Will Kansas stay a wind energy production leader?

OK, just a second while I pause to rub my forehead and raise an eyebrow.

A report by the American Wind Energy Association that came out two days ago reveals that windy state of Kansas has blown from 14th place in the total amount of electricity the state could generate from wind to blustery No. 9 position out of the 39 states, and Puerto Rico, that have wind power.

Driving past Salina and seeing all those huge windmills turning and generating clean electricity, it’s easy to see how Kansas has increased its wind-produced electricity in the past year. In fact, the state more than doubled its production capability finishing the construction of eight wind farms that cost $3 billion to build and creating more than 4,000 jobs. Only Texas and California built more wind turbines than Kansas in 2012.

According to the report, nearly 3,000 megawatts of electricity, which could power more than 800,000 homes, was produced last year by Kansas wind farms. Continue reading

LEGO Club to meet April 16

The LEGO Club for youngsters in kindergarten through fifth-grade, will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at the Olathe Public Library in downtown Olathe.

To register, go online at www.olathelibrary.org or call 913-971-6874.

MNU President’s Honors nearly a sellout

MNU's President's Honors fund-raising event in 2012. MNU website photo

MNU’s President’s Honors fund-raising event in 2012. MNU website photo

For any of you wait-until-the-last-minute people wanting to attend tonight’s (Friday, April 12) 2nd Annual President’s Honors event at MidAmerica Nazarene University, well, you might have waited too long.

According to MNU spokesperson April Hansen, director of development for annual programs, tonight’s fund-raising event, which begins at 6:30 in the school’s gymnasium, is nearly sold out. Funds raised during the event, which includes silent and live auctions, are used to provide unrestricted scholarships to MNU students.

“Right now,” she said, “we have around 490 people attending and the event will seat just 515. Last year we had about 505 and we’re expecting around that many this year, so yeah, it’s near capacity right now.” Continue reading

Vietnam vet to read poems

Vietnam veteran, HC Palmer, Olathe, is a published poet.

He will be reading his war poems starting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park.

Palmer also is a founder of the Resurrection Veterans’ Ministry, a care initiative at the Church of the Resurrection, Olathe. For information about the ministry, email: rezvets@cor.org.

Barnyard Babies at AG Hall of Fame April 27

Spring on the farm is a time for sprouting crops, blooming flowers and baby animals!

And that’s what folks can find from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs. There will be an assortment of farm animals including chicks, calves, alpacas, sheep, goats, bees, pigs, horses, burros and more!

Ride the Shriner’s Fire Wagons, hay wagons and miniature train. Enjoy pig races, milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, soil tunnel trailer, fire safety house, hands-on kids farming activities, blacksmith, and living history. There will be free ice cream from Blue Bell. Food vendors also will be available.

The event is hosted by the Leavenworth County Farm Bureau.

Special discounted rates apply: $5 adults, $3 children (4-16), under 4 free, members free.

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame is located just northeast of I-70/K-7 interchange in Bonner Springs, two miles west of the Kansas Speedway. For more information call 913-721-1075, e-mail info@aghalloffame.com or visit us at www.AgHallofFame.com.

Olathe woman arrested in shooting incident

At 7:36 p.m. Thursday, April 11, Olathe Police officers responded to the 15200 block of South Locust to investigate a reported aggravated battery.

Officers found a 51- year-old male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the lower leg. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A 46- year-old female was arrested and later lodged in the Johnson County Adult Detention Center awaiting a first appearance in District Court.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-847.



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