David J. O’Brien, Jr.

David O’Brien


Retired Chief Petty Officer, David John O’Brien Jr., 95, Olathe, Kansas, sailed into Heaven on February 6, 2018. Dave was born June 1, 1922 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin to David John and Ethel Mona (Monte) O’Brien.

Dave enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941 and served his country for 23 years. He was a Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was aboard the Midway, Bon Homme Richard and the second Yorktown during his worldwide Navy career.
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Robbie Meadows

Nelma Keepsie (Robinson) Meadows passed peacefully in her Olathe home November 11, 2017. The daughter of Raymond Carles Robinson and Clara Julia Britana (Bell) Robinson she was born November 12, 1933 in Oilton Oklahoma. Her early childhood was spent in Oklahoma and high school years were in Mission, Kansas where she graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1951.

Robbie, as she was known as by friends and family in Kansas, owned and operated Olathe Office Supply with her husband Jerry Meadows for many years finally retiring from United Office Products. Socially she was the pied piper of the Red Hat Ladies, enjoyed playing any kind of card game and puzzles a winter favorite. Continue reading

Walsh seeking Ward 3 seat


Advocating for public safety, education, and a strong local economy, Johnson County public safety professional Anthony Walsh announced his candidacy for City Council, Ward 3 at the Johnson County Election Office. Walsh spoke about his commitment to the Olathe community.

“It’s simple; city government is here to serve you. I will listen to you. We’ve got a great city here, but I see things I’m concerned about, and I know you are too. Public Safety, public education, and a thriving economy that supports small business are all important for Olathe’s future. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of May 1

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, May 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).


Farmers’ Markets open Saturday, May 6         

The Olathe Farmers’ Markets, located at Black Bob Park (14500 151st St.) and Stagecoach Park (1205 E Kansas City Rd.) open for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 6. The markets open at 7:30 a.m. and run until sold out. Wednesday market returns on May 10. Learn more about the 2017 vendors online. Note: The Olathe Farmers’ Markets were originally scheduled to open on Saturday, April 29, but the openings were postponed due to weather. Continue reading

2017 Olathe Kids Fishing Derby June 17


What: Free 36th Annual Olathe Kids Fishing Derby
When: 7:30 a.m. to noon, June 17, 2017
Where: Olathe Cedar Lake Park

Cedar Lake (South of 151st on Lone Elm Road)
Ages 3 to 15 and 60 plus (Participation limited to the first 700)
Gates open at 6am

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Olathe’s Got Talent finalists set for April 29 show

Twenty finalists have been selected to compete at “Olathe’s Got Talent,” an evening filled with these Olathe students showcasing their various vocal, dance and instrumental talents. When it’s over, more than $5,000 in scholarships will have been awarded to the top performers.
Finalists, by school, are:  Maddie Tyson from California Trail, Eli Hoedl from Chisolm Trail, Sydney Muder from Frontier Trail, Bethany Wray from Heritage Christian, Brooklyn Funk from Indian Trail, Kendall Ficken from Millbrooke, Ayshah Kern from Northview, Jessica Chitwood, Evelyn Dubey and Wyatt Walberg from Olathe East,  Alice Liu, Sophie Schulte and Kavya Nataraj & Group from Olathe North, Thomas Barnes, Max Cooper and Riley David from Olathe Northwest, Andrew Allen, Kyle Kersten, Chase Simmons, Peter Winslow, Alexia King and Brittany Taylor from Olathe South, and Garrison Galley from St. Thomas Aquinas.  Alternates are: Summer Darpinian from California Trail, Dwayne Ellis from Olathe North, LyLena Estabine and Elizabeth Booze from Olathe Northwest and Shailyn Ross from Santa Fe Trail. Continue reading

Optimist oratorical winners

Pictured are Olathe Noon Optimist President Kris Kirkes; Second-place Eliza Woodside; First-place Brylee Andersen; and Third-place Drew Langston

The first level of competition on the road to the World Oratorical Championship Contest presented by Optimist International took place at the North Lindenwood Support Center March 22. Winners (boy and girl) receive first-, second-, and third-place medals and a small monetary award from the Olathe Noon Optimists. Continue reading

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