An editorial from The Hays Daily News

Where are we headed?

Until an investigative reporter for the Wichita Eagle uncovered a massive discrepancy in the numbers Gov. Sam Brownback was touting, the state’s chief executive was able to boast of the remarkable turnaround Kansas was experiencing since he entered office.

Crediting his administration for enacting $2 billion in budget cuts in presentations around the state, the governor began offering other reforms to downsize and streamline government. At the top of Brownback’s wish list was a dramatic cut in state income taxes. Other big-ticket items included less interference from the judicial branch, more control over the distribution of education funding, not only a refusal to expand the Medicaid program under the federal health care overhaul but privatizing the administration of the state network, a reshuffling of departments, and further calls for going down the “glide path” to zero state income tax. Continue reading

County primary election results

To see the results of Tuesday’s primary elections in Johnson County, click here.

County cities seek residential understanding

Crews from the cities of Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee continue working non-stop to clear snow from city streets.  Each jurisdiction has made significant progress clearing arterial streets.

However, the volume and heavy nature of the snow is impacting every jurisdiction’s progress clearing residential streets, and refreezing will further add to the challenge.

Each city will be directing as many resources as possible to residential areas and working around the clock to clear them.  However, the cities of Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee are reminding residents that clearing residential streets will take considerably longer than a typical storm.

Additional information about street plowing is available on each city’s respective website:  Lenexa:; Olathe:; Overland Park:; and Shawnee:


The snow storm: February 2013

Winter weather update for Olathe

Crews continue 24/7 snow operations with large trucks focused on main roadways (arterials and collector streets) and smaller trucks moving into residential areas.  Road conditions are slick and drivers can expect windrows (piled snow) at intersections.  This is unavoidable given the amount of snow accumulation.

“Because of the volume of wet, heavy snow, our progress isn’t as quick as usual,” said Public Works Director Ron Norris.  “Our vehicles have been running non-stop, and we have a few plows down as a result. We’ll move larger trucks into neighborhoods as soon as possible.  We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our residents,” Norris said. Continue reading

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2001 Olathe North grad Kyle Hickman murdered

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information was taken from the website of The Washington Post.)

By and Emma Brown
The Washington Post

An avid bicyclist, Kyle Hickman (a 2001 graduate of Olathe North High School) rode to see a friend on Saturday, a fellow special education teacher named David Draa who had been struggling with memories of his combat service in Iraq. The two rode together, went back to Draa’s apartment and hung out well into the night.

What unfolded over the next several hours ended in the most horrible way, according to interviews Monday with law enforcement officials and friends of Hickman. Some time before 2 a.m., the 30-year-old walked out of Draa’s apartment to repair his bike, apparently because he wanted to go home. Draa, 30, came outside as well, approached Hickman from behind, shot him, knelt over his friend’s body and turned the gun on himself. Police have classified the shootings as a homicide and suicide. Continue reading

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