Olathe North High School student Bekah Volner was hard to miss among the group of builders working on a Heartland Habitat for Humanity house in central Olathe one sunny day in March. In a sea of standard-issue yellow hard hats, she was the builder sporting a hot pink one. It was on loan from one of the adults supervising the group from the Olathe School District’s Construction Trades Program.
New construction is beginning in several districts, along with the completion of more secure entrances. Some schools will begin a new focus on learning through technology. In Shawnee Mission, schools are welcoming several new principals.
Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
In a way, county fairs offer a taste of what you’ll find at the bigger state fairs. The Kansas State Fair, held Sept. 5-14 in Hutchinson, and the Missouri State Fair, held Aug. 7-17 in Sedalia, share a lot of rich, common ground with the county fairs.
Lenexa’s new Bulk-It offers bulk health food items like granola and milk chocolate malt balls, as well as smoothies and juices, and locally made food products. National retailers opening shops in Kansas City, Kan., Leawood and Overland Park.
Furniture Mall of Kansas, which has stores in Topeka and Lawrence, has a contract to buy a 161,000-square-foot building that makes up part of the vacant Benchmark facility at 2125 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe.
The Aug. 4 tournament at the Golf Club at Falcon Lakes in Basehor, Kan., gives Zack McNeil an opportunity to combine two of his passions: golf and awareness about preventing premature birth. He and wife Hilary McNeil gave birth to premature twins more than 3 years ago. The girls are now healthy.
Molly Baumgardner was appointed to the 37th District seat in April, when Republicans from the precinct voted for her over Charlotte O’Hara to fill the unexpired term of former Sen. Pat Apple, who resigned to accept an appointment to the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Olathe is the first city in Johnson County to partner with Nextdoor, but 120 neighborhoods in Johnson County and 300 across the metro have signed up for the network. Kansas City, Mo., announced last week that the city would also partner with the website to share public safety issues, public meetings and seasonal neighborhood issues with residents signed up on the more than 100 Nextdoor neighborhoods.