Blair Foundation, Garmin honor Olathe teachers

The Clay Blair Family Foundation, in partnership with Garmin International, publicly recognized teachers in the Olathe Public Schools and St. James Academy in a special ceremony recently.

The Clay Blair Family Foundation generously donated a Garmin vívofit 3 activity tracker to all teachers in the Olathe School District and Saint James Academy, as a way to honor teachers and the efforts they make each day to impact the lives of students.

Clay Blair, a former educator, and his wife Janet, are committed to making a positive impact on teachers in the Olathe Public Schools. Continue reading

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

Family Science Night Nov. 21 at Olathe North

The district’s sixth annual Family Science Night, hosted by Olathe North High School, has something for everyone from second-graders to seniors, as well as parents. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the school’s north commons area, 600 E. Prairie.

Olathe North science teacher Amy Johnston said there will be exhibits and presentations by representatives from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University science departments, Garmin, Lakeside Nature Center, Science City, Maker Studios, the Kansas City Zoo, Science Pioneers and other science-related groups. Continue reading

Ex-Garmin employee accused of stealing $1 million worth of devices

A former employee for the Garmin company in Olathe, Kan., has been indicted on federal charges of stealing more than $1 million worth of GPS devices from the company, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said this week.

Terrence M. Heathington, 31, currently of Atlanta, Ga., is charged with 40 counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges that the crimes were committed between March and September 2008 while Heathington worked as a warehouse material handler for Garmin International, Inc., in Olathe.

He caused boxes of GPS devices to be shipped via commercial carrier to his residence and the residences of co-conspirators.

He and other conspirators sold the GPS devices on eBay and through other means. He stole approximately 165 cases of Garmin GPS devices with a wholesale value of more than $1 million.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting


Garmin Marathon a go; special finish line for Boston marathoners

A video route of the 10th Annual Garmin Marathon through Olathe.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Local runners that participated in the April 15 Boston Marathon but were unable to go through the finish line because of the two bombs that exploded will be able to “finish” the race at the Garmin Marathon Saturday, April 20, by running the final seven-tenths of a mile during a special finish-line ceremony. The ceremony is expected to take place around noon.)

The 10th Annual Garmin Marathon, which is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is co-sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 7 Saturday morning, April 20, and Arley Arkenberg, Lawrence, who plans to run the half marathon is not worried.

“I’m not scared,” she said, “and I’m typically scared of everything. I think we’ll be fine. And I’ll be the first in line for my Grange Pup come September (during the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration).” Continue reading

Security in check for Garmin Marathon; for all county events

Olathean Tom Kearney was impressed with the security measures in place for the Boston Marathon this past Monday, April 15. He praised their efforts even after two bombs exploded just below the restaurant overlooking the finishing line where he and his family, including his two young grandchildren, had just settled in to eat lunch.

Yet even with all that security, someone was able to sneak in not two, but four homemade bombs. Two that didn’t detonate were found underneath the grandstands.

This weekend, more than 3,000 runners plus countless other spectators are expected to take part in Saturday morning’s (April 20) Garmin Marathon that will wind its way just more than 26 miles in and around Olathe. Continue reading

First responders, OMC trained, drilled and ready for any emergency

It’s the second weekend of September and the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration, the oldest and one of the largest crowd-drawing events in Johnson County, is in full swing in downtown Olathe. Thousands of people are streaming through the carnival as well as the food and craft booths when suddenly, the unexpected and unthinkable happens: There is an explosion.

Whether it’s a terrorist act or just an unfortunate incident, the action plan for first responders is the same.

And that action plan will be in place this Saturday, April 20, for the Garmin Marathon and it’s 26-mile course winding through and around Olathe.

“There’s the Johnson County Trauma Plan and that sets forth the guidelines how trauma in general would be handled,” said Angela Fera, public information officer for Johnson County Med-Act. Continue reading

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