Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Old Chicago Pizza to close. Overland Park deep dish fans will have to start looking for a new place to find Chicago-style pies this fall. The Old Chicago location at 11721 Metcalf will close October 7, a restaurant manager confirmed this week. [Overland Park Old Chicago to close in October – Blue Valley Post]

Shawnee Mission Health celebrates milestone. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the ASK-A-NURSE resource center at Shawnee Mission Health. The call center has averaged 275 calls per day on health issues ranging from insect bites to food poisoning to cardiac concerns, which adds up to more than 3.2 million calls over the last three decades. ASK-A-NURSE staff members also schedule appointments, provide information regarding community health events and screenings, register people for educational classes and events and facilitate hospital to hospital transfers. ASK-A-NURSE employs 22 registered nurses who average 24 years of nursing experience. For answers to health questions or to find a doctor, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.

Overland Park hiring for several city positions. Overland Park currently has several job openings at departments throughout the city. Jobs include: police officer, police dispatcher, maintenance worker, code compliance officer, building maintenance worker, accountant, assistant city engineer, golf course attendant, park attendant, traffic engineering technician, volunteer program supervisor. You can find out more about the openings and how to apply via the careers section of the city’s website.

Some signs point to slowing Johnson County economy. KCUR’s Frank Morris takes a look at the current state of the Kansas economy in the context of the state’s tax policy, and finds some evidence that the foundation of Johnson County’s job market may be softening. “Johnson County’s bread and butter is in professional services growth, and for whatever reason, that growth seems to be stalling a bit, over the last year,” Mid-American Regional Council Director of Economic Research Frank Lenk told Morris. [These Stories Point To How Kansas Tax Policy May Be Strangling Economic Growth — KCUR]

Westwood company was victim of embezzlement. Thomas Hauk was sentenced this week in federal court for taking up to $4 million from his employer, Assured Management of Westwood. The company shares offices with Tom Watson Enterprises on W. 47th Place and is the resident agent for the Watson company. [Prison sentence for man who embezzled from company affiliated with Tom Watson – The Kansas City Star]

Lanes closed at 47th and Rainbow Monday. The two northbound lanes on Rainbow Blvd. from 47th Terrace to 45th Avenue will be closed starting Monday, August 22nd. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes, and left turn restrictions from Rainbow on to 47th Street will be in effect while traffic flow is reduced. Work is anticipated to be complete by Friday, September 2nd.

Hocker Grove student at Cosmosphere Camp. Alexandria Arnold of Merriam attended Cosmosphere Camp: Space 101 this summer. Alexandria, child of Shana and Jarrod Casner and Jason Arnold, will be entering 8th grade at Hocker Grove Middle School this fall. Space 101 is a week-long, introductory astronaut training camp for students entering seventh and eighth grades. The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow.

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