Shots fired in Olathe neighborhood

By Paul Wilson

12289 Strang Line – Olathe
Shots fired, looking for a dented white Chevy Cobalt. 1 shooter left in car, 1 still on the loose



Pekarek is new general manager of Johnson County Wastewater

Susan Pekarek, chief engineer at Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) for the past three years and a 15-year employee with the department, has been named the new general manager of JCW providing sanitary sewer service to more than 400,000 customers throughout the county.

 She succeeds John P. O’Neil, who retired from JCW on July 1, ending a 27-year career with Johnson County. During the county’s national search for his replacement, Pekarek served as the interim manager of the department.

A resident of Overland Park, Pekarek will assume her new duties September 25. Continue reading


ObamaCare, analysts, health care, and Brad and Angela

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Americans aren’t ready to read, or believe, stories about the accomplishments of ObamaCare. We aren’t ready to think anything positive about health insurance. We become especially cranky when forced to read stories about whether Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are really divorced.

No one hates reading about health insurance more than those who have health insurance but have to wait months to see a doctor or travel hundreds of miles to find a proper hospital. Continue reading

OP Fall Festival Sept. 24

Parade – Crafts – Food – Music – Fun
Stop by The Arts & Recreation Foundation booths
 at the Fall Festival in Santa Fe Commons Park
on Saturday, September 24.

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Child car seat check Sept. 24

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at McCarthy Chevrolet in Olathe, trained car seat safety specialists will examine child car seats for proper use, installation, age/size appropriateness and will alert parents to any recalled products at this event. Safety checks take approximately 30 minutes per seat.

No appointment is necessary. It is first come, first checked. Seat checks are done inside the service department. McCarthy is located at 765 N. Rawhide.

This is a great way for parents to make sure their children are buckled up right. Continue reading

Hedge Apple Day at Arboretum


September 25, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the Arboretum for the 
Annual Hedge Apple Day
Kids love this fun, hands-on event. 
Come and make nature crafts to take home with you. 
Our classic craft – the Hedge Apple Goblin – is the star of the show. 
All nature items are collected right here at the Arboretum.
And while you’re at the Arboretum, 
visit the Train Garden or explore one of our nature trails 
– just a couple more of the kid-friendly activities at the Arboretum.
Included with admission!
$3/adult; $1/child 6-12
Friends of the Arboretum members are always free.

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
8909 W. 179th St.  –  913-685-3604

Terrorist attack exercise set for Sept. 21 in Johnson County

Johnson County Emergency Management will host a day-long emergency exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the county’s Emergency Operations Center located in the Johnson County administration building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe.

The scenario will involve a simulated terrorist attack. The county will activate its Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. County officials are coordinating with the cities of Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Mission Hills and Johnson County Community College to conduct the disaster exercise. Continue reading

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