796 take part in Olathe Kids Fishing Derby

Nearly 800 registered anglers crowded the shoreline at Cedar Lake Park in southwest Olathe for the 32nd Annual Free Olathe Kids Fishing Derby on June 15. Photo by Chuck Kurtz

Nearly 800 registered anglers crowded the shoreline at Cedar Lake Park in southwest Olathe for the 32nd Annual Free Olathe Kids Fishing Derby on June 15. Photo by Chuck Kurtz

When the last fish was pulled out of the water and after all the fishing poles had been secured, 10-year-old Olathe angler, Jenna Morris, had hooked the largest catch of the day, a 26-1/2-inch catfish, at the 32nd Annual Free Olathe Kids Fishing Derby last Saturday, June 15, at Cedar Lake Park in southwest Olathe.

The Derby is for youngsters 3 to 15 years old and seniors 60 and older. Morris’ catch earned her the trophy for the Girls 9-15 Division. She was one of five trophy winners and among the 796 registered anglers that included just more than 44 seniors. Continue reading

Opinion: Momentum gaining for better complex rehab tech

Bipartisan Senate push launched — Kansas City leaders silent

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Freelance writer Finn M. Bullers also uses a wheelchair as a result of having muscular dystrophy.)

Freelance writer/editor

 Donna Adell of Ottawa, Kan., is confused.

The power wheelchair her husband Charles uses was supposed to make his life easier after a hip-replacement surgery five years ago cut him off from an active life.

Medicare paid for the chair, Donna Adell said. But then refused to service the chair and provide replacement batteries because Medicare officials said the chair only was to be used inside the home.

“The whole purpose for the power chair was to help (Charles) become more independent — to get outside, to visit friends and neighbors nearby, and to go up to our mailbox,” she said.

Late Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-MS, joined forces in a bipartisan effort to improve the life of Charles Adell and tens of thousands of people with disabilities across the country. There are 380,000 Kansans with disabilities, 10 percent of whom use wheelchairs. Continue reading

Just under the wire; OP couple packing to move ASAP

Freelance writer/editor

Facing an 8 a.m. eviction today, Thursday, May 16, an Overland Park U.S. Army veteran and his wife, who has dementia, have been busy packing up a lifetime of possessions to avoid being escorted out of their home by Johnson County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

“I’m 90 percent sure we have a place to stay,” the Army veteran said Wednesday in a telephone interview.

For now, it appears as if the immediate troubles facing Robert “Bob” Millard, 88, a stateside medical technician during World War II, and his wife Dolores, a homemaker with advanced stage dementia, are over.

Only days ago, the Millards faced the prospect of being evicted with no place to go. And no Plan B.

But for weeks, health aides have been scrambling behind the scenes on behalf of the couple to find a solution to their dilemma. Continue reading

Lana-Leigh Bailey presumed dead

The Kansas City Star is reporting that Lana-Leigh Bailey, the missing 18-month-old Olathe girl and daughter of Kaylie Bailey, 21, one of three people found dead in a Franklin County farm garage near Ottawa earlier this week, is presumed dead. The Star also reports that charges are expected to be filed against Kyle Flack, 27, Ottawa, with multiple counts of first-degree murder. The bodies of two men also were discovered in that garage.

Lana-Leigh Bailey is the great granddaughter of Andy Pettijohn, the former long-time principal at Olathe Northview Elementary.

To read the article, click here.

Gun fanatics miss gun-control message

 By Finn Bullers


A hail of bullets does not respect the First Amendment’s right to free expression. Instead — in most inglorious fashion — bullets rip flesh. Is that our birthright — the tandem power of free expression and firearms?

The Senate was asked for minor changes in gun background checks to take a stab at keeping future, unstable shooters from securing rapid-fire arms. However flawed, the legislation was a start — a chance to show 90 percent of Americans that their leaders are responsive to their heartfelt pleas and buckets of tears.

Instead, what we got from the Senate was the middle finger. Continue reading

KU stunned by Baylor; shares title with K-State

Win or lose, the Kansas Jayhawks would have ended the season atop the Big 12 Conference for the ninth straight year. Beating Baylor, KU wuld have won it outright. But the Bears stunned the Jayhawks with an 81-58 thumping. KU is lucky K-State lost to Oklahoma State earlier in the day.

The losses by the two teams from Kansas meant they share the Big 12 title.

It wasn’t a good feeling for the Jayhawks.

To read more, click here to read the story by The Kansas City Star.


Olathe crews working hard

With a break in snowfall, Olathe snow operations have made enough progress for residential units to begin heading back into neighborhoods.  Crews will be working through the night, and residents are asked to be patient as crews tackle over 1,200 lane miles and 1,500 cul-de-sacs.

Residential units are smaller vehicles and snow removal progress will be substantially impacted by the high volume of snow.  Larger trucks will serve residential areas as available.

According to Public Works Director Ron Norris, it will take several days to service all residential areas.  “It’s been some time since we’ve experienced a storm of this magnitude.  We appreciate the patience of our residents as we work through the weekend to clear streets.”

Because of the extensive snowfall earlier this morning, residential units were pulled to focus on clearing main roadways/arterials for emergency responders.

You can track 24/7 snow plow operations online at www.OlatheKS.org.  Stay up-to-date on weather-related news and information at www.OlatheKS.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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