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"Talk, Read, Play" launches in Johnson County

Children born into low-income households hear roughly 30 million fewer words by the age of three than their more affluent peers. Several Johnson County organizations have joined forces to promote "Talk, Read, Play," a countywide early childhood education campaign that encourages parents, caregivers and teachers to talk, read and play with their children every day.

Last public meeting on courthouse and coroner facility Monday evening

Monday evening is the final of six public meetings on the new courthouse and coroner facility. It takes place from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee Town Hall (11501 W. 57th St., Shawnee.)

If you can't make a meeting, we invite you to click here for a 10-minute video that highlights the problems with the existing courthouse building and the proposed solution. You can also learn more about www.jocogov.org/courthouse.



Public artwork "Tapestry" is celebrated at Justice Annex

A celebration took place yesterday for "Tapestry," Johnson County's newest public art installation. The event included remarks from (pictured left to right) Johnson County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Kevin Cavanaugh, local artist Beth Nybeck who created "Tapestry," Johnson County project manager Dave Schaecher, and Johnson County Facilities Management Director Brad Reinhardt.

Johnson County celebrates National County Government Month

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April as National County Government Month at the April 7 meeting. We join the National Association of Counties (NACo) in recognizing the nation’s 3,069 counties which serve more than 300 million Americans. The theme for 2016 is Safe and Secure Counties. NACo President Sallie Clark notes that county governments provide essential services to create healthy, safe, vibrant and economically resilient communities.

Upcoming Johnson County Library events

Meet author Brian Katcher at the Central Resource Library! The author of The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak will speak and sign books tomorrow evening at 6:30. More information is available here.

Several of our branches are holding "Second Saturday" events on April 9. Click here to find details on writing workshops, readings and a book discussion group.

It's almost moving day for the 1950s All-Electric House

On April 12, the Johnson County Museum's1950s All-Electric House will take a ride from Shawnee to its new home in Overland Park. The house is the first item of the Johnson County Museum’s collection to be relocated to the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the former King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf Avenue. The Johnson County Museum will close April 11 to 13 as a result of the move.

Spring general election today

It's Election Day in Prairie Village, Mission and Westwood. Voters in those cities will choose city council members. Westwood voters will elect a mayor. Polls are open until 7 p.m. today. If you need to find your polling place or confirm you are registered to vote in this election, please visit the Johnson County Election Office web site.

Courthouse public meeting tonight

Our fourth public meeting on the new courthouse and coroner facility takes place at Hilltop Learning Center in Overland Park tonight. These meetings provide the public an opportunity to learn more about these projects, ask questions, and provide feedback in a short survey. The following are the dates and locations for the remaining public meetings.

Lenexa and Shawnee join county's co-responder program

Four Johnson County cities will now have a mental health professional embedded in their law enforcement agency.

Lenexa and Shawnee are the newest cities to join the Johnson County Mental Health co-responder program. This partnership allows a mental health professional to accompany police officers on calls that involve a potential mental health situation. The goal is to provide individuals experiencing a mental health issue quicker access to services and keep them out of jail or the emergency room.