Strip mall fire in Olathe

Strip mall fire at 135th and Black Bob in Olathe Monday night, April 13. Olathe Fire Department photo.

Strip mall fire at 135th and Black Bob in Olathe Monday night, April 13. Olathe Fire Department photo.

From Fox 4 News, WDAF-TV

Olathe emergency crews are asking people to avoid the area of 135th and Black Bob while they fight a three-alarm commercial fire on Monday night in a strip mall shared by Fronteras Mexican Restaurant and Sprint among other commercial businesses.

According to reports, the Fronteras is completely destroyed and the building has collapsed. Firefighters are battling flames coming out of the roof of the Spring building, which is next to the Mexican restaurant. Also in the strip mall is a KFC and a hair salon.

Access roads in the area have been closed and officials ask that people find an alternate route if traveling in this area. Damage estimates and injuries have not been reported yet and cause and where the fire started is not known at this time. FOX 4 has a news crew en route to the scene and will update…

Garmin race set for April 18

There’s going to be more than 4,000 runners hitting the streets of Olathe on Saturday, April 18 for the 2015 Garmin Marathon. Check out the map below to see which of the various participants will be in your neck of the woods. Feel free cheer them on. The event is sponsored by Garmin and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.

garmin race map

Fighting underage drinking today, April 13

Between 4 and 6, p.m. today, April 13, the Olathe Communities That Care Coalition, the Olathe Teen Council, and the Olathe Police Department will partner to combat the problem of underage drinking. Between these hours, the group will visit six local alcohol and cereal malt beverage retailers to increase awareness of the legal implications for those who may provide alcohol to underage youth.

“Project Sticker Shock” is a youth-led initiative to change adult attitudes about providing alcohol to minors. The activity is sponsored by The Olathe Communities That Care Coalition to bring awareness to the issue of underage drinking, often associated with prom and graduation season. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of April 13

City Council

The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, April 21, 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.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Olathe Memorial Cemetery host Commemorate Olathe 1865   

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and the Olathe Memorial Cemetery will host the first Commemorate Olathe 1865 event on Saturday May, 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mahaffie and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olathe Memorial Cemetery.

In 1865, the nation was mourning many deaths associated with the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Activities will be reflective of that period.

Activities from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mahaffie:   Continue reading

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