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Cinderella

Staff photo by Rick Poppitz The Gardner Edgerton High School theatre department completed a four show run of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with a matinee performance on Nov. 12. After each show, audience members lined up in the commons area for the opportunity to get their picture taken with Cinderella and her...

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USD 231 approves $2.97M for new turf

GEHS Juniors Trent Cochran and Mia Tavkach were recognized for athletic achievements at the Nov. 13 USD 231 Board of Education meeting. Cochran has numerous accomplishments in track and is a finalist for Gatorade Runner of the year in Kansas. Tavkach was voted golf player of the year, is on the all state golf team and was state champion in her freshman and junior year. Staff photo by Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The main item of consideration for the USD 231 school board at the Nov 13 meeting was a proposal to convert five...

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Sports Potpourri

Mac Stevenson KU’s season-opening thrashing (92-56) of Tennessee State was satisfactory for Jayhawk fans with one notable exception: the benching of freshman Billy Preston (6-10, 240), who is expected to play a significant role for Kansas this season. Young Preston has been on the top of the mountain ever since he started high school; as one of the most highly recruited players in the nation, Preston is used to being told what he wanted to hear. It hasn’t worked out that way in his early relationship with Coach Bill Self. Preston spent his first game at KU gathering splinters on the Jayhawks’ bench. KU’s prized freshman missed a curfew and class the week before the game and consequently he didn’t play. The issue with freshmen is that they’re freshmen who are used to being treated with kid gloves. That doesn’t happen at Kansas. Preston can either straighten up and fly right or spend his freshman year at odds with the coach. Self’s quote after the game was short and to the point: “Just take care of your business . . . everybody needs to be responsible.” Kansas may soon have a vital reinforcement: recruit Silvio De Sousa ( 6-9, 245) is trying to transfer from IMG Academy at Bradenton, FL to KU during the semester break. De Sousa wants to make the move and recently said, “Of course I...

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Diener confirms resignation as coach

Rumors that Marvin Diener, USD 231 head football coach, has resigned have been confirmed. “Yes I did resign as head coach last week,” said Marvin Diener, head football coach. “My intent is to retire from teaching in Kansas after this school year, but that is still not official.” Diener’s decision to “step aside” was first reported in 810varsity.com. Diener came to GEHS in 2006, and he was one of six coaches in Kansas history to win six state titles and the only coach to win six championships at the 5A level, according to a 2011 Gardner News article. In 2011 Diener addressed the graduating class, and the Kansas City Chiefs named Diener Kansas High School Coach of the Week for the week ending Sept. 17, 2010. Diener has a B.S.E from Southwestern College of Winfield and a M.S. in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. “I really appreciate the support of the community and school during my 12 years of coaching and teaching,” Diener said. “I will miss the boys and working with my staff, but I am very excited about the possibilities that still lay ahead for me in this final chapter of my working career. A final thanks goes out to my admin who have always been such a great support to me and my program.” A job posting for head football coach was posted to the USD...

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TRMS wrestlers place second in Frontier League tournament

It was a great Saturday with the nine league schools competing at GEHS gym. There were 200 wrestlers and over 300 matches wrestled. The Trail ridge Wrestlers had an impressive showing wrestling many tough matches, said Brian Essex, athletic director. Teams school results: 9th Wheatridge, 81 points 8th Pioneer Ridge, 83 points 7th Eudora , 131 points 6th Louisburg, 138 points 5th Baldwin,  147 points 4h Ottawa, 155 points 3rd Paola,  240 points 2nd Trail Ridge, 248 points 1st Spring Hill, 290 points Individual Placers by Brackets: Jace Higginbotham’s place is 4th and has scored 3.00 team point. Lehi Livingston’s place is 3rd and has scored 5.00 team points. Dominic Walters’s place is 1st and has scored 24.00 team points. Lucas Anderson’s place is 2nd and has scored 20.00 team points. Carson Matlock’s place is 2nd and has scored 20.00 team points. Gauge Essex’s place is 2nd and has scored 18.00 team points. Eric Massaro’s place is 3rd and has scored 15.00 team points. Alonza Borjas’s place is 1st and has scored 17.00 team points. Keeghan Troutman’s place is 4th and has scored 3.00 team points. Amare Wilcox’s place is 3rd and has scored 17.00 team points. Andrew Kamtio’s place is 4th and has scored 13.00 team points Caden Johnson’s  scored 6.00 team points. Zane Mayfield’s place is 2nd and has scored 24.00 team points. Kaden Crowell’s place is 3rd and has scored...

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“Addicted to Americana” comes to Jo Co

Submitted photo The Johnson County Museum is pleased to host author Charles Phoenix for his “Addicted to Americana” live comedy performance celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. Presented by the museum in conjunction with KCmodern, Phoenix will share stories, glories, and colorful images of spectacular mid-century space-age style, vintage attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation, and more. Be prepared for your American spirit to soar. Festive dress is encouraged, but not expected. Following the performance, Phoenix will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana,” which will be available for...

