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Gardner Farmers Market

Come out and support locally grown food and handmade crafts at The Gardner Farmers Market. Sponsored by the Gardner Grange and Gardner Parks and Recreation the market is held every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (until Sept. 28) at the Johnson County Fairgrounds – 136 E. Washington St. Staff photo by Brandon...

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Gardner Edgerton High School to host community open house

Gardner Edgerton High School will host a community open house for the public to view the new renovated high school, Advanced Technical Center, TRAILS facility and the new culinary program area from 5-7 pm, on Thursday, Aug. 24. The renovations and construction was possible due to the support of the communities in the passage of the 2016 Bond Issue. The additional wing consisting of 18 classrooms, student lockers and conference areas, will predominately serve freshmen-level classes. In addition to the new wing, the existing commons and kitchen/cafeteria areas have been expanded as well as the band, vocal music and orchestra rooms, to meet the needs of growing student population and student participation. Renovation also occurred in the school’s automotive classroom to house the new culinary program. The automotive/transportation career pathway is now located in the Advanced Technical Center along with the welding and architecture/construction programs. The new culinary program area is equipped with a top-of-the-line commercial/industrial kitchen, a bistro-type restaurant for service training and future culinary projects, and a separate hands-on working classroom. The culinary program, located on the northwest side of the high school building, has a separate entrance to allow for evening school-sponsored activities and events. The TRAILS facility, located off of Poplar Street on the GEHS campus, is a 1,500 square foot stand-alone building constructed for young adults with disabilities. TRAILS (Transition Readiness and Independent Living...

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GEHS versus Santa Fe Trail alumni wrestling event a success

Seventeen GEHS alumni participated in the first annual Battle of 56 Highway event Aug. 12 at Santa Fe High School. The event featured several current GEHS coaches and alumni against top alumni from Santa Fe . The event raised money for the Gardner Edgerton kids wrestling club. Photo courtesy of Tyler Cordts Alumni wrestlers from GEHS and Sante Fe Trail got to wrestle one more time for their school and coaches in the “Battle on 56 Highway” held Aug. 12 at Sante Fe Trail high school. Approximately 40 wrestlers came out of retirement to wrestle the duel in front...

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August already?

Joan Dorsey Contributing Columnist So the summer has gone. Parents are seeing relief in sight when school resumes. One of the summer block buster movies was Wonder Woman. It seemed to be the perfect film for Mom’s to share with daughters. You know the girl empowerment idea. I haven’t seen this latest super hero film. I was a fan of Linda Carter when she portrayed Wonder Woman back in the day. She could handle herself very well against any sort of villain. I really think I was infatuated with her awesome knee high socks and her headpiece-tiara. I hope Moms make it clear while Wonder Woman is awesome and very inspiring; she is a woman playing a character in a film. She is an actress. People help her do amazing magical things. On the other hand this week in Kansas City another young woman came to our town. She doesn’t fight crime, but is a really good role model none the less. Her name is Misty Copeland. Starting to dance at the age of 13, she has become the 1st African American woman to be the principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. Born in Kansas City MO, then moving to California. Her Mom was a Chief’s cheerleader. She didn’t come from a family with money. Her ambition was ballet. So she danced. She fought injuries, family problems and...

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4-H youth win Johnson County Fair livestock Round Robin competition

(L – R) Dakota Allen, Gabe Hueser and Logan Allen. Submitted photo The following Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth won their divisions in the livestock Round Robin Showmanship competition at the 2017 Johnson County Fair, held Aug. 4 in Gardner. Round Robin Results: • Senior 4-H Division: Logan Allen, 18  yr., Edgerton, son of Jill and Earl Allen Jr. • Intermediate 4-H Division: Gabe Hueser, 10 yr., Gardner, son of Dan and Tiffany Heuser. • Junior 4-H Division: Dakota Allen, 9 yr., Osawatomie, daughter of John and Kelsey Allen. To qualify for the Friday evening Round...

