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USD 230 ACT scores

The Spring Hill School District announced its 2017 ACT composite scores.  The district composite score was 22.4, which exceeds state and national averages. This year’s average composite score in Kansas is 21.7. High school students who are college-bound take the ACT as a readiness test prior to continuing their education. Trend Information by School Insight School of Kansas 2017 – Composite Score: 21.8 (18 students were tested) Insight School of Kansas 2016 – Composite Score:  18.6 (11 students were tested) Spring Hill High School 2017 – Composite Score: 22.4  (112 students were tested) Spring Hill High School 2016 – Composite Score: 23.7  (112 students were tested) “We continue to work with our students at an early age to prepare them for high achievement on the ACT and in post-secondary education,” says Dr. Karen Brack, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Spring Hill High School offers a semester-long ACT preparation course that helps students maximize their results. All sophomores now take the ACT Aspire test, which helps to identify areas that need to be strengthened prior to taking the official test....

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Jo Co district court to host Constitution Day

On Sept. 17, 1787, our nation’s Founding Fathers signed the Constitution, and this week, Johnson County District Court will host a series of events to celebrate Constitution Day — to honor the formation and signing of the United States and Kansas constitutions. The public is invited to attend the celebration 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Courthouse, 100 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe. On Sept. 15, District Court will host hundreds of elementary through high school students for a daylong Constitution Day event. Media are also invited to attend the student-focused events. Media and the public are invited to attend evening events on Sept. 14: 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees will have access to legal help at the District Court Help Center, first floor 5:30 p.m. Judge Karen Arnold-Burger will give a presentation on the Informed Voters Project, Division 14, third floor A brief presentation on the new county courthouse, third floor 6:15 p.m. Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will provide information on the office’s K-9 and Crime Scene Investigation units 6:30 p.m. Judge Arnold-Burger will give a second talk on the Informed Voters Project, Division 14, third floor 7:00 p.m. A second opportunity to hear about the new courthouse, third floor 7:15 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office will give a second presentation on the K-9 and CSI units The 2017 Constitution Day is sponsored by...

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Blazers traveled to WSU Sept. 2 for cross country competition

The Blazers headed to the WSU cross country course on Sept. 2 with high hopes, and headed home with the satisfaction of our boys moving up from last year’s 10th place finish to 7th. Trent Cochran led the way for GE with a first place finish and a new all-time school record for the 5k of 16:00.4 – a truly amazing accomplishment this early in the season. Last time GE had an individual champion at this meet was Cali George in 2007, which was also a school record. Trent now holds the school records in Cross Country for fastest time, and highest state finish. Cochran is now ranked as the number one runner in the state in 6A and number three in the state all classifications—amazingly the top three runners in the state are all separated by three seconds 15:58. 15:59, and 16:00. Milesplit of Kansas has Cochran picked to win the 6A State meet this year. Provided that he and the ‘ team stay healthy, look to continued improved performances from the Blazer Cross Country team as they transition to the Sunflower League this season. Rodolfo Berrum, Josh Frazier and Mitch Lumley also ran new personal bests and improved greatly on their performances from last week—these boys look to become major contributors as seasoned runners Carson Hughes, Fazier, and Berrum look to support Cochran with strong finishes. The...

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Barnyard Weed Warriors are in Gardner

Barnyard Weed Warriors is a traveling crew of 75 grazing goats used to control brush and weeds. They were working in Gardner during the eclipse and torrential rains on Aug. 21. Submitted photos Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Mary Powell is in the business of clearing weed and brush choked plots of land, but she’s not using mechanical tools or chemicals. She has a crew of 75 goats. The company name is Barnyard Weed Warriors. Mary and her crew travel all around the state of Kansas every year, and they just returned home after an eight day...

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Herb and Helen Klemp honor their original cottage

Toddler Herb Klemp sits on the windowsill of the stone cottage under construction on Lake Road 8. Today he poses in the same spot with the plaque that marks the date of the 1939 structure his parents built by hand. Photo courtesy of Amy Heaven Amy Heaven Courtesy Gardner Lake Community 1939 was a significant year for many reasons. That year the newly-matured Gardner Lake project symbolized the end of a decade of drought and, Herb Klemp was born. Herb’s parents had discovered the beauty of the young lake and were determined to build their dream cottage on the east shore on a lot with a panoramic view. It is unknown for certain but it is likely that the lot was acquired during the February, 1934 lottery when parcels were sold for $100 each. Herb’s parents, Heinie and Mimi Klemp bought an adjacent lot with family friends, Phillip and Bertha Voltz, both from Kansas City, Kan. The senior Klemps built the charming stone cottage at 15590 Lake Road 8 single-handedly. Initially completed in 1940, the Klemps continued to expand and refine the dwelling even adding a popular children’s pool filled with fresh lake water. Herb’s earliest memories are of weekends fishing, swimming and boating during the summer months, and playing on the solid ice in the winter. In 1964 Herb married the lovely Helen Grove and they started their...

