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Topeka Youth Project’s Youth Court provides options, experience to young offenders

September is National Youth Court Month, and Topeka Youth Project had to make adjustments to how Youth Court is run this year because of COVID-19. This is their 16th year of providing ...

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Oh, no! Not again! EasterFest celebration cancelled by the county for second time this year

EasterFest

The annual EasterFest celebration, scheduled to be held in Garfield Park on August 29, has been cancelled by Shawnee County officials for the second time this year, organizers learned on Thursday. The ...

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Shawnee County accepts ownership of Great Overland Station

Great Overland Station

Shawnee County Commissioners voted this week to accept a transfer of ownership of the Great Overland Station from Railroad Heritage, Inc.(RHI), to Shawnee County for the sum of $1. Great Overland Station, ...

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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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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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Isolation, quarantine, executive orders and the constitution

Isolation, quarantine, executive orders

Overwhelmed by all the news coming out about the new coronavirus, including isolation, quarantine, executive orders and the like? This article attempts to place the coronavirus pandemic and recent executive orders by ...

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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: 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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Youth Court provides options, experience to young offenders

September is National Youth Court Month, and Topeka Youth Project is celebrating 15 years of providing Youth Court to Topeka/Shawnee County youth. This program is youth-led and youth-driven by 13- to 18-year-old ...

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National Night Out activities help keep neighborhoods friendly and safe

Safe Streets is about to embark on its 23rd year of National Night Out in the Topeka/Shawnee County community. This annual event, which will be held Saturday, August 10, brings neighborhoods together ...

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“The Donut Boy” to make stop in Shawnee County

Tyler Carach, an 11-year-old boy from Florida known to many as “The Donut Boy,” will soon be making a stop in Shawnee County. Carach made it his mission in 2016 to visit ...

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Area courts filled with kids getting new families today!

adoption

Hundreds of Missouri and Kansas children will find their “forever homes” today and over the weekend as courts are filled with families taking a new member into their homes. Saturday is National ...

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