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A nation of easily offended people

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist I failed to mark on my calendar when exactly it happened, but we are a nation of easily offended people. Last week was one of those weeks when it seemed everyone or no one was offended by something. Maybe it is the weather? Maybe it is the way the mass media presents things for shock value. When I say that I get visions of Joe Pyne from the early 70’s who had very violent interactions with guests on his TV show. Sometimes you want to just let it slip by, and sometimes you can’t stand the stupidity. First we had the young ladies who were asked to change clothes before being allowed to board an airline flight. Now a lot of the Hollywood people jumped on this with their opinions. I mean — does the sun set and rise on Gwyneth Paltrow? Well not in my neighborhood, thank goodness. But wait! The rest of the story not always mentioned was that these young people were flying as guests (read FREE) of an employee for this airline. They were basically getting free airfares and as such were required to wear a dress code that didn’t include spandex leggings. Spandex leggings wow. I followed a woman at a local store wearing them. Her shirt didn’t cover enough, and I swear she was smuggling puppies, and they were...

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In Cold Blood

Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz A six member production crew was at the Edgerton Community Museum on April 4 shooting material for a documentary to premiere on the Sundance channel sometime in the fall. The program focuses on aspects of the “In Cold Blood” story. In this photo, Luke McCoubrey, director of photography, frames up Charlie Troutner, museum president, for an interview. Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood,” focused on Richard Hickock a graduate of Edgerton Rural High School, and some scenes from a 1967 movie were shot in Edgerton . Hickock was arrested and convicted for a murder...

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O’Reilly expansion plans considered

The O’Reilly Auto Parts at 525 East Main has a lot of space between the building and the railroad tracks to the south – and they want to add about a 30 percent expansion on to the back of the building. The site plan application was approved with conditions by the planning commission, and now moves on to city council. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Staff reviewed a site plan for an addition to O’Reilly Auto Parts, 525 East Main, at the March 28 Gardner Planning Commission. Staff recommended approval pending three...

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OUR VIEW: Shute says no KOMA violation

During the April 3 Gardner City Council meeting, Steve Shute, president, refuted the newspaper’s March 29 editorial and article regarding Resolution 1963 that alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Shute said the city’s “newspaper of record,” — The Gardner News — had slandered him by stating Resolution 1963, which changes the city’s personnel rules and regulations, was not discussed or crafted during closed session. The newspaper’s editorial referred to an email from Shute to Chris Morrow, mayor, obtained under the open records act, in which Shute states that he had written an “ordinance” (not a resolution) for review during an executive session. After the closed session, Shute emerged with an already-prepared resolution and in open session council members voted 4-1 to approve it. Council member Kristina Harrison voted against the resolution. The Gardner News sent emails on March 9 to Morrow and Shute requesting clarification on the March 6 process that brought the resolution before council members for consideration. Morrow responded on the same day that the ordinance was not prepared in closed session, and his comment appeared in the March 15 edition of The Gardner News. To date, Shute has not responded to The Gardner News email sent to him on March 9. During the council meeting, Shute said the four council members in attendance at the April 3 meeting— Lee Moore was absent — would corroborate with him that Resolution 1963 was not crafted or discussed in...

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Camis discusses downtown parking with Gardner City Council

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Gardner city council had a fairly light agenda but discussed a wide range of topics in their April 3 meeting at city hall. The meeting began with a mayoral proclamation designating April as Fair Housing Month. IMPC + Title 8 Code Larry Powell, business and economic development director, gave staff presentation on the International Property Management Code (IMPC) 2012 as a method to update and enhance Title 8 Property Maintenance in the city code. “We felt that it was the easiest way to implement the code was just to adopt it in...

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Funny, there are no workers on the WH jobs panel

Jim Hightower Guest Columnist By golly, The Donald delivers. Trump and his new blue-ribbon panel of working-class champions have announced a bold new initiative to create millions of American jobs. A spokesman for the panel, Steve Schwarzman, praised Trump as a leader who wants to “do things a lot better in our country, for all Americans.” Wait a minute — Steve Schwarzman? Isn’t he a billionaire hedge-fund huckster on Wall Street? Yes — and holy money bags, there’s Jamie Dimon, head of the scandal-ridden bank JPMorgan Chase. Working-class champions? Hardly. Trump’s whole “jobs” panel, it turns out, is made up of Wall Street banksters and corporate powers like Wal-Mart that are notorious for laying off and ripping off workers. Trump-the-candidate fulminated against such moneyed elites, calling them “responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class.” But now, in a spectacular flip-flop, he’s brought these robbers directly inside his presidency, asking them to be architects of his economic strategy. Worse, he’s doing this in the name of helping workers. Hello! To develop policies beneficial to working stiffs, bring in some working stiffs! But there’s not a single labor advocate on his policy council, in his cabinet, or anywhere near his White House. Thus, the so-called “job-creation plan” announced by Trump and his corporate cohorts doesn’t create any jobs, but calls instead for de-regulating Wall Street. These flim-flammers...

