Peterson to challenge Eilert for County Chair

Ed Peterson

Ed Peterson

First District Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson announced today, Wednesday, Oct. 9, that he will seek election to the position of chairman of Johnson County’s Board of County Commissioners.

“Johnson County faces many challenges if it is to continue to be a premier county.  In recent years we have been treading water, and it is time to put the recession in the rearview mirror and move forward with the steps that will preserve our status as a county of choice for working and raising a family,” Peterson said.

Peterson noted that one of the immediate challenges facing the county is catching up with the results of recent indifference to county needs.   Continue reading

Coones Family Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

Tom Coones, Pumpkin Run founder, Natalie Flickinger, Coones Family Memorial Scholarship recipient and Dr. Mary Jones, MNU provost meet when presenting Natalie with the $500 award. Photo credit: MNU.

Tom Coones, Pumpkin Run founder, Natalie Flickinger, Coones Family Memorial Scholarship recipient and Dr. Mary Jones, MNU provost meet when presenting Natalie with the $500 award. Photo credit: MNU.

This year’s recipient of the MNU Coones Family Memorial Scholarship, chosen from applicants’ essays about living a life of purpose, has overcome adversity to become a freshman at MNU. Natalie Flickinger, daughter of Tamra Fisher of Olathe and Scott Flickinger of Shawnee, was five when doctors diagnosed her with a malignant brain tumor. If she survived the surgery to remove it, doctors told her mother it was unlikely she would ever speak again. Not only does she speak, the eighteen-year-old nursing major has used her time and talents to read aloud to elementary children in the urban core.

Natalie says the drive to help others stems partly from mission trips she’s taken to a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico and to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where she learned “the joy of selfless giving.” Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Kansas City, Mo., and stocking supplies at a food kitchen for the homeless remind her how grateful she is to have the “life I was given.” Continue reading

Night at the Arboretum

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Book sale Oct. 11, 12, 13

The Indian Creek Branch, 12990 S. Black Bob, of the Olathe Public Library will conduct its Fall Festival Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. There will be a Sack Sale Sunday in which patrons can purchase a plastic sack for $6 and fill it with materials. They also will be able to buy 2 and get 2 free that day. There will be many genres to choose from — all sorted. Specials for the sale: romance paperbacks 10 for $1; Civil War and WWII materials and Time and Newsweek magazines from the 1940s. All sales are final, cash or check accepted. No strollers/book carts will be allowed in the room.

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