Olathe news briefs for the week of Sept. 15

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

K-10 & Ridgeview Road Interchange closures
Starting Sept. 15, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) crews will begin setting girders onto the bridge piers during overnight lane, ramp and roadway closures at the K-10 and Ridgeview Road interchange. There will be no ramp access to/from Ridgeview Road off/onto K-10 during the overnight closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should use Woodland Road or Renner Boulevard exists off K-10 to access Ridgeview Road.  Local businesses south of K-10 can be accessed via the 105th St. intersection. Drivers should expect closures, detours and delays during the overnight closures. Continue reading

Olathe East football player has emergency surgery

From The Kansas City Star

Olathe East High School senior linebacker James McGinnis was rushed into surgery on Friday night at Overland Park Regional Medical Center with bleeding around his brain after he collapsed during the Hawks’ football game against Olathe South.

Prior to McGinnis’ surgery, his father, Patrick, updated his son’s condition to friends and family at the hospital.

“They did a CAT scan and he had blood and there is pressure there, so they are going to do emergency surgery,” McGinnis said. “The doctors said that it is very possible that once they relieve that pressure, he will be fine. He never lost any oxygen to the brain, so it is just a matter of letting that brain (return to normal). His spine looks fine and there are no other injuries.” Continue reading

Olathe news briefs

Mahaffie Wild West Days September 27 and 28
Enjoy Wild West skits, live entertainment and children’s games at the annual Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Wild West Days September 27 and 28.  This popular event offers a variety of activities and live entertainment for a taste of life in Kansas during the old west.

Wild West Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, September 27 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 28 at the Olathe historic site, 1200 Kansas City Rd.  Family friendly admission is new this year – $5/person ages 5 & up or $20/five persons; free/kids age 4 and under. Food will be available for purchase.

Stagecoach rides will be provided at no charge courtesy of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Entertainment will be presented in view of the stagecoach area including stagecoach robberies and re-enactments. Continue reading

MNU gets $10 million grant

MidAmerica Nazarene University have announced it is the recipient of a $10 million five-year Title III Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program grant. According to Linda Alexander, PhD, and Whitney Gray, grant project co-directors at MNU, the main goal of this grant is to create a Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) to enhance the educational experience of all students in key academic areas.

               The goal of the Center for Academic and Professional Success is to create a central place for all of the support services to promote and provide opportunities for students to be successful. Components of the Center will include:  Continue reading

Hazardous materials collection date is Sept. 13

The Johnson County Household Hazardous Materials Collection Program will again collect electronic waste for recycling in addition to household hazardous waste (HHW) on September 13, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Residents of Johnson County who wish to participate must make an appointment to drop off their electronic waste and HHW for recycling and may do so by calling 913-715-6907. Last month’s event was a huge success, resulting in over 6,000 lbs. of electronics being recycled. In addition, 400 gallons of latex paint was recycled and returned to the community. Continue reading

Grandparents Day Concert Sept. 7 at OP Arboretum

grandparents concert

MNU’s Kansas Board of Regents grant assists local teachers

This summer more than 40 teachers from the Kansas City, Kansas and Turner school districts learned new ways to prepare the next generation of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.  MNU’s Students Engaged in Exploring and Designing Solutions (SEEDS) project, funded by a Kansas Board of Regents grant, which includes both federal and non-federal funds, equips local science teachers from high needs school districts with the knowledge and skills necessary to help 6th through 12th grade students meet Next Generation Science Standards, which focus on the engineering design cycle and cross-disciplinary integration of science.

Since future industries will rely greatly on science, technology, math and engineering skills, educators need new methods to integrate these subjects into their teaching. According to Nancy Damron, PhD, MNU School of Education dean, the goal is to assist teachers to deliver instruction in a way that will prepare students for these industries after graduation. Continue reading


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