Olathe sex store robber arrested after car chase into KCK

A man who allegedly robbed an Olathe sex shop at gunpoint Saturday, Nov. 30, was arrested in Knasas City, Kan., after hitting several vehicles during a high-speed 30-minute chase.

Olathe police said the man, wearing a gray hoodie, robbed Cirilla’s Adult Store at 1848 E. Santa Fe at 12:45 p.m. He then fled in a black Hyundai with temporary tags. Olathe police officer pursued the man and then the Kansas Highway Patrol’s chopper joined the chase at Interstate 435 and Midland Drive. Continue reading

Concert set at MNU Dec. 8

Celebrate the joy of God’s special gift: the birth of Jesus our Savior in story and song at Christmas Joy, a MidAmerica Nazarene Choir concert. Special music will include holiday favorites, “Carol of the Bells,” “O Holy Night,” and Kirby Shaw’s “Go Tell it On the Mountain.”

The concert will be presented, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Bell Cultural Events Center on MNU’s Olathe campus, 2030 E. College Way.

Featuring Heritage Choir, Concert Choir, and Symphonic Choir conducted by Dr. John Leavitt, director of choirs and MNU professor of music, you won’t want to miss this inspirational annual tradition!

Tickets are $5 and are available by calling Bell Cultural Events Center Box Office at (913) 971-3636.


Olathe sales tax passes

Of the 72,254 registered voters in Olathe, 22,537 of them (31.1 percent) voted in the mail-in ballot election concerning the 10-year sales tax targeted for street improvements.

The measure passed, with 12,862 Olatheans (57.1 percent) voting yes compared to 9,660 (42.9 percent) voting no.


Taking Learning to New Heights:

Johnny Rowlands provides real-life learning for MNU Students

MNU marketing and graphic design students with Johnny Rowlands (middle in black cap) at KC Copter at the Johnson County Executive Airport.  MNU photo

MNU marketing and graphic design students with Johnny Rowlands (middle in black cap) at KC Copter at the Johnson County Executive Airport. MNU photo

Furnished by MidAmerica Nazarene University

For MNU marketing and graphic design students, learning is all about real-life projects. This semester, students in promotion management and corporate identity classes are teaming up to create an integrated marketing campaign for real-life client, KC Copters.

KC Copters, a full-service helicopter company, offers flight training, tours, and aerial video/photography. The company, founded in April 2011 by Johnny Rowlands, chief pilot of local ABC affiliate KMBC TV 9’s NewsChopper 9, has enlisted the help of MNU students to create a marketing campaign. Continue reading

County Christmas Bureau set for Dec. 6 opening at Great Mall

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau opens the doors to its annual Holiday Shop beginning Friday Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 14 in the donated space of the former Marshall’s, Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20090 W. 151st St in Olathe, Kan.

By appointment, more than 13,000 low-income Johnson County residents will select groceries, personal care items and household supplies, children’s clothing, gifts and toys, books, winter coats plus hats and gloves that will provide sustenance and warmth for the holidays and the new year.

JCCB’s goal this year is to serve 13,000 individuals from 3,600 families plus 700 nursing home residents.  120 donation barrels are located throughout Johnson County and are available for donations from the public to help stock the Holiday Shop.  Visit www.jccb.org for a list of sites.

The most needed items include: (all new EXCEPT for gently used coats/books) Continue reading

Olathe District Site Council set for Nov. 12

Parent representatives from across the district will gather on Tuesday, Nov. 12 for the District Site Council meeting. The meeting, which happens annually, brings together site councils made up of parents and staff from each school.

The District Site Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie, in the commons. The Nov. 12 meeting will provide an opportunity for district leaders to share information with parents about district information, updates on construction projects, legislation and more.


Wei’s restaurant owners charged in illegal immigrant case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The owners of Wei’s Super Buffet restaurant in Olathe, Kan., have been charged with harboring undocumented workers who were in the United States unlawfully, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

A federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., alleges the owners and managers of the restaurant violated federal law by knowingly employing, transporting and housing undocumented workers.

The following defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented workers; conceal, harbor and shield undocumented workers; and encourage or induce undocumented workers to unlawfully enter or remain in the United States. Continue reading

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