Fourth Fridays are back. The monthly celebration of downtown Olathe returns for its third year and the entertainment, live music, retail, and food planned for this year promises to attract more people than ever before.
A popular topic of discussion among my friends is the DNA mail-in service that provides a snapshot of one’s ancestry. After sending a simple swab of saliva to a laboratory, they discovered with a high degree of certainty their ancestral origins.
The list of applicants returning for a second interview at a special meeting Thursday on the college campus includes a retirement education specialist, pastor, insurance agent and a business executive. Also among the returning applicants is the board member whose spot Drummond was appointed to fill in 2013.
Robin Winner, executive director of Synergy, cites “their overt commitment to interjecting the importance of being kind into every aspect of the school.” Olathe school does kindness in big and everyday ways.
Voters will be asked whether the sales tax should be increased by a quarter of a cent for 10 years to raise money to tear down the existing courthouse in downtown Olathe and replace it with a new building just across Santa Fe Street to the north.
If you’ve found yourself crawling along in slow, congested traffic on Santa Fe, just east of Interstate 35 in Olathe, city officials have noticed. But don’t expect the orange traffic cones to go up just yet.
Kansas City, Kan.’s Indian Springs Marketplace, circa 1971, is being demolished to make way for new development. Demolition of Olathe’s Great Mall of the Great Plains is set to begin by June but original tenant Burlington plans to continue to operate on the site.
Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker has asked county commissioners to fast-track a purchase of about $936,000 of electronic equipment. He has also asked them to consider around $12.8 million for the 2017 budget to replace the county’s voting machines, which are some of the oldest in the country. “We have great concerns about the intensity of this election year so we have been seeking to get caught up,” Metsker said.