October 7, 2015

Science program set for New Century Fieldhouse

Students in the Gardner School District are invited to attend three Mad Science programs offered during non-school days in October at New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway. The Mad Science sessions, offered through the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department, are a fall break camp for students between the ages of seven and 13. Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Romney’s 47 percent are the 43 percent

The infamous 47 percent is actually the 43 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center. The center reports that 43 percent of Americans pay no income tax – not 47 percent as Mitt Romney suggested in his ill-fated bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2012. Romney’s numbers were accurate in 2009, but the number of Continue Reading

Study concludes KS 9th best state for teachers

Kansas is the ninth best state for teachers, according to research conducted by WalletHub.com, a personal finance website. Kansas ranked 16th in the average starting salary for teachers; ranked 25th in median annual salary for teachers; 12th in WalletHub’s school system rankings; 27th in projected number of teachers per student by 2022; 11th in unemployment Continue Reading

Historical museum’s annual Cemetery Walk set to bring history to life

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Isam Smith’s grave marker in the Gardner Cemetery is incorrect, but re-enactors from the Gardner Historical Museum will set the record straight during a Talking Tombstones Cemetery Walk this weekend. The annual event raises funds for museum. Smith, a freed slave who lived on the current site of New Century AirCenter, died Continue Reading

Third graders learn about bike safety at rodeo

Grand Star Elementary hosted third grade students in the Gardner Edgerton School District for a bike rodeo, Sept. 22. During the event, students traveled to eight different stations to learn how to stop and go safely, how to use hand signals, to look over their shoulders, ride in a straight line, weave through cones and Continue Reading

Man hospitalized after plane crash in Gardner

An Olathe man was taken to the hospital following an airplane accident at Gardner Municipal Airport on Sept. 28. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Edward M. VanMorlan had taken off in a Cessna 172R at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. As the aircraft was banking, the engine cut off and the plane Continue Reading

SH postman receives award

Spring Hill Postman Keith Stiles, right, receives an award from Postmaster Richard Nuessen for working 30 years without having a preventable accident. Stiles began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1979 as a substitute on a split route in Spring Hill and Gardner. He later became a sub for route 1 in Spring Hill. Continue Reading

Sen. Moran visits with Emporia State University

Sen. Moran visits with Emporia State University’s Teachers College Dean Ken Weaver on Sept. 19. The pair visited the Memorial to Fallen Educators on the ESU campus. This week, Moran introduced legislation to designate the monument as a national memorial.

Injured Blazer squad falls to league rival Blue Valley West High School

Falling behind 21-6 at halftime, the Gardner Edgerton High School football team dropped a 42-14 Eastern Kansas League decision at Blue Valley West High School Friday night. Early on, GEHS made a game of it. Junior quarterback Griffin Johns connected with Zach Bass on a 62-yard pass setting up the Blazers inside the 10-yard line. Continue Reading

Fifi was here

“Fifi,” the only airworthy B-29 bomber aircraft in the world, flew in to wow visitors to the Heart of America Commemorative Air Force air show at New Century last weekend. For a fee, guests could sign-up to fly as passengers on Fifi.