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Shawnee County ethics hotline makes a difference

Reports to an ethics hotline Shawnee County maintains have brought attention to policies, procedures and other issues that needed to be addressed, and probably wouldn’t have been without it, county commissioners were told Thursday.

The county has updated some policies as a direct result of the reports it’s received, commissioners Kevin Cook, Shelly Buhler and Bob Archer heard from the county’s internal auditor, Andrea Forbes.

Reports to the hotline have also alerted the county to issues that supervisors have addressed through additional training or staff meetings, she said.

Shawnee County established the service effective Oct. 1, 2015. It has since received 18 reports from people who have either called the hotline or gone to its website, according to Forbes.

The county has investigated and...

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Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day parade slated for March 11 | The Kansas City Star

The Irish American Club of Johnson County is organizing the 36th annual Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. on March 11.

The parade will start on Johnson Drive at Monrovia Street and head east on Johnson Drive to Nieman Road. This year’s theme is “Follow the Green Irish Road.”

Anyone who would like to participate should complete the parade entry form at the Irish American Club of Johnson County’s Facebook page. Bring the completed form and $10 cash to the parade lineup which starts at 11:30 a.m.

Two events are scheduled after the parade:

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Kansas gubernatorial candidates on K-12 school funding: Republican Jim Barnett

Last week, University of Kansas Political Science Professor Patrick Miller floated the following idea on Twitter:

I’d love to see a KS newspaper offer all governor candidates space for a 500 word essay on their ideal policy solution to our school funding crisis. What legislation would you sign? Caveats: No empty platitudes. No self-promotion. No Brownback dissing. Just your policy vision.

We said, you know what, Patrick Miller? That’s a really great idea!

So we extended an invitation to the many, many candidates running for governor to share their plans for addressing Kansas’s K-12 funding situation. We asked them to “lay out specific ideas” and to keep it to 600 words.

And today we’re going to begin running the responses we’ve received. Look for more on Thursday and Friday.

We’ll start wi...

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Concrete road in Shawnee is too new to be salted this winter

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A sign in western Shawnee is telling drivers everything they need to know about a new street that hasn’t cured enough to be salted this winter.

“You don’t put salt on new concrete,” said Caitlin Gard, Assistant Public Works Director

Clear Creek Parkway is the only concrete street in Shawnee.

Although you can drive on the road, the city wants people to know that they won’t see any salt trucks in snowy weather.

“For snow removal, we are using sand this year,” Gard said. “There’s not a lot of residences out there yet.”

It will take six to 12 months for the concrete to cure.

The sand is safe to drive on, but the city said there are alternate routes to take crossing K-7 Highway.

You can take Clare Road out to W...

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Man dies in accident in Shawnee County

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SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) –

Kansas Highway troopers are reporting a 73-year-old man died after flipping his vehicle in Shawnee County. The accident happened just before 1 a.m. on U-75, five miles north of 57th street.

Troopers report the driver, Harold Poertner, was headed north when his truck went off the road and hit a ditch. Poertner was able to get back on the highway, but over-corrected striking a median and then rolled his truck several times. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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‘Secret Santa’ on a mission right now in Shawnee

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Police in Shawnee are helping an anonymous ‘Secret Santa’ spread some holiday cheer.

“By far, we have the best community, the best citizens,” Officer Kasie Taulbert said.

When a man approached the Shawnee Police Department with $10,000, he told them to use it to help the community.

“Our Secret Santa wants to help build that relationship and make stronger relationships with our community by making us his little elves,” Taulbert said.

Taulbert did just that on Wednesday by coming to Shawnee Community Services. She was able to give $100 to the first person she saw.

“He’s been out of work for seven years,” Taulbert said.

Taulbert said none of this would be possible without the support from the community.

“They’re so supportive of us and we’re gratefu...

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How To Tell If Shawnee, KS News Is Real Or Fake

These days, you can’t turn on the television or get online without hearing someone refer to fake news. The Internet has made it easier than ever for people to share stories that are based on false or misleading information. It is important to carefully evaluate news stories that you read to avoid being tricked by stories that aren’t true. Try using the following tips to determine whether or not Shawnee, KS news is real or fake.

One of the first things that you should do is look at the source of the news. If the news story comes from a trusted organization such as a newspaper that has been around for a long time or a local television channel, there is a high likelihood that it is accurate...

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