Author: dthompson

GEHS football team will play in football classic

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Fans can add one more game to the Gardner Edgerton High School football calendar next year and drop one league game. In 2011, the team will travel to East St. Louis to play in the 2nd Annual City of Champions Football Classic. GEHS Head Coach Marvin Diener said in a press release that it was an honor for the team to be selected. “We have had some really great opportunities in the past few seasons to play to large crowds in exciting environments, and to be asked to participate in the Classic in St. Louis is...

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Mark Allen Haubein

Mark Allen Haubein, 56, of Spring Hill, passed away at his home June 1, 2011. Mark was born Jan. 2, 1955, in Warrensburg, Mo., to Theodore and Marilyn Jean (Horton) Haubein. He grew up in Shawnee Mission, graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School. Mark married Cheryl L. Talkin on June 19, 1976, in Kansas City, Kan. The family moved to Spring Hill in 1993. He worked for the Johnson County Water District No. 1 as a utility worker for more than 25 years. Mark was an outdoor person who enjoyed The Lake of the Ozarks. He was a Nascar fan and avid card player. Mark was a stranger to no one and will be dearly missed by family and friends. Mark is survived by his wife Cheryl; daughter Sarah and husband Lance Eighme of Merriam, Kan.; son Jonathan Keith Haubein of Spring Hill; parents Theodore and Marilyn Haubein of Shawnee; mother-in-law Hazel Rose Talkin of Shawnee; and brothers Kent A. and Theodore M. Haubein. Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Foundation. Condolences may be sent to...

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Nancy June Moore

Nancy June Moore, 64, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 2, 2011, from her home in Gardner. Nancy was born on June 2, 1947 to Sam and June Scott in Chanute, KS. She married Ted Moore on March 2, 1968. They raised two daughters, Tracy and Christy. Her last job was in guest services for Target in Olathe. Prior to that she worked for 32 years for Montgomery Ward which was bought out by GE Credit Service, where she retired as an account representative. Nancy was a dedicated wife and mother. She was a member of Gardner Church of the Nazarene and the Ladies Bible Group. Nancy enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, Nancy bravely and valiantly fought for her loved ones. As a passionate servant of Christ, Nancy showed dignity and grace throughout her long battle. She will be greatly missed and was loved deeply by those who knew her. Nancy is survived by her husband Ted; daughters Tracy and husband Andre DeWendt and Christy and husband Daniel Quinter; her mother, June Scott; brothers Herbert and David Scott; sister Bess Hinz; and six grandchildren: Alexzandria, Jared, Marcus, Grace, Gabriel and Catherine. Funeral services were on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Gardner Church of the Nazarene,...

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Donald Richard Moll

Donald Richard Moll, 71, of Baldwin City passed away June 3, 2011, at Olathe Medical Center. Don was born May 29, 1940, in De Soto, Kan., to Kenneth G. and Garnett Arlean (Warsop) Moll. He attended Gardner High School and moved to Colorado in 1974. Don married Estella M. Hoke on May 14, 1984, in Greeley, Colo. He was a superintendent for the Evans (Colo.) Public Works Dept., retiring in 1994. They moved back to Kansas in 1995 and lived on the Moll family farm in rural Olathe. In 2003 they moved to the Baldwin City area. Don had a gift for gab and was quite a story teller. He was a lifetime member of the Evans Optimist club, a Mason in Greeley, a private pilot, a “world class” fisherman, and a fantastic wood craftsman. He enjoyed riding and taking care of horses. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Martin Moll, III. Don is survived by his wife Estella of the home; adult children Sandra K. Carrell and Douglas Moll, both of Camdenton, Mo.; three grandchildren; brother Kenneth G. Moll, Jr. and sister-in-law Pat of Olathe; two nieces and two nephews. Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2011, at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, 913 856-7111. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m....

