July 28, 2014

Denning appointed to 911 council

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning to the 911 Coordinating Council. Members of the council monitor the delivery of 911 services, develop strategies to improve the 911 system, and distribute available grant funds to city or …

Tropical mosquito-spread virus arrives in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified the state’s first two cases of travel-associated chikungunya virus. The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.
“Chikungunya virus can …

Around Town

QUESTION: When can I put political signs in my yard in Gardner?

ANSWER: Gardner code allows political signs in yards 90 days before an election. So signs for the Aug. 5 primary election, could go in yards as early as …

Rural Kansas students and others deserve a 21st Century education

Sen. Jerry Moran & Ajit Pai
Guest Columnists
As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the …

City of Gardner budget to include extra funds for merit raises

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
It was announced at the July 7 Gardner city council work session that approximately 30 employees shared $60,000 in merit increases that were effective in 2014.
These merit increases were based on performance …

Mayor offers award of distinction to two

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
When Dylan McDonald, Gardner, saw a collapsed man on the side of the road and another man attempting to provide CPR, the Gardner Aquatic Center lifeguard swung into action.
McDonald took over for the grieving man and …

Prairie Punisher set for July 12 at local park

Prairie Punisher athletes race off the starting line during the 2012 event. The 2013 event was rained out. Submitted photo
Prairie Punisher athletes race off the starting line during the 2012 event. The 2013 event was rained out. Submitted photo

Prairie Punisher athletes race off the starting line during the 2012 event. The 2013 event was rained out. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Dozens of athletes will go the distance in Gardner on July 12. For the 13th year, the …

OUR VIEW: Still time to pack in a staycation, short weekend trip

With sky-high gas prices and summer flying through, it may seem like there’s no time or funds for a vacation.
There remains, however, plenty of time for a staycation, or at the very least, a near-cation.
Long summer days are …

Commission remands concrete plant decision back to planning board

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton City Administrator, Beth Linn, played a little hard ball at the July 3 Johnson County Board of Commissioners meeting, a stance not taken at the June meeting of the Southwest Johnson County …

Jazzing up the Fourth

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson
Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

A child toddles through the park while listening to live music. There were several things to keep kids entertained during the Fourth of July celebration. Vendors, including an ice cream truck, dotted Celebration Park. Bounce …