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Free soil testing for county residents

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Is your lawn stressed and blemished by bare spots? Johnson County K-State Extension wants you to know September is THE most important month for fertilizing hungry, stressed lawns. With a free personalized soil test, you can find out what kind and how much fertilizer your lawn needs. The test can help you save money, get a healthy lush lawn and reduce chemical runoff that can pollute our waterways. To get your results in time for September we encourage you to act now.

Supervised visitation advocates needed

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Johnson County Court Services is recruiting volunteers for supervised visitation advocates. If you want to help others, are over the age of 18, and have a minimum of three hours a week on Tuesday evenings to volunteer for six consecutive months; please contact us at 913-715-7566 or email Silvana.botero@jocogov.org. You will be contacted by the program coordinator for an interview.

Register for the free Aug. 25 Recovery Conference

Recovery Conference

Johnson County Mental Health Center is holding a FREE, full day recovery conference with keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a resource fair. The recovery conference is intended for people who struggle, or have struggled, with mental illness as well as people who care for individuals with mental illness. 

Total eclipse in the parks

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Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack plenty of water, purchase lunch from local food trucks, then settle in to enjoy the celestial event of the century. The 2017 solar eclipse will pass through the entire country and you're invited to view the nearly total eclipse (99.8%) with area parks and community organizations in Johnson County and the peak eclipse viewing will be at 1:08 p.m. The first 200 people at each park will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. Registration is not required for this event.

Sign up at NotifyJoCo.org to receive emergency alerts

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Information is critical when severe weather, water outages, public health emergencies or other emergency situations happen. One way you can stay informed about emergency situations unfolding in Johnson County is by creating a profile at NotifyJoCo.org. NotifyJoCo, a public notification system designed to keep our residents and businesses informed of emergencies, is a free public service made possible by a partnership of local governments and public utilities in Johnson County. 

Popular K-10 Connector resumes regular service Monday

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As students return to college campuses this fall, Johnson County’s popular bus service will resume its regular operating schedule between Overland Park and Lawrence.

Starting Monday, Aug. 21, the 510 K-10 Connector will run Monday through Friday from 6 am to 7:20 pm. Rush-hour service in the morning and afternoon operates every half hour. Midday service runs hourly.

Protect your eyes during eclipse

Total eclipse of the heart

You’ve most likely heard — the first total solar eclipse to cross America coast-to-coast in 99 years will happen on Aug. 21. A partial eclipse will be seen in Johnson County.