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Northeast Johnson County News

The two tornadoes that touched down in Johnson County Sunday night formed and dissipated before a tornado warning could be issued and sirens set off, county and weather service officials said Tuesday. Johnson Countians woke up Monday to the news...
Some familiar buildings in downtown Merriam are on the verge of demolition. After the city recently purchased four buildings downtown, the Merriam City Council last week unanimously approved authorization to tear down the buildings along Merriam Drive and Kessler Lane...
Updated: Monday, 8:45 a.m. A line of thunderstorms packing gusty winds caused damage to numerous Johnson County neighborhoods late Sunday night, and at least three schools in the area were closed Monday due to the storms' lingering impacts. The National Weather...
With sunshine and warm weather, families flocked to Antioch Park on Saturday for the annual Turkey Creek Festival. Festival goers enjoyed the usual inflatable bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, craft making, food trucks, live music and more. New this...
An apartment complex project in Mission is moving forward with new ownership but the same public financing incentives. The Mission City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved transferring a 70% tax abatement for the 58/Nall apartment project from MOJO Built LLC...
After six years of displaying “thin blue line” flags honoring local fallen law enforcement officers, the city of Merriam’s annual Flags 4 Freedom event will display only U.S. flags moving forward. Following an hours-long public comment period with all but...
Short-term rental owners in Merriam have five months to adhere to newly adopted regulations. Like some of its Johnson County neighbors, the Merriam City Council on Monday in a 7-1 vote approved an ordinance that outlines new, stricter regulations for...
There’s no sign up yet at 6846 Johnson Drive, but that hasn’t stopped customers from dropping by the unmarked storefront in hopes of scoring some pizza. It’s been a daily occurrence, said John Avelluto, owner of Avelluto’s — formerly Italian...
A brewery and eatery offering “energetic vibes” is on its way to a growing northeast Johnson County development. Drake Development, the Kansas City-based company behind the Merriam Grand Station development, announced plans last week for Iowa-based brewery 30hop to open...
A developer working on an apartment project in downtown Mission wants to sell its land — and transfer its public incentives to another developer. MOJO Built LLC, an Overland Park-based developer co-owned by longtime home builder John Moffitt, is asking...
Madeline Male, a high school freshman from Fairway, is a finalist in a national — or, you could even say, out of this world — essay competition. Male submitted her essay, entitled “Sending A Rover to Ganymede,” to the National...
By Sam Zeff  Sometimes called the “Kansas Seabiscuit,” Lawrin won the Kentucky Derby in 1938 and played a role in the careers of a famous trainer and an even more famous jockey. Lawrin was trained at the 200-acre Woolford farm, near...