Author: Gardner News

New pastor comes to First Baptist Church

Rev. Regan Stoops began his service as Pastor at First Baptist Church of Gardner in January. Regan is a graduate of William Jewell College with a B.A. in Religion and of Northern Seminary with an M.Div. He comes to FBG from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where he’s served as pastor for over 10 years. Regan and Katie have been married for 15 years and have three boys. Carson is 10 years old and in fourth grade, Jackson is 8 and in second grade, and Hayden is 5 and in Kindergarten. They love most sports and can be found playing whatever one is in season on their free time. They also love to trade baseball cards. Katie is an elementary teacher and will be looking for opportunities to teach or sub in the Gardner area. She too is a graduate of William Jewell College with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She loves playing sports with her boys, running, and cuddling up on the couch with their boxer, Cassius. Regan loves running – especially ultra marathons, camping, playing sports, cheering on the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks, playing guitar, messing around on Android devices, and riding around town on his electric unicycle. He’s a total extrovert. so if you’re ever around the church and want to pop in, he’d love it. The Stoops family looks forward to...

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Wayne Burke earns national superintendent certification

Excellence in leadership in our nation’s public schools took a major step forward when AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced the 2017 class of superintendents to earn National Superintendent Certification. AASA, founded in 1865, is the premier organization for our nation’s superintendents serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States. Dr. Wayne Burke, superintendent of the Spring Hill School District, was among the nearly 40 superintendents from across the country honored for completing the certification program. The announcement was made at AASA’s National Conference on Education, held March 2-4, 2017, in New Orleans, La. “AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program is an excellent development opportunity for educators,” said Burke. “The program focuses on sharpening the key skills successful superintendents need to thrive in this ever-changing environment.” Launched in 2013, the National Superintendent Certification process is spread over 18 months and is tailored for superintendents who have been in the job seven years or fewer. The forums, seminars and coaching provide opportunities to define and examine issues that surface in real life situations. These issues include: • Providing world-class instructional leadership, • Building and managing a district budget, • Mastering effective communication and political skills, • Using 21st century technology effectively in instruction and management, • Managing superintendent/school board relations, and • Designing a career path for oneself. To date, four cohorts, totaling 87 superintendents, have completed the AASA Superintendent...

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ColdPoint Logistics

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg ColdPoint Logistics, a subsidiary of parent company NorthPoint Development, continues construction of its new Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) cold storage distribution facility at 31301 W 181st Street, just west of the new Waverly Road bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks in Edgerton.   The 163,318 Sq Ft building is the first erected in North Park at LPKC, a newly-available 300-acre section dedicated to rail-spur served warehouse facilities. The cold storage facility is expected to become operational by August 2017. Shipping containers, emptied of products imported from Asia to Kansas City, will be reloaded with animal protein and other fresh and frozen Midwestern food products at the ColdPoint facility, then shipped via BNSF’s rail network back to the west coast for direct loading onto ocean carriers, greatly reducing truck traffic and bypassing port...

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Blazer freshman win Blue Valley West track invitational

Submitted photo Scoring 124 points, the Blazer freshman boys’ track team brought back a first place finish from the Blue Valley West Invitational last week. Nine individual champions were crowned along with one relay. GEHS outscored runner up Mill Valley by 54.5 points. “We had several outstanding performances,” said Coach Brian McGee. “I was real proud of the effort.” Brett Harding had a big day leaping a new freshman school record long jump of 20’4 inches. He also won the 200 in an outstanding time of 23.6 (third all-time freshman. He teamed with Jakob Renaud, Atticus Ramsey, and Teven...

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Reece exhibit opens at museum

Among the visitors on opening day of the Gardner Historical Museum’s current exhibit, ‘Dr. Reece and the Gardner Hospital’, was Scott Garrie, director of parks and recreation for the city of Gardner. The exhibit opened on March 18 and will run through mid-April. A doctors lab jacket and a stethoscope are among the many items on display . Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Anytime you talk about Gardner history with people who have deep family roots here, one name seems to come up more than any other, and that is Dr. Reece....

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Meals on Wheels delivers in Gardner

Volunteer Lenny Pearce, Century Link employee, and Mike Brown, county commissioner district 6, were at the senior center in Gardner March 20 delivering Meals on Wheels lunches to seniors. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Meals on Wheels is a national program that serves senior citizens in virtually every community in America and has done so since March of 1972, when the Older Americans Act of 1965 was amended and established a nutrition program for seniors. Funding for Meals on Wheels comes from multiple sources, including all levels of government, individuals, businesses and...

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Council vacates chief’s review; approves $14 million bond issuance

Jim Pruetting, chief of police, attended the March 20 city council meeting, listening to Steve Shute, council president, announce the governing body’s determination after a performance review hearing. Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News In a meeting that lasted roughly seven and a half hours, Gardner city council held their first staff performance evaluation hearing. The first four hours of the meeting was devoted to city business agenda items, with the remainder by the appeal hearing process. Performance evaluation appeal hearing At the March 6 meeting, council adopted Resolution No. 1963 with a...

