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New 4-H license plates available in county treasurers’ offices

Submitted photo Kansans may now purchase a 4-H distinctive license plate in county treasurers’ offices across the state. The official 4-H license plate reflects the Head, Heart, Hands and Health in the 4-H pledge. The iconic clover logo was selected by club members across the state as the official plate design. “It was important to involve youth club members in this historic process,” Jake Worcester, Kansas 4-H Foundation President/CEO, said. “We partnered with 4-H club leaders and K-State Research and Extension agents and used this opportunity to engage youth in learning more about the legislative process. When it came...

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GEHS spring theatre productions set

The Gardner Edgerton High School Theatre Department has announced its 2018 spring performances. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The whole gang will be here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day; perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus; Snoopy is in the doghouse; and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find happiness, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a crowd-pleasing classic. The performances are scheduled for April 11, 12, and 13, at 7 pm, in the GEHS Auditorium. Tickets are $7 at the door. On April 4, 5, and 6, An Evening of One Act Plays is scheduled at 7 p.m., in the GEHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5. For more information on these events, please call 913-856-2653 or...

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Hogg is a dangerous demagogue leading a mob, should not be underestimated

Robert Romano Guest Columnist Parkland surviving student David Hogg has now expanded his national gun control campaign to seek to silence dissident voices, including Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, after Ingraham mocked Hogg’s rejections from some colleges. Hogg then threatened to wage a national boycott of prominent advertisers on Ingraham’s program, resulting in 17 advertisers pulling out the program as of this writing. Fortunately, so far, Fox is holding its ground. Jack Abernethy, co-president of the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet, issued a statement declaring, “We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts. We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.” Good for Fox, and good for Abernethy. Still, the speed that advertisers are backing out is frightening. Our free press system relies on financial resources to hold prominent public figures, like Hogg, accountable for their words and actions. But wait, isn’t Hogg just a high school student? Yes, he is. Who survived a national tragedy and who now is leading a campaign that in fact endangers constitutional rights beyond the Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms. Even though he is not a government official, through fear, Hogg’s attack on Ingraham indirectly endangers First Amendment freedoms including the right to speak out and criticize public officials. Agree...

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Specialty license plates discussed with HB 2599, action possible

Katie Bernard KU Statehouse Wire Service New, and possibly controversial, license plates could be available in Kansas after the Senate endorsed a bill March 26 that creates specialty license plates supporting Special Olympics, the City of Wichita, veterans of recent wars and one that reads “Choose Life.” House Bill 2599 says that revenue from the City of Wichita and Special Olympics plates will benefit the organizations which named them. The veterans and choose life plates, on the other hand, are not sponsored by any organization. Revenue from those plates will be deposited into the Kansas Highway Fund. Sen. David...

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CIP plan includes smart meters; I-35 interchange, GMA, porta potty

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Gardner city council had a work session at 6 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m.Qpril 2, 2018. Matt Wolff, senior management analyst, gave a presentation on Gardner’s 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The city plans to install smart water and electric meters in coming years, with a preliminary cost estimate of $3 million. Wolff said that first a study must be done to plan the best way to implement a replacement program. Two major projects are slated for 2021-2022 – the US 56 and I-35 interchange and...

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Airport commission reports self sufficiency at joint meeting with BOCC

The meeting room table was stretched to seat 18 staff and commissioners from two boards in a joint meeting of the  Johnson County Airport Commission and Board of County Commissioners on Mar. Staff photo by Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Johnson County Airport Commission (JCAC) hosted the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in a joint meeting at the administration building at One New Century Pkwy on March 28. Larry Peet, JCAC deputy director, gave an update on the storm damage repairs at Executive Airport. Peet said building permits should be issued within the next...

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Gardner council increases contributions to community partners

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Gardner City Council heard presentations from four outside agencies regarding their 2019-2020 budget requests at the April 2 meeting. The agencies are Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (SWJCEDC), Gardner Township/cemetery and Gardner Historical Museum. Laura Gourley, finance director, gave a brief background on previous years contributions. Jason Camis, Gardner Edgerton Chamber president, reviewed the chamber’s growth over the past year and was optimistic about more opportunities coming in the future. Camis spoke of creating a CVB – a Convention and Visitors Bureau. “My recommendation tonight...

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GEHS boys’ tennis plays Miege

The JV boys’ tennis squad opened its season on March 28 in a home dual vs. Bishop Miege. The Blazers played highly competitive matches throughout the day, but junior Patrick Beane claimed the only victory of the afternoon with his 8-4 win. Freshman Ben Keeney played the top singles spot for the Blazers and lost 7-8 in a tie-break to a senior from Miege. Asher Brown also lost in a tie-break in his singles match, and Gavin Blakely dropped a tight match 6-8. In doubles competition, Ben Keeney and David Adamson played in the top doubles spot and lost 7-8 in a tie-break. The match marked the first event for many of the players, and it was played in slightly rainy conditions that caused some problems for both teams. The JV team is set to play six events in the next two...