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Planning commission approves plans for DQ

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News The Gardner Planning Commission met on March 28 to consider the final plat and plans for DQ, and proposed amendments to code pertaining to mobile food businesses and wireless communication facilities. Dairy Queen final plans At the Feb. 28 meeting, the commission considered rezoning request and preliminary development plan for a Dairy Queen restaurant that will be located at 518 East Main Street. The commission voted to forward recommendation for approval to city council. Council approved the rezoning and preliminary development plan by adopting Ordinance 2543 on March 20. Michelle Leininger, principal...

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JCPRD 50 Plus Bingo begins May 17

Photo courtesy of JCPRD The final bingo session of the January through April session is being presented in late April  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. But don’t worry, seven more bingo sessions are coming for the May through August session and will kick off on May 17. “Cupcake”  is the theme for the final session of the current season, which will take place on April 26 at the  Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park.This program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as...

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Broncos second at Baldwin Invitational

Scoring 105.5 points, the Spring Hill Bronco boys track team opened the season with a second place finish at the Baldwin Invitational last week. Leading the way was Nathan Ewing with gold medals in the high jump (6’0”) and 110 meter hurdles (16.24), the other gold belonged to Chase Rodney (300 hurdles) in 43.2. James Barnett took silver in the 100 meters with an 11.5 clocking and teamed with Dominick Scheerer, Ty Straw and Jordan Nelson to take second in the 400 relay in a time of 45.41. Third place awards went to Wyatt O’Leary (400 meters, 54.1) and the pole vault (11’0”). Chase Rooney took third in the 110 hurdles (16.49) as did Jacob Letellier in the 300 hurdles. In a separate meet Dylan Brenneman, a Kansas State commit, won gold in the 800 (1:58.62) and silver in the 1600 (4:24.1) at the Blue Valley Classic. “Our seniors led the team effort in the opener,” said Caoch Brent Smitheran. “Our sophomores made great strides and our younger kids exceeded our...

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Advanced Technical Center has opened

Photos courtesy of USD 231 The USD 231 Advanced Technical Center opened for learning on March 20. The new facility is home to the state-approved automotive/transportation, architecture/construction, and welding programs. These advanced courses under the Kansas Secondary Level Career Clusters and Pathways will prepare students for post secondary level courses along with the opportunity to receive both high school and college credit prior to graduation. The 28,000 square-foot, state-of-the art building includes a technology computer room, classrooms, conference room, and four large bay areas for hands-on...

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Funding for Gardner Lake dredging denied by state of Kansas

Gardner Lake residents filled the Senior Citizens center at the Gardner Lake Association meeting on April 1. The residents expected to hear an update on when the lake dredging and spillway repair project would begin but instead found out state funding had been denied, and the project is not going to happen in 2017. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz Gardner Lake residents filled the Senior Center for the April 1 meeting of the Gardner Lake Association (GLA). The attendees came expecting an update and new details about the dredging and spillway repair project but instead learned that the project...

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Blazer golf team is impressive at invite

The Blazer boys golf squad turned in an impressive performance at its season opening Invitational at Lions Gate last week. Lions Gate, a Jack Nicklaus designed course in Overland Park, offered a real challenge, and the Blazers responded. On the JV side, newcomer Hunter Skeens shot a respectable 112 in his first ever golf tournament. Guy Talcott shot a 118, Cayden Simmons shot a 120 and Zach Salazar shot a 122. On the varsity side, senior Trystan Tovkach led the way with an 86. Trevor Hilliker shot a 100, Garrett Glover shot a 119, Hunter Fesenmeyer, 119, and Coby Heathman,...

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Blazers, Shawnee Heights soccer match ends in a tie

Two overtime periods still could not decide the match as the Lady Blazers and Shawnee Heights soccer teams played to a 2-2 tie last week at GEHS stadium. Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Blazers battled back. Sophomore Fiona Turner scored on a penalty kick and then Turner scored on a break away to tie the score. The Blazers final shot on goal went awry and both teams settled with a draw. It was the same story in JV action as GEHS played to a 1-1 tie with Shawnee Heights. The Blazers lone score came from forward Jamie Gaither. The Blazers varsity and JV records start identically at...

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Blazer boys place second at SMS relays

Scoring 103 points, the Blazer boys track team brought back a second place finish from the Shawnee Mission South Relays last weekend. “This marks the highest finish ever at South and the coaches are quite optimistic,” said Coach Brian McGee. Leading the way was gold medalists Trent Cochran and senior Marshall Carpenter. Cochran covered 3200 meters in 9:54.3 while Carpenter tossed the shot put 47’5.” Jazz Davis cleared 12’6” in the pole vault for a silver medal while Matthew Summerlin raced to second in the 200 meters in a time of 22.7. Dylan Wolford took third with a javelin throw of 162’4” and Summerlin took third in the 100 with a time of 11.2. Another bronze went to the 3200 relay team of Carson Hughes, Trent Cochran, Joe Corbin, and Parker Tenove in a time of 8:36.5. Liam Sutton took fourth with a pole vault time of 12’0,” while Sam Stranathan tossed the discus 128’ for fourth place and the 400 relay of Jakob Renaud, Summerlin, Tae Alcorn and Sae Alcorn took fourth in a time of 44.1. All told, GEHS tallied 103 points finishing behind Shawnee Mission Northwest which had 132 points. Next up is the Olathe East Invitational Friday night at...

