Scam emails already circulating for marathon victims

I was wondering how long it would take before I received a scam email seeking money to help those hurt in the Boston Marathon tragedy. I didn’t have to wait long.

Earlier today I received an email from Eve Richards with “Did you hear about the tragedy in Boston” in the subject line.

First of all, I don’t know an Eve Richards, and second, I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

But I opened it knowing full well it probably was going to be a scam. Here’s what it read (I’ve disconnected the underline links): Continue reading

District schedules four town hall meetings about $244.8 million bond

The Olathe Public Schools will host four Bond 2013 Town Hall meetings to provide patrons with an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming no-tax-increase bond election. Registered voters who live within the Olathe School District boundaries will be able to vote in a June mail-in election that would help the district address its growth, safety and security, technology, and aging facility needs.Voters will have between May 22 and June 11 to vote on a $244.8 million bond issue to address these district needs. Projects within this no-tax-increase bond proposal would touch every school in the district. Major projects of this bond election include the building of a fifth high school and 36th elementary school, various safety and security projects, increased student access to technology, and vital improvements to the district’s aging facilities.

Town Halls have been scheduled for 7 p.m. on the following dates.

Additional information including a project list, important dates and voter registration information about the bond election can be found by going to


Garmin unveils autopilot device

Olathe’s Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, on Monday, April 15, announced its new GHP 20 Yamaha steer-by-wire autopilot – a marine autopilot certified for Yamaha Helm Master systems.  As a controller area network-based electronic steering system, the Yamaha Helm Master allows for direct autopilot control of the primary steering with no additional autopilot pump required.

“We are very excited to be the first autopilot manufacturer that brings autopilot support for the Yamaha Helm Master boat control system to the market” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales.  “With the Yamaha Helm Master, the helmsman has full control, which can lead to increased situational awareness, confidence and safety.” Continue reading

A warning: ‘It could happen here’

Garmin Marathon, which takes place this Saturday, April 20. Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration and Parade. Olathe‘s Friday Night Free Concerts. Fourth of July fireworks show. All are popular local events that draw large crowds.

Could what happened Monday at the Boston Marathon happen here?

“Most certainly,” said Kent Harris, retired Olathe bomb squad commander who now operates Harris Associated Consulting, an emergency management planning and training company.

“The event should bring the public awareness up to at least thinking about being prepared for conditions such as this,” Harris said. “The ease of placing an improvised explosive device anywhere along the route of an event days before that event is a possibility. These (Olathe) events have occurred for years and one example is the criminal/terrorist or copycat who has most likely done what we call hostile surveillance of the area they want to target. Continue reading

OMC’s Devocelle receives Cathedral Builder Award

Frank H. Devocelle, President/CEO of Olathe Health System, Inc. (OHSI) was awarded the Cathedral Builder Award from the city of Olathe. Mayor Michael Copeland presented the award at the State of the City luncheon.

“Giving back, serving others, and building our great community spirit are what Olatheans do so well,” Copeland said. “It’s individuals like Frank Devocelle who are leaving incredible legacies of service and excellence that inspire and encourage us and make us proud to call Olathe home.” Continue reading

State GOP responds to ‘Leftist’ editorials

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of editorials extolling the Leftist approach to government and critical of the structural changes being implemented in Kansas by elected Republican officials and legislators.

Below is the response from Kansas Republican Party Chair Kelly Arnold she has sent to newspapers throughout the state:

“For $41 million, you built a playoff team . . . , You won the exact same number of games that the Yankees won but the Yankees spent $1.4 million per win and you paid $260,000.  I know you’re taking it in the teeth out there, but the first guy through the wall — he always gets bloodied — always.  This is threatening not just a way of doing business . . . but really what it’s threatening is their livelihood. . . .  It’s threatening the way that they do things.  And every time that happens, whether it’s a government or a way of doing business or whatever it is . . . the people who are holding the reins . . . have their hands on the switch . . . they go bat s— crazy.  I mean, anybody who’s not tearing their team down right now and rebuilding it using your model, they’re dinosaurs.”

— 2012 Academy Award Winning Movie Moneyball

Recent weeks have seen an increased level of vitriol from some Kansas editorialists about the common sense reforms made by Gov. Brownback and the Republican Legislature to get our state moving again. Continue reading

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