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Weston holiday home tour set for December

Find unique gifts in Weston, Mo.’s, main street shops and enjoy the 36th annual Weston Candlelight Homes Tour during an early December day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. Deck the Halls is the name of this trip. Travelers can get a head start on their Christmas shopping and enjoy a scrumptious lunch before embarking on an adventure exploring the decorated halls and homes in this holiday homes tour. The downtown street lamps will be aglow with greenery and lights, the streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries, and of course Weston’s Father Christmas, who for years has evoked feelings of a Christmas long ago, will be on hand to greet visitors. Lunch will be at O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Weston. This trip will leave at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 3:45 p.m. that day. The cost is for this six-and-one-half-hour day trip, including admissions, lunch, and transportation,  is $75 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030....

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Program honors veterans with handcrafted quilts

Marvin Smith, Manhattan, was recently honored for his military service by fellow Farm Bureau Financial employees with a hand-sewn quilt. Pictured are: Smith with his co-worker Angela Cyr, who sewed the quilt. Submitted photo Veteran Marvin Smith was honored by his colleagues for his military service. He was presented him with a handcrafted quilt. Smith was presented with the quilt during an event at the company’s offices in Manhattan on Nov. 10, 2017. The quilt, which was handcrafted by fellow employees at Farm Bureau Financial Services. The quilt was given to Mr. Smith in honor of Veteran’s Day on...

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Kansas bird season drawing closer

It’s a Kansas tradition to open the pheasant and quail seasons on the second Saturday in November. If you’re a bird hunter, you’re already losing sleep thinking about opening day. The Kansas pheasant and quail seasons are Nov. 11- Jan. 31, 2018. It’s a big deal, both to hunters and to the state’s economy. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, hunting pumps more than $400 million into the Kansas economy each year, and while hunters find a myriad of game species to pursue in Kansas, pheasant and quail are high on the list. Year in, year out, Kansas will rank among the top three states in the nation for harvest of pheasant and bobwhite quail. Based on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Small Game Harvest Survey data, more than 80,000 hunters will hunt pheasants in Kansas this year, and while there is some overlap, more than 62,000 will hunt quail. Approximately 40,000 of those hunters will be nonresidents. If you don’t believe it, try to reserve a motel room in any small town in western Kansas on Nov. 11. Conservatively, nonresident bird hunters will spend more than $150 per day on lodging, fuel, food and supplies while hunting in Kansas, adding much-needed dollars into the small communities that dot prime Kansas hunting regions. Pre-season reports predict good...

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810 Varsity reports Diener steps aside as coach

According to 810varsity.com, Marvin Diener stepped aside after 12 seasons at USD 231. Two requests for confirmation sent to Leeann Northway, USD 231 public information officer, regarding Diener’s alleged resignation, had not been received by press time. This story will be updated as information becomes available. According to the website: “. . . other long-time coach stepped aside as Marvin Diener stepped after 12 seasons at Gardner-Edgerton, which joins the Sunflower League next year. Diener finished with a 73-53 overall record, including a three-year span in 2008-2010 of 33-4 with a trip to the Kansas Class 5A state championship game. Diener arrived to GEHS after winning six state titles at Salina Central,” —810varsity.com The complete article is available at:...

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Turkey Time Pickleball Potluck lunch planned

Pickleball players are invited to be thankful for each other and the sport that brings them together during a free lunch gathering begin presented in early December by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. This Turkey Time Pickleball Potluck lunch will take place beginning at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. JCPRD will provide the turkey, and there is no fee for this one-hour program, but players are asked to bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert. A sign-up sheet is located at New Century’s front desk. Note that this event was originally scheduled for Nov. 14, but was postponed. Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and...

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New sign

Entry signs for the I-35 Logistics Park at 151st and 155th off Old 56 Hwy are being completed. Kessinger/Hunter represented Sun Life Financial on the purchase of an additional 134 acres at the I-35 Logistics Park at 155th & Old 56 Highway in Olathe, Kansas.  I-35 Logistics Park totals 330± acres ready for 4.7 million SF of Class A distribution space.  Recent leases of 474,000 SF to S&S Activewear and 158,517 SF to 1A Auto brings Building B to 100% occupancy, according to the website. With Building B fully leased, Kessinger/Hunter evaluates further development of the park, including Building...

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Lineage Logistics withdraws cold storage at New Century plans

Lineage Logistics, LLC (“Lineage”), a leading international warehousing and logistics company, today announced that due to a change in customer needs, Lineage will no longer pursue the development of a temperature-controlled storage facility at the New Century AirCenter in Olathe. “Lineage’s approach to new construction, expansion and acquisition has long been to provide the space and solutions where and when our customers need it,” said Mike McClendon, EVP of Network Optimization at Lineage. “In the case of the proposed New Century facility, unforeseen changes to our customers’ supply chain and logistics needs have, for now, prompted us to withdraw our plans.” “We respect the decision of Lineage Logistics in their announcement not to locate 300 new jobs for Johnson County residents at the New Century AirCenter,” said Greg Martinette, president Southwest Johnson County Economic Development. “We will continue to look for business development opportunities at the New Century Industrial Park; new businesses consistent with the current tenant mix as has been the case for over 40 years. There currently are over 60 businesses that provide over 5,000 private sector jobs at the Industrial Park.” While Lineage has decided to suspend construction plans in New Century, Lineage continues to grow its capacity in other key markets in response to customer demand. “Our customers look to Lineage to deliver the industry’s latest, most innovative supply chain solutions, and the depth of...

