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Blazers defeat Olathe South

The Blazers used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to secure a 54-51 first round 6A Sub-State win over Olathe South last week. South, 10-11, tied the game at 48 with three minutes left in the game but saw the Blazers rally with key free throws. GEHS trailed 14-12 after one quarter but held a slim 24-21 halftime lead. The Blazers stretched the lead to 38-31 after three quarters and held on for victory. Devan Toomey led the scoring with 19 point. Bryson Rohr added 15, 13 of which came in the second half...

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The war on coal is over with Pruitt in at EPA

Natalia Castro Guest Columnist Scott Pruitt is on the road to a successful nomination. Thursday the Senate pushed Pruitt one step closer to his position as Administrator to the Environmental Protection Agency, putting Pruitt in the right place to end the disastrous war on coal that has costs the jobs of millions of Americans. His support proves to struggling voters that Senators are listening to their plight. Ever since his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt has fought the EPA at every turn throughout the country. Pruitt joined 11 other Republican Attorneys General in 2013 to fight against the sue and settle lawsuits of the EPA which provided the agency with wide latitude over the enforcement of environmental law, where environmental groups sue the EPA and to avoid further litigation, the parties settle the suit and the EPA is given permission to address the issue with newly expanded powers. There will also be an opportunity for the EPA to reconsider the 2009 Carbon Endangerment Finding, defining carbon dioxide as a harmful pollutant under the Clean Air Act, which has been used to justify the continual implementation of regulations that expand the agency’s power and wage a war on coal via the new and existing power plant rules. The EPA has successfully forced states to regulate the coal industry as an extension of the Clean Air Act, and given itself...

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Museum hosts special Scouting exhibit

Charlie Troutner, Edgerton Community Museum president, shows some of the scouting memorabilia collected that will be part of the special exhibit “Scouting in Edgerton” opening on March 11. Submitted photo Edgerton Community Museum will premiere a new exhibit, “Scouting in Edgerton,” on March 11. The museum will open at 11 a.m. that day, an hour earlier than normal. Area Scout troops have been invited to participate on opening day, which the museum is calling “Scouting Day.” The “Scouting in Edgerton” exhibit will be on display through most of the summer. The exhibit features a variety of Girl and Boy...

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KPER’s bill would update exemptions, including retirement

The Blazers celebrate a 54-51 sub state win over Olathe South last week. The victory sent GEHS to the title game against Blue Valley Northwest. Photo courtesy of Chrissy Hatton The Blazer boys’ basketball season came to an end last Friday night with a 72-35 6A Sub-State loss to Blue Valley Northwest. Blue Valley Northwest, 19-3 and ranked number one in 6A, jumped to a 38-18 first half lead and never looked back en route to another state tournament appearance. Despite the loss, GEHS got 11 points apiece from Devan Toomey and Blake Nichols. Bryson Rohr added six points,...

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Jaguar JV team ends successful season

Posting a pair of wins in a season ending double header on Feb. 25, the Pioneer Ridge eighth grade JV team concluded the season at 8-8. In the opener, Pioneer Ridge turned back Paola 31-26 and rounded out the season with a 40-35 win over cross town rival Wheatridge. Against Wheatridge, Jakobb Haney led all scorers with a season high 17 points. Storm Frazier added 10, JJ Jeter had four points, Owen Prothe had three points, Steffen Krouse had two, and Dane Moldrup and Marcus Van Vleet had one point each. Defensively, Moldrup collected two steals while Storm Frazier, Haney and Krouse had one steal each. “The eighth grade JV Jags thanks the parents and students for their support during the season,” said Coach Stan...

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Jaguars lose twice

The Pioneer Ridge seventh grade boys’ varsity basketball team ended the season with a pair of losses in a doubleheader on Feb. 25. In game one, Pioneer Ridge lost a 40-27 decision to Paola. Things proved closer in a 40-39 second game loss to Wheatridge. In the opener, Pioneer trailed just 22-21 at halftime, and Paola took control in the second half with 18 points to secure the victory. Despite the loss, Tyler Butash had 17 points, and Braden Smith tallied six points. Conner Wisecup had three points, and Avery Pillow had one point. In game two against Wheatridge, Pioneer held a 24-13 halftime lead but saw Wheatridge rebound with 27 second half points to claim victory. Once again, Butash led the scoring with 14 points and four rebounds. Wisecup added eight points, Smith had six, Carson Schrack had five, and Avery Pillow had four points. Aiden Murr and David Arreola had one point...

