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Despite its location in Kansas, the city of Shawnee is a major suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Shawnee has over 37 miles of bike lanes, 47 miles of "share-the-road" bike lanes, and 30 miles of off-road bike trails. The city makes a serious effort to ensure bicycle safety. It was the first city in the Kansas City Metro area that adopted a bicycle transportation plan, incorporating both on and off road biking facilities. It is also the first city in the area to earn the Bicycle Friendly Community Award.
Local Newspapers: Shawnee Dispatch, Shawnee County Ledger, Kansas City Star Courier
Local Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB)
Local Colleges: State UniversityRockhurst University
Zip Codes associated with shawnee, kansas: 66203, 66214, 66216, 66217, 66218, 66219, 66220, 66226, 66227
Towns/Cities near shawnee, kansas : Overland Park, Edwadsville, Bonner Springs, Lenexa, De Soto
A year after Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, had the good sense to shelve a bill easing the prosecution of teachers and principals for exposing students to material deemed harmful to minors, the measure passed the Senate Wednesday and headed to the House. Credit three area senators for being among 14 "no" votes: Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita; Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick; and Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita.Kansas Bill Would Allow Teachers To Be Arrested For Distributing...
A lawmaker in Kansas is seeking to criminalize the distribution of "harmful" materials to minors in schools, lifting an exemption for teachers using approved materials. Advocates working against the bill worry it will have a "chilling" effect on teachers in the state.Senators skeptical of Rural Opportunity Zones
Senators expressed skepticism over Rural Opportunity Zones Wednesday, questioning the usefulness of one of Gov. Sam Brownback's centerpiece programs during difficult fiscal times for the state. The Rural Opportunity Zones program spans 77 counties, covering wide swaths of western and southeastern Kansas.Capitol Update: 'I believe we should respect our local...
To keep our readers better informed about the state government actions that impact our communities, we feature an update columns each Monday from one of northeast Johnson County's elected officials: Rep. Barbara Bollier, Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Jarrod Ousley, Rep. Melissa Rooker and Sen. Kay Wolf. Rep. Ousley submits this week's update: In the Governor's State of the State address, the Governor proposed moving School Board and City elections from the spring, to the fall, purportedly to increase voter turnout.JC Plans to Resurrect OP's King Louie as a Public Arts Center/Museum
Shuttered since 2009 and long considered a white elephant, the King Louie Bowling Alley and skating rink on Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park may soon reopen with a renewed function. The King Louie property, public since purchased by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners in 2011, is poised to be repurposed as an arts and culture mecca for Johnson County.Kansas House committee talks sex ed, 50 Shades of Grey
While giving testimony to the House Education Committee, Tuesday afternoon, Tom Krebs with the Kansas Association of School Boards, argues that HB2199 shouldn't be an issue and that if parents are concerned about the opt-in or opt-out policies of Human Sexuality classes, they need to address their school boards on the issue instead of using the legislative process. During a hearing on HB 2199 with the House Education Committee, Tuesday afternoon, Rep. John Ewy, R-Jetmore, responds to testimony from proponents of the bill that would force school districts to adopt an opt-in policy for Human Sexuality classes.Kansas House, Senate agree to limit bundling except on tax bills
The Kansas House and Senate passed a rules compromise this week that will limit the number of subjects that can be bundled in one bill with the exception of tax bills after disagreement over the Legislature's joint rules had stalled work in the Senate this session. The Senate passed the compromise 27-7 on Monday and the House passed it by a vote of 83-38 on Tuesday after a debate about transparency and accountability.Topekan among UPS drivers honored for accident-free service
Michael Hansford, of Topeka, was one of 19 Kansas UPS drivers inducted recently into the delivery service's "Circle of Honor" that recognizes drivers with 25 or more years of accident free service. UPS officials said Tuesday that Kansas now has 144 active Circle of Honor drivers among 1,705 currently employed in the state.Theatre for Young America to Tour Triple Play Two
Theatre for Young America is presenting a new collection of "three" stories, TRIPLE PLAY TWO!, on tour this spring to area schools and daycare centers, as well as at the Wonderscope Children's Museum, 5700 King St., Shawnee, KS. The early childhood play will be on tour from February 19 thru May, 2015.In NEJC, only Roeland Park has March primary races for municipal election
Roeland Park is the only city in northeast Johnson County that will have a primary election this spring . Of all the elections scheduled for this spring in Johnson County, only the Shawnee mayor's race and the Olathe School Board election join Roeland Park in requiring a primary.AT&T aims to match Google broadband in Kansas City
AT&T is planning a new faster broadband service in parts of the Kansas City metro area that will put it in competition with Google Fiber. AT&T announced Sunday that its new fiber optic packages, called GigaPower, will be available to areas where demand is strongest in downtown Kansas City and the Kansas suburbs of Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park.AT&T Brings Gigabit Internet To Kansas City
Kansas City is one of the few markets in which Google Fiber is available. Google's gigabit internet service faces competition from the likes of AT&T which has now chased it into the Kansas City market.Bills debated in Legislature could expand churchesa role in foster care
Lawmakers reviewed two bills meant to provide alternatives to the state's current foster care system that would potentially expand the role of churches and other faith organizations in providing care to children in need at a hearing Thursday. Senate Bill 158, proposed by Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, would set up a new CARE family program, which Knox describes as a higher tier of foster care.Kansas Senate all set to pass insane gun bill
Republicans in the Kansas House have elected a Bonner Springs lawmaker to serve as majority party whip. Rep. Willie Dove received 47 votes on the third and final ballot Wednesday, compared with 44 votes for Rep. Brett Hildabrand of Shawnee.Bill would allow prosecution of teachers for distributing a harmful materiala to minors
Lawmakers are considering bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers with distributing harmful material to minors. Proponents say that would give needed protection to students but opponents say it could criminalize the teaching of biology or controversial works of literature.
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