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EDITORIAL: Blazer the horse should be allowed to stay

We don’t envy the decision the Gardner Planning Commission will be asked to make. They’ll be asked whether the Souter family can keep their miniature pony, Blazer, in the backyard of their subdivision home. We don’t like the idea of livestock in the middle of town, but Blazer appears to be a quiet pet as opposed to a barnyard animal, and until quite recently, Blazer had a permit. At least two neighbors complained to city council members about the miniature pony’s offensive odor, but Gardner News staff didn’t notice it – not in the neighborhood or in the Souter’s yard. Animal control officials must not have noticed the smell either. They visited the home several times and made inquiries with neighbors before granting a special permit that allowed Blazer to live within city limits. Animal control officials with the police department changed their tune and revoked the permit only after neighbors complained to the city council. The timing smacks of a political game, rather than following the rules the department already had in place. It was only then that city officials realized they had two separate areas in city code that deal with animals like Blazer. Animal control had codes that would allow police to grant the permit. Planning Commission codes say otherwise. They stipulate that in order to have a horse of any size within city limits, the...

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SH board approves sale of Insight School

Mark Taylor [email protected] The Spring Hill School Board gave a nod of approval June 6 for the pending sale of Insight School from current owner Kaplan Inc. to new owner K12, Inc. The board approved a consent agreement for the transfer of ownership. Insight, a public online high school housed at Hilltop Education Center in the Spring Hill School District, is one of several virtual schools across the nation aimed at helping students for whom traditional schools are not a good fit. Kaplan bought Insight, which consists of nine online schools in eight states, from previous owner, the Apollo Group, last February. Apollo then agreed to sell the business to K12, which operates virtual public schools in 29 states. K12 runs two other virtual schools in Kansas, including locations in Lawrence and Manhattan. Bart Goering, Spring Hill superintendent, said the district’s consent was contingent upon two points – that K12 agrees to negotiate a new five-year contract with the school district, and that K12 not assist or encourage other schools in Kansas to develop or offer adult learner services. Insight has two years remaining in its current contract with the school district. “Adult learner services” pertains to high school coursework for persons 19 and older. “They (K12) have agreed to put those two things in the consent contract,” Goering said. Goering added that there is a possibility for consolidating some...

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Gardner Aquatic Center to shutter part of pool for paint fix

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Part of the Gardner Aquatic Center was shuttered over the weekend, and everything but the lap pool will be closed later this week due to slippery conditions. Jeff Stewart, city parks and recreation director, said the pool staff reported an unusual number of slips in the baby pool and in the zero-depth entry to the splash area. “Obviously, in wet conditions, you might expect some slips, but this was more than you would expect,” Stewart said. Although there haven’t been any serious injuries, Stewart said one person did slip and fall and hit his head. That individual is fine, but safety is the biggest priority for the parks and recreation department. “When you have something like that, there’s certainly the potential for greater injury. That’s why we’re taking the approach that we are,” Stewart explained. Friday afternoon, pool officials closed the baby pool and the zero-depth entry, though the deeper parts of the splash area, lazy river and slides remained open. They also ordered new paint for the area that will be mixed with fine sand. Pool officials were hopeful the paint would arrive by Tuesday, June 7. Once it arrives, Stewart said parks and recreation crew members will work throughout the night to drain the shallow parts of the pool and paint it with sand mix. Draining the shallow areas will result in low water...

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Royals pick GE standout Bubba Starling in MLB draft

The decision just got tougher – or easier – depending on who is asked for local sports standout Bubba Starling. The Kansas City Royals selected the outfielder in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday evening, and now it will be left to Starling to decide whether to sign with the hometown baseball team or keep his verbal commitment to play baseball and football at the University of Nebraska. The deadline for signing a contract with the Royals, which could come with a Royals’ club record bonus, is Aug. 15, but an earlier deadline looms. Nebraska football players are expected to report to the school in Lincoln no later than July 15. — Staff...