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Blazer wrestlers impressive at state

The Blazer wrestlers turned in an impressive performance at the State 6A meet in Park City last weekend. Seven of the 11 state qualifying Blazers won at least one match and GEHS brought back a 12th place team finish. Jackson Flowers led the way with a fourth place finish at 195 pounds. Fifth place awards went to Drake Taysom (120 pounds) and Conner Greig (160 pounds). “It was a great season, and I’m already looking forward to next year,” said Coach Tyler Cordts. “Nine of our 11 state qualifiers return and it should be another great...

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Lady Broncos lose to Paola in sub-state final

A 52-41 loss to Paola in the 4A Sub-State final ended the season for the Lady Broncos. Spring Hill fell behind 12-5 after one quarter and 29-21 by halftime. Paola added 23 second half points to secure a spot in the state tournament. Despite the loss, Spring Hill got 11 points from Meghan Goff, and Lauren Delker had eight points, while Camie Williams had six points. “We could not overcome a slow start, but the girls continued to play hard throughout the game,” said Coach Clay Frigon. The loss left the Broncos final record at 11-11 with big wins over top ranked Piper and Labette County. Playing in their final game were seniors Ali Fabrizius, Haylee Hitchens, and Savannah...

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Gall wins elementary state wrestling title

Pioneer Ridge sixth grader Luke Gall is pictured with his father Jeff after winning the 112 pound state Elementary wrestling title in Salina Feb. 26. Submitted photo Pioneer Ridge sixth grader Luke Gall recently won the 112 pound elementary state wrestling title held February 26 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. Gall won the title over 12 other wrestlers in his bracket from across Kansas. Gall wrestles for the East Kansas Club coached by Eric Akin, Travis Phippen and his father Jeff Gall. Luke is the son of Jeff and Libby Gall of...

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GPD to conduct training scenarios

The Gardner Police Department has been given permission to use the buildings that are vacant in the area of Main & Center for training purposes. “We will be conducting scenario based training on Monday, March 13th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until noon and again on Wednesday March 15th, 2017 from 6 – 10 p.m.,” Lt. Lee Krout, Gardner Police Department, said in a press release. The GPD will be running scenario’s at two houses and the apartment buildings.  Krout said the training will not interfere with any traffic in the area other than people possibly slowing down to see...

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Gardner museum features Reece exhibit

“Medicine in the 1930’s and 40’s” will be on display at the Gardner Historical Museum beginning March 18 and running thru mid-April. The exhibit features Dr. A.S. Reece, who operated two hospitals in Gardner, known as Reece Hospital and Gardner Community Medical Center. There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 204 W. Main, and Dr. Reece’s daughters will be available collecting information, memories and photos for an upcoming...

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UPDATED: GPD looks for assistance in high school vandalism; reward possible

  The investigation into the burglary of the Gardner-Edgerton High School last week is ongoing. Detectives are again asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects observed in the two videos that were previously released. Video captured what is believed to be a light colored 1990s model Ford Bronco entering and leaving the area,: said Lt. Jay Belcher, GPD. There was a green Caterpillar hat left at the scene as well. At 12:03 p.m. Feb. 26, GPD patrol officers were dispatched to the GEHS, 425 N. Waverly, regarding reported damage to the interior of the school. Upon arrival,...

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Gardner, Edgerton on impasse on paving Waverly Road

Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz Almost three miles of Waverly Road through Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) was improved to support truck traffic for non-standard, heavy loads, and a ribbon cutting was held at the Waverly Rd. bridge in June. Plans to pave the other side of the bridge, however, have reached an impasse between Gardner and Edgerton, with Edgerton declining. A letter from county officials indicated the county plans to pave the gravel section whether or not Gardner and Edgerton contribute to the project. However, an additional 6 inches of pavement would be added if the cities split...

