Author: Gardner News

City announces headliner for Fourth of July

Gardner has announced that country music rising star Drake White with his band The Big Fire will headline its Fourth of July Celebration. White is recognized for his hits “It Feels Good,” “Livin’ the Dream” and “Makin’ Me Look Good Again.” He was dubbed CBS.com’s “Artist of Tomorrow.” White’s musical style consists of country, blues, funk, and rock “n” roll. His energetic live shows gained popularity while opening for some of country music’s biggest stars, including Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Eric Church and the Zac Brown Band. White and The Big Fire recently kicked off their own headlining...

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Gardner Edgerton High School all school reunion planned

The 2017 all school reunion will begin at 11:30 am. May 21 at the Gardner Edgerton High School in the auxiliary gym (east of the main entrance.) There will be signs; check the south parking lot. This year classes of 1957, 1967 and 1992 will be honored for their 60th, 50th, and 25th year anniversaries, respectively. A catered luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m., with conversation before and after the program. There will be museum souvenirs and drawings. Cost is $16 per person, which includes $4 for scholarships and expenses. Please RSVP at the Gardner Historical Museum by May...

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Two Spring Hill students start their own aquaponics business

RIGHT: Samantha Leblanc (on left) and Kate Schoenberg are Spring Hill High school students who have created an aquaponics business. Behind them is a stock water tank that has trout in it. The water from the tank feeds the plants on the shelves behind them and then the filtered water is returned to the fish tank. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Samantha Leblanc, 15, and Kate Schoenberg, 16, are Spring Hill High School students who have partnered in creating an aquaponics business they’ve named ‘Wolf Creek Greenhouse and Fishery’. Aquaponics is a...

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School board likes Hampton deal; approves staff contracts

  Audience and USD 231 staff at the April 10 school board meeting. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Eleven ‘Students of Character’ were recognized and the new band uniform was modeled at the USD 231 Board of Education meeting on April 10. The board also considered purchases and staff contracts, and although not on the agenda, discussed tax abatements. Abatements Rob Shippy, president, asked Jeremy McFadden, finance director, to give a brief recap regarding the new hotel development in Gardner. McFadden said the district had received a notice letter from the city...

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Local youth wins 2017 state archery championship, female division

Kylie Hayes, who just turned 12 and attends Trail Ridge Middle School, is the 2017 USAA Kansas State Indoor Archery Champion. Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Kylie Hayes, who attends Trail Ridge Middle School in Gardner, is the 2017 USAA Kansas State Indoor Archery Champion of the female Bowman Division. The state tournament was held in Emporia on March 25-26. It included two days of competition where archers shot over 150 arrows in four rounds of competition. At the state tournament, Hayes faced some tough competition. Two of her competitors had beaten...

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Lady Broncos sweep Fort Scott in opener

The defending state champion lady Bronco softball squad started the season in impressive fashion bringing back two victories from Chanute last week. Sarah Brown and Mary Kate-Hale threw back to back shutouts as Spring Hill scored 13-0, 10-0 wins. Brown tossed a seven hitter in the opener while Hale allowed just one hit and struck out five in the nightcap. In the opener, Sierra Sanderson went 3-5 with a double, while Paige Cooper singled, doubled and scored three runs. In the second game, Layney Steging was 3-4 and scored two runs. Meghan Goff was 2-4 with two...

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Tovkach leads Blazer golf charge in tourney

Senior Trystan Tovkach carded a 75 leading the Blazers golf charge at Canyon Farms last week. It was the first leg of the East Kansas league tournament. Canyon Farms, formerly known as the Kansas City Golf and Country Club; posed as quite a challenge, but the Blazers responded. After a scorecard playoff, Tovkach ended up two shots off a tie for first place. He currently stands fifth in league play. Besides Tovkach, Trevor Hilliker shot 102, and Hunter Skeens, made his varsity debut carding a 105. Garrett Glover shot a 112, Coby Heathman, 107 and Hunter Fesenmeyer, 122. “The team continues to improve and compete with one another to help their teammates get better,” said Coach Chris...

