August 2, 2015

Organizations network with goal to help veterans

Debbie Austin, center, talks about the Kansas Remembering the Fallen exhibit. Debbie’s son, Shane Austin, was killed in combat in Iraq in 2006. The exhibit commemorates  Kansans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was on display during the Joining Community Forces meeting in Gardner last week. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Debbie Austin, center, talks about the Kansas Remembering the Fallen exhibit. Debbie’s son, Shane Austin, was killed in combat in Iraq in 2006. The exhibit commemorates Kansans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was on display during the Joining Community

AGs urge phone companies to offer call-blocking

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging the five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to their customers.
In a letter to the chief executives of AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and Century Link, Schmidt, along with 44 other state …

Local Cub Scoutmaster builds medieval sling

T.J. Dale puts the finishes touches on his trebuchet. The medieval weapon can launch a cantaloupe more than 600 feet. It takes Dale more than five hours to set up and prepare for a launch. Photo courtesy of Walter Hermreck

T.J. Dale puts the finishes touches on his trebuchet. The medieval weapon can launch a cantaloupe more than 600 feet. It takes Dale more than five hours to set up and prepare for a launch. Photo courtesy of Walter Hermreck

Council creates citizen advisory committees

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City council members recently adopted a resolution creating five advisory committees. The committees will meet monthly offering recommendations to the Gardner City Council. The committees include a streets, sidewalks and stormwater advisory committee,  citizens police advisory committee, …

Dog days

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

A 4-H member shows off her dog’s obedience skills on July 27. The dog obedience judging was one of the first events at the Johnson County Fair. The fair continues throughout the week with a …

Kansas boasts 12th best schools in nation

Kansas boasts the 12th best schools in the nation, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website.
Analysts for the group compared the quality of education in 50 states and the District of Columbia using 13 key metrics including pupil-teacher ratio, …

OUR VIEW: County fair epitomizes joys of small town living

There’s no reason to leave town this weekend – not with the Johnson County Fair firing hotter than the temperatures. Hopefully the heat won’t keep people away from what for many former local youth is a right-of-passage. Every kid should …

Lions Club breakfast set

The Gardner Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast on Aug. 1. Proceeds of the event benefit local projects including Lions Club scholarships.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes and sausage and biscuits and gravy. Breakfast will be served from …

Special livestock show scheduled for July 31

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Several area special needs youth will be chasing memories during a special event at the Johnson County Fair. Fifteen 12-18 year-olds are set to compete in the first “Chasing Memories” Livestock Show at 5 p.m. on July …

Come Ye to the Fair

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

A 4-H competitor awaits her turn to show off her dog’s obedience skills. During the event, competitors walked their dogs through an obstacle course under the watchful eye of several judges. Dogs were required to …