Voters pass LOB issues in Johnson County

The Olathe Public Schools mail-in ballot for the Local Option Budget passed today with 79.2 percent of the vote, according to the Johnson County Election Office.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the election,” Superintendent Marlin Berry said. “Our community has always been supportive of our schools and district and for that I am thankful.”

The Local Option Budget is a no-tax increase proposal that will have a positive impact on every school in the district. The LOB is locally raised funds that can be used for operating expenses, such as salaries and other classroom expenses. Continue reading

Body found in DeSoto

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday, Oct. 29, are investigating the discovery of a body located in the 9500 block of Sunflower Rd in De Soto.

Information about the person will be released after an autopsy has been performed and deputies have confirmed the person’s identity and notified next of kin. A spokesman for the Sheriff said he could not say whether the body was that of a man or a woman.

Deputies received a call at approximately 3:30 p.m. from a passerby walking in the area who reported seeing a body in the area that they believed to be dead.

A search has been underway in the area since an Olathe man, Brad Cook, 22, was reported missing by his family on Oct. 20 after he didn’t return home.  His motorcycle was located at Beer 30, a bar in De Soto.

Cook is a white man, 6 feet, 3 inches tall weighing 185 pounds.  He has short brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black shirt, a black sweatshirt, black boots and a black bandana.

Anyone with information should call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 913-715-5560 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.


Cookin’ on the Kaw BBQ Contest Oct. 11-12

Tickets still are available for the 10th Annual Cookin’ on the Kaw BBQ Contest sponsored by Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ and is a blues & bbq festival at the De Soto Riverfest Park Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.

People also can purchase People’s Choice tickets for $5 to sample teams’ chicken drummie entries and vote on their favorite. Tickets are available online only and there are just 200 available for the People’s Choice.

Attendees must have an admission ticket in order to participate in the People’s Choice Contest sponsored by Henry T’s.

The blues concert begins at 6 p.m. with Bluzville, Piper Leigh and the Smoking Section, and 51% Blues.

This is a rain or shine event.

For more information, visit or call the De Soto Chamber of Commerce at 913-583-1585.

To see what other events are taking place in and around Olathe this weekend and throughout October, click on the Calendar tab at the top of the page.

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