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Mark Your Calendars – Week of Scholarship

The second annual Week of Scholarship is coming up April 7-10. Plan now to attend faculty and student academic exhibitions, the 7×7 Challenge and other events celebrating academic scholarship. The public is encouraged to attend! More details can be found on MNU’s website.

Olathe’s Got Talent

April 11, 7 p.m.

Bell Cultural Events Center

A showcase for talented Olathe youth ages 7-18. Students will compete for over $5000 in scholarship funds awarded by local businesses.

Tickets: $8 Adults, $7 All students and seniors

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Jim Smith back in hospital

According to his daughter Lauri Orscheln, former Olathe High School football coach and administrator, Jim Smith, has been re-admitted to the Olathe Medical Center. She said he is getting great care and asks for your thoughts and prayers.


News media starting to watch its language

when reporting about mental illness

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

The Associated Press Stylebook — the bible for news media accuracy and terminology — has just released its 2015 updates. The changes include the journalism profession’s first serious attempts to write clearly and accurate about mental health issues in general and suicide in specific.

So far, the mental health community seems most encouraged by the Associated Press’s new guidelines regarding stories about suicide.  The 2015 guidelines provide much-needed expansion of the AP’s 2013 guidelines, which included the first-ever attempts to recommend wording and terminology standards about mental health issues.

The Associated Press guidelines are just that — guidelines. Recommendations. Part dictionary and part encyclopedia. None of it has the force of law or even the leverage of shame. Individual media outlets and web-based publications remain free to set their own conventions for stories about mental illness and suicide.

The new 2015 AP Stylebook updates regarding suicide state: Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of March 30

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, April 7, 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.

Street improvements on the way
Orange cones will soon appear throughout the city as 2015 street maintenance work begins once weather permits. Street improvements will occur on approximately 130 lane miles of streets, including scheduled mill and overlay resurfacing on 85 residential streets. Continue reading

Doris Johnson Lane dead at 105

Doris Lane

Doris Lane

Doris Johnson Lane died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the age of 105. She was born June 25, 1909, in Warwick, ND, the daughter of Howard Christian and Nelle Blythe Couch Johnson. She grew up in Adel, IA. Her mother died when she was 7 and she was raised by her aunt and grandparents. She graduated from Adel High School and attended Iowa State College at Ames for a year, then entered Research Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City, where she graduated in 1932. In 1933, she married Charles Orr Lane, who was in the editorial department of the KC Star-Times. The family moved to Olathe in 1946. When World War II began, she worked in the Red Cross Blood Bank Program. Continue reading

Aggravated robbery at Strangline Wendy’s

On March 25th, 2015 at 8:37 a.m., Olathe police officers were called just past 8:30 Wednesday morning, March 25, to the 11900 block of south Strangline Road where a 33-year-old female Wendy’s employee said a white male threatened her with a knife as she opened up the restaurant.

She told police the suspect demanded money but fled the scene after encountering another employee inside the store. The suspect took the employee’s cell phone when he left.

The victim described the suspect as being a white male, possibly with facial hair, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The victim gave a height range of 5’8” to 6’0” and an age range of mid-20s to mid-30s.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at (913) 971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.

Winter sports champs from Olathe schools

Two Olathe North High School wrestlers wrapped up their undefeated seasons with 6A state championships: Emilio Fowler in the 182-pound weight class and Isaac Dulgarian in the 170-pound weight class.

Other highlights of the 2014-15 winter sports season:

  • Dylan Waters of Olathe East High School placed second in the 6A state 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle swims
  • Brant Pitcairn of Olathe Northwest placed second in state diving and Josh Read of Olathe Northwest placed third in state diving
  • The Olathe North wrestling team placed second in the state
  • The Olathe East boys basketball team placed third in the state
  • Mackenzie Saulnier of Olathe Northwest High School placed third in girls bowling at state

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