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Johnson County Commission seats are on ballot in 2022 — Here’s what the board does

By Josh Merchant  This November, voters in Johnson County will elect four candidates to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, which oversees a budget of $1.45 billion and about

By Josh Merchant  This November, voters in Johnson County will elect four candidates to the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, which oversees a budget of $1.45 billion and about




Johnson County’s COVID-19 risk is ‘low,’ according to CDC, but health experts say don’t throw away masks just yet

By Josh Merchant In a long-awaited announcement on Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control said it was no longer recommending indoor mask wearing in communities considered to be at

By Josh Merchant In a long-awaited announcement on Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control said it was no longer recommending indoor mask wearing in communities considered to be at


Johnson County received $124M in CARES Act funds for pandemic relief — Here’s how it was spent

Overland Park pandemic relief

By Madison Hopkins In the early days of the COVID pandemic, millions of taxpayer dollars flowed into the Kansas City area through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security (CARES)

By Madison Hopkins In the early days of the COVID pandemic, millions of taxpayer dollars flowed into the Kansas City area through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economics Security (CARES)


Education is hot-button issue in 2022 Kansas legislative session — Here are some bills that could impact JoCo schools

Kansas vaccine mandates law

By: Maria Benevento Kansas state lawmakers have filed several dozen additional bills related to education since our roundup of school-related legislation in late January. This new batch of bills covers topics like

By: Maria Benevento Kansas state lawmakers have filed several dozen additional bills related to education since our roundup of school-related legislation in late January. This new batch of bills covers topics like






In Kansas City metro, Johnson County stands out for its more relaxed pandemic restrictions

By Brittany Callan  With rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and a shortage of staffed hospital beds, most of the Kansas City metro is tightening COVID-19 restrictions. But while most area counties are working in

By Brittany Callan  With rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and a shortage of staffed hospital beds, most of the Kansas City metro is tightening COVID-19 restrictions. But while most area counties are working in


Young Kansans could prove to be a powerful voting bloc on Election Day

By Sidney Steele For Will Hanson, a junior at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, it’s surprising how many people his age don’t understand the importance of voting. This year,

By Sidney Steele For Will Hanson, a junior at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, it’s surprising how many people his age don’t understand the importance of voting. This year,


With uncertainty over reopening schools, more parents are drawn to homeschooling

By Anne Kniggendorf, freelance reporter with The Beacon Taryn Pierce of Shawnee, Kansas decided at the beginning of August to make a big change: She’d remove her three school-aged children,

By Anne Kniggendorf, freelance reporter with The Beacon Taryn Pierce of Shawnee, Kansas decided at the beginning of August to make a big change: She’d remove her three school-aged children,