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OUR VIEW: Gardner Lake dredging posponed

It’s unfortunate state funding for dredging at Gardner Lake has been denied. In January, the Gardner City Council approved debt financing of $300,000 to dredge Gardner Lake. Matching funding of $280,000 was to have been received from KDA (Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Agriculture). However, at some point since January, the DOC has denied the grant application, indicating the lake is not the city’s water source. Currently, Gardner’s primary water source is Hillsdale Lake, and Gardner Lake serves as a secondary source. Although dredging will most likely not be done in 2017 – unless another funding source is found – repair work on the spill way is still scheduled for 2018 in the city’s Capital Improvements Program. In 2013, an inspection of the spillway concluded it was hazardous, and an inspection in 2015 identified failures along the length of the spillway. It concluded the spillway needs to be replaced to ensure the integrity of the dam. Gardner Lake was built in 1937. The city owns the actual lake, but the majority of the residences around the lake are in unincorporated area. Although Gardner Lake is no longer the city’s primary water source, it is an asset to the community – both city and county. It’s hoped city and lake residents can work together to identify an alternate funding...

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State lawmakers look to counter police targeting crimes with the Law Enforcement Act

Mac Moore KU Statehouse Wire Service After a report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund indicated ambush-style police killings increased 300 percent in 2016, Kansas lawmakers looked to counter police targeting crimes with the Law Enforcement Act. House Bill 2049 was heard in the Senate Judiciary committee and would enhance the sentencing of nondrug felony crimes intentionally committed against law enforcement officers. The bill passed in the House with a 112-8 vote last month. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the law expands criminal statutes that already enhance certain crimes against law enforcement, such assault or capital murder....

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Lady Blazers win Shawnee Mission South relays

For the third year in a row, the Lady Blazers have won the Shawnee Mission South relays title. This time GEHS scored 143- the most ever at South, winning a very competitive 12 school invitational. Due to construction issues, the meet was held at Shawnee Mission North, but the change in venue did not seem to bother the Blazers. “The team is off to a fantastic start,” said Coach Larry Ward. “ I was real proud of the effort.” Leading the way was Cassidy Androff, a Wichita State University commit, who took gold in the shot put and discus and scored 20 points. Lauren Highfill and Morgan McIntire tallied 13 points apiece. Highfill took second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 meter hurdles. McIntire placed third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the pole vault and helped the 1600 meter relay team to a third place finish. Kennedy Cornstock scored 12 points. She placed second in the javelin, and seventh in the shot put and discus. Zoe Daniels scored 11 points. She helped the 400 relay team to a gold, took third in the 1600 meter relay, fifth in the 200, and sixth in 100 meter dash. Sariah Hull scored 10.5 points. She helped the 400 relay team to a gold, and took second in the 100 hurdles. Scoring 8.5 points was junior Taylor Carpenter who...

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Broncos second at Baldwin Invitational

Scoring 105.5 points, the Spring Hill Bronco boys track team opened the season with a second place finish at the Baldwin Invitational last week. Leading the way was Nathan Ewing with gold medals in the high jump (6’0”) and 110 meter hurdles (16.24), the other gold belonged to Chase Rodney (300 hurdles) in 43.2. James Barnett took silver in the 100 meters with an 11.5 clocking and teamed with Dominick Scheerer, Ty Straw and Jordan Nelson to take second in the 400 relay in a time of 45.41. Third place awards went to Wyatt O’Leary (400 meters, 54.1) and the pole vault (11’0”). Chase Rooney took third in the 110 hurdles (16.49) as did Jacob Letellier in the 300 hurdles. In a separate meet Dylan Brenneman, a Kansas State commit, won gold in the 800 (1:58.62) and silver in the 1600 (4:24.1) at the Blue Valley Classic. “Our seniors led the team effort in the opener,” said Caoch Brent Smitheran. “Our sophomores made great strides and our younger kids exceeded our...

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Fire District #1 responds to Meadowbrook fire

A fire on South Meadowbrook is thought to have started due to attic wiring. Photo courtesy of Luis Murillo Fire District #1 was dispatched to an investigation on March 31, at 3:53 a.m. in the 200 block of South Meadowbrook. Upon arrival, crews found an active fire in the attic. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. The fire was reported out at approximately 4.58 a.m. All occupants of the home were safely evaluated including the family pets. No injuries were reported. A four-year-old woke up and smelled plastic burning. She then alerted per parents who contacted the fire department....

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Students advance to MathCON championship

Submitted photo Victoria Gulbrandson, Kate Penhallow and Lily Wiggins recently qualified for the MathCON Championship in Chicago. “We are so excited for the fifth grade students who have given 100 percent every day in class. Their hard work has paid off. Attending the MathCON competition will be a rewarding experience for them, and they will do a fantastic job representing Prairie Creek Elementary School,” said Cynthia Eaton, fifth grade teacher. MathCON is an online math competition for students in grades 5-12 with grade-level specific timed tests of 45 multiple-choice questions in 45 minutes. Students from any school in the...

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