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VFW sponsors 2 forums

VFW Gardner Post 11234 will have a second forum for city council candidates at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Gardner Grange Hall. VFW members will ask questions to the four candidates. Also, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. the VFW will have a forum for city mayor candidates at Gardner Grange Hall. For information, contact Mike Hutton...

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Bob Knabe wins state horseshoe tournament for second straight year

Bob Knabe, from Edgerton, has been pitching horseshoes in an Ottawa, league for ten years. The last two years he has been lucky enough to win first place in the state tournament. He won 2016 in Salina, and 2017 in Ottawa. He also placed 4th in St. George Utah this past July at The World Tournament. Staff...

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Locals aid with flood recovery efforts in TX

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The disastrous flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey prompted three local men to respond to a need for shallow water boats. Tim Berger, who lives in Edgerton and works for Century Link in Gardner, recruited a couple of his buddies – they all took time off work and loaded up in Berger’s truck with his boat in tow and hit the road south for Texas. Responding to the call On Sunday night, Berger had heard on news reports and social media that some Texas towns were in need of people with trucks and shallow water boats to assist in local rescue efforts. He said he thought to himself – “I have a truck and I have a boat. I should go.” He talked with his wife, and she was OK with it. The next day he told his supervisor at Century Link what he wanted to do and they said go for it. Berger knew this was definitely not a trip to be taken alone. A crew was needed, so Berger recruited a couple of friends, Josh Hamberg and Brian Elvis Britt, who also had to take time off work. He posted about his plan for the trip on Facebook and soon got inquiries from people wanting to help. One set up a fundraiser account to help pay fuel and expenses. Others...

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AFP-Kansas launches accountability campaign 

Kansas launched a six figure accountability effort to educate Kansans on legislators who voted to enact the historic, retroactive $1.2 billion tax hike. The campaign, which is slated to continue through 2018, will consist of mailers, digital ads, and other grassroots activities. The record tax hike emerged in response to the growing budget deficit after the legislature failed to keep spending in check following the 2012 tax cuts. A veto override in both legislative chambers enacted the billion-dollar tax hike. “The goal of this accountability effort is to make sure Kansans know which legislators thought it was a better idea to cut the Kansas family budget...

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September 11 has passed but not forgotten

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist Sixteen years ago on Monday the 11th we all remember where we were. We remember going outside to look at the airplanes spinning giant vapor trail loops in the sky to get to the nearest airport. We remember friends telling us to get read the worst was yet to come. I remember driving to Oak Park Mall to give my son a ride from work when his car wouldn’t start. The streets and highways were empty. No cars for miles at a time. Everyone was hunkered down with family and friends. Being safe. The nation rallied around New York, the Pentagon and the location where plane number four went down in Pennsylvania. We were one nation standing together, for a while. But memories fade, so does the horror and the sadness. Children are born and then there are those who don’t remember that day. Sixteen years is a long time. But we stood together. Much like the people who lived through Pearl Harbor. As our pledge of Allegiance says “One nation……” But time makes us forget. We will forget about the folks in Texas who lost homes and property. They will be replaced by the people in Florida who also lost homes and property. We forget that there are people in Edgerton still coping with the flood that went through their town. As humans it...

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Reordering city’s agenda could have prevented meeting cancellation

The Sept. 5 Gardner City Council meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum after Rich Melton, Steve Shute and Lee Moore declined to attend. Moore and Shute indicated they had been advised by their personal attorney to avoid contact with city staff after being notified of a possible harassment complaint filed by an employee. The regular meeting was cancelled in late afternoon. None of the email received indicate potential litigation or personal liability to council members. The request was for e mail between council, mayor and city administration. The email indicates that the three council members had been...

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Boccia tournament to be held in KCMO

USA Boccia is proud to announce that the 2017 BISFed World Open Boccia Tournament will be hosted at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 22-29, 2017. Boccia is a Paralympic sport of accuracy, strategy, and mental toughness. Boccia is played individually, as well as in teams, using leather balls. There are 4 different classes of players, all with severe physical disabilities. Boccia teams from across the world will be coming to Kansas City to compete for world ranking points. USA Boccia is expecting to host 15 countries, which will bring 120 athletes with disabilities, 200 coaches and staff, plus 40 international officials to for this Paralympic qualifying event. USA Boccia and Kansas City are not new to hosting Boccia tournaments, having hosted the 2013 Boccia Americas Cup and the 2015 and 2016 USA Boccia Nationals. KCI Expo Center hosted the 2016 Boccia Nationals. USA Boccia is looking forward to Team USA having the “home field” advantage in Kansas City with four local athletes in the USA Qualifying Pool. USA Boccia also needs volunteers, incentives, in-kind gifts, and corporate sponsorships for this event. To become involved in the 2017 BiSFed World Open Boccia Tournament, see contact information above. About USA Boccia USA Boccia is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Bay Shore, New York, whose mission is to provide persons with physical disabilities the opportunity...