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Grain company will occupy 8.7 acres on logistics property

Danedri Thompson [email protected] The Allen Group has its first tenant in its yet-to-be-constructed logistics park adjacent to the BNSF intermodal site near Edgerton. The DeLong Co., an exporter of containerized grain, closed on the purchase of an 8.7 acre site last Friday. “We’re excited to be a part of the new development with BNSF and The Allen Group – even though it’s still a year and a half out,” said David DeLong, President of the DeLong Co. The opening of the DeLong Co.’s export facility will coincide with the opening of BNSF’s Kansas City Logistics Hub in 2012. DeLong said the warehouse will be positioned near the entrance of the intermodal facility. Bob Liss, Vice President of the Allen Group’s Supply Chain, said the DeLong Company’s location could help improve the supply chain efficiency of importers that locate at the Edgerton site. “Large importers that locate at (the logistics park) will be able to enter into reloading agreement with the DeLong Co.,” Liss said. Mike Press, interim Edgerton city administrator, said Edgerton has a plan to get water and wastewater utilities to the site. However, many of those infrastructure upgrades will not occur until certain building triggers in the Intermodal agreement between the city, The Allen Group and BNSF take effect. In the meantime, for example, the facility’s wastewater needs will be met by holding tanks. “You have to...

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Baseball draft starts tonight; Gardner's Starling a top draft prospect

Many Gardner residents will likely be tuned to the Major League Baseball Draft this afternoon as a Gardner Edgerton High School graduate, Bubba Starling, is widely considered to be one of the top draft prospects. The MLB Network will air an interview with Starling during its pre-draft coverage which starts at 3 p.m. The major league draft starts at 6 p.m. and will continue through 50 rounds followed by one supplemental round. The draft is scheduled to conclude on...

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OPINION: Cat tails and feline furry wardens

Rhonda Humble Publisher When I married my husband, he said the only good cat was a dead cat, but that was years ago and more cats than I can remember. Just like some marriages are split along political lines, one a Democrat, the other a Republican, he was the dog guy and I was the cat woman. But somewhere in the second decade of marriage, we just became animal people. We’ve become the owner of many more cats, but that’s not our fault. It’s the fault of office staffers who once rescued a pregnant cat in the newspaper parking lot on a hot summer day. They are diehard animal people, but I didn’t realize how bad it was until I got a call on my cell phone telling me in a hushed tone there was a pregnant cat in the newspaper entryway about to give I knew there was no sense in asking why. I simply said the cat couldn’t give birth in the entry way, and to please move her to the mail room. We thought there would be two or three kittens, but there were nine. Let me just tell you, it’s not a good idea to have nine kittens in a newspaper office. Although it was entertaining to watch them shred newspapers and explore, it wasn’t as much fun to be talking on the phone when...

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Festival on the Trails returns to town next weekend

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Music, food, fun and community pride will all be on display when the fourth annual Festival on the Trails takes place in downtown Gardner on Saturday, June 11. The daylong event, first organized in 2007 for the city’s sesquicentennial celebration, will feature the combined efforts of community volunteers from local businesses. It’s the culmination of months of planning, said Cherlyn White-Conklin of Central National Bank, one of the festival’s sponsors. “We work year round to get ready,” White-Conklin said. “One of the biggest changes (in the offerings of this year’s festival) is in the kids area. We’ve added eight more activity stations there, and a second tent. The biggest thing is, everything (in the kids area) is free.” Children will be able to get their hands dirty with a variety of arts and crafts activities, including making jewelry, a hair-coloring station and having their faces painted by a professional face painter. Kids also can participate in hula hoop races, fly high in a bounce castle and strike a pose in a photo booth. Demonstrations by Gardner Martial Arts students and the ‘Blazerette dance team will round out the fun in the kids area. The festival’s kids activities not only tout fun, but safety as well, White-Conklin said. Gardner police and Johnson County law enforcement officials will offer a kit for the state’s Child Identification Program,...

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Scout earns honors for bravery during medical emergency

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Always be prepared, the motto for the Boy Scouts of America, is more than a slogan to Blake Phelps, Gardner. It’s a way of life, for which he recently received one of the Boy Scout’s highest honors for bravery, a Certificate of Merit. He also earned an award from Fox 4 News in Kansas City for his actions. “We’re always ready for anything possible, and we’re always out to help anybody that needs it,” Blake said of the organization that he credits with helping him help others. Never was the need for preparation more apparent to...

