Street closures for Old Settlers

Set up for the annual Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration began Wednesday night, Sept. 4.

A major portion of the downtown area streets will be closed for the duration of the celebration, which ends Saturday night. These streets include Kansas, Cherry, and Chestnut, from Santa Fe to Loula St.

Downtown Park Street also will be closed to vehicle traffic.

The downtown area is expected to re-open by Sunday afternoon.

Senate confirms Brownback’s choice of Stegall

By Tim Carpenter
Topeka Capitol Journal Online

The Senate delivered an overwhelming and partisan vote Wednesday confirming Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination of the administration’s top lawyer for a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Debate fixated on the merits of Brownback’s newly acquired power to unilaterally control nominations to the Court of Appeals and to a lesser extent the qualities of Caleb Stegall, who was viewed by Republicans and Democrats as possessing intellectual firepower and varied legal experience to serve capably on the bench. Continue reading

Johnson County to participate in National 9/11 Day of Observance

Johnson County Government employees will join forces with the 30 million Americans engaging in charitable activity on September 11 in a nationwide effort to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 through service.

Johnson County Government will host donation and volunteering opportunities, focused on sustainability, for its 3,800 employees as well as residents, giving both a chance to say “I Will” and join the 9/11 Day of Observance. Employees can take part in service projects at Johnson County Government’s Sunset Campus from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. such as volunteering in the WIC Community Garden, placing markers on stormwater drains, cleaning up trash and learning to save a life in a CPR class. Continue reading

Abandoned package in Olathe investigated

Just before 2 p.m., the Olathe Fire Department’s Bomb Squad worked alongside the U.S. Postal Inspection Service when they investigated an abandoned package, which was left outside the main entrance of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Olathe, 110 N Chestnut.

The facility had been evacuated before emergency responders arrived.

The bomb squad rendered the package safe around 3:30 pm.

The incident is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The Olathe Police Department also helped at the scene.

 

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