Google’s response to Olathe’s approval

The following was posted by Rachel Hack, community manager for Google Fiber

Over the past few months, as we’ve rolled out Google Fiber in Kansas City, we’ve heard from thousands of people from across the country. It seems that folks really want what KC has — a great startup scene, an inventive community, and access to Gigabit speeds.

Today, another city in the Kansas City area is getting the chance to join the growing Silicon Prairie — Olathe, Kan. A few minutes ago, the Olathe City Council approved an agreement to bring Google Fiber to their city. Olathe has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas and has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents. They’ve all noticed what a great community Olathe is, and so have we. We think that Fiber and widespread Internet access will help to create jobs, grow local businesses, and make Olathe even stronger as it grows. Continue reading

Olathe-Google Fiber deal official

Ever since Google announced plans to bring ultra-high-speed internet services to the metro area, Olathe residents have eagerly anticipated its availability in Olathe.  The wait is over.

On Tuesday night, March 19, the City Council unanimously voted to approve an agreement with Google to deploy Google Fiber, an ultra-high-speed, fiber-to-the-home network.

“We are excited to work in partnership with Google to bring this next-generation fiber optic system to Olathe homes, schools and businesses,” said Mayor Michael Copeland.  Continue reading

Google Fiber coming to Olathe?

City officials are expected to announce and discuss during tonight’s City Council meeting (March 19) that Google Fiber is coming to Olathe, according to the City Council agenda.

The City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7. The meeting can be seen live on ATT-Universe channel 99 and Comcast channel 7.

Google Fiber first made news more than two years ago when it selected Kansas City, Kan., to launch the high-tech Internet and television service. If an agreement between Google and Olathe is approved, this will be the first move into a major suburban Johnson County community bypassing Overland Park. It’s only other connections in Johnson County have come in the Westwood, Westwood Hills and Mission Woods communities. Continue reading

Bill Harralson: One of the pioneers of Olathe Youth Baseball


Bill Harralson, one of the many pioneers of the Olathe Youth Baseball program, now 76, spends much of his time repairing windows at the ACE Hardware store in Gardner. Photo by Chuck Kurtz

Bill Harralson, one of the many pioneers of the Olathe Youth Baseball program, now 76, spends much of his time repairing windows at the ACE Hardware store in Gardner. Photo by Chuck Kurtz

Bill “Wild Bill” Harralson has been around the base paths a time or two when it comes to playing and coaching baseball in and around Olathe.

The Edgerton native who recently moved from Olathe to DeSoto vividly remembers when the only organized summer sport Olathe youngsters could play was baseball, riding their bicycles to a primitive carved-out infield on a piece of donated land and sweating in their wool uniforms. Now 76, Harralson was one of those who coached teams and helped maintain those baseball fields and build the foundation of today’s Olathe Youth Baseball program.

Back then, boys 7 to 9 played Minor League Baseball and those 10 to 12 played Little League. Each team selected a dad in the stands to umpire and the highlight after each game was either getting a can of pop or going to the local A&W for root beer. Players 13 to 15 graduated to the Babe Ruth League, and then, if they were good enough, players 16 to 18 tried out and only the best were picked to play for the coveted American Legion team. Continue reading

Hunters find human skull near Gardner

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from hunters in rural Johnson County.  As the hunters were combing an area west of Gardner they discovered a human skull.

The investigation continues to determine who this may be and how the remains got to the area.


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