Poetry reading kicks off Veterans Week events at JCCC

A poetry reading by a pair of Vietnam veterans will kick off Veterans Week events at Johnson County Community College.

Bill Bauer and H.C. Palmer will read their poetry and discuss how writing has helped them find meaning in their post-war lives in “A Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. A reception will follow the reading in Café Tempo in the museum.

The reading is sponsored by BkMk Press with support from New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, Rezvets and The Writers Place. It is open to the public at no charge.

Bauer wrote “Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam” which was rereleased by BkMk Press.


TB case confirmed in county

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have confirmed a recent positive case of Infectious – Pulmonary (Lung) Tuberculosis Disease (TB) in Johnson County.

Health Officials have confirmed that the individual had previously been a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC). Through an ongoing investigation, JCDHE has determined that this situation has potentially affected a limited number of OPRMC staff and patients and believes the risk of transmission is extremely low.

OPRMC is cooperating fully and transparently with public health officials’ efforts and following best practice guidelines to effectively address the investigation.

“A thorough contact investigation began immediately to determine anyone who may have been exposed to the patient,” says John Romito, MD, chief medical officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “People, including staff and patients, who need to undergo testing in the next week have already been contacted.” Continue reading

Wei’s restaurant owners charged in illegal immigrant case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The owners of Wei’s Super Buffet restaurant in Olathe, Kan., have been charged with harboring undocumented workers who were in the United States unlawfully, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

A federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., alleges the owners and managers of the restaurant violated federal law by knowingly employing, transporting and housing undocumented workers.

The following defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented workers; conceal, harbor and shield undocumented workers; and encourage or induce undocumented workers to unlawfully enter or remain in the United States. Continue reading

Family Science Night Nov. 21 at Olathe North

The district’s sixth annual Family Science Night, hosted by Olathe North High School, has something for everyone from second-graders to seniors, as well as parents. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the school’s north commons area, 600 E. Prairie.

Olathe North science teacher Amy Johnston said there will be exhibits and presentations by representatives from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University science departments, Garmin, Lakeside Nature Center, Science City, Maker Studios, the Kansas City Zoo, Science Pioneers and other science-related groups. Continue reading

First Ethics Conference at Olathe South Nov. 8

The Professional Careers Academy, a 21st Century program located at Olathe South High School, is hosting the inaugural 21st Century Ethics Conference in conjunction with Kansas State University’s Leadership Program.

The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the K-State Innovative Campus, 22201 W. Innovative Drive, in Olathe.

The day will include breakout sessions as well as case-study sessions that center on the role of ethics in school and in the workplace. Continue reading

Pumpkin decorating draws Ravenwood families

Olathe School District

Starting a new tradition at school can be exciting, but it’s also a lot of work for those who plan and execute the event. Parents and administrators at Ravenwood Elementary School are proud to say their first-ever pumpkin decorating night was a success . . . a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10.

“I think we would all give it a 10,” said administrative intern Dana Hinds of the Oct. 23 event.

Many students wore their Halloween costumes and brought their own pumpkins to the outdoor event on the playground. The PTO supplied the decorations ranging from paint to glitter, and there were a number of other Halloween/fall related activities to choose from. Continue reading

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