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Kade Meyer run scheduled for Sept. 16

Kade Matthew Meyer lost his life in September 2010, at the age of 7. He was killed by a car outside of his elementary school. Kade was a happy, healthy, fun loving and compassionate little boy who always had a smile on his face. Kade loved using his hands building Legos, playing Guitar Hero and playing sports, especially football, basketball and baseball. He was involved in the Gardner Park and Rec sports programs and an active youth member of the King of Kings Lutheran Church. The annual run is dedicated to Kade Meyer, the son of Mark and Stormy,...

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3 members decline to attend; 2 council meetings cancelled

The decision of three Gardner city council members to not attend the Sept. 5 council meeting led to the cancellation of the regular meeting and a work session. Council members Steve Shute, Rich Melton and Lee Moore notified the city Tuesday afternoon that they would not be attending the Sept. 5 meetings, so the meetings were cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. Melton did a live cast on social media stating he had been notified by e mail that the Hinkle Law Firm, LLC had indicated a harassment complaint had been filed by an unknown employee against...

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OUR VIEW: Council drama trumps Gardner city business, again

Another week, more antics with the Gardner City Council. The negativity we used to blame on election year now seems more politics as usual here. It’s depressing. The council’s regular meeting and a work session were cancelled Sept. 5, and social media was awash with statements by Lee Moore, Rich Melton and Steve Shute intoning about personal liability concerns, attorney letters and a harassment complaint against unnamed council members by unnamed employees. Much ado about nothing that unusual. The drama loomed large. Melton did a live cast reading a statement to the mayor; Moore wrote a treatise and Shute eventually issued a statement. In the end, all declined to attend the meeting sighting potential personal liability issues. So much for conducting public business. But what wasn’t said is just as interesting as all the justifications and finger pointing. There are policies in place to deal with litigation or harassment complaints, and this isn’t the first time the council has faced such an issue. A review of e mail between council members for Sept. 5 indicate that rather than the cloak and dagger drama meted out on social media, there was already a plan in place to reorder the meeting’s agenda so the 3 members could adjourn in to executive session and discuss the harassment complaint. But that wouldn’t have made for good social media drama. So instead the three...

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Kids Fishing Derby

The Kids Fishing Derby is an annual city hosted event held at Gardner Lake every in September. The event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Cops N’ Bobbers.  Worms and fishing poles are provided, however kids are encouraged to bring their own pole.  Trophies given for biggest fish, most fish and more, along with a lunch and goodie bags for all the kids. Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz   LEFT: Tsegage Gebremskel, of Gardner, and his son Kaulib, 6, enjoyed the morning of Sept 9 at Gardner Lake, participating in the Kids Fishing Derby...

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City of Edgerton’s flood recovery

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The city of Edgerton continues to deal with recovery in the aftermath of the flooding from torrential rainfall on Aug. 21. Initial damage estimates exceeded $2 million. The city is currently still working with insurance companies to s the total damage. Don Roberts, mayor, said it was an intense process of multiple claims being processed at the same time and that is an immense amount of work. “We’ve had BG consultants come in and do some evaluations of roads, dams, culverts and public infrastructure in general,” Roberts said. “We know that the flood waters were over the 500 year flood plain, causing a great deal of issues for Edgerton.” The county has already declared disaster for Edgerton. The city hopes that state and federal declarations will follow. That will lead to FEMA relief funds. Roberts says with a federal disaster declaration, funds could possibly become available to help uninsured homeowners. “If the state does not declare a disaster, there is no FEMA money or anything that would come to the area,” said Roberts. Roberts said state officials had visited Edgerton shortly after the storm and the city was working with them on whether on not the state will declare...

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Sports Potpourri

Mac Stevenson Kansas State is one of the four best teams (K-State, OU, O-State, and TCU) in the Big 12 and perhaps the nation. Oklahoma is the league favorite after their terrific road win against Ohio State (31-16) last Saturday. That was a huge win for the Big 12 Conference. K-State beat Charlotte easily (55-7), as expected. The Wildcats have a formidable offense that has no weaknesses. Coach Bill Snyder wasn’t euphoric, but he said, “It’s not a matter of wanting to establish the run . . . the significant part of the game that I was pleased with was our ability to run the ball against schemes that were built against the run.” K-State’s offensive line has exceptional talent; it’s among the best in the nation. QB Jesse Ertz is a proven run-pass threat who is also experienced in big games. And the pass-receiving corps is sensational. Alex Barnes (6-1, 221) is the leader of a group of first-class running backs that includes underrated FB Winston Dimel (6-1, 235). This is Bill Snyder’s 26th season as head coach of Kansas State and this team has the best offense of all the superb Snyder teams. That could change as the season progresses because of injuries, but right now the Wildcats’ offense is potent indeed. This Saturday (Sept. 16) K-State plays at SEC member Vanderbilt; that will be the Wildcats...

