Former Olathean’s book receives honorable mention

Woody Barlow

Woody Barlow

Tarzan Wore Chaps, a memoir of former Olathean Woody Barlow’s days growing up in rural, small-town Olathe, recently received an honorable mention at the 2015 Paris Book Festival.

“It is an heartening to be recognized at an international literary event, and to be included in their Table of Honor,” Barlow, who grew up in Olathe in the mid-1950s, said. “Thank you to all those who believe in Tarzan Wore Chaps, and the power of imagination.”

The Barlow family moved to Olathe from Kansas City, Mo., in 1948. Most still live in Olathe. Barlow graduated from Olathe (North) High School in 1964. After four years in the Navy, which included two tours in Vietnam, he returned to Olathe and worked 31 years as an air traffic controller with the FAA in Olathe retiring in 2002. He and his wife Lynne now live in Eureka Springs, Ark.

Motorcycle event to help kids with cancer

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Johnson County Gateway Project

A YouTube view of how it’s going to look when completed.

Olathe business owner vows to rebuild

From Fox4 News, WDAF-TV

One store owner in Johnson County says his business won’t miss a beat. That assurance comes after a Sunday evening fire, which, according to investigators, leaves his popular store with over $1 million in damage.

Gary Roles says he’s never been through anything like this. He’s co-owned Olathe T-Shirt and Trophy since 1981, and he’s positive his company will bounce back from a fire that left his business as a burned-up mess.

“It’s one of those things you think happens to someone else,” Roles said. Continue reading

Olathe graduates nearly 1,900 seniors

Top scholars at Olathe East celebrated their achievements on the stage. Photo by Logan Brockschmidt

Top scholars at Olathe East celebrated their achievements on the stage. Photo by Logan Brockschmidt

After more than 14,000 hours of schooling from kindergarten through 12th grade, this year’s graduating class was ready to accept their diplomas. In graduation ceremonies held May 17, more than 1,860 high school seniors became graduates of the Olathe School District.

These graduates were guided along their educational journey by award-winning educators and a dedicated support staff. Whatever these graduates choose to pursue in the near future — trade school, work, two-year college or four-year university — they have experienced an award-winning education in the state’s second-largest school district. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of May 18

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 19, 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Memorial Day closures

City of Olathe offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day Holiday.  Trash and recycling collection will remain on schedule.

The Olathe Downtown Library (201 E. Park Street) and the Olathe Indian Creek Library (12990 S. Black Bob Road) will be closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. Continue reading

Extension cord short causes $1 million damage

Olathe fire investigators say they think a short in an extension cord, in the building’s shop area, ignited nearby combustibles (e.g., cardboard box, plastic) and caused last night’s extensive fire to Olathe T-Shirt & Trophy.

The fire was noticed when a passerby called 9-1-1 and reported “large amount of smoke coming from (the) roof.”

Damage is estimated at over $1 million.

No injuries were reported.

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