July 28, 2015

KPERS payouts for 2014 to make pensioners wealthy

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Payout data obtained from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System shows there at least 1,477 state and local government retirees who will collect more than $1 million in taxpayer-funded pension benefits in their first 20 years of retirement.  …

Thunder ball club wins Gardner league title

The Gardner Thunder nine and under baseball team recently won the Gardner-Olathe Prairie  League title. Team members include Nick Woolington, Brady Winslow, Ethan Gilmore, Austin Elley, Nick Kilonzo, Ethan Bruce, Gunnar Gyle, Noah Pride, Connor Plantz and Chase Karlin. Submitted photo

The Gardner Thunder nine and under baseball team recently won the Gardner-Olathe Prairie League title. Team members include Nick Woolington, Brady Winslow, Ethan Gilmore, Austin Elley, Nick Kilonzo, Ethan Bruce, Gunnar Gyle, Noah Pride, Connor Plantz and Chase Karlin. Submitted

Brenneman, Hanson earn Tri-Co track honors

Spring Hill High School’s Dylan Brenneman, pictured, earned Tri-County honors for his success in track and field. Jonathan Hanson also earned Tri-County honors. File photo

Spring Hill High School’s Dylan Brenneman, pictured, earned Tri-County honors for his success in track and field. Jonathan Hanson also earned Tri-County honors. File photo

Spring Hill’s Dylan Brenneman and Jonathan Hanson recently earned Tri County track Spotlight honors.
Brenneman …

Sanderson earns All-State 4A honor

Spring Hill High School sophomore Sierra Sanderson was recently voted to the 4A All-State Softball Team as a catcher.
Sanderson helped the Lady Broncos reach state for the first time since 2004. Spring Hill defeated Paola 7-2 to win the …

Increased rabies cases in Kansas this year

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has identified an increased number of rabies cases reported in Kansas this year. As of June 30, 69 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Kansas for 2015.
Rabies testing is …

County adopts budget proposal with tax increase

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Members of the Johnson County Board of Commission approved a budget proposal that would raise property taxes next year.
The proposed $928 million budget would increase the mill levy rate by approximately 1.622 mills. The budget proposal …

People in Midwest among quickest to hang up the phone if put on hold

People in America’s Midwest are the least patient in the country when it comes to waiting on hold during calls to businesses, new research has revealed.
The study of 2,234 consumers, conducted by audio branding specialist PH Media Group, discovered …

Daughters of American Revolution dedicate Oregon Trail marker in 1930

Mary Patch, named Gardner’s Centennial Belle in 1957, was 99-years-old when she posed with the Oregon Trail marker in Gardner. Patch, known as “Aunt Mary Patch” by locals, was a pioneer of the Oregon Trail, who settled in Gardner as a young girl. She celebrated her 99th birthday in July 1957. Submitted photo

Mary Patch, named Gardner’s Centennial Belle in 1957, was 99-years-old when she posed with the Oregon Trail marker in Gardner. Patch, known as “Aunt Mary Patch” by locals, was a pioneer of the Oregon Trail, who settled in Gardner as

Bible School

Staff photos by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Students and a helper take some class time outside during the Prebyterian Church’s Vacation Bible School. The school was June 22 – June 25.…

Congressman Yoder visits Blazers Restaurant

 Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder toured New Century AirCenter on June 22. Yoder, left, poses with members of his staff Molly Haase, left, and Ethan Patterson, center, during a lunch break at Blazers Restaurant.…