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UAC considers sewer camera system; power pedestals at Celebration Park

Gonzalo Garcia, utilities director, discusses a new sewer camera system with the Utility Advisory Commission on Aug. 3 Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Utility Advisory Commission met on Aug. 3 and considered two contract recommendations to council. Staff wants to purchase a new mainline sewer inspection camera system with special trailer and installation of power service pedestals for vendors at Celebration Park. Sewer inspection camera system Gonzalo Garcia, utilities director, reviewed bids for a new sewer inspection camera system. The city has had a sewer push camera since 2015, but staff advises...

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Johnson County Fair photos

Fair attendees stop to admire the Holtgraver Show Goats at the Johnson County Fair that was held this passed week. Staff photos by Brandon Humble...

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Billionaire Donors Plot a ‘Renaissance of Freedom’ — for the Privileged

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist Charles and David Koch — the billionaire oil men who’ve financed a vast network of right-wing advocacy groups — have stayed out of the national limelight recently. But they’re still trying to supplant American democracy with their little laissez-fairyland plutocracy. In fact, in late June, they held a meeting of the Koch Boys Billionaires Club, gathering about 400 other uber-wealthy rascals to plot some political high jinks for next year’s elections. The club meets every year at some luxury hideaway, and its attendees have to pay $100,000 each just to get in. But participants are also expected to give generously to the brothers’ goal of spending $400 million to buy a slew of congress critters, governors, and others in 2018. This year, the group gathered in Colorado Springs at the ultra-lux Broadmoor Hotel and Resort, owned by the brothers’ billionaire pal and right-wing co-conspirator, Phillip Anschutz. Among the recent political triumphs that these elites celebrated in the Broadmoor’s posh ballroom was the defeat this year of a Colorado tax hike to fix the state’s crumbling roads. After all, who needs adequate roads, when you can arrive in private jets? This attitude of the Kochs’ privileged cohorts explains why the public is shut out of these candid sessions. A staffer for the Koch confab hailed such no-tax, no-roads policies as a “renaissance of freedom.” For the...

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Gardner council hears residents hazardous material concerns

Amy Waller (left) takes the oath of office after she was appointed city clerk at the August 7 Gardner city council meeting. Photo courtesy of Rick Pioppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News It was a busy night at Gardner city hall on Aug. 7. The city council had a work session at 6 p.m. that featured a presentation on the Gardner Golf Course and a full house was in attendance. At 7:00 p.m. most of the audience there for the golf course presentation left and a new crowd came in to fill their seats. Most of those...

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Repairing Gardner’s curbs, gutters

A considerable number of badly damaged or crumbling sections of street curbs and gutters in Gardner are in the process of being replaced around town. This scene shows concrete finishers smoothing out a new section of curb-gutter on Oak Street Aug. 2. This street improvement work is being handled by S.B. Wyatt Construction, Inc., of Belton, Mo., which was awarded a contract by Gardner. Between 250 and 300 running feet of curbing is replaced each day during this project. Photo courtesy of by Larry...

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Sign up for hunter ed before fall seasons

Taking Hunter Education has never been more convenient thanks to Internet-assisted courses designed to allow students to complete their classwork at home. After a student completes their Internet work, they can attend a field day to complete their final test and certification. Field days typically include live-fire, a trail-walk and safe gun handing exercises. Students must register for an Internet-assisted course (field day) before completing the online portion. The easiest way to find a class that meets your schedule is to visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” then “Hunter Education.” Students must be 11 or older to be certified. However, hunters 15 or younger may hunt without hunter education certification provided they are under the direct supervision of an adult 18 or older. Otherwise, anyone born on or after July 1, 1957 must be certified by an approved course before they can hunt in Kansas. Those who prefer to learn in a classroom setting may sign up for a traditional hunter education course. Traditional courses are usually held over two to three days, totaling 10 hours of class time. To access a list of traditional courses currently being offered, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting,” then “Hunter Education.” Classes fill up quickly, so register early and make sure you’re Hunter Ed certified before fall seasons...