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History is just that, we should learn from it

Joan Dorsey Contributing columnist Did you hear that noise? It was the sound of my soap box being pulled from under my desk. It was a little dusty but still sturdy enough to climb up on and express my unhappiness. There was civil unrest in Charlottesville this past weekend. A group of men who are white supremists held a march/rally. They carried tiki torches instead of rags wrapped around tree branches and set on fire. They didn’t wear white hoods, but their allegiance was I believe the same. A man who allegedly supports these beliefs drove into a crowd of people opposing this rally and killed a woman and injured many others. These are the bare bones of the facts. Elsewhere statues of generals and other civil war historical people are being removed and desecrated and torn down. I read with much sadness just this morning that the monument to Abraham Lincoln had been defaced last night with graffiti and red paint. I like history. I like to listen to the people who were there when an event was happening tell the stories. We learn from history, at least we are supposed to. History has a purpose. It shows what we got right and what we did wrong, so you don’t do it again. I lived for a year in a country that had been under the control of...

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3rd Annual Gardner Lake Rico’s Kayak Run

There were over 50 entries in the 3rd Annual Gardner Lake Rico’s Kayak Run at Gardner Lake on Labor Day. Although awards are given in several categories, the race is mostly for fun and all ages participate. There was free food and drawings for prizes and coupons from local businesses. The Kayak Run has become an annual event at Gardner Lake – this was the 3rd – and it has grown in attendance and participation each year. Photos courtesy of Rick...

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Late rally falls short as Ottawa defeats Wheatridge

The first football game of the season at the middle school level is generally one of nerves and uncertainty. Young players, new plays and the game moving faster than anything players have seen so far in practices. Combine nervous energy with the excitement of facing an opposing school for the first time and it may take time to settle in. So, when the 2017 Wheatridge Mustang 8th grade football team kicked off in Ottawa to take on the Whirlwinds, maybe as predicted, it took time for the Mustangs to find a groove. The opening half both teams spent settling those first game jitters with the defenses providing most of the action. Ottawa did manage an opening drive touchdown to go up 6-0 and kept that lead until the Mustangs answered with a score of their own in the second quarter on a 2 yard Kye Beauford touchdown plunge. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful and the first half ended with the score knotted at 6-6. It only took until after halftime for both offenses to find their groove. After putting up 12 total points in the 1st half, both teams combined for 42 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Ottawa did their scoring in the 3rd quarter with the Whirlwinds pushing ahead 30-6. The 4th quarter was all Mustangs. The scoring began with a 63-yard touchdown pitch and...

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Saints’ big plays too much for Trailblazers in season-opener

Pete Logan The quick strikes cut hard and cut deep. Behind four touchdowns from distances of 30 yards out or more, the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints outdistanced Gardner-Edgerton, 35-14, Friday night as the Trailblazers hosted the season-opener for both EKL teams. Aquinas senior quarterback Will Swanson threw for two of the Saints’ five overall touchdowns, while going 6-of-7 for 200 yards in the passing game. “We’re obviously very disappointed,” said Gardner-Edgerton head coach Marvin Diener after the game. “Our kids played hard and we’ve got good players, but in our execution we weren’t very congruent, and —when you play teams that good — you just can’t have that many breakdowns and survive. They just take complete advantage of a breakdown and it happened both offensively and defensively.” Aquinas’ offense benefitted from opportunities created by a talented Saints defensive backfield that tried to make the Blazers’ offense one-dimensional. “A lot of credit is due to STA,” Diener said. “They run a physical, good defense. They have very good corners that allowed them to put a lot of people in the box because those guys could handle our outside receivers. The Saints put up 14 points in each of the contest’s first two quarters, scoring in the first quarter on a 40-yard scamper by junior fullback Cameron Jackson and on a 9-yard wide-right run by senior tailback Adam Davis. 2nd Quarter...

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Johnson County Fire District #1 crew travels to Rosenburg, Oregon

Pictured left to right is Lt. Robinson, MFF/EMT Shaw, BC Morley and Capt. Hultman in front of Heavy Brush 121 which will be identified as Kansas State Engine 41 during their assignment. The crew left Aug. 18 and it was estimated they would be gone for a minimum of two weeks, but that has been extended. Photos courtesy of Fire District 1 On Aug. 18 four members from Fire District #1 Of Johnson County were deployed to the Umpqua North Complex Wildfire located in Roseburg, Oregon. The incident involves at least eight separate fires with a total of 3,414...

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Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights – The Gardner-Edgerton varsity football team opened the 2017 season on Sept. 1. with a home conference game loss to St. Thomas Aquinas, by a score of 35-14. Next up for the GEHS varsity football team, is an away conference game at Bishop Miege on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7p.m. Photo courtesy of Rick...

