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County employee receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
June 27, 2017

Gerald Hay, staff member in the Public Information Office with Johnson County Government, has received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City Press Club, the local chapter of the National Society of Professional Journalists for eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The chapter, with membership including print, TV and radio journalists/writers, is marking its 70th anniversary. The award was made this past Saturday during the annual Heart of America Awards luncheon. 

In addition, Hay received eight writing awards, including two gold, four silver, one bronze and one honorable mention.  

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes “outstanding abilities, talent and commitment to the profession.” Past recipients include Walt Bodine, Steve Rose, longtime TV newscaster Larry Moore, Joe McGuff (former sports editor and editor) and Darryl Levings (former national editor), both from the KC Star, Tim Carpenter (veteran Topeka Capital-Journal reporter) and longtime radio newsman Dan Verbeck (KCUR). 

Hay joined the staff at the Office of the Board of County Commissioners/County Manager’s Office in January 2004 after a journalism career spanning almost 30 years, including 24 years as reporter/news editor/senior writer at The Olathe News. He also worked for The Hutchinson News, Leavenworth Times and Sun Publications. 

Gerald Hay is pictured on the right, along with Corbin Crable, president of the KC Press Club and adjunct associate professor in journalism at JCCC and advisor to The Campus Ledger, the college newspaper.

Watch out for ticks this weekend
June 23, 2017

Summer is officially here, and you may find yourself outdoors on the prairie this weekend.

Before you head to your favorite county park, Johnson County Government reminds residents to be mindful of exposure to ticks and other disease-carrying insects.
Ticks can be difficult to detect because the insects develop in four stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult. The American Dog tick, the Lone Star tick and the Brown Dog tick are the most common tick species in Johnson County.
Ticks typically feed on native wildlife or domestic livestock to meet their need for a blood host. Once they have fed, they drop to the ground and molt into their next stage. Ticks repeat the process three times as they move from the larva to the nymph to the adult stage. Blood hosts are typically a mouse, small rodent, a bird or a deer.
Ticks do not jump or drop from trees. Ticks crawl onto blades of grass, weeds or low bushes and wait for a host to brush against the vegetation. The tick immediately releases from the vegetation and crawls onto the host.
Tick prevention
The Department of Health and Environment suggests the following ways to avoid exposure to ticks.

  • Avoid direct contact with tick by avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
  • If you are concerned about ticks, be sure to inspect your body and scalp in search of moving insects before they have a chance to latch on. If an attached tick is discovered, immediately remove it using tweezers. Do not try unsound methods like finger nail polish or a lit match. This could cause the tick to expel disease-carrying fluids into the skin.

 Watch this brief YouTube video on tick exposure and prevention.

Mental Health Center to host community event on opioid misuse
June 21, 2017

News outlets, criminal justice agencies and health organizations across the county have characterized opioid misuse and addiction as an escalating public health crisis.

The Johnson County Mental Health Center will host a community conversation and panel discussion on opioid misuse 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 29, at the Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd St. in Olathe.

County stakeholders will participate in a discussion about opioid misuse as a concerning trend, local responses and developing strategies for future efforts.

The event will include Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, members of law enforcement, Johnson County Emergency Medical Services and medical doctors from the University of Kansas, as well as Cottonwood Springs psychiatric hospital in Olathe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States, and the majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of 10) involve an opioid. CDC data indicate 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (that includes prescription opioids and heroin).

“One lost life is too many,” said Tim DeWeese, director of the Johnson County Mental Health Center. “Individuals in Johnson County are dying from opioid misuse, and we have a responsibility to provide effective prevention and treatment services for the health and well-being of our community.”

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register at jcmhcevents@jocogov.org or 913-715-7880. More information is available on Facebook.

Watch "Crazy for You" at The Theatre in the Park
April 3, 2019

Johnson County Park and Recreation continued its 48th season of The Theatre in the Park on Friday, June 16 with its production of Crazy for You.

Crazy for You follows the story of a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. This story with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin is a high-energy comedy that includes mistaken identity, plot twists and fabulous dance numbers.

Crazy for You plays at TTIP until Saturday, June 23. For tickets, go to The Theatre in the Park website.

Be prepared for the heat of summer
April 3, 2019

The summer solstice may not arrive until next week, however, summer is already here in Johnson County. Here are some informative items and tips for managing the increasing temperatures over the next few days and beyond.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages citizens who need a place to cool down during hot days to visit one of 13 library branches. All of these facilities will be available during normal business hours. Visit jocolibrary.com for hours of operation.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs and symptoms of Heat Stroke vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

You can follow these prevention tips to protect yourself from heat-related stress:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
  • Rest.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall or public library to cool off. The 13 Johnson County libraries are available during operating hours as a cooling center. A list of library locations is available online. 
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities.

If you have older adult relatives or neighbors, you can help them protect themselves from heat-related stress:

  • Visit older adults at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Encourage them to increase their fluid intake by drinking cool, nonalcoholic beverages regardless of their activity level.

Warning: If a doctor generally limits the amount of fluid a person drinks or they are on water pills, they will need to ask their doctor how much they should drink while the weather is hot.

  • Take them to air-conditioned locations if they have transportation problems.

If you see any signs of severe heat stress, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the affected person. Do the following:

  • Get the person to a shady area.
  • Cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the person in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the person with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the person in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
  • Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101°–102°F
  • If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
  • Do not give the person alcohol to drink.
  • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
Help us name new Meadowbrook Park structure by June 18
June 14, 2017

The public is invited to help the Johnson County Park & Recreation District name a new building currently under construction at the future Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village.

The new 10,000-square-foot center will serve as an activity center, but officials are looking for a more interesting and “personalized” moniker for the building, which is expected to host everything from weddings to business retreats to kids’ art classes. 

The structure will be located where the old Meadowbrook club house once stood and will include an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room and an early childhood development center with a nature play area.

Those who would like to submit a name suggestion can do so by using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YXHSW6D.

Name suggestions will be taken until June 18.

Public voting on the name submissions will take place between June 23 and July 4 via a link to be provided. Voting will also take place during VillageFest, which will take place on July 4 at 77th and Mission Road.  The top vote-getters will be presented to the Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners for consideration and action.