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Intermodal has first tenant

The Intermodal has a tenant. According to the Kansas City Business Journal, grain exporter, The DeLong Co. has purchased the first site in Edgerton. “The DeLong Co. is pleased to partner with local farmers in bringing their agricultural products to global markets,” Bo DeLong, vice president of grain for The DeLong Co., said in a...

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Storage unit sale organizers hope to draw crowd Saturday

Amy Cunnigham [email protected] One man’s trash can turn into another man’s treasure – or so attendees may find out on Saturday if they choose to buy the contents from one of the storage units that Outback Storage will auction off on Saturday. The contents of 15 abandoned units will be sold individually to the highest bidder. Storage facility owner Lance Crist said that this is only the second auction he’s held since buying the property from his father nine years ago. “We only auction units whenever people do not pay, which doesn’t happen very often, thank goodness,” Crist explained. Good economic times ensured that it was rare to have renters unable to pay, but recently there has been an uptick in the number of people falling behind. Crist said that in more recent years he’s only had one or two delinquent units at a time, not enough to hold an auction. Crist’s wife, Octavia, manages the facility. She said that the couple must follow Kansas law when liquidating the contents of a storage unit. “I usually wait at least until the third month that (renters) are behind. I send out certified letters and put an auction notice in the paper. We call consistently and try to get their payment or make arrangements,” Octavia said.  “We’re pretty lenient. I think you only have to wait 30 days. I wait until...

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Woman's t-shirt design makes cinematic debut

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] It started out as a simple image of a Labrador on a bright yellow t-shirt. Now, the shirt, designed by Gardner resident Rita Reed, has found its way to Hollywood. Reed’s shirt makes an appearance in the new film “The Hangover II,” starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis as three buddies who wake up in Bangkok, Thailand, after a night of drunken debauchery. The shirt, titled “Faithful Friend,” is one of many Reed created for her online business, Friskybizpet Designs, which specializes in apparel bearing the likenesses of household pets. It was actually...

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Boy Scout troop works to light flag at Gardner Cemetery

Amy Cunningham [email protected] This Memorial Day a volunteer from the American Legion agreed to tend to the American flag located at the Gardner Cemetery; each day at dawn the Legionnaire would dutifully trek out to the cemetery to raise Old Glory and at evening he would lower her right at dusk. Members of the Legion repeat this effort for every major holiday, however that daily ritual may not be necessary any longer when Boy Scout Scott Coble, Gardner, completes his Eagle Scout Project to illuminate the flagpole. Coble first realized the need for a light on the pole three...

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Sheriff's office seeks whereabouts of stolen county truck

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a Johnson County Airport pickup that was reported stolen on May 26. The truck has markings, including a large number “8” on the sides and bed and a county license plate, that indicate it is an airport commission vehicle. The plate number is 68528 The vehicle was parked in an employee’s driveway in Olathe the day of the theft. Anyone with information about the truck is asked to call (913)782-0720 or the Tips Hotline at...

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Vandals cause hour-plus long power outage Saturday

Mark Taylor [email protected] Vandals damaged a Gardner substation over the weekend, causing a power outage for about one-third of the city’s electric customers. Bill Krawczyk, electric utility director, said someone broke into Substation 2 at Main Street and Moonlight Road around 11 p.m. on May 29 after cutting a hole in the fence surrounding the property. The suspects then cut locks on electrical boxes and damaged relays and switch gears, resulting in about a one-hour power outage for 2,000 to 2,500 customers. “I am assuming they were there to steal copper,” Krawczyk said. Staff is working to establish a dollar amount on the damage. Krawcyzk said the substation has been operating on alternate power since the break-in, and he hopes to have full operations restored by Tuesday evening. In the meantime, Gardner police are investigating the crime. Krawczyk said a supervisor arrived on the scene shortly after the outage was reported and heard voices on the property. “When the supervisor arrived, he may have scared them (the vandals) off with his headlights,” he said. Krawczyk added that the persons responsible either knew what they were doing or were acting with reckless disregard. “They had exposed some 15,000-volt cable,” he said. “I don’t whether it was someone who knew what they were doing, and trying to de-energize the cable, or maybe some high school kids.” Capt. Jim Moore, of the...

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