Evergy donates electric fans to low-income customers in Johnson County; Roeland Park offers compost bin rebate program

Evergy donated electric fans to Johnson County Human Services to help low-income customers this summer. From left: Brandy Hodge, community relations manager with Johnson County Human Services; Maria Lopez, Evergy; Joshua Bach, Evergy and Joanne Haworth, outreach services manager with Johnson County Human Services. Photo courtesy Evergy.

Evergy donates electric fans to low-income customers in Johnson County

Evergy, formerly KCP&L, donated 100 fans to Johnson County Human Services to help low-income customers this summer.

The donations are part of the company’s collaborative effort with the Salvation Army to distribute nearly 6,000 fans throughout the Evergy service territory.

Shawnee man gets 45 years for 2018 fatal shooting in Platte County

Coty Borst, 28 of Shawnee, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in Platte County Circuit Court on Tuesday for fatally shooting another man in 2018. Borst received 30 years for second-degree murder and 15 years for armed criminal action consecutively for the killing of Jacob Stowers in June 2018. He will be eligible for parole after 28 and a half years.

The charges relate to a an incident when police responded to a residence in Houston Lake, Missouri, to find Stowers bleeding from a gunshot wound to the back. He later died at North Kansas City Hospital. [Shawnee man sentenced to 45 years in 2018 murder in Platte County — The Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park offers compost bin rebate program

The city of Roeland Park is offering a compost bin rebate program for residents.

The city and the Johnson County Kansas State University Research and Extension Office will be hosting two workshops for people wanting to learn more about composting. Residents who attend the workshops are prioritized for the rebate program, and will be eligible for a $75 maximum rebate.

Compost class workshops will be held virtually. The classes will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Residents who begin composting at home but do not attend the workshops can receive up to $40. Compost bin rebate applications and program guidelines can be found here. To reserve a spot in the classes, RSVP to Wade Holtkamp at whotlkamp@roelandpark.org or call (913) 722-2600.