Overland Park, Kansas

C.J. Janovy / KCUR 89.3

As soon as Nedra Bonds heard she had breast cancer, she knew one thing: She would somehow turn the experience into an art project.

Bonds is a textile artist, but she's far from the stereotypical creative introvert working alone in a studio.

"My thing is community," Bonds says. "I want people to be able to get free and express themselves.”

File photo / Heartland Health Monitor

The Overland Park City Council on Monday set 21 as the minimum age to buy tobacco products, meaning that a regional campaign has now upped the legal age in the metropolitan area’s five largest cities.

The council approved the ordinance Monday on a 9-3 vote, with council members Dave Janson, Fred Spears and Dan Stock voting against the measure.

karendesuyo / Flickr-CC

An irony of the Internet Age is that it can seem tougher than ever to get at the whole truth. Everyone seems to have their version and the ability to share it with the world in a nanosecond.

Julie Denesha / KCUR 89.3

This profile is part of KCUR’s occasional series, Aging in Place. We’re showcasing the many different faces of 64 in metro Kansas City. 

Name: Linda Salvay

Residence: Overland Park, Kansas

Occupation: “I’m discovering my next career as we speak because for most of my career I’ve been in corporate communications and recently left that. I’m trying to make a career about all the other things I love to do but didn’t have time for.”

Tatiana/flickr-- cc

  Overland Park's  Jack Sock is defending his first singles tennis title at the ATP’s U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship underway in Houston. Sock, 23, is currently ranked No. 25 in the world and is the second-best American singles-player behind John Isner.


If you just want to watch the video: scroll down.

Like most people, I've had fun dreams about flying around through the air. But as a person who is generally scared of heights and gets nervous looking over the edges of balconies and roof tops, I never thought I'd actually want to jump out of an airplane and go sky diving. That is, until recently.

When I heard about the new iFLY facility in Overland Park, Kansas. I poked around on the internet and thought, Sky diving-lite? I can handle that.

Up to Date has covered local efforts to find permanent homes for shelter animals. One Overland Park woman wants to help by asking her city to lift its pet limit ordinance.


  • Audrey Sanchez is with Families for Pets.
  • Sean Reilly is Manager of Communications for Overland Park, Kansas.
Beth Lipoff / KCUR

You may remember Gary Sandy as the beleaguered program director from the popular TV show, "WKRP in Cincinnati." Sandy has since had a successful stage career, and joins the New Theatre Restaurant for their upcoming production, "Out of Order." 

'Out of Order' will run December  2 through February 14 at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park. For tickets, go to newtheatre.com.

Up To Code

Aug 21, 2015

How long can you neglect your yard before the city gets  involved? On this edition of Up To Date, we talk about how homeowners can run afoul of city codes and the consequences for different violations.


  • Kim Hendershot is the supervisor of code compliance for the City of Overland Park.
  • Sean Ackerson is the assistant city administrator for the City of Parkville.
National History Day

Fifteen-year-old Jay Mehta is inspired by Winston Churchill.

So much in fact, that he spent over 300 hours studying his life and character to put on a performance that won first place in his category in the annual National History Day contest, which attracts more than 600,000 student historians nationwide. 

His ten-minute performance starts before 1940 when Hitler began his campaign in Western Europe, Prime Minister Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill became Prime Minister.   

Cody Newill / KCUR

Almost 400 youth soccer teams from across the Midwest came to Overland Park, Kansas for the 2015 KC Champions Cup tournament, and that means lots of money went into hotels, restaurants and shops in the area.

Brian Darby owns Coach's Bar & Grill. He said the Champions Cup and other tournaments like it at the Overland Park Soccer Complex bring in customers by the dozens.

In 2013, fairy homes — with doors custom-built for the hollows of trees and tiny furniture nestled inside — cropped up on a wooded trail in Overland Park. Firefly Forest, as it was called, appeared as if by magic. People tucked hundreds of notes into these small abodes, listing their struggles and dreams. And, to their surprise, the fairies answered.

Overland Park Kansas

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach is beginning his 10th year in office, and this year looks to be a busy one, with plenty of development going on in the city. 