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Husky team travels to Eudora

The 7th grade Husky football traveled to play Eudora Sept. 7. Eudora returned the opening kickoff back and converted the 2 point conversion to take a quick 8-0 lead. Kyle Oatman took the next kickoff back 40 yards, deep into Cardinals territory. Oatman then took a reverse and broke multiple tackles to score a 20 yard touchdown to make the score 8-6. A few big passing plays from Eudora gave them a big lead that they would hold onto to win 30-6. Zaine Mayfield, Alonzo Borjas, and Kyle Oatman broke multiple tackles and ran the ball tough all game long. The Husky defense tightened up and shut the Cardinals out in the second half. Big plays on defense came from Markel Rodgers, Zaine Mayfield, Kendall Crowell, Lucas Garcia, Josiah Miller, Andrew Kamtio, and Alonzo Borjas....

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8th Husky football wins opener

The Eudora Cardinals traveled to face the 8 grade Huskies at TRMS Sept. 7. The game showed little signs of either team having the upper hand going into the fourth quarter 0-0. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Husky defense made a tough goal line stand stopping the Cardinals with fourth and goal on the twi yard line. On the second offensive play following, Zach Collins scampered for a 98 yard touchdown run. Next was the defense turn to score with Will Shuler intercepting and running back 35 yards for a touchdown. Tyrone Jitt added a second touchdown run of 35 yards. Other standout performances came from Kaden Crowell, Zach Collins, Derek Toomey, Justice Burton contributing making big stops during the game and Caden Johnson causing and recovering a...

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals debate is filled with landmines

Printus LeBlanc Guest Columnist On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration would be phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allowed illegal immigrant “children” to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. The administration is ending the program because several states have threatened to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of the program. A similar program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) was already ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge and upheld by the Supreme Court. Most legal experts believed it was a given that DACA would be ruled the same way because the judge that ruled on DAPA would be the judge to rule on DACA. It appears the Trump administration may have worked out a deal with the Attorneys General who were threatening to sue. Right after the announcement, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that it was dropping its lawsuit against DACA. However, the states could easily bring the suit anytime they feel like it and therefore bringing an abrupt end to the program. Instead, President Donald Trump used political capital to stop the suits and give Congress a chance to address the issue. On Twitter he stated, “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t,...

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USD 231 celebrates Attendance Awareness Month

USD 231 Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early prekindergarten and throughout elementary school. By middle and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life. Excused and unexcused absences quickly add up to too much time lost in the classroom, starting in kindergarten and even pre-k, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences occur, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. Sporadic, not just consecutive, absences matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year. Avoid unnecessary absences. Some absences are unavoidable. Occasionally, children get sick and need to stay home. What is important is getting children to school as often as possible. Relationship building is fundamental to any strategy for improving student attendance. Students are more likely to go to school if they know someone cares whether they show up. Trusting relationships – whether with teachers, mentors, coaches or other caring adults – are critical to encouraging families and students to pay attention to absences...

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GPD receive donation

The Gardner Police Department recently received a donation of 35 emergency medical tourniquets, enough to provide one for each of its police officers. Jim Pruetting police chief, accepted the donated equipment from Jeff Green,CEO of SafeDefend. SafeDefend is a four-year-old Gardner business that provides a comprehensive program to help schools, businesses and government entities substantially mitigate the risk and impact of an active shooter or workplace violence situation. Submitted...

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Brief

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announces that his office has completed a review of the Aug. 23, officer-involved shooting which led to the death of Ciara M. Howard in Olathe. It is the determination of the District Attorney that two Olathe Police Officers and a Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy’s use of force was justified under Kansas law. Therefore, no criminal action will be taken against any of the involved officers. This case was investigated by the Johnon County Multi-jurisdictional Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team...

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AFP-Kansas launches accountability campaign 

Kansas today launched a six figure accountability effort to educate Kansans on legislators who voted to enact the historic, retroactive $1.2 billion tax hike. The campaign, which is slated to continue through 2018, will consist of mailers, digital ads, and other grassroots activities. The record tax hike emerged in response to the growing budget deficit after the legislature failed to keep spending in check following the 2012 tax cuts. A veto override in both legislative chambers enacted the billion-dollar tax hike. “The goal of this accountability effort is to make sure Kansans know which legislators thought it was a better idea to cut the Kansas family budget than the Kansas government budget,” said AFP-Kansas State Director Jeff Glendening. “For years, big-government legislators in Topeka negligently ignored the growing budget. When the deficit approached a tipping point, they took the easy way out and approved a retroactive $1.2 billion tax increase.” Glendening continued: “Despite early signs that the 2012 tax cuts were working, legislators failed to complete the other half of the equation by making corresponding budget cuts. If you look at states like North Carolina and Wisconsin, their economies are growing because they cut spending to go along with tax cuts. Had legislators in Topeka kept spending in check, taxpayers wouldn’t be in the position of footing the largest hike in state history.”...

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