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Lady Blazers split DH at Blue Valley West

Battling till the end, the Lady Blazers varsity softball team split a doubleheader at Blue Valley West last week. GEHS won the first game 3-1 and rallied in game two but lost 12-10. Due to field conditions, the Blazers home game was moved to the College Boulevard Activities Complex. In game one, GEHS trailed 1-0 in the fifth and rallied. Cassidy Greer opened the fifth inning with a homerun. Hits followed by Cede Miller, Ashlyn Anderson, Mikayla Galvin and Malibu McIntire and GEHS posted a 3-1 win. It was a different story in game two as GEHS lost 12-10. GEHS led 7-3 into the sixth inning only to see West rally for seven runs. Cede Miller hit a grand slam. Hitting doubles were Kennedy Meyer and Abby...

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Blazers golf squad impressive at invite

Blake Nichols shot an 88 leading a strong GEHS contingent at the Olathe North Invitational last week. “The weather was not ideal for playing a round of golf, but the kids persevered and made it a great day,” said Coach Chris Lutz. “I’m proud of how the team is improving on a daily basis. Everyone had a personal record.” Besides Nichols, Guy Talcott shot a 93, Zach Salazar, 96, Parker Guffey, 111, Austin Bond, 112, Cayden Simmons, 113, Logan Wheeler, 119 and Garrett Pendroy,...

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Will Congress build Trump’s wall, or what?

Robert Romano Guest Columnist Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has all but promised to block any continuing resolution due April 28 that includes funding for the southern border wall and $18 billion of offsetting budget cuts to pay for it proposed by President Donald Trump. Speaking at a March 28 event organized by the National Council of La Raza, Schumer suggested, “Senate Democrats are prepared to fight this all the way.” When asked if Senate Democrats would shut down the government over the wall, Schumer offered, “We hope our Republican colleagues work with us and not put it in.” In short, Schumer is threatening to partially shut down the federal government in order to stop the wall. And Senate Republicans seem more than willing to oblige Schumer. That same day, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) suggested at a Republican leadership press conference that “All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill… My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental,” which Blunt said would be dealt with “at a later time.” Just like that, one of Trump’s signature campaign promises is very much in jeopardy. For, if the wall won’t be included in April funding because that might result in a government shutdown, then why would it be included in the Sept. 30 continuing resolution...

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Downtown parking enforcement surprises patrons, businesses

Parking in downtown Gardner continues to be an issue, and recent enforcement of the two hour parking limit has brought it to the forefront. “The fine is $35” Gardner Police Chief James Pruetting The general boundaries of the two-hour parking are from Sycamore to just before Gardner City Hall on Main St. and from alley to alley on Elm St., Monday thru Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking enforcement is complaint-driven. There are 322 downtown parking areas, and 84 of them have a two-hour limit. “Although enforcement of the downtown parking area is not generally a priority...

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Weird, strange street performers return to Lawrence for Busker Festival

Ten years is a long time to do anything, especially when you are doing something weird. The Lawrence Busker Festival returns for its 10th year of keeping Lawrence weird with street performers from all over the world. On May 26 -28, downtown Lawrence hosts over 50 different acts performing on five different stages. The unique and different skills on display include fire manipulations, pogo stick acrobatics, circus spies, break dancing, strong women, aerial artists, musicians, poets and rubber chicken tricks. It’s all free too, the acts are only paid by your voluntary tips. For the tenth year, the Busker Festival has some extra oddball events planned. The biggest one is called The Great Escape and will kick off the event at the 8th street site. Veteran busker Bobby Maverick the escape artist will recreate Harry Houdini’s crowd gathering stunt of escaping from a strait jacket while hanging upside down two stories above the crowd. Bobby will also be upping the excitement by setting the rope he’s hanging from on fire. This stunt is so dangerous that it will be happening only once at the beginning of the festival – 5p.m. on Friday, May 26. Other extra events include an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the most people attempting a water bottle flip. This is a popular trick where participants will try to flip a water bottle...

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Gardner Elementary receives Challenge Award

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 76 schools in 33 Kansas public school districts, including Gardner Edgerton School District’s Gardner Elementary, as a recipient of the 2016 Challenge Award. The award recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,500 awards have been presented to schools across the state. Gardner Elementary was recognized for achievement in third grade reading. “I am extremely proud of our students and the exceptional work that is done by our staff members to receive this award,” said Jason Watkins, Gardner Elementary principal. “This recognition truly exemplifies that we have some of the best staff in the state of Kansas when it comes to recognizing and meeting the needs of our students.” The Confidence in Public Education Task Force is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to strengthen confidence in Kansas public education and to increase awareness of the positive aspects of public education in the state. The Task Force was created in 1981. Members of the Task Force include American Association of University Women; Kansas PTA; Kansas Association of School Boards; Kansas National Education Association; Kansas State Board of Education; Kansas State High School Activities Association; Kansas Partners in Education; League of Women Voters – Kansas; and United School Administrators...

