Olathe Animal Shelter open house Feb. 7

The Olathe Animal Shelter will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. The public is invited to view the new surgery center and to provide citizens an opportunity to meet new veterinarian, Dr. Amber Andrews.

The opening of the surgery center will allow personnel to spay/neuter shelter animals on site, as well as provide enhanced medical treatment and vaccinations for adopted pets. Dr. Andrews will also be providing veterinary care for the police and fire K-9’s.

The Olathe Animal Shelter is located at 505 E. Sunvale Drive, directly behind the Olathe Police Department. For additional information, contact 913-971-6362.


Information for first-time Kansas voters

If you’re a first-time voter in Kansas, here is some registration information from the Johnson County Election Office that you need to know before you’re allowed to vote. Not that forms mentioned in this notice are available online at the Johnson County Election Office website.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, any person registering to vote in Kansas for the first time is required to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship.

If you do not provide a citizenship document when you complete your voter registration application, you must submit it to the county election office. You may submit it by mail, hand delivery, fax or email. Continue reading

They vant your blood!!!

Save the date for the Leadership Olathe Alumni Blood Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Olathe Fire Administration Building. The goal is to collect at least 20 pints of blood.

Ouch! Kansas, the purple state

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently said in his State of the State Address, “Look out, Texas, her comes Kansas!”

The following is an interesting view on what is taking place in Kansas politics during Brownback’s reign. It’s by Huffington Post freelance writer Jeffrey Ann Goudie, who grew up in Midland, Texas, and now lives in Topeka having moved to Kansas several years ago.

She says despite its national image of being a red state, Kansas actually was a good mix of all views making it a progressive purple. But because Brownback, et al, has made the state so red because of his aggressive attack policies on public education, social programs, and tax cuts, the state is now purple because of bruising.

Click here to read her article.


Johnson Countian critical, skeptical of KanCare program

Submitted by Finn Bullers,
Former Johnson County Government Reporter
for the Kansas City Star and now
a consumer advocate for people with disabilities.

While state leaders work to knock out the kinks in the state’s new managed-care system for some 380,000 Kansans, first responders in Johnson County Monday, Jan. 28, had to revive a Prairie Village man choking on his own phlegm and gasping to breathe — me.

At 10 a.m., Johnson County Med-Act responders arrived at my home.

Within minutes, rescue workers performed deep suctioning to remove accumulated phlegm blocking my airway, a result of bureaucratic tangles with the state leaving me without skilled-nursing services and ongoing wound-care treatment. Continue reading

That Sneaky Sam I Am, I’d rather eat green eggs and ham!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: With apologies (or thanks) to Dr. Seuss.
Sneaky Sam’s voice is in italics.)

I am Sneaky Sam!…

Sneaky Sam I am!…

That Sneaky Sam!
That Sneaky Sam!
I do not like
That Sneaky Sam!…

Do you like to pay state taxes?…

I do not like them Sneaky Sam.
I would rather eat green eggs and ham!… Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 28, 2013

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 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 www.OlatheKS.org.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Reaches Record High
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is wrapping up the 2012 campaign poised to celebrate the most successful drive in the history of the fund.  Contributions to date total $104,000, exceeding the $100,000 goal.

Perhaps the greatest story in the annual holiday season fund drive is that of student giving. Through the Pennies for Shoes campaign, jugs were placed in participating Olathe schools and students donated change and dollars. As a result, Olathe Public Schools’ students amassed 18% of the fund total, over $19,000, to benefit the Children’s Shoe Fund and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation (Wimmer Student Care Fund).  This is a significant increase over last year’s Pennies for Shoes campaign which drew $11,700 in donations.  Continue reading

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