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SH Educational Foundation set to grow

The Spring Hill Education Foundation (SHEF) recently received its 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This designation makes the foundation one of only five public charities recognized by the IRS in Spring Hill. In 1993, the SHEF was established to support educational opportunities in the Spring Hill School District. At that time, the foundation partnered with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to achieve its mission and provide tax benefits for donors. Over the past 23 years, the foundation has raised money for student scholarships through an annual golf tournament and silent auction. Funds raised are used to support scholarships to graduating seniors continuing to post-secondary education. To-date, the SHEF has awarded 114 scholarships. The Spring Hill Education Foundation’s mission is to enhance the extraordinary educational opportunities for students, staff and patrons of the Spring Hill School District. This month the foundation awarded its first set of Innovation grants to teachers in the school district. This new initiative will provide funds for teachers to incorporate innovative educational opportunities in their classroom. “We are thrilled about the potential for growth that this designation provides,” says Chad Lewis, SHEF board president. “We look forward to partnering with our community to provide more opportunities for our students.” If you are interested in donating to the foundation please visit www.usd230.org/foundation or contact Misty Eytcheson,...

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Staying positive in an unpositive world

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist I had a hard time trying to find something to write about this week. I try to stay on the positive of side of things. The spring weather has been good to us, so the occasional days of clouds and rain don’t dampen the spirits to much. There was a shooting at a neighborhood bar and grill in Olathe. Olathe, for goodness sake. We can only speculate on the reason this man decided he needed to resolve any problems he had by shooting people. As my generation would say “not cool”— not cool at all. Then there was the person who decided that driving at two times the blood alcohol limit was a good idea and drove into a crowd of people watching a Mardi Gras parade. Again, not cool. Not a terrorist attack, just a drunk behind the wheel. This morning I hear our high school has been vandalized. There are some really nice pictures of the guys who did it on the news and probably on the internet too. Once again – not cool. So what do you do? I don’t think I personally could have stopped or prevented any of these things from happening. But every day I try to make whatever contact I have with people I know and people I don’t know positive. How? My mother taught me to say...

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Rohr’s 13 points cements victory

Senior Bryson Rohr scored 13 points, including 10 in the third quarter, leading the Blazer boys’ varsity basketball team to a 56-44 non league win at Paola last week. GEHS, 9-10, led 20-13 at halftime but took control with 14 third quarter points. Paola rallied within six points with 54 seconds left in the game, but GEHS held on for victory. Besides Rohr, Devan Toomey and Anthony Reed 12 points apiece. GEHS closed out the regular season competition against Blue Valley Southwest before entering Regional play this...

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OUR VIEW: Reviewing life lessons

It might be time to review a few of the lessons we (hopefully) learned as children. Be kind to one another. It’s as easy to be kind, or be quiet, as it is to be snarky, cute or mean. Hold your tongue. We’re all guilty of gossiping, or popping off a smart reply; but it seems some people take pride and joy in that ability. Social media fosters this practice; a cutesy reply can bring the popularity of “likes,” and it’s easy to be mean when sitting behind a keyboard. It’s much different than looking someone in the eye and making a rude comment; the internet affords a quasi-anonymous medium to do a one-two quick punch. And that juvenile atmosphere of intolerance and contempt spreads like poison. And it takes root. And people get hurt. Both emotionally and . . . sometimes physically. It’s sad that some of the very people we see on social media posting derisive comments regarding race, religion or politics, are now crying real tears over the recent shooting of two bar patrons — victims of a terrorist hate crime by an American born citizen. Stop pointing fingers. Stop screaming outrage and confusion. Take a look at yourself: your actions, your words, the atmosphere you foster in your daily life. Judge yourself, not others. We can’t change others, but we can change ourselves. Think before you speak. Think before...

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Edgerton city council agrees to 199th Street improvements

Submitted graphic Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News In 2013 a study was conducted which showed improvements were needed at the intersection of 199th Street/Sunflower Road/US 56 Highway, including a traffic light, lane widening and both left and right turn lanes. This week, the Kansas Department of Transportation proposed a project to add a left turn lane to 199th on westbound 56 and a right turn lane to 199th on eastbound 56 as they do not have the funding for all necessary improvements. Beth Linn, city administrator, told the council that although KDOT’s proposal didn’t solve all the...

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Blazers celebrate senior night with victories over Blue Valley Southwest

The Blazer boy’s and girl’s basketball teams celebrated senior night with a pair of victories over EKL foe Blue Valley Southwest last Friday. On the boys’ side, GEHS jumped to an early 15-7 lead and went up 15 points by halftime. The Blazers held a 48-27 lead after three frames and held on for victory. Six seniors played their final regular season game and accounted for 61 of the Blazers 70 points. Guard Austyn Hatton led the way with 16 points while Bryson Rohr added 13. Devan Toomey had 11 points; Anthony Reed had nine; Blake Nichols had seven...

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