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Lady Blazers win Olathe East Invitational title

Kayla Burcham cleared 8’ 3 inches to place in a tie for fifth place in the pole vault at the Olathe East Invitational last week. Photo courtesy of Thane Nonamaker Scoring 106 points, the Lady Blazers tied Mill Valley for first place honors in the Olathe East Track Invitational last week. Olathe Northwest took third with 104 points while Pittsburg had 101 followed by Olathe South, Olathe North, Olathe East, Washburn Rurual and Topeka West. Once again, Cassidy Androff led the way. She took two second place medals with a shot put of 41’8 inches and a discus toss...

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Lutheran Early Response Team to host first aid class

The local Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) will host a first aid training April 20.  The training is open to all first responders, Scouts and anyone else who is interested in learning more about first aid.  The class will be held from 7-9 p.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church located at 306 E Madison.  There is no cost to attend, but donations of first aid items will be accepted. (Band Aids; gauce; medical tape etc). The presenter will be the Rev. Andy Keltner who is a trained firefighter and EMT. He is also Red Cross Certified in first aid training. For more information contact the church at 913-856-2500, as well as the LERT facebook page GARDNER LERT. The LERT program assists those during natural...

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UAC considers KCPL agreement, Hillsdale water plant equipment

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Gardner’s Utility Advisory Commission (UAC) met on April 6 and discussed replacing equipment at Hillsdale Water Treatment Plant and an electrical facility transfer agreement with KCPL. Members. KCPL facility transfer The commission considered recommending the city council approve a KCPL Facility Transfer Letter of Agreement. John Krievens, staff engineer, presented the details to the commission. The city will pay KCPL $20,000 to complete the transfer, which includes significant work KCPL will provide. The agreement releases city owned equipment that is located in the KCPL Moonlight Substation. “We have equipment that’s located in the KCP&L site, and we want to release this equipment, so now it’s no longer our responsibility. The title and responsibility transfers to KCPL,” said Krievins. It also provides for the assistance of KCPL to remove the out of service transmission line to Substation #1, install new protective relay panels and place the equipment into service. All engineering, construction and maintenance crew costs for this project are to be considered paid by Gardner. The commission voted to recommend approval to city council. New equipment for Hillsdale The commission considered recommending council approve a supply contract to replace Hillsdale intake screens. Gonz Garcia, utilities director, gave the staff summary. In June 2016, zebra mussels were found in Hillsdale Lake. The population appears to be low density at present, however there is...

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Three Broncos make All Frontier League

Trey Heinrich, Brennan Feeback and Jordan Hoston were recently named to the All Frontier league basketball team. Heinrich, a senior guard, was a first team selection leading the Broncos in scoring, assists and steals. He broke his leg near the end of the season, but he still garnered a first team award. Brennan Feeback, a forward, was a second team selection and Hoston, a guard, earned honorable mention honors. Their efforts helped Spring Hill to an 11-10 overall...

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UAC reviews outages, line breaks

Gonz Garcia, Gardner utilities director, reviewed quarterly reports for electrical outages, water distribution repairs and wastewater collection repairs at the April 6 Utility Advisory Committee meeting. In the first quarter 2017, staff responded to three electric outages, two caused by equipment failure and one by a storm. The average response time was 31 minutes and average length of outage was 1 hours 28 minutes. Staff responded to nine water line breaks affecting 56 customers; three due to valve failures, three due to hardware failures and three due to water main breaks. In first quarter 2017, staff responded to one sanitary sewer line back up due to blockage that affected three customers. Response time was 24 minutes, and the line was cleared in 2 hours 19...

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Fire District #1 hosts CERT training

Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz April 8 Fire District #1 Johnson County hosted the monthly CERT Training.  Twenty-two CERT members spent three hours focusing on search and rescue drills, radio traffic, scene size up, damage assessment, and victim rescue. Fire District #1 conducted the training exercise at E. Shawnee and N. Center on April...

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