November 26, 2015

Donations sought for Ernie Miller Nature Center

Individuals, families, and groups wanting to make a difference are invited to consider contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center through a program called Holidays for the Animals. The Ernie Miller Nature Center, located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, has ongoing needs for supplies for both the animals Continue Reading


The Gardner Athena GFWC met at 1:00 pm on October 21 at the Gardner branch of the Johnson County Library. The October program, presented by member Ruth Hermon, showcased some of the first projects undertaken by GFWC which was federated in 1922. Those projects included the organization of a local PTA, introduction of a hot school lunch program, Continue Reading

Olathe man named director of Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control

LaVern Fields is the Kansas Department of Revenue’s new director for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. Fields comes to the division with extensive experience in law enforcement with the Olathe Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and most recently as the manager of safety and security for the Olathe Public School District. He also worked for Continue Reading

Vintage war planes take flight at New Century

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Heart of America Wing will showcase war birds in flight during an air show at New Century this weekend. The event, which runs Sept. 25-27 will feature the iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, Fifi. Fifi was first flown in 1942, and began active service in 1944. Acquired by the CAF Continue Reading

Johnson County unveils new flag design

Johnson County received nearly 3,000 votes for a new county flag design, and today revealed the winning design at its Board of County Commissioners regular business session. The Johnson County flag helps residents identify places where county services are offered. As part of a countywide rebranding effort that began in 2013, Johnson County adopted a Continue Reading

Tryout set for Slugger baseball teams

Tryout dates for the new Westside Sluggers 11 and 12-and-under baseball teams have been set for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 5 at Olathe’s Prairie Center Fields. Tryouts will be conducted on field 6 or field 7. Prairie Center field is located at 555 North Olathe View Road. Both teams will be Continue Reading

Crypto hits swimming pools in Johnson County

Danedri Thompson Three persons in Johnson County have been diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis, or Crypto. The illness, which is caused by a protozoan, causes diarrhea and is spread through contaminated water. The county health department is working with pool operators in Overland Park and Shawnee to treat or close those known swimming pools with which Continue Reading

County adopts budget with tax rate increase

Danedri Thompson A divided Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted a 2016 budget that includes 7 percent rate increase. The $928 million budget includes a 3.30 mill levy rate increase with more than $743 million in spending and $185 million in reserves. The rate increase will cost the owner of a $261,000 Johnson County Continue Reading

Host of dignitaries commemorate Kubota warehouse’s grand opening

Danedri Thompson Gov. Sam Brownback toured the intermodal by helicopter after speaking at a grand opening event for a Kubota Tractor Corporation distribution center in Edgerton on Aug. 11. Also in attendance at the event were Masato Yoshikawa, the president and CEO of Kubota and Carl Ice, the CEO of BNSF. The new, 765,000 Continue Reading

Blazer volleyball team preps for season opener

Gardner Edgerton High School Volleyball Coach Erica Book welcomed a young, but very talented group to practice Aug. 17 in preparation for the season opener in September at home against Olathe Northwest High School. “I’m very excited about this group,” said Book. “We are extremely athletic and quick. We are working to be consistent and Continue Reading