Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Jay Senter - January 2, 2018 7:00 am
Hannes Zacharias, left, says the pledge of allegiance ahead of a Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Hannes Zacharias, left, says the pledge of allegiance ahead of a Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Zacharias says commissioners may try to emulate conservative approach to state government at county level. Departed Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias told the Star’s Steve Rose last week that he believes the conservative members of the board of county commissioners will try to run Johnson County government in much the same way that conservative state officials have managed state agencies in recent years. That could include cuts to services or freezes in pay or benefits for county employees. [How one JoCo commissioner’s vote could change county government — and not for the better — Kansas City Star]

Republicans float idea of April statewide election on K-12 funding provision in state constitution. Republican leaders in the state legislature have been working with Secretary of State Kris Kobach to assess the feasibility of holding a special statewide election in April to gauge Kansans’ interest in altering the state constitution to weaken or remove language requiring lawmakers to provide suitable funding for the K-12 school system. [Kansas GOP making moves to prepare for April vote on K-12 constitutional amendment — Topeka Capital-Journal]

Overland Park firefighters quell New Year’s Eve duplex fire. Overland Park Fire Department crews found an engulfed duplex in the 9200 block of W. 75th Ter. after responding to a call Sunday afternoon. All residents of the three-story building were able to get out safely. Firefighters rescued a cat from the building. There were no injuries in the incident. Residents told firefighters they believe the blaze started in a vehicle in the driveway and spread to the building.

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Music Theatre Kansas City production featuring many Shawnee Mission students debuts tonight. Shawnee-based Music Theatre Kansas City will debut an original production entitled SoundStage:

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Roeland Park crowns winners in holiday decorating contest. The city of Roeland Park this week announced the winners of this year’s holiday house decorating

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Urban Table delivers holiday meals to 11 families in need. Chefs from Urban Table in Prairie Village cooked full holiday meals — featuring brisket, mashed

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Shawnee Chamber recognizes Chamber Star and Ambassador of the Year. The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce this month recognized its annual Chamber Star and Ambassador

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Officials help deliver Meals on Wheels holiday stockings in Merriam. County Commissioner Jim Allen was among the team the helped deliver holiday stockings and

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Yoder cheers House’s passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Kevin Yoder was among the 227 Republicans who voted on Tuesday in favor

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Welder picks up endorsements from Ramsey, Kander in race for District 3 nomination. Bonner Springs attorney Brent Welder picked up two significant endorsements on Monday

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Block donates money to Overland Park Fire Department to replace equipment damaged in CityPlace blaze. Block Real Estate Services company last week delivered a

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Local Moms Demand Action chapters mark five-year anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting. More than 70 members of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Political scientist says Alabama results should concern Yoder. University of Kansas political science professor Patrick Miller told KCUR on Wednesday that Democrat Doug Jones’s