The 15-member Persons With Disabilities Advisory Board, founded in 1985, sponsors popular disability-related events throughout the year, works with architects to make sure buildings are above government standards, and oversees anything related to the disability community in Olathe. It serves as a resource and liaison for the disabled. And it’s the only one of its kind in Johnson County.
The Kansas City Star is seeking World War II veterans who were in or near Germany when the war in Europe ended on May, 8, 1945. Share memories regarding your duties at the time and your reaction upon hearing the news of surrender.
Thirty-two first-year educators were named from across the state. Haley Epperson of Spring Hill Elementary School and Jamie Droegemeier of Spring Hill Middle School are among this year’s winners Other Johnson County recipients were Blue Valley School District’s Kelsey Bradley of Indian Valley Elementary School and Katherine Durick of Lakewood Middle School, and DeSoto School District’s Taylor Newman of Prairie Ridge Elementary School and Katherine Wilber of Monticello Trails Middle School.
Started by Olathe resident Shanon Fouquet nine months ago, Feel Better Friends has gathered more than 300 crafting volunteers in 13 countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands. More than 250 custom handmade dolls have been made, with 100 more in production. Each volunteer receives a pattern, compliments of Fouquet, and then donates time, materials and shipping costs to complete a doll.
The city’s 150-year-old cemetery is estimated to reach its capacity in 15 years, which will cut off its revenue, if the city doesn’t act, according to a study done by CPRA, a consulting firm based in Colorado.
The latest figures show Olathe with a 41.1 percent residential “waste diversion” rate. That’s a new high for the city and substantially above the national average of 34.5 percent, said Tim Danneberg, city spokesman.
The Youth and Family Services Center in Olathe will soon open a new program that will be more like a transitional living shelter than old-fashioned detention. The center will offer a wide variety of leisure activities, sports and crafts, tablets, religious services and college prep as well as behavior incentives designed to get them back into schools.
Like Becky Bieker, Mary Ellen Grovenburg of Spring Hill lost her husband in an armed robbery at her family’s small business, Mr. G’s Liquor Store in Shawnee. It’s been a difficult road for Grovenburg since the 2010 shooting that killed her husband, Gerry.
Vanya Shivashankar is one of 20 students from across the nation being featured on the series, which focuses on gifted children and their families as they prepare for a national intelligence competition. Vanya has been a serious contender for four years in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.