KanCare: ‘It’s a mess.’

Health care aid for low-income Kansans
not ready for prime time

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

“Ad Astra Per Aspera,” so the state motto of Kansas goes — “To the Stars through Difficulties.”

Most certainly, KanCare recipients have yet to reach “the stars” of low-income state health care.

But it seems the “difficulties” part of the state motto for me and thousands of Kansans has come with dump-truck loads of petty politics — crushing our faith in the gubernatorial leadership of Kansas. Continue reading

Indian Trail students hooked on Fishing Club

Bass Pro Shops brought a fishing boat to Indian Trail for one of the club’s meetings. It gave students a chance to see the variety of technology that anglers can use.

Bass Pro Shops brought a fishing boat to Indian Trail for one of the club’s meetings. It gave students a chance to see the variety of technology that anglers can use.

From the Olathe School District

Indian Trail Middle School isn’t exactly close to a fishing lake, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than a dozen students who wanted to participate in the school’s first fishing club.

“Offering a lifetime hobby such as fishing is a wonderful addition to our club opportunities,” said Assistant Principal Cathy Phillips. “We were so excited to partner with Bass Pro of Olathe and have them send a passionate fisherman to help facilitate this club.”

“The response has been awesome and enthusiastic,” said club sponsor Doug Giesler. “Although they did ask every week if we were going to take them to a lake so they could fish for real.” Continue reading

Enjoy the holiday seasons of the past at the Johnson County Museum

Starting this Saturday, Nov. 30, the Johnson County Museum offers two ways to step back in time and enjoy the holiday season.

A Very Fifties Christmas, hosted by The 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, showcases the holiday celebrations and space age decorations of a 1950s holiday. Throughout the house there are trendy examples of homemade and commercial Christmas decorating ideas, many of which will be familiar to the babyboomer generation as they come directly from the pages of 1950s women’s magazines like Family Circle and Good Housekeeping. Continue reading

Olathe schools champions

The fall sports season was a time for repeat champions as well as first-time title holders. From team sports to individual events, Olathe Public Schools athletes competed well and brought home a total of five 6A state titles.

“During the fall athletic season, we proved once again that Olathe really is the city of champions with our five team and individual state championships,” said Lane Green, director of athletics, activities and drug-free schools. “Olathe high schools won a number of league, sub-state, regional, and sectional championships as well. Now that the fall season has concluded, we look forward to more success during our winter athletic season.”

Olathe East High School won the volleyball championship by defeating Blue Valley Northwest High School in three games: 25-20, 16-25, 25-21. This is East’s first volleyball title, and only the district’s second volleyball championship. Olathe South High School won the title in 2005.

Olathe East High School won the volleyball championship by defeating Blue Valley Northwest High School in three games: 25-20, 16-25, 25-21. This is East’s first volleyball title, and only the district’s second volleyball championship. Olathe South High School won the title in 2005.

Jessie Payne of Olathe Northwest High School captured three gymnastics titles: all-around, uneven parallel bars and vault.

Jessie Payne of Olathe Northwest High School captured three gymnastics titles: all-around, uneven parallel bars and vault. 

Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest won her second consecutive state golf title. She shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the title in the state tournament in Garden City.

Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest won her second consecutive state golf title. She shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the title in the state tournament in Garden City.

 

School district named to annual AP Honor Roll

Olathe Public Schools has been named to the 4th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll by the College Board. The district is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to be placed on the list.

The AP District Honor Roll recognizes efforts to open AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher.  The College Board reviewed data from AP testing from 2011 to 2013.

“Advanced Placement coursework brings college-level studies to the high school classroom,” Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said.  “AP students taking the College Board AP exams may earn college credit by doing well on the exam. Often AP classes are reserved only for the academic elite, but the Olathe district has focused on including more students in these classes while maintaining high level results.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the College Board. It is a testament to the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, and student who chose to enroll in these rigorous AP classes.”

Talking is better than bombing

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, says he has “grave concerns” about the nuclear deal negotiated in Geneva, Switzerland, between Iran and the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, which includes the United States, plus Germany.

If that’s a surprise to anyone, well, you better pull your head out of the political sand and  get back into the real world because the political BS just never ends. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 25

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 3, 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 OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Never Miss Trash Day Again
Thanks to a new application called Olathe Trash Day, residents can now look up their waste collection schedules, sign up for weekly reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call, and print customized calendars based on their own address.

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