Man killed in motorcycle accident

A white male said to be in his 40s was killed early Wednesday morning, July 31, when the motorcycle he was riding apparently left the road and crashed in the median near the intersection of Northgate and Nelson roads in Olathe.

Olathe police were called to the scene about 4:05 a.m. The man, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police reports indicate the man was traveling northbound on Northgate, when his motorcycle left the roadway.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department Traffic Unit. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-7500 or 913-971-6950.

County seeks applicants to fill advisory board vacancies

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners is now accepting applications from interested residents who would like to be considered for appointments to serve on eight advisory boards of County Government.

Chairman Ed Eilert has five vacancies to fill, including:
•    A family member of a consumer of mental health services to serve on the Mental Health Governing Board through Dec. 31, 2014;
•    An unincorporated area representative for the Johnson County Planning Commission through Oct. 4, 2014;
•    An architect or civil engineer member for the Contractor Licensing Review Board through Jan. 17, 2017;
•    A representative of low-income households on the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee through April 1, 2015; and,
•    A representative from the seventh district (at-large) on the Airport Commission through July 31, 2017. Continue reading

K-State Olathe and American Royal seeking best-tasting rib-eye steaks

Own some cattle you think make for some tasty rib-eye steaks?

Well, then The American Royal Association and Kansas State University Olathe want to find out by inviting all beef-producers to submit their rib-eye steaks in the Second Annual American Royal Steak Competition the week of Sept. 15 at the K-State Olathe campus.

The winning entry will be announced at the American Royal’s 2013 Grapes & Steaks Competition on Oct. 9.

“Most traditional cooking contests are like the American Royal World Series of Barbecue – they are mainly about preparation. This competition is about awarding America’s best-tasting steak,” said Todd Graves, chair of the American Royal steak contest committee. Continue reading

Olathe Google Fiber info session scheduled

An Olathe Google Fiber informational session has been scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, at the Google Fiber Space Center, 1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo.

Information about the fiber plans and tours of the center will be included in the session..

For more information and to register for the event, click here.


County seeks website ideas

i want youJohnson County Government wants help to improve the county’s website!

Sign up to take part in the JoCoGov UX Revolution on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Johnson County Library (KS), and we’ll give you a $25 Johnson County Park and Recreation District – JCPRD Gift Card that can be redeemed on cool stuff like classes, golf course fees, facility rentals, and more! Click here to learn more and sign up today:


Ride for Kids nets $36,505

Motorcyclists at the Kansas City Ride for Kids brought in $36,505 in donations for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on July 28. More than 275 people participated in the 10th annual event, which began on a sunny morning at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

The event’s stars were the 10 local brain tumor survivors who led the ride: Cameron, Carter, Noah, J.T, Jake, Isabella, Dorene, Anna, Xander and Ben.

“It makes me so happy being a survivor at the Ride for Kids and I want that for other kids,”  Carter said. “I want them to have a chance to do Ride for Kids, too.”

As of ride time, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Jennifer Burroughs ($4,150), American Legion Riders ($6,948) and Hub Cycle ($4,102). The top non-motorcycle organization was KC Parrothead Club ($2,061).

The event is still collecting donations online at Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Aug. 28.

Kathleen Wirt won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250 and Mark Clark won a Bell motorcycle helmet. DJ Slacker from 101 The Fox emceed the event.

Thank you to the devoted volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Jeff Griswold, Darren Marshall, Kim Freese and Don Decker.


Olathe news briefs for the week of July 29

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Opportunity Abounds for Motivated Teens!

The City of Olathe is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Teen Council. Teen Council is a fantastic opportunity for 9-12 grade students to serve their community, learn about local government, and take on leadership roles.  For more information and to apply, visit: Continue reading

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