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Summer storms cancel fair parade, derby – ends county fair early

Steady rain falls on Main Street in downtown Gardner at 10:30 a.m. on August 5, 2017. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms moving through, and as a result the Johnson County Fair Parade was cancelled due to concern for public safety. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Stormy weather was forecast for Aug. 5, and that morning people all around Gardner and southwest Johnson County were asking “Is the Johnson County Fair Parade still on?” The parade was scheduled to begin Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. – the kick off event for the...

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Foundation distributes money to ranchers

The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) has distributed $2,751,233 in wildfire relief funds to 165 Kansas ranchers. A special committee, including representatives from the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and KLF, reviewed applications and determined how the funds were allocated. Applicants for the funds lost about 4,500 head of livestock and nearly 2,000 miles of fence to wildfires back in March. Livestock and fence losses reported by those applying totaled more than $20 million. The applicants had 365,000 acres burned by the fires, which were the worst in state history. KLF leaders extend a special thanks to those who donated to the wildfire relief fund. Nearly 3,900 generous contributors from 48 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Canada gave to the cause. In Kansas, donations were received from 102 counties. “The Kansas Livestock Foundation, which is the charitable arm of KLA, was proud to play a part in connecting many kind, giving people from across the country with Kansas ranchers in need of support,” said KLF Chairman Jaret Moyer, a cattleman from Emporia. KLF was established in 1983 to operate solely and exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes that advance the interests of the Kansas livestock industry. For more information about KLF, contact Ryan Higbie by calling the KLA office or emailing...

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Trump should fire McMaster, the entire NSC staff

Richard Manning Guest Columnist President Donald Trump has a defining question before him in the decision on whether to fire National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and sweep the entire National Security Council clean. The latest leak, from those who are sworn to protect the nation’s secrets, is perhaps the most damaging of them all. When the Washington Post published annotated transcripts of President Trump’s Oval Office telephone conversations with the presidents of Mexico and Australia respectively, citing an NSC controlled transcript as the source, inestimable damage was done to the United States’ ability to conduct foreign policy. No foreign leader can speak with President Trump or any future president now without at least a worry that his or her words will be released. No honest back and forth discussion of ideas can occur, because that exchange of possibilities could be career- or even life-ending for some leaders around the world. The politically motivated leak by the supposedly apolitical NSC staff that resides in the White House itself, has effectively turned the Oval Office into a ceremonial room. Why should McMaster be fired for the actions of his subordinate(s)? As a military man, the general himself should appreciate that when a leader loses control of those in his command, he needs to be removed. And unless McMaster is the leaker himself, he clearly no longer has the ability to...

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School starts this week

The Johnson County Fair is over, and school is about to begin. First day of classes will be Aug. 10 for grades 1-8, Aug. 11 for kindergarten and grades 10-12 and Aug. 12 for preschool. With students still enrolling, an exact enrollment figureis not yet available. “At this point, students are still enrolling ?and moving in and out of the district,” said Leeann Northway, USD 231 public information officer. “The official headcount date is September 20.” New programs within the school district include the Gardner Edgerton Youth and Community Programs and high school Culinary Program, Northway said. “Advanced courses in...

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill

Large sections of 8-foot long interlocking boxed culvert sections have been lowered into place and connected in a drainage ditch running through the tract of land on which a new Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant is being constructed at 518 W. Main St. Once completed, the long culvert will be paved over to serve as part of the eating establishment’s parking lot. This box culvert will wind up being about 260 feet in length, enclosing a drainage ditch between Main Street and Shawnee Street. Meanwhile, construction crews are also busy erecting the wood-frame restaurant building. The new business will be...

