County library book sale June 5-8

The Johnson County Library will hold the 2013 Annual Sizzlin’ Summer Used Book Sale in cooperation with Friends of the Library at Metcalf South Shopping Center, 9635 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS, June 5-8. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on gently used books and audiovisual materials for all ages and interests at bargain prices. Most items are priced from 50 cents to $3.00.

Sale dates and hours will be:
Wednesday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading

435-Quivira bridge to close May 17-20 for construction work

From the Kansas Department of Transportation: Bridge overlay work on the Quivira Road bridge over I-435 will close the southbound lanes of Quivira Road at I-435 at 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, with the road reopening to unrestricted traffic at 5 a.m. Monday, May 20.

In addition, the left two lanes of eastbound I-435 at Quivira Road will be closed for bridge painting work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, May 17, reopening to unrestricted traffic at 5 a.m. Monday, May 20.

This work had been scheduled for May 10 to 13 but was delayed due to weather conditions. The scheduled May 17 to 20 closure will take place if the weather permits.

 

Day’s events in Boston captures Olathean’s attention, emotions

A police officer gives a thumbs up after bombing suspect No. 2 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is in custody.

A police officer gives a thumbs up after bombing suspect No. 2 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is in custody. Internet photo

Having members of his family, including two small grandchildren, being so close to the tragic Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, Olathean Tom Kearney intently watched the non-stop television coverage today, Friday, April 19, of the all-day search for the second bombing suspect.

And when word flashed across the television screen that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, had been taken into custody, Kearney only could think about what matters to him most: The love of his family.

“I’ve had lot of emotions,” Tom said about the day’s events. “When I got up this morning, I saw the news about one suspect dead and the other in flight.” Continue reading

Sobriety checkpoint tonight, April 19

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from area law enforcement agencies, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Johnson County tonight, Friday, April 19 into Saturday, April 20.

Drivers suspected of being intoxicated will be given brief sobriety tests and those drivers who are confirmed to be impaired will be arrested.

Efforts will be made not to severely interrupt the flow of traffic.  Citizen’s patience and cooperation will assist with this important safety effort.

 

 

MNU President’s Honors nearly a sellout

MNU's President's Honors fund-raising event in 2012. MNU website photo

MNU’s President’s Honors fund-raising event in 2012. MNU website photo

For any of you wait-until-the-last-minute people wanting to attend tonight’s (Friday, April 12) 2nd Annual President’s Honors event at MidAmerica Nazarene University, well, you might have waited too long.

According to MNU spokesperson April Hansen, director of development for annual programs, tonight’s fund-raising event, which begins at 6:30 in the school’s gymnasium, is nearly sold out. Funds raised during the event, which includes silent and live auctions, are used to provide unrestricted scholarships to MNU students.

“Right now,” she said, “we have around 490 people attending and the event will seat just 515. Last year we had about 505 and we’re expecting around that many this year, so yeah, it’s near capacity right now.” Continue reading

Grant helps Johnson County nutrition program to extend reach

New program aims to reduce hospital readmission by providing healthy meals

Submitted by Gerald Hay

A new initiative from the Johnson County Nutrition Program aims to reduce hospital readmissions by providing senior residents with healthy meals after they return home. Because proper nutrition is a key component to healing and recuperation, the Home Nutrition Program will make healthy meals available to recovering seniors within 72 hours of hospital release.

The program, the first of its kind in the State of Kansas,  is made possible through a $50,000 Expanding the Vision Grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America and the Walmart Foundation. The short-term meal service will be provided through Meals on Wheels. Continue reading

MNU President’s Honors set for April 12

Got some extra cash in your pocket but not sure what do with it.

Well, the folks at MidAmerica Nazarene University can help you out with several options during its annual President’s Honors scholarship fund-raising event starting at 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the Cook Center on the MNU campus. It’s an evening of entertainment, fine dining, some dynamic silent and live auctions, and a showcase of MNU student talent.

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Olathe campus is located at 2030 E. College Way in Olathe. For driving directions, click here. Cook Center is located on Lindenwood Drive between College Way and Sheridan (#24 on the campus map found at the link above).

That money in your pocket can be used to be a sponsor, either a platinum, gold, silver, bronze or a table sponsor, which come with prime or preferred seating as well as recognition in various media. MNU officials say being a sponsor is a great way to promote your business or organization to a “highly desirable” audience while also providing support to Christian higher education. Continue reading

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