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UAC reviews outage report; buys chemicals

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Utility Advisory Commission met on Nov. 2 and considered bids for water treatment chemicals, a contract for utility locate services and heard the third quarter utility outage reports the Nov. 2 meeting. Outage Reports Electric – In the third quarter of 2017, The electric staff responded to 21 outages affecting 2754 customers: seven due to equipment failure, seven due to animals, two caused by storms, two due to damage by others, and two due to unknown causes. The average response time was 20 minutes and the overall average length of outage was two hours and two minutes. Waste Water – In the third quarter of 2017, line maintenance staff repaired one sanitary sewer line breakage discovered by a routine sewer camera inspection. The repair was completed in eight hours. There were no sewer backups or disruptions. Water Distribution – In the third quarter of 2017, line maintenance staff responded to nine water line breaks or leaks; one due to a valve failure, two due to hardware failures caused by corrosion, four due to main line cracks or holes, and two due to service line breaks. The average response time was 22 minutes, with the average repair completion time being 4 hours and 41 minutes. All repairs were during regular work hours and a total of 20 customers were affected. Water Treatment...

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Traffic concerns continue near I-35 intersection

Traffic continues to increase near 191st and S Gardner Rd near I-35. Despite being marked a no truck route, trucks continue to access the road to utilize the intermodal. Staff photo by Rick Poppitz Congestion and increased truck traffic, has caused many residents to complain about the intersection at I-35 and Gardner Rd. Originally constructed in 1959 when Gardner’s population was about 1600, today, Gardner’s population teeters at 20,000 and the Edgerton intermodal’s growth has brought traffic at that interchange to about 500 exiting I-35 per day. When shifts change at the intermodal businesses, cars often stack up as...

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Democrats are way behind the public on health care

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist Good news, people — at last, congressional Democrats have gotten a clue, grown some spine, and are beginning to act like… well, like progressives. In particular, a majority of Dems in the U.S. House are responding to the rising public demand that decent health care be treated as a right for everyone, rather than being rationed by profiteering insurance conglomerates. Nearly 6 of 10 Dems in the House have now signed on to Rep. John Conyers’ “Medicare for All” bill, which is being carried in the Senate by Bernie Sanders — and 16 Democratic co-sponsors. Hallelujah, progress! But there are many speed bumps to overcome before the Democratic Party gets onto the moral high road of politics. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, for one. When the leader of House Democrats was asked recently if the party should make health care for all a major issue in Congress and in the 2018 elections, she replied with a flat “no.” Pelosi says “the American people” aren’t ready for it. Unfortunately, I think she really means that health industry executives, lobbyists, and campaign donors aren’t ready. Meanwhile, a good 60 percent of regular Americans are sure ready, telling pollsters that our government has a responsibility to ensure that everyone gets the care they need. Let’s be blunt: When it comes to the fiery leadership that America’s grassroots people want...

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OUR VIEW: Congratulations to all who ran for office

At this writing, the election is over. There are winners and losers, so now it’s time to regroup, stop the rhetoric and make positive plans to move our communities forward. This has been a rough election cycle, and the negativity needs to be put in the past. In actuality, some candidates’ supporters were more negative than the candidates themselves. Very sad. We were fortunate to have every seat contested; that provides choice; and caused candidates to put their best game forward. We appreciate anyone willing to take time from their family to concentrate on a campaign for elected office. It’s not for the faint of heart – it takes a lot of patience, due diligence and shoe leather. It’s also rough on knowledgeable voters who have to sift thru some very wordy campaign missives; and family members who have to weather the campaign fall out. To all those who ran for office, we say thank you for your willingness to do community service. We hope those who lost continue to work within the communities, and we hope those who won will shake hands, dig in and make our towns the very best they can be....

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Celebrate the holidays at Lanesfield Museum

Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas during a special event being presented 11 times this holiday season by the Johnson County Museum at the Lanesfield Historic Site. The program is called Lanesfield School Country Christmas and is for all ages. Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! Participants can write a letter to Santa with pen and ink, and find old-fashioned stocking stuffers in our gift shop. Lanesfield School Country Christmas is offered as a free drop-in program from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on the following dates: Nov. 25, and Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15,...

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WE HONOR OUR VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY – NOV. 11TH

SH to honor veterans All citizens are invited to a veterans’ event at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the South Middle School, 301 E South St., Spring Hill. Community members are invited to join veterans, Cole-Smith American Legion Post #350, Ladies Auxiliary Unit #350, Sons of the American Legion and American Letion Riders chapters, the Spring Hill Historical Society, school children dignitaries and a guest speakers at Spring Hill’s 12th annual Veterans Day celebration. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be food and fellowship provided by Auxiliary members. For additional information contact Helen Hecke at 913 592 3419. Gardner...

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