Sweeter by the dozen: Visit Johnson County’s independent doughnut shops

The independent doughnut shops of Johnson County are as mercurial as the very argument about which is the best. And that, in many cases, is why they are beloved. They run out of flavors. They don’t have websites. You better bring cash because credit card machines crush the margins on an 80-cent doughnut. They make you work for something you want.

These volunteers head back to school

In an era where Johnson County schools are asked to do more with less, one group is helping to make that possible: volunteers. Parents and grandparents and community members are taking time off work or coming out of retirement to assist in classrooms and after school programs. In the Shawnee Mission School District alone, 295 volunteers worked 7,478 hours in the 2012-13 school year.

Mayor Michael Copeland - Merry Christmas, Olathe

The holiday season is a time of thanksgiving and reflection on our community’s progress and the many blessings we enjoy. As we look back upon another remarkable year, we are mindful of not only the achievements we celebrate, but the people who are at the heart of our success. It is truly our residents whose amazing spirit and love for Olathe are making our community shine brighter than ever before.

Smile, everyone! Follow local youngsters as they compete in pageants

The white heels of the pageant contestant click across the tiles of the Overland Park Comfort Suites lobby. She wobbles as she tries to navigate the slick floor — the unintentional staging area between the dressing room and the conference room where the Little Miss Imagination Pageant is being held on a recent Sunday morning.