, which bring locally and nationally known poetry and prose writers to Johnson County. Tomorrow evening's event at the Johnson County Central Resource Library (9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212) will begin at 6 p.m. It's organized by Arts in Prison, an Overland Park group that provides arts education and experiences for inmates in Kansas state prisons and detention centers.

BOCC approves cooperation agreement for future new library in Lenexa City Center

At its regular meeting today, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Johnson County Library and the City of Lenexa, stating the intent of JCL and the City of Lenexa to cooperate in locating and constructing a new 40,000 square foot library facility within the Lenexa City Center.

Update on county's digital imaging project

The Appraiser's Office has a progress update on the county's digital imaging project. As you'll see when you click here, work is wrapping up in the very northeast corner of the county (Roeland Park, Fairway, parts of Mission), and crews are heading west into Merriam and Shawnee.

Great Backyard Bird Count happening Feb. 13

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a free public birding event, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

It will mark the ninth year the local nature center is participating in the nationwide bird count, which is now in its 19th year.

FAQs: What goes in the recycling bin?

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is continually fielding questions about recycling. Here are answers to some of the most common questions asked! 

Q: What can I recycle in my curbside bin?

A: Recycle all empty plastic bottles and containers, cans, paper and cardboard.

Q: Why can’t plastic bags go in the curbside recycling bin?

Healthy snacks for the Big Game

Watching the Big Game on Sunday? Snacks and football go hand in hand, but you can make some nutritious choices for you and your guests. We invite you to take a look at these healthy game day tips provided by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension.

BOCC recognizes Certified Green Partners

During this morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, seven businesses (listed below) that are leading the way in waste diversion and sustainability in Johnson County were recognized as the first class of Certified Green Partners.

Lifted Logic, a digital creative agency, has woven sustainability into their company culture, from responsible waste management and incorporating energy efficiency when remodeling their building, to their strong support of the electric car industry; they are one of the newest host of a KCP&L electric charging station.

Mark your calendar for 50 Plus events

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District 50 Plus program is one of the area's leading provider of recreation, leisure and travel activities for active adults. There are several events coming up in the next few weeks. Click on a link below for more details and registration information.

Honor the start of Black History Month with some JoCo history

Black History Month begins today, and Johnson County history contains some threads woven into the tapestry of fights for freedom and quality through the centuries. This blog post from the Johnson County Museum explores a section of Johnson County that became home to slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation.