Olathe news briefs for the week of March 30

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, April 7, at 7 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Street improvements on the way
Orange cones will soon appear throughout the city as 2015 street maintenance work begins once weather permits. Street improvements will occur on approximately 130 lane miles of streets, including scheduled mill and overlay resurfacing on 85 residential streets. Continue reading

Doris Johnson Lane dead at 105

Doris Lane

Doris Lane

1909-2015
Doris Johnson Lane died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the age of 105. She was born June 25, 1909, in Warwick, ND, the daughter of Howard Christian and Nelle Blythe Couch Johnson. She grew up in Adel, IA. Her mother died when she was 7 and she was raised by her aunt and grandparents. She graduated from Adel High School and attended Iowa State College at Ames for a year, then entered Research Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City, where she graduated in 1932. In 1933, she married Charles Orr Lane, who was in the editorial department of the KC Star-Times. The family moved to Olathe in 1946. When World War II began, she worked in the Red Cross Blood Bank Program. Continue reading

Aggravated robbery at Strangline Wendy’s

On March 25th, 2015 at 8:37 a.m., Olathe police officers were called just past 8:30 Wednesday morning, March 25, to the 11900 block of south Strangline Road where a 33-year-old female Wendy’s employee said a white male threatened her with a knife as she opened up the restaurant.

She told police the suspect demanded money but fled the scene after encountering another employee inside the store. The suspect took the employee’s cell phone when he left.

The victim described the suspect as being a white male, possibly with facial hair, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The victim gave a height range of 5’8” to 6’0” and an age range of mid-20s to mid-30s.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at (913) 971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.

Winter sports champs from Olathe schools

Two Olathe North High School wrestlers wrapped up their undefeated seasons with 6A state championships: Emilio Fowler in the 182-pound weight class and Isaac Dulgarian in the 170-pound weight class.

Other highlights of the 2014-15 winter sports season:

  • Dylan Waters of Olathe East High School placed second in the 6A state 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle swims
  • Brant Pitcairn of Olathe Northwest placed second in state diving and Josh Read of Olathe Northwest placed third in state diving
  • The Olathe North wrestling team placed second in the state
  • The Olathe East boys basketball team placed third in the state
  • Mackenzie Saulnier of Olathe Northwest High School placed third in girls bowling at state

Spring art exhibit through April

“The assignment was to collect a series of images and put them together in a flag book to create a story beyond just one frame,” Austin Bland wrote in his learning statement. The Olathe East High School student said the book tells the story of his relationships with his girlfriend and other friends. Photos by Marlene Colgan

“The assignment was to collect a series of images and put them together in a flag book to create a story beyond just one frame,” Austin Bland wrote in his learning statement. The Olathe East High School student said the book tells the story of his relationships with his girlfriend and other friends. Photos by Marlene Colgan

The Education Center is hosting an exhibit of works by area high school students. Their artistic creations range from clay bowls to photography, nearly life-size self-portraits to a colorful helix made of small cups. In all, more than 150 pieces are on display through the end of April.

Visitors may enjoy the art exhibit during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays) or from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17-19 during Spring Break. A reception for the artists will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the Education Center lobby.

Other current or upcoming art exhibits include: Continue reading

Bond funds provide new library at Northview

Lead library media specialist Dawn Mercer assisted fifth-graders who were searching for specific features of library books, like charts, images, etc. Thousands of books were packed up and moved to the new space this fall. “I am very grateful for the work our library staff put into the library, especially with packing, unpacking, and setting up the new space,” Hawkins said. “It wasn’t an easy job.” Photo by Marlene Colgan

Lead library media specialist Dawn Mercer assisted fifth-graders who were searching for specific features of library books, like charts, images, etc. Thousands of books were packed up and moved to the new space this fall. “I am very grateful for the work our library staff put into the library, especially with packing, unpacking, and setting up the new space,” Hawkins said. “It wasn’t an easy job.” Photo by Marlene Colgan

The library at Northview Elementary School is no longer a shortcut to get from one part of the building to another. It is THE place to be in the school. With its tall windows, plentiful natural light, and attractive colors, the new space is generating a lot of positive comments from staff, students and parents.

“We moved into the new library in mid-October,” lead library media specialist Dawn Mercer said. “Students and staff, especially those who have been at Northview a few years and had seen the old library, were absolutely thrilled.”

The library and a new front office area were made possible with funds from the 2013 bond issue, which addressed aging facility needs. Another phase of updates will begin this summer and include classroom upgrades and interior finishes.

Positive comparisons between the new space and old library are numerous. Continue reading

Olathe schools mid-March awards

Novacek Named District 3 Athletic Director of Year

Jay Novacek, athletic director at Olathe Northwest High School, has been named the District 3 Athletic Director of the Year.

He will be honored by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association at their annual conference in Wichita later this month.


District Honored by the City of Olathe

The City of Olathe awarded the Olathe Public Schools with the Cathedral Builder Award at its annual State of the City luncheon. Continue reading

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