July 30, 2014

County fair displays old-fashioned, family fun, agricultural heritage

Ed Eilert
County Chair
Is there any better slice of Americana than a county fair? It’s small children giggling with their parents on the merry-go-round. It’s teenagers trying to walk straight after getting off the Tilt-a-Whirl.
It’s friendly competition in …

Active year keeps members of Prairie Moon club busy

Johnson County 4-H Rifle Club’s  BB gun team won first place in every match they attended this past season making them Kansas State Champions for the first time.  Submitted photo

Johnson County 4-H Rifle Club’s BB gun team won first place in every match they attended this past season making them Kansas State Champions for the first time. Submitted photo

Elizabeth Fiedlet
Club reporter
With just over 50 members Prairie …

Sharon 4-H Club looks forward to successful fair week after busy year

Keen Knittel
Club reporter
The Sharon 4-H Club began the year by installing new officers for 2013 – 2014:  Mallory Meek as President, Michael Dowd as Vice-President, Brenden Meek as Secretary, and Emma Knappenberger as Treasurer.  At the next meeting, …

Lions Club to host breakfast before parade

The Gardner Lions Club will host a pancake and sausage breakfast on Aug. 2.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, ham, biscuits and gravy and juice and milk. The breakfast will run from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on …

Prairie Star members look back at the past year

Pictured are members of Prairie Star 4-H club.  Submitted photo

Pictured are members of Prairie Star 4-H club. Submitted photo

Jesse Molenda
Club reporter
The Prairie Star 4-H Club contributed to the Mayor’s Christmas this year by adopting a family again. The club also collected coats, jackets, gloves, hats, and …

Johnson County 4-H Dog Club

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Members of the Johnson County 4-H Dog Club are pictured displaying their trophies and ribbons from graduation. Pictured are Anne Buddish, judge; members: Jamie Alden, John Alden, Alison Duarte, Kinsey McCormick, Anna Topliker, Shyan Locke, J R Newton …

Stanley Buccaneers 4-H had busy year

Alyssa Marksz
Club reporter
The Stanley Buccaneers 4-H club is busy every year, learning new skills and helping out in their community. This year they participated in many different activities that taught them new life skills, and benefited others in …

Johnson County Fair marches into town

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School marching band march down Main Street during the 2013 Johnson County Fair Parade. File photo

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School marching band march down Main Street during the 2013 Johnson County Fair Parade. File photo

It takes the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to make the Johnson County Fair work. With carnival rides, …

Pioneer 4-H Club celebrates 70 years

Emily Kresin
Club reporter
This year the Pioneer 4-H Club of De Soto celebrated 70 years of fun.
The group has grown in the past seven decades and, in fact, membership has doubled over the past three years.
Throughout the …

Pastor to serve as grand marshal, retire after 35 years

Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy of Ken Porter

Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy