Local news

First Operation Kidsafe station in state opens in Merriam
September 30, 2014
The first Operation Kidsafe, a child fingerprinting service, in Kansas opened recently in Merriam.
Shawnee Rotary celebrates 10 years of the Lending a Hand statue
September 30, 2014
The hand that holds the world up in Listowel Park has become a Shawnee landmark. The left hand signifies that it is the hand closest to the heart that holds the planet up, and the Lending a Hand statue has been conveying that message for 10 years now.
Two injured in car vs. tree
02:48 a.m., September 30, 2014 Updated 06:41 a.m.
Two people were injured when their car crashed head-on into a tree early Tuesday in Shawnee.
Mobile web designer hopes local company can help Shawnee businesses
September 29, 2014
The smart phone in the majority of peoples’ pockets is changing business, and a Shawnee man is trying to help local and businesses capitalize on the technology.
20 years of the Shawnee Great Grillers State Championship
September 29, 2014
Shawnee Town never smelled so good. Or maybe it had, once per year, every year, for the last 20 years. Because for 20 years now, Blues and Barbecue, the Shawnee Great Grillers State Championship has graced the lawns and parking lot of Shawnee Town. And every year the intoxicating smell of smoked meats and barbecue delights continues to draw the crowds and the cooks.
20th Shawnee Great Grillers Championship this weekend
September 26, 2014
The 20th annual Shawnee Great Griller’s State Championship Blues and Barbeque will be held Friday and Saturday at Shawnee Town.
The Dispatch to take on a new look
September 25, 2014
Next week, you will notice a change in the format and design of your newspaper.
Face to Face: Living the dream
September 25, 2014
Wendy S. Denham is board clerk for the De Soto school district and administrative assistant for De Soto Superintendent Doug Sumner.
Local volunteers support victims of child abuse through CASA program
September 25, 2014
A local Shawnee volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties shares his experience helping victims of child abuse. The organization is having a benefit event on Sept. 26 in Lenexa.
Switzer Road to close near 79th Street for railroad maintenance Thursday
September 24, 2014
The railroad crossing on Switzer Road just south of 79th Street will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for non-scheduled maintenance.
Shawnee snow removal crews prepare for winter months with annual Snow Rodeo
September 24, 2014
The Shawnee snow removal team is getting ready for winter in Shawnee with their annual Snow Rodeo.
Parade of Homes set to begin Sept. 27
September 24, 2014
The 2014 Fall Parade of Homes is set to open hundreds of doors to prospective home buyers and people simply looking for design inspiration.
City approves bonds for new and expanding developers
September 24, 2014
The Shawnee City Council approved a list of industrial revenue bonds totaling more than $24 million on Monday.
Shawnee Public Works to hold Snow Rodeo event Wednesday
September 23, 2014
Snow may not yet be on the ground but on Wednesday, Sept. 24, staff from the Shawnee Public Works Department will take part in their annual Snow Rodeo in order to prepare for the upcoming winter.
Shawnee arts, crafts fair attractions included yard decor, old fashioned ice cream
September 23, 2014
“Wonderful,” was how Lylah Linard of Butler, Mo., described the cup of combination chocolate and vanilla ice cream she enjoyed Saturday at the 39th annual Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival.