Former Olathean and author Woody Barlow to be at Old Settlers

Woody Barlow

Woody Barlow

When Olathe was nothing more than a rural, small town with a couple of grain elevators, two train depots — just a place where area farmers came on weekends to do all their shopping on the downtown square — no one was a stranger. Everyone knew everyone, and kids couldn’t get away with anything.

And that’s the setting of former Olathean Woody Barlow’s book, Tarzan Wore Chaps, a memoir of Barlow’s days growing up in that rural, small-town Olathe.
Barlow will be back in Olathe during the 116th Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration Sept. 4-5-6 to reminisce with old friends and to be in a booth selling and autographing copies of his book.

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Old Settlers a warm-up for Ravens marching band NYC parade

The drumline watches closely as the Raven Pride Marching Band rehearses their music for the Old Settlers performance. Olathe School District Photos by Marlene Colgan

The drumline watches closely as the Raven Pride Marching Band rehearses their music for the Old Settlers performance. Olathe School District Photos by Marlene Colgan

As the only high school marching band from Kansas selected to perform in the New York City Veterans Day Parade, the Raven Pride band from Olathe Northwest High School has a lot of work to do this fall. Their first major performance of the new season will be Thursday, Sept. 4 at Old Settlers in downtown Olathe. The marching band and varsity dance team will perform in the downtown library parking lot immediately following a 6 p.m. show by the Olathe East High School band.

Band director Robert Davis and assistant Joshua Maddux lead the 204-member marching band, 61 performers in concert band, and nearly 60 students in jazz groups. Davis said their total band enrollment is among the highest in the Midwest. But the Raven bands not only have quantity, they exude quality. Continue reading

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease reported in Johnson County

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has received numerous reports of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Johnson County, Kan. HFMD is a common virus that affects infants and children, but adults can get it too. If a child is ill with HFMD, they are to remain at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.

There is no vaccine to protect against HFMD. However, you can reduce the risk of getting infected with the viruses that cause HFMD by following a few simple steps: Continue reading

Olathe teen found safe

Olathe police reported today, Aug. 27, that missing Olathe teen Haley Ann Gay has been located in Olathe and is safe.

Accident injures two drivers

Accident scene at intersection of Kansas Avenue and Spruce Street in central Olathe. Olathe PD photo

Accident scene at intersection of Kansas Avenue and Spruce Street in central Olathe. Olathe PD photo

Olathe police officers responded to an injury accident about 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, involving two vehicles at the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Spruce Street.

Initial reports indicate that one vehicle attempted to make a left turn from Kansas onto Spruce Street. The other vehicle was southbound on Kansas when the two vehicles collided. Both male drivers, 48 and 18 years old, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department Traffic Unit. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-7500 or 913-971-6950.

Police seeking missing girl

Haley Ann Gay

Haley Ann Gay

The Olathe Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing child/endangered runaway.

Haley Ann Gay, 04/20/1998, ran away from home on August 24.  Haley is currently without her required medication for epilepsy and other disorders.  She is 5’5” tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a red and white short sleeve shirt and high waist denim shorts.  Haley may also be in possession of a purple Under Armour backpack with an orange stripe.

This case is currently under investigation by the Olathe Police Department.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950, the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477, or your local Police Department.

Olathe news briefs for the week of Aug. 25

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, September 2, 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.

Labor Day Schedule for City Offices, Libraries; Trash/Recycling Collection Not Affected
City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday. The City’s trash, curbside recycling and yard waste collection will NOT be affected.  Continue reading

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