Gerlach spoke about some of those development projects, including an indoor skydiving facility he is excited to try out, in his State of the City address on Tuesday

Courtesy photo / The City of Overland Park, Kan.

People who live in Overland Park, Kan., should be getting more reliable cellphone signals by year’s end, thanks to some inconspicuous antenna installations. 

Chicago-based telecommunications contractor Extenet Systems installed a handful of cone-like cellphone signal boosters on top of light poles throughout Overland Park.

Overland Park Public Works city traffic engineer Brian Shields says that the additions are a good alternative to building large cellular towers.

Elle Moxley

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran on Tuesday helped celebrate the opening of a new patient tower and emergency department at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

The Kansas Republican, from Manhattan, Kan., praised local leaders for coming together to complete the project. He then took a jab at Congress' inability to do the same.

Beth Lipoff/KCUR

It's the season for farm-fresh local produce, and one of the popular spots in the Kansas City metro area is the Overland Park Farmers' Market.

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a trip to that market and talk with vendors ages 18 to 80 about what they’re selling and why they’ve chosen this particular spot to sell their wares.

The vendors and market-goers:

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home in Overland Park, Kan. became international news overnight as new details about the tragedy emerged.

Authorities have been learning about the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who hate-group trackers have been following for years.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Updated 10:47 a.m.:

Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspect in Sunday's shootings, is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center without bond. Kristi Bergeron, of the District Attorney's Office in Johnson County said he will not be arraigned Monday.

He will face both federal and state charges.

Updated 10:36 a.m.:

The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired released this statement:

Overland Park Voters OK Sales Tax Extension

Oct 8, 2013

An initial vote count appears to show Overland Park, Kan. voters have approved extending a 1/8 cent sales tax for 10 years, financing street repair and construction.

Unofficial returns on the mail-in ballot show some 33,000 ballots cast with 72 percent approving it.   Nearly $70 million will have been collected when the current tax expires in 2014. 

“We keep this money all segregated to make sure we spend the entire amount  on specifically what we told them we would use it for," says Carl Gerlach, mayor of Overland Park.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Macy’s store at Metcalf South Shopping Center will stay closed for repair after emergency evacuation today.

Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture LLC

City and state officials were on hand Thursday to lift the shovels during a ceremonial groundbreaking for Prairiefire, a new Overland Park development at 135th Street between Nall and Lamar. The site includes a natural history museum.

Julie Denesha / KCUR

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.

Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

For an Overland Park family and their friends, this Memorial Day is marked with the freshest of wounds.

Prompted by a recent visit to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with her family, an area resident has started circulating a petition to remove one of the sculptures. The work is called "Accept or Reject" (note: a brass plaque also lists the title as "Choice") by sculptor 余畅 Yu Chang, an artist who also reportedly directs the Guangzhou Sculpture Academy. Overland Park officials say that, at this time, there are no plans to remove it from the Arboretum.

Jason Rhodes / Overland Park Fire Department

The body of a man has been found this afternoon in Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kan.

Jason Rhodes / Overland Park Fire Department

Searchers today found disturbing evidence along Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kansas as they spent a third day looking for a missing man.

Jason Rhodes / Overland Park Fire Department

There is not a trace of  the Overland Park man missing since he left home Sunday, saying he wanted to look at flood waters of Indian Creek, according to police.

Missing College Student Found, Was Not Abducted

Dec 22, 2011

The 19 year old  Johnson County Community College  student  missing since  Friday,  December 16th , has been found   unharmed,  five days after her disappearance from the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park.  Police say Aisha Khan had not been abducted.

file photo / KCUR

Leads have thinned into the second and third tier variety as police in Overland Park and Olathe try, for a fourth day, to learn what happened to Aisha Khan. Investigators are questioning classmates, teachers and friends of the 19 year old  Johnson County Community College student.

The married student who lives in Olathe with her husband of five months was last  believed   studying  in an outside alcove  at the K.U. Edwards Campus where she had  a semester final test she never  took. She vanished about an hour before the noon class last Friday.