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Tennis team off to great start

The GEHS varsity tennis team started their season off March 27 with a successful day. At singles, Ethan Crawford finished 2-2 with a 4th place finish. Cooper Hart went 2-2 and finished in 7th place. Holden Bennett finished in 13th. In doubles, Carter Williams and Max Clark competed in the finals, but came up a little short and finished 2nd. The doubles team of Kole Nhingsavath and Ryan Sherman  had a good day and finished 2-2, placing 7th. The tennis team will be hosting a varsity quad next April 2 at the GEHS tennis...

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Sacred Heart Church rezoning approved

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Two new members, Scott Boden and Joe Gardenhire, took their seats on the Gardner Planning Commission at the Mar. 27 meeting. In addition, the commission considered and approved plans to re-purpose the old Sacred Heart Catholic Church . Sacred Heart Catholic Church At the March 27 Gardner Planning Commission meeting, former Mayor Carol Lehman spoke on behalf of Connie Wright, who has purchased the historic Catholic Church and plans to turn it into an event center. The church was built in the 1880’s. Wright shared the ‘vision’ for the project and assured the commission the historic features of the chapel would be preserved. “This is the history of Gardner and where we need to proceed with the highest degree of care and respect. Our goal with this church is to restore, versus remodel, restore it to its original glory and make it once again a beautiful landmark for Gardner and the Catholic community,” said Wright. She said it would be a positive impact on the downtown corridor vision. Lehman, resident and former mayor, spoke next and recommended Wright and the project. She said due to the proximity to downtown, the rezoning seems appropriate and logical, and she was excited about the proposed use. Lehman said she had seen Wright’s work and knew what she could do. “This event venue will be nothing...

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Area PTA hosts science festival for Grand Star Elementary families

The Grand Star PTA hosted a science event last week to engage students’ families in STEM activities. Grand Star PTA was one of only 35 nationwide who received a STEM grant. Staff photos by Rick Poppitz Grand Star PTA was awarded a grant from National PTA and Bayer to educate and engage Grand Star Elementary families in STEM activities focused on science. Grand Star PTA was one of only 35 PTAs across the country selected to receive a grant. The grant recognizes Grand Star PTA’s leadership and commitment to increasing access to STEM – particularly science – experiences for...

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OUR VIEW: Historic church, Hampton Inn may provide much needed event space

It’s great to see a plan in place to utilize the old Catholic Church — and Warren St. property – as an event center; and especially that the plan is being spearheaded by a local resident. Built in the 1880’s, the church saw an untold number of residents pass thru its doors for weddings, services, Baptisms and funerals. The old Parish Center, behind the church, has served not only the parish, but has hosted Gardner Chamber of Commerce meetings as well as other community events. The plan was approved by the Gardner Planning Commission and will now go to the council. Gardner has needed a place to hold meetings and weddings for more than two decades. There are several locations – most notably the senior center – that are available, but the calendar fills up quickly, and the number of attendees is limited. When the Hampton Inn opens, Gardner will also have space to host meetings and business events. The 82 room hotel and convention center is scheduled to open in fall of 2018. Finally, area residents won’t have to travel from Gardner for special...

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Talking, or when not to talk

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist “Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?” – L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Standing behind a woman in the line at the grocery store, Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz kept popping into my head. She was in her late 30’s and was accompanied by a daughter who was I guessed in middle school. The daughter was silent, but not playing with a phone or rolling her eyes, sighing or looking bored. She was a pretty good teenager in my book. The mom was going on and on about things that the young grocery clerk had no control over. Plus she was displaying a very “better than thou” attitude. The daughter remained silent and the cashier apologized for all the short comings of the grocery store. Anyway I had broken my own cardinal rule of not going to the store between 4 and 6 pm, so I should have just stayed home. But I thanked the young lady cashier when it was my turn. I told her she was doing a very good job and she was a very patient and kind person. I also thanked the young man sacking my groceries. They both smiled and seemed to brighten a bit. But there was the Scarecrow, making his speech to the Wizard, in my mind. I know...

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Girls’ soccer opens season at MV

This past March 27, the girls’ soccer team travelled to Mill Valley to open the season. The girls played very well during the first half but found themselves trailing one to nothing at half-time. The second half was a little rough. The girls allowed four goals and lost the game 5-0. The girls hit the road again to take on Shawnee Heights. They controlled most of the first half and were solid across the board. The team was able to capitalize off of a conner due to Makenna Hutchison finding the back of the net to take the lead 1-0. Unfortunately the girls came out flat the second half, giving up a goal in the first three minutes. The girls fought back to take control of the game but could not score, and they headed to overtime where they were unable to generate much offense and allowed Heights to score the golden goal off a throw in. The first home game will be against Olathe...

