Watch DOGS volunteers lend a helping paw in Johnson County schools

The Watch DOGS — Dads of Great Students — puts volunteers in classrooms with the aim of being a positive male influence and an unobtrusive security presence. The national program, part of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering, was started in 1998 with the goal of making schools safer but has evolved to include academic support and direct interaction with students, catching on across the country in the process.

Ground is broken for massive overhaul of Johnson County interchange

With the backdrop of afternoon traffic zooming past, Kansas officials on Tuesday lifted gold shovels and turned dirt to symbolically start the extensive Johnson County Gateway Project, a complete overhaul of the Kansas 10, Interstate 35 and I-435 interchange. "It's key for growth," Gov. Sam Brownback said at the groundbreaking ceremonies in Lenexa for the project that will take 2 1/2 years to complete.

AMC Town Center theaters get a seven-figure face-lift

Movie theaters are facing increased competition for consumers’ entertainment dollars, but a seven-figure renovation of the 18-year-old AMC Town Center 20 in Leawood is designed to get consumers off the couch and into the theaters by “elevating the experience.”