Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Photo via Johnson County Twitter.
Photo via Johnson County Twitter.

Johnson County kicks off construction of new Arts & Heritage Center on King Louie property. Johnson County and Overland Park officials on Thursday marked the start of construction on the project that will transform the abandoned King Louie building at 8788 Metcalf into the county’s new Arts & Heritage Center. The center will house the Johnson County Museum, Park and Recreation District programming including Theatre in the Park, and a community gathering space that will house advance voting activities for the Elections Office.

Johnson County children in poverty increases, TANF enrollment falls. According to United Community Services of Johnson County, the number of poor children in the county continues to increase while the number who receive state assistance under the state TANF program (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) is falling. In November 2010, one in six children below the federal poverty line was enrolled in TANF. In November 2015, one in 20 was enrolled. The poverty level for a family of three is $20,090. Only the poorest families are eligible for TANF (about 30 percent of the federal poverty level), according to UCS.

Central Standard explores Johnson County binge drinking. Johnson County has some of the highest rates of binge drinking in the Kansas City area, according to an in-depth look at the subject from Central Standard on KCUR Thursday. [Excess — Central Standard]

Johnson County bus riders enjoying lower fares. Starting Jan. 4, Johnson County lowered its bus fares from $2.25 to $1.50 per trip for 10 routes. The routes are:

  • 546-KCK/Johnson/Quivira
  • 556-Metalf/Plaza
  • 575-75th Street/Quivira
  • 660-Antioch/Downtown
  • 664-Metcalf/Downtown
  • 667-Nall/Downtown
  • 672-JoCo/Downtown Midday
  • 812-Jo Flex
  • 856-Metcalf/Plaza Flex
  • 875-Flex-75th Street/Quivira Flex

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