Boston bombing suspects in video

Surveillance video released by the FBI of two suspects they are seeking in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings:

Security in check for Garmin Marathon; for all county events

Olathean Tom Kearney was impressed with the security measures in place for the Boston Marathon this past Monday, April 15. He praised their efforts even after two bombs exploded just below the restaurant overlooking the finishing line where he and his family, including his two young grandchildren, had just settled in to eat lunch.

Yet even with all that security, someone was able to sneak in not two, but four homemade bombs. Two that didn’t detonate were found underneath the grandstands.

This weekend, more than 3,000 runners plus countless other spectators are expected to take part in Saturday morning’s (April 20) Garmin Marathon that will wind its way just more than 26 miles in and around Olathe. Continue reading

First responders, OMC trained, drilled and ready for any emergency

It’s the second weekend of September and the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration, the oldest and one of the largest crowd-drawing events in Johnson County, is in full swing in downtown Olathe. Thousands of people are streaming through the carnival as well as the food and craft booths when suddenly, the unexpected and unthinkable happens: There is an explosion.

Whether it’s a terrorist act or just an unfortunate incident, the action plan for first responders is the same.

And that action plan will be in place this Saturday, April 20, for the Garmin Marathon and it’s 26-mile course winding through and around Olathe.

“There’s the Johnson County Trauma Plan and that sets forth the guidelines how trauma in general would be handled,” said Angela Fera, public information officer for Johnson County Med-Act. Continue reading

Mock crash at Spring Hill High School

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office along with Spring Hill High School, will be conducting a mock crash at 9:30 a.m., April 19.  The mock crash will be a visual lesson for students on drinking while driving and distracted driving.

Johnson County Fire District 2 and Johnson County Med-Act also will be participating at the event.  School Resource Officer Deputy Ruthann Fisher will be coordinating the event and retired Master Deputy Bob Hamilton will be narrating.

The mock crash is expected to last one hour and will be in the high school north parking lot.

Spring Hill High School is at 19701 S. Ridgeview.


Individual freedom: easy to say, difficult to protect

leadership and politics

From the Kansas Leadership Center

I do not own a gun. At this stage of my life, it’s doubtful I ever will own a gun. But I want the ability and the individual freedom to purchase one.

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one or has been injured because of gun violence, but that doesn’t stop me from being a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to own guns.

I also believe you fight fire with fire. That’s why, even though I don’t own a gun, I support conceal and carry.

The uproar being raised over the failure of the Senate to pass gun-control legislation that would have required background checks on all persons purchasing a gun as well as reducing the amount of ammunition contained in a clip, in my opinion, is unwarranted and based solely on emotional judgements rather than rational thought. Continue reading

WD-40: The miracle, all-purpose spray

WD-40 apparently is a miracle spray in a can. I had heard about this once before and had intended to check it out further. For whatever reason, I never did — until now.

I saw the following floating around on the Internet early this morning and with nothing else to do, I checked out the WD-40 website.

It all began in 1953 when three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical company were doing research in trying to create a rust preventative solvent and degreaser that would protect missile parts. They called it a Water Displacement compound and on their 40th attempt it worked — hence WD-40.

Ken East, one of the original technicians, says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt people. The company website boasts of more than 2000 uses for the product. The following are just a few: Continue reading

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