February 7, 2016

Autocycle bill would classify three-wheelers

Kelsie Jennings KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill could create a new classification of vehicles in Kansas known as “autocycles.” Proponents of House Bill 2044 say autocycles are neither cars nor motorcycles and need their own classification to protect drivers from breaking the law. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that weight about 1,200 pounds and have Continue Reading

Big Bull Creek meeting set; public invited

Big Bull Creek Park, almost 2000 acres generally southeast of Edgerton, may finally be developed, at least according to a master plan developed by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The land was originally purchased more than a decade ago. In the late 1990’s county officials prioritized undeveloped property for parks while it was Continue Reading

Athena Club

Mary Pritchard Secretary The Gardner Athena GFWC met at 1:00 p.m. on January 20, 2016 at the Gardner branch of the Johnson County Library. Members answered roll call with a favorite fad. Given that the group is made up of both young and old, it was fun to hear members reminisce about what used to Continue Reading

AG’s office reorganizes to boost open government enforcement

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has reorganized parts of his office that enforce the state’s open government laws. With the start of 2016, Schmidt has separated the responsibility for enforcing open government laws from the responsibility for training and counseling to assist in compliance. Separating the two tasks, which historically have been combined, sets the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Finally, Big Bull Creek park plans underway

At long last plans are underway to develop Big Bull Creek park near Edgerton. The 2000 acres was purchased about 15 years ago but has remained nearly off-limits and undeveloped for public use. The park property has not been without controversy. In October 2012, Edgerton city officials went thru the condemnation process to purchase about Continue Reading

Edgerton council debates, discusses Bull Creek Park improvements

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News On Jan. 28, in a meeting that lasted over three hours, the Edgerton City Council considered a variety of agenda items including a Johnson County Parks and Recreation draft version of a master plan for developing Big Bull Creek Park. Council members viewed a map which shows proposed Continue Reading

Blazer JV wrestlers take second place

Using balanced scoring, the GEHS JV wrestlers brought back fifth place team honors from the fourteen team Atchison tournament last week. Three Blazers took second; Carlos Gaeta (106 pound division), Tristen Martin (195 pound division), and Ryan Shirley (285 pound division). At 126 pounds, Alex Weber took third with a pin in the conselations. All Continue Reading

Blazers fall at Blue Valley 54-40

The Blazers varsity boys basketball team pushed highly ranked Blue Valley for three quarters, but dropped a hard fought 54-40 last Friday night at Blue Valley. GEHS held a 6-5 first quarter lead and trailed just 23-20 at halftime. But Blue Valley regrouped and outscored GEHS 16-5 in the third quarter to take control. “We Continue Reading

Late basket sinks Pioneer JV team

The Pioneer eighth grade JV boys rallied from a nine point second half deficit, but fell just short in a 33-32 loss to Trailridge last week. “We played good solid full court press the second half to rally, but just couldn’t get the win, said Coach Stan Watchous. I was real proud of the effort.” Continue Reading

National Parks, a reading or walking adventure

Joan Dorsey Guest columnist One of the benefits of being a little older is the time you can spend on reading. When I had young kids reading was a relaxation I didn’t allow myself to partake very often. If you read you sit, or lay. with kids it seems sitting isn’t much of an option. Continue Reading