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Lady Blazers softball season begins with DH

After nearly three weeks of practice, the Lady Blazer softball season begins March 28 with a home doubleheader with Mill Valley. Game one begins at 4:30 p.m. “The team is looking real good,” said Coach Joanne Calvin. “The weather has allowed us to practice outside almost every day.” The Lady Blazers have advanced to the state tournament two straight year with back to back Regional titles. A senior laden team hopes to advance past the first round of state. Top returners include seniors Abby Cox, Sydney Deitz, Mikala Galvin, Cassidy Greer, Cede Miller, Kennedy Meyer and Malibu McIntire. Also returning are junior Katie Miller and sophomore Ashlyn...

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OUR VIEW: Small business assistance a good plan

A program to provide funding for small, locally owned businesses wanting to expand is a step in the right direction. For far too long, it’s been whispered that Gardner’s planning process is more “friendly” to large corporations with deep pockets and who are saavy with the planning process. We hope the city, chamber and SW Johnson County EDC work together to assist and nurture locally owned businesses through this program. They each have a unique experience to bring to the table. The incentive program, as written, would provide up to $25,000 to qualifying businesses to offset start-up or expansion programs involving road access or infrastructure issues. The small business incentive program would be limited to one application per business and capped at $25,000 per use. Only new or local businesses that are not part of a corporately operated franchise could apply. The application process and approval of the funds would be consolidated in the business and economic development department. Businesses utilizing the fund would be reimbursed after the qualifying project is completed. Good job city staff and administration in developing this...

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Debate continues on accessibility of legal hemp products

Mallory Houser KU Statehouse Wire Service The House Health and Human Services committee heard strong debate over HB2152 on Wednesday that would allow regulated access to hemp products for certain medical conditions. Rep. John Wilson (D- Lawrence) has worked for the past four years on various reiterations of this bill, but has not been successful in it getting passed. Wilson said the difference between this bill and others in the past is restricting the cultivation of the cannabis plant grown to only varieties that are high in cannabidiol, also known as CBD, and only up to 3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol,...

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Lady Broncos track season begins at Baldwin invite

Veteran track coach Brad Reinking has been busy preparing his team for the March 31 Baldwin Invitational. Top returners for Reinking include Mariann Dominick (high jump and throws), Madeline Beloher (javelin), Faith Shay and Laruen Wilson (pole vault), Elizabeth Sloan (sprints), Rachel Burger (hurdles), Adreanne Covey (hurdles), Cassidy Kuehl and Chelbie Chaney (throws). Newcomers include Cami Williams and German foreign exchange student Lina Michael. “Our numbers are down a bit, but we do have a lot of sophomores and juniors out,” said Reinking. “We have a couple of first time track athletes that will really help the...

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Program could benefit small, local businesses

A program to provide city assistance for small, locally owned businesses was approved by the Gardner City Council at their March 20 meeting. “The small business incentive program would give a startup or local business wishing to expand an opportunity to receive financial assistance to address issues related to public access or with the movement, relocation or installation of city utilities.,” said Cheryl Harrison-Lee, city administrator. “The goal is to reduce the cost of these activities through a cost-sharing function where the city would match the funds of the business’ investment, helping small businesses to grow, expand their services and remain competitive. Each business would be required to apply for these funds, which would not exceed $25,000. The funds would be offered in the form of a reimbursable expense and would be available on a one-time basis. “ The small business incentive program would be limited to one application per business and capped at $25,000 per use. Only new or local businesses that are not part of a corporately operated franchise could apply. “This is a great tool designed by the city to assist our small local business community,” said Greg Martinette, president, Southwest Johnson County EDC. “It shows that city leadership is listening and finding creative methods to help local business owners knock down potential roadblocks to their success.” Martinette said he expected the EDC would be more...

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Gardner Police investigations ongoing

Death of toddler Investigations into the Feb. 17, 2017, death of a two year Presley Porting in the 400 block of South Hickory St., Gardner, is ongoing. The girl was found unresponsive Feb., 17, 2017. Sgt. Steve Benz, Gardner Police Department, said it is still an active investigation. GEHS vandalism Investigation into the Feb. 26 vandalism at Gardner Edgerton High School, 425 N Waverly, is ongoing, according to Sgt. Steve Benz, Gardner Police Department. Video retrieved from the school’s security system shows three male suspects approximately 18-25 years of age. One of the suspects suffered an injury, most likely...

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Blazer baseball season begins versus Belton

After three weeks of practice, the Blazer varsity boys’ baseball season begins March 22 at Belton. “The kids have been working hard in practice and we look forward to the season,” said Coach Corey Schrack. “It will be our last season in the EKL.” Top returners include Conner Boyt, Chris Davidson, Zach Bass, Kolbee Finnell, Tim Wood, Jonas Pippitt, Tyler Henry, Emilio Oropeza and Reid Frase. Assisting Schrack are Ryan Plankenhorn, David Diener and Tyler...