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Annual Youth Outdoor Festival features trap shooting, archery

For those interested in introducing a child to the world of shooting sports, hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related activities, head out to Hays on Aug. 19 for the 20th Annual Youth Outdoor Festival. Hays area businesses, conservation groups and shooting sports groups have teamed together to offer a free day of target shooting and outdoor activities for youth 17 and younger, and family is invited to attend. The event will be held Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hays City Sportsman’s Club, located 1/4 mile north of I-70 Exit 157. Youth will learn the ins and outs of trap and skeet shooting, archery equipment, air rifles and BB guns, muzzleloaders, small-bore rifles and more. There will also be a casting competition, paintball target shooting, and a fur harvesting demonstration. Youth will be closely supervised at each station by experienced volunteer instructors, and all equipment will be supplied. Hunter Education certification is not required, however, youth are required to be accompanied by an adult. There is no cost to attend, and families can register onsite the day of the event. A free lunch will be provided courtesy of Eagle Communications and the Hays Chapter of Pheasants Forever. Youth will also have chances to win prizes, including guns, fishing tackle and other outdoor equipment. For more information, contact Kent Hensley at (785) 726-3212 or Troy Mattheyer at (785)...

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Johnson County lakes under watch due to harmful algae blooms 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has issued a public health warning for four lakes and a watch for four lakes due to harmful algal blooms. Zones B of Milford Reservoir is under a warning for blue-green algae. Zone C is in watch status. If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are: Included in the watch is South Lake in Johnson County. • Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County • Warning: Marion Reservoir, Marion County • Warning: Milford Reservoir (Zone B), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties • Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County • Watch: Milford Reservoir (Zone C), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties • Watch: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County • Watch: Sam?s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County • Watch: South Lake, Johnson County Lakes under a warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business. If swim beaches are closed, it will be specifically noted. Drinking water and showers at parks are safe and not affected by algae blooms. Boating and fishing are safe on lakes under a...

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Voters approve justice center; council candidate field narrowed

Gardner voters approved a new justice center by about 71 percent; of 1497 votes cast, 1059 were for issuing 13.75 million in bonds to construct the facility near 167th and Moonlight on property the city owns. “It’s rewarding to see the outcome of this question,” said Chris Morrow, mayor. “It’s been a four year process from identification, study and land acquisition and now we can move to implementation. The people of Gardner appreciate law and order; the governing body and city staff of Gardner understand that.” The facility will house the Gardner Police Department and city municipal court. According to the Notice of Bond Election on the city website, the city would make projected payments of $950,000 annually for 20 years. The estimated average interest rate is 3.40 percent. The city’s 2018 mill levy rate is projected to be 9.761 mills, including 2.721 mills to support the justice center bonds and 7.040 mills to support the rest of Gardner’s outstanding debt. The notice also mentions new revenue that will soon be coming to the city. The city estimates it will receive revenues from the Johnson County public safety sales tax of $480,000 per year for 10 years. The police department has outgrown the current facility and, combined with the deterioration of the building, it is no longer adequate, according to studies. The municipal court has never had a dedicated...

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Politicians use education funds to enrich themselves

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick are lucky: They inherited a big chunk of the multi-billion-dollar fortune that Dick’s dad Richard amassed through his shady Amway corporation. But what they’ve done with their Amway money is certainly not the American Way. The DeVos couple are part of the Koch brothers’ coterie, pushing plutocratic policies that reject our country’s one-for-all, all-for-one egalitarianism. In particular, Betsy DeVos has spent years and millions of dollars spreading the right wing’s ideological nonsense that our tax dollars should subsidize private schools — even ones exclude people of color and the poor, as well as to profiteering schools known to cheat students and taxpayers. Bizarrely, Donald Trump chose this vehement opponent of public education to head the agency in charge of — guess what — public education. Rather than working to help improve our public schools, the Trump-DeVos duo wants to take $20 billion from their federal funding and give it to corporate chains. To see the “efficiency” of this scheme, look to Arizona, where state senate president Steve Yarborough pushed privatization into law. One of Arizona’s corporatized schools, called ACSTO, pays its executive director $125,000. His name is Steve Yarborough. ACSTO also pays millions of dollars to another for-profit corporation named HY Processing to handle administrative chores. The “Y” in HY stands for Yarborough. And ACSTO pays $52,000 a year...

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