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Blazers play on cold, muddy night

The Blazer’s traveled to SMDAC to play on a wet, cold and very muddy night last night March 29. ”We thought it was going to be a beautiful night (not raining), but the rain kept coming and the field got muddier and muddier,” said Joanne Calvin , coach. Although it made the pitching conditions tough for Emma Crouch, the Blazers had no problem drilling the ball. “We are very proud of Emma for fighting through five innings of abnormal mound conditions for a W.  In game one, it took an inning to get going offensively and defensively, but then with walks, hit by pitches and bombs, the runs went on the board. Gabby Schultz went 3-4 with a couple singles and a Grand Slam.  Ashlyn Anderson went 3-5 with a single, double and a dinger .  Carly Gragg and Katie Miller will be bruised as they were hit by the pitch three times for the night.  Defensively, Ivy Brewer gunned down a Viking to Katie Miller at home from center field to end the third inning.  Blazer’s got win number two of the season with a score of 26-4. With game one in the books, there was no way to play game two on that field with those conditions. “We waited for another game to finish on the turf field and moved game two over there,” Crouch said.  Angelina Gear...

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Car chase leads to arrest, accident

About 20 reported car burglaries may all be related to suspects who were arrested April 5, after eluding police and eventually rolling their car. One Gardner officer received minor injuries. “We have 20 car burglaries reported in the city thus far and one stolen auto,” said Jim Pruetting, Gardner police chief. “We believe they are all related to this incident. “ “The auto stolen in Gardner was one of three vehicles involved in the burglaries, but it was not part of the chase and we believe it was abandoned shortly after it was stolen because it had a flat...

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Task force to advise on dyslexia established with HB 2602

Kalli Jo Smith KU Statehouse Wire Service Last month, concerned parents and teachers pleaded with the House Education Committee to pass a bill that would require public schools to screen for dyslexia and related disorders. Although the initial bill that would require screening for dyslexia did not pass, on March 25 a sub bill for House Bill 2602, which would create a task force to thoroughly study and research dyslexia as amended by the Senate Education Committee, passed the Senate with no objections in a 40-0 vote. The amended bill will create a task force primarily responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Governor, Legislature and the Kansas State Board of Education of ways to properly screen students for dyslexia and other reading comprehension impairments. The task force could cost $39,634 if the Legislative Coordinating Council approves it to meet for six days, according to Legislative Administrative Services. Sen. Dinah Sykes (R-Lenexa) said the task force was initially created because more research regarding dyslexia needed to be conducted. Sykes said she was hopeful the new law will give other students a chance to succeed in the public-school system. “I think it’s important because all students, regardless of learning abilities or disabilities deserve a right to an education,” she said. “And with dyslexia they have a reading issue that affects all things like English, math, so it’s important that...

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Kansas Department of Revenue extends telephone hours for tax assistance

The Kansas Department of Revenue on Wednesday announced extended tax season telephone hours to offer assistance for Kansans before the April 17th filing deadline. Sales, Withholding, Income Tax and Homestead telephone lines will have the following extended hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th Additionally, Income tax telephone lines will be extended until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th, the income tax filing deadline. “The Department is committed to offering excellent customer service to Kansas taxpayers,”” said Secretary of Revenue Sam Williams. “”Extending our telephone hours allows...

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Planning Commission approves Main Street plan

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News At the March 26 Gardner Planning Commission meeting, commissioners approved rezoning of about 9 acres from general business to garden apartment and adopted the Main Street Corridor Plan. University Park Addition No. 1 The commission considered request for rezoning  a 9.4 acre parcel at the northwest corner of University Drive and Moonlight Road from CP-2 (Planned General Business) District to R-3 (Garden Apartment) District. Staff presentation was given by Michelle Kriks, planner. The site is currently a vacant parcel surrounded by rural residential to the north, vacant land to the west and south, and across Moonlight Road, New Century Air Center to the east. The Commission was only considering rezoning in this action, but were informed plans for a complex of three story apartment buildings, with one, two and three bedroom apartments and a community center, would be presented for consideration at a future meeting. A public hearing was held prior to commission vote of all in favor to recommend the governing body approve the application. Main Street Corridor Plan At the previous meeting, the commission found the plan to be in conformance with the Comprehensive Plan. Therefore, the Planning Commission initiated a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to consider adopting the Gardner Main Street Corridor Plan by reference into the City of Gardner Comprehensive Plan. Before member discussion, Adrianna Meder, chairman, opened a...

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