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Shawnee County tweaks face mask order

Shawnee County mask order

Shawnee County commissioners voted 2-1 July 6 to make face masks mandatory indoors and outdoors when people can’t practice social distancing. The order went into effect July 9. Since then it has ...

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Youth For Christ Golf Classic For Teens gets postponed to July 31

Youth for Christ Golf

Topeka Youth for Christ’s 2020 Annual Golf Classic that was scheduled for May has been postponed because of the pandemic. It will now be held on July 31 at the Lake Shawnee ...

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Local author writes book from unique perspective

book

Book Review – In My Hands: Stories of the Land and Animals I Love but Can’t See by Reyna Bradford. The Majesty of the Prairie. The Connections Between Humans and Animals. The ...

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Two $500 closest to pin prizes offered in golf tournament benefiting Topeka Youth

Topeka Youth Project golf

The 22nd Annual Topeka Youth Project Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament has been moved to Friday, July 17, 2020, at Village Greens Golf Course in Ozawkie. The tournament is sponsored by ...

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Popular local event DJ dies from stroke complications

DJ Drew

Andrew “Drew” Walker, lovingly known as DJ Drew or Sir Drew, died June 23 at the age of 59, following complications from a stroke suffered the previous weekend. Walker owned and operated ...

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Shawnee County continues reopening with relaxed mask rules, Spirit of Kansas fireworks show

Spirit of Kansas

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation, which opened community centers, Gage Park mini-train and carousel on June 1, will now open pools and aquatic centers as of June 22. SCP+R has three major ...

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The 1st VP of color was elected over 90 years ago; he was a Kansas Republican

Kansas Republican

There has been a lot of talk this year about people of color running for President or Vice President. But a Kansas Republican was first to have that honor. A recent Washington Examiner article ...

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Shawnee County Phase 3 Reopening; here’s what that means

Shawnee County Phase 3

The Shawnee County Covid-19 Response Team and the Shawnee County Health Officer have moved the county into Shawnee County Phase 3 Reopening as of Monday, June 8. Under Shawnee County Phase 3, ...

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Easter in August? Sure, it’s right after Christmas in July!

Easter

We all know that Easter falls on various days every year, but never before has it been celebrated as late as August. However, this year the celebration was delayed from the official ...

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Lakeview Church to continue with drive-in services

Drive-In Service

Topeka’s Lakeview Church of the Nazarene has been holding a Drive-In Service since Easter, and pastor Rob Self says they will continue the practice for now. He said Lakeview will have a ...

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City of Topeka Buildings now open to the public; Police enforcing ‘Click It or Ticket’

Topeka

Law enforcement agencies from across the state are aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2020 Kansas “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The Click It or ...

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How to safely enjoy Kansas state parks during Memorial Day weekend

Kansas state parks

Kansas state parks officials say that trail use is up markedly during the COVID-19 pandemic. As evidence, in Shawnee County, a pedestrian counter placed on the Gage Park Fitness Loop Trail recorded ...

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Shawnee County tweaks the ‘modified phase 2’ recovery plan

‘modified phase 2’

The state “modified Phase 2” recovery plan that goes into effect this Friday is subject to change county-by-county because the order allows each county to impose equal or more stringent restrictions. UPDATE: ...

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Shawnee County Health Department offers Drive-Through COVID-19 testing

Drive-Through testing

The Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD) in partnership with USD 501 – Topeka Public Schools is now offering Drive-Through COVID-19 testing. The service is offered by appointment for uninsured individuals at no ...

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Kelly to move Kansas into ‘modified Phase 2’ of recovery plan

kansas recovery

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that Kansas is ready to enter the second phase of a recovery plan for its economy. The “modified Phase 2” plan will start Friday, May 22, and ...

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Governor Kelly slows Kansas reopening; limits to go into late June

Kansas reopening

Kansas’ Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday slowed down the Kansas reopening of the economy, ordering bars, nightclubs, casinos and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month and ...

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TV25 offers help for area small businesses impacted by COVID-19

TV25

Do you own a business in the Topeka, Lawrence or Kansas City area that has been impacted by the coronavirus shutdowns? TV25 wants to help. If you have a 30 or 60 second ...

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Shawnee County: Decision on Spirit of Kansas to be made by June 1

Spirit of Kansas

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has released a statement concerning the Spirit of Kansas Independence Day celebration. After consultation with county leaders, primary stakeholders and the COVID-19 Response Team, they have determined ...

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Topeka Metro extends free fares through May 30

Topeka Metro

At their April 20, 2020 meeting, the Topeka Metro board of directors unanimously voted to extend the free fares on all fixed routes until May 30, 2020. Topeka Metro continues to encourage ...

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Kansas set to reopen in phases as some restrictions remain

Gov. Laura Kelly announced her plans on April 30 on how to reopen Kansas for business in phases, starting May 4. UPDATE: Shawnee County has decided that libraries are more like community ...

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Report: Kansas restrictions to ease May 4

Kansas restrictions

According to multiple reports, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly plans to ease restrictions on Kansans when her current stay home order expires May 3. Kelly will either issue a new order with less ...

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Kansans create gridlock around Capitol, pressure governor to open economy

gridlock

April 23 may have been Governor Laura Kelly’s anniversary, but she may not have liked the gift of gridlock Kansans brought to the Capitol. Several groups representing counties and cities throughout Kansas ...

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Federal judge blocks Gov. Kelly’s limits on church gatherings

church gatherings

A federal court in Kansas issued a temporary restraining order Saturday against Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order limiting church gatherings to 10 people due to COVID-19. This is the latest move in a saga that ...

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Topeka North Outreach will distribute Operation Backpack Food Sacks to those in need

food sacks

Operation Backpack’s Weekend Food Sacks are helping fill the need for food in the North Topeka and Oakland communities.  These sacks contain a 2-day supply of nutritional, non-perishable, single serving size food ...

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HOW CAN WE HELP? Topeka businesses and residents want to know

Topeka businesses

Towards the end of March, Topeka Metro Voice invited local small business owners to contact us with their stories of how the pandemic is affecting all of us small Topeka businesses. We ...

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