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‘March for Meals’ events scheduled

Johnson County Meals on Wheels will celebrate the 15th annual “March for Meals” campaign with two upcoming events. Beginning March 20, Meals on Wheels will host Community Champion Ride-Alongs where elected officials and other local leaders will deliver meals to homebound seniors to raise awareness for the program. County commissioners Jason Osterhaus, Michael Ashcraft and Mike Brown, MED-ACT chief Paul Davis and MED-ACT lieutenant Ben Markway, and officers from the Lenexa Police Department will participate in Meals on Wheels deliveries. On Friday, March 24, Johnson County Meals on Wheels will partner with Kansas City Food Truck Mafia to host its second-annual food truck rally 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Olathe, 111 N. Cherry St. Six food trucks are slated to participate in this year’s rally. All food trucks accept cash and credit cards and donations collected at the event will benefit Meals on Wheels seniors. Each March, Meals on Wheels programs from across the county unite for “March for Meals” to celebrate the collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, state and local government and compassionate individuals to ensure that senior residents are not forgotten. This March, Johnson County Meals on Wheels will raise awareness for senior hunger, recruiting additional community volunteers for homebound seniors in the county who receive Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels, provided by Johnson County Human Services’ Area Agency on Aging, annually provides...

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Birthday brings another trip around the sun

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist Well last week marked another trip around the sun for me. On that day I had been around for 22,995 days. When you look at it like that, it seems pretty old. Most of those days were good, some were grand and a few were not so much. I was born right here in this town. We had a hospital. It stood just north of the Parks and Recreation building on Elm Street. We were the first hospital in the county if I remember correctly. Dr. A.S Reece built that hospital with the folks of Gardner. The Gardner Museum has a display about him available for the public right now. I think that is pretty remarkable for a small little town of that time. As the family story of my birth goes, it got to be late on the 17th when the doctor came in and told my Mother she needed to hurry up and get this baby here. . . . . there was another lady waiting to use the delivery room. That lady also had a baby girl, just after midnight, so we always joke about being roommates, so many years ago. I have always wondered where I got my name and who the popular names of the day came from. I have yet to find one spelled like mine and pronounced differently....

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How to help those affected by the fires

Here are some ways you can help cattle producers and their families who were affected by the wildfires in southwestern Kansas: On Facebook: Search for “Orphan Calf Relief of SW Kansas” Donations: Contact one of the two businesses that have set up accounts for relief funds: Ashland Feed and Seed, 1975 County Road U, Ashland, KS 67831; 620-635-2856 Meade Co-op, P.O. Box 220, Meade, KS 67864; 602-873-2161 Country Feeds, 11205 US Highway 56, Montezuma, KS 67867; 1-800-711-6092 More information or questions: Call Rachelle Schlochtermeier at...

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Kansas Wildfires: 4-H’ers, volunteers rally to save orphaned calves

A Kansas 4-H Club has rallied supporters in the state and surrounding states to take in orphaned calves whose mothers were victims of the wildfires that raced across several western counties last week. Rachelle Schlochtermeier, one of the parent leaders of the Four Leaf Clover Club in Meade County, said the response to the club’s idea to “do something” for families affected by the fires has been overwhelming. “We have been hearing from people all over the state of Kansas, even people from Michigan and Missouri and Oklahoma,” she said. “People want to make a donation or find out how they can help.” Schlochtermeier and another parent, Erin Boggs, helped their 4-H Club get organized, and have seen clubs in Elkhart, Ness City and Russell join the effort to rescue orphaned calves and place them in good homes. More groups are joining in all the time, Schlochtermeier said. The volunteers are spending their own time and money traveling to pick up calves, assess their condition and arrange for their care. As of last weekend, the groups have saved 85 orphaned calves and placed them under care. Once the calves are healthy – and producers have rebuilt barns, fences and other facilities – the club members will return them to their original home. The fires came at a particularly difficult time for cattle producers, a time when many cows had...

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6th Grade National Champs

Submitted photo The Kansas City 68 sports sixth grade Outlaws football team received their National championship rings March 13 at the Inagural Arena football game for the Kansas City Phantoms. Local coaches and players were given their rings by NFL Hall of Fame player Will Shields. Left-Right: Jon Elder – Offensive Coordinator, QB Conner Elder #1, Former Kansas City Chief Will Shields, Gardner residents LB/FB Luke Gall #4 and Jeff Gall – Linebacker...

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March is having her final say — brrrrr

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist Well, March roared in like a lion. We had t shirts and shorts,sunny warm weather. We went to thunderstorms and winds and tornados. Then back to cold. Then snow. The folks to our west took the heat with fires and acres of charred burnt land. Loss of lives, homes and livestock. March is having her say. Let’s hope she gets this out of her system Then Saturday night, we did the time change thing. I got most of the clocks done and still need to do the smoke alarms and next fall the thermostat battery. Which brings me to trash day. Ahh Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day. For some unknown reason, as I grabbed the items in the fridge to be tossed, you know —liquid salad and science experiment items with possible cultures growing on them. My hand brushed by a bottle of salad dressing. Hummmmmm so I checked the date. What? I just bought this! Well I bought it apparently longer ago than I thought. It expired in the summer of 2016. Ohhhhh ick. So the search began. I turned and read, and read, and read. Some things if they are close to the date, stayed. Some went. Some of the items, if they had been grandchildren would have been in first grade by now. Now very possibly those items are still good....

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