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Sports Potpourri

Mac Stevenson Kansas football has come a long way since David Beaty became head coach in 2015. That doesn’t mean KU is where they want to be, but they’re moving forward. The Jayhawks are no longer a substandard team. In the 38-16 season-opening win against Southeast Missouri State, there was much for Kansas fans to be pleased about and also areas of concern. Most encouraging was the play of QB Peyton Bender: he completed 23 of 37 passes for 364 yards and four TDs. But Bender also threw two interceptions. Bender has one potential problem with his long passes; even though he hit some nice long balls, his throws were high and hanging. That might work against SEMO, but the Big 12 defensive backs will be all over high, drifting passes. KU’s overall team speed is the biggest single upgrade in the football program and it’s particularly evident on the defensive unit. If the Jayhawks can avoid serious injuries to their key players, they will have a very competitive defense throughout the season. A second major advancement is the offensive line; it’s not in the same class as the top 25 teams in the nation, but KU’s OL is slowly but surely coming together. And the depth is much improved. KU will get their second win when they play Central Michigan this coming Saturday, September 9. The game will...

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OUR VIEW: Labor Day’s passing more than just season’s end

Labor Day, the first Monday of September, is considered by many to be the unofficial end of summer. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the first Labor Day was celebrated in Sept. 5, 1882 by the Central Labor Union in New York City. The holiday was created as a “national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” The first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday. Two years later, the holiday was moved to Monday as a “workingmen’s holiday” and has continued ever since, spreading across the country along with the growth of labor unions. The holiday grew in popularity over the years, with several municipal ordinances passed in recognition of Labor Day in 1885 and 1886. That led to state legislation establishing the holiday in the New York, Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey legislatures. By the end of the 1880s, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had joined the movement to take Labor Day national. Twenty-three other states joined the fold by 1894. In the summer of 1894, Congress took official action to make the first Monday in September a national holiday in honor of America’s laborers. History is not clear on who was first to propose a Labor Day holiday. Some say Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and co-founder of the American...

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University update

Honor roll list for Pittsburg State University for the Summer 2017 session includes: Gardner, Kristina Murphy, physical education, Sr., Deans’s scholastic honors William McGuire, nursing, junior, Dean’s Scholastic Honors Emily Frank, plastics engineering tech, sophomore, All A Scholastic...

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Put the Brakes on Fatalities contest entries due

The deadlines are quickly approaching for poster and video contests as part of the annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day safety campaign. All Kansas kids can win great prizes and learn about traffic safety by participating. Poster contest: For Kansas kids ages 5 to 13 – poster entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 22. Three statewide winners will each receive: • Kindle Fire Tablet and case from the Kansas Turnpike Authority; • $50 gift card from Wal Mart; • $50 Amazon gift card from the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas; • Movie passes from AAA Kansas. A total of 18 regional winners in the six regions and age groups (ages 5-7, ages 8-10 and ages 11-13) will receive a bicycle and a helmet from Safe Kids Kansas. Information and entry forms are available here. Video contest: For Kansas teens in grades 8-12 – video entries must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 24. Prizes include an iPad, a Go Pro and a DJI Osmo camera, and the school of the grand prize winner will receive $500 for its booster club. Information to submit entries is available here. The Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Highway Patrol and other traffic safety organizations are sponsoring the...

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3 members decline to attend, causes meeting cancellation

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 unknown council members. Moore and Shute soon followed suit and, also on social media, declined to attend. All three indicated they had consulted a personal attorney. Both Chris Morrow, mayor, and Kristina Harrison, council member, indicated they were available to attend and did not believe the correspondence they received made them believe they should not attend the meeting. “I was actually looking forward to changes to an ordinance to provide local farmers an exemption to the existing truck routes and put to rest these discussions with the Gardner News and more importantly an executive session to find out what in the heck is going on,” wrote Harrison on social media. “But then again, I did not have a “personal” attorney providing my guidance.” Gardner staff declined to comment on the...

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Local Gardner auto shop subject of new Discovery network series

Nate Boyer’s passion for cars had an early start. At only 13 years old, Nate bought a ’59 Volkswagen Beetle with money he’d earned from mowing lawns. With the help of neighbors and friends, he restored the Beetle to its original quality. At 18, Nate had his sights set on starting a restoration business. After being declined many times, he managed to secure a loan and open Kultured Customs — he’s been in business ever since. Kultured Customs has forged a reputation as a top-of-the-line restoration shop whose builds yield over six figures; from immaculate restorations to high-end custom builds, Kultured has moved...

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Strolling Strings event for 50 Plus set

Submitted photo Celebrate the changing of the seasons during a special event being planned in early September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. This event is called Strolling Strings and will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8, at the Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. During the meal , the talented Shawnee Mission North Strolling Strings will amaze the audience with their talent of making music as they stroll around the room. The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event, including dinner, is $10 per person. For more...

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