District students, staff win awards

Olathe North High School Senior Earns Scholarship

Olathe North High School senior Rigel Bales-Woods received the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship.

He is one of 25 high school graduates from across the United States who will be going to Germany for a gap year to participate in a vocational study program. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend a year abroad pursuing their vocational interests. Continue reading

‘Louie Louie’ singer, Jack Ely dead at 71

In tribute:


Jack Ely, best known for his 1963 rendition of the song "Louie Louie," in 2009. (Don Ryan/AP)

Jack Ely, best known for his 1963 rendition of the song “Louie Louie,” in 2009. (Don Ryan/AP)

From the Washington Post and Reuter’s

Jack Ely, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Kingsmen, whose 1963 recording of “Louie Louie” became a defining song of the garage rock movement and whose unintelligible lyrics drew FBI scrutiny, died April 28 at his home in Redmond, Ore. He was 71.

His son Sean Ely confirmed the death.

“His religious beliefs didn’t incorporate medical stuff so we’re not really sure” about the cause of death, he said.

“Louie Louie” was a three-chord rock song written and recorded in the late 1950s by Richard Berry, and its story involved a sailor telling a bartender named Louie that he wants to sail back to Jamaica and the girl he loves.

With its infectious rhythm and facile chord changes, “Louie Louie” was the first song many aspiring teen bands learned. The band Rockin’ Robin Roberts and the Wailers recorded it in 1961.

But it was the Kingsmen’s version, recorded in 1963, that garnered huge attention, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard charts despite being banned from many radio stations. Mr. Ely’s garbled rendition of the lyrics were rumored to contain obscenities. Continue reading

Garmin gearing up for expansion in Olathe

From the Kansas City Business Journal

Garmin International Inc., one of the Kansas City area’s top employers, didn’t require GPS to find a place to expand.

The firm, a leading global provider of navigation technology, appears poised to expand its 56-acre headquarters campus at the northwest corner of 151st Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe.

Garmin Ltd., which ranks 11th on the Kansas City Business Journal‘s list of top private-sector employers, boasts a local workforce of 3,416 full-time employees. Continue reading

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