Author: Gardner News

Brownback selects Colyer in bid for governor’s seat

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Sen. Sam Brownback, candidate for Kansas Governor, made a whirlwind tour through eight cities in Kansas on June 1 and June 2 introducing his Lt. Gov.-running mate, Dr. Jeff Colyer to voters. Overland Park was the closest the pair came to Gardner. There, Brownback told supporters at Johnson County Republican Party Headquarters that he is delighted Colyer, a state senator, agreed to be number two on the ticket. “Jeff is a man of tremendous character,” Brownback said in a press release. “He has distinguished himself in business and public service and is a true humanitarian.” Later in the day, the pair made their candidacy official by filing required forms at with the Secretary of State’s office in Topeka. Brownback, a one-time candidate for president, is widely viewed as the front runner to capture both the GOP primary nomination and the governor’s chair. In the August primary, Brownback faces Derby resident Joan Heffington. The winner of the August election is likely to face state Sen. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin City. In a press release, Holland said he welcomes his Senate colleague, Colyer, to the race. “However, Sam Brownback’s decision to put another extreme conservative on the ticket demonstrates that he has no intention of working with, or listening to, moderate Kansans,” Holland said. Kenny Johnston, Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party, said in a...

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Maybelle Marie Hake

Maybelle Marie Hake, 80, of Gardner died May 30, 2010 at Royal Terrace, Olathe. Maybelle was born April 28, 1930, in Port Lousia, Iowa, to Albert “Slug” and Inez Marie (Wheeler) Schultz.  She married Howard William Hake on Oct. 9, 1947, in Muscatine, Iowa.  She lived in Gardner for 16 years and was in Olathe for 10. Maybelle worked for King Radio and Olathe Boot Co.  After retiring she made doughnuts  for Casey’s in Gardner. She enjoyed word games, crocheting, cooking and baking. Maybelle loved her grandkids and great grandkids so much, cherishing time spent with them.  She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard in 1990 and her brother Harry Schultz. Maybelle is survived by her children: Howard Dwayne Hake and Rainey of Osawatomie, Kan., Tina Brink and Edwin of Independence, Mo., Cheryl Hernandez and Robbie of Gardner, and Karen Burkeen and Dan of Kansas City, Kan.; brother Albert “Sonnie” Schultz of Columbus Junction, Iowa; sister Dorothy Reichert of Muscatine, Iowa; three grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; six great grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2010,  at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kan., (913) 856-7111, with burial following at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe.  Visitation was held June 3, 2010, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to...

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Festival on the Trails – Schedule Of Events

Friday June 11th 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.  Sneak Peak of the Artists work (Green and Open class buildings on Fair grounds) Saturday June 12th 10:00 a.m. –   Festival on the Trails Opens Art Show (Green building on Fairgrounds) Kids on Elm (Elm Street) Food Court (Fairgrounds) Chili Cook Off (Shawnee & Elm) Car Show (First Presbyterian Parking Lot & City Hall lot) Beer Garden (Shawnee) Johnson County Library – Children’s Activities inside (Shawnee) 11:00 a.m.   Karate Board Smashing Demo (Kids on Elm area) 11:30 a.m.   Karate Regular Demo (Kids on Elm area) Noon-    Karate Board Smashing Demo (Kids on...

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Shell station owner: Fuel prices likely to remain steady despite oil spill

Veronica Mullin Special to The Gardner News At least one owner of a Gardner filling station believes the massive oil spill in the Gulf Coast won’t affect fuel prices. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, controlled by huge oil company BP, exploded on April 20 near the coast of Louisiana. Since then, barrels of oil have been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico by the thousands, taking over more than 7,500 square miles of water. The spill is now known as the worst oil spill in U.S. history, surpassing the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill by a huge amount and claiming the lives of 11 rig workers. As stated by the U.S. Geological Survey, the flow of oil spilling into the gulf daily is between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels. However, some scientists believe that amount is an understatement, and have estimated within the range of 25,000 to 80,000 barrels daily. Amid the commotion of the spill and the struggles of BP, drivers across the United States wonder if the price of gasoline will increase. Many people speculate that because of the magnitude of the spill, distributors will see a decrease in supply and will therefore raise their sell prices. However, Eric Foster, owner of the Shell station on Main Street, said he doesn’t think so. “So far, it hasn’t seemed to [affect prices],” Foster said. “Oil companies like BP have holdings...

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Memorial Day — Thank You

From all of us at the Gardner News we want to say thank you to all those who proudly serve our Country and to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a wonderful thing to be an American. It is wonderful to fly our colors, to know we are protected and served by such dedicated and unselfish men and women. We are proud to be Americans. – Gardner...

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Festival on the Trails — Volunteers Needed

The Festival on the Trails is looking for volunteers. Right now perimeter personal are needed to monitor the traffic through the gates.  There is a need to staff the gates from 7am to 11pm. Each shift will probably be two hours through all 5 gates. The Festival needs two persons at each gate. Currently the goal is 80 persons to help. If you can help please email...

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Contributors Wanted

Do you want to contribute to our site? The Gardner News is looking for Community Contributors to help report on everything from your kids sports or a City Council meeting. We’ll help brainstorm ideas and get you going.  Contact us at...

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John Brown's Battle at Black Jack – Dawn of the Civil War

Title: John Brown’s Battle at Black Jack – Dawn of the Civil War Location: Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park Link out: Click here Description: Follow in the footsteps of Ol’ John Brown – Battle re-enactments Re-enactments at 11:00am ; 1:30 ; 3:30 Start Time: 0900 Date: 2010-06-05 End Time:...

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Mayor Drovetta to host Townhall meeting – June 5th

Elements that comprise the budget and the process followed will be the continued topic of discussion at Mayor’s Town Hall meeting on Saturday, June 5th. The Town Hall meeting will take place at City Hall in the Council Chambers beginning at 10 a.m. All residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the City’s...

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Lady Blazers set 7 personal bests at league meet (correction)

Setting several new league records, the Lady Blazers track team won their fourth straight Frontier League title with a dominating performance at home, May 14. GEHS beat runner-up Baldwin by a 180-128 margin. Paola was third with 73, followed by Louisburg, 72; De Soto, 50; Spring Hill, 43; Eudora, 35; and Ottawa, 31. Jalisa Brice had a big day grabbing league titles in the triple jump with a new league record of 37’2 ½”. She also won the 100 meters in 12.6 and the 200 meters in 26.47. She added third-place points in the long jump with a leap of 16’3 ½”. Equally impressive was Natalie Morerod who won league titles in the 400 meters in 59.65 and the 300 hurdles in 50.82. Clarissa Johnson won the 100 hurdles in a personal best 15.30 and teamed with Brittney Parks, Courtney Allen, and Cassie Wait to win the 400 relay in 50.82. She anchored the silver medal 1600 relay in 4:12. That foursome also included Parks, Wait, and Isabella Mullins. She showed her versatility with a second-place 800 meter finish in 2:23.2. Another league title went to Wait who set a new school, stadium, and meet record in the pole vault with a first-place leap of 12’0″. McKenzie Smith took second clearing 10’0″ and Natalie Mitchell tied for third with a 9’6″ leap. Dani Plank also looked sharp winning the...

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Damaging Storms in Gardner

An oil tank near 175th Street and Sunflower Road between Gardner and Edgerton burst into flames after being strike by lightning during storms Wednesday night. Fire crews from Johnson County Fire District No. 1 allowed the tanker, which landed in the roadway following the strike to burn off due to the risk of explosion. In addition to the oil tank explosion, high winds and driving winds from the storm blew tree limbs into power lines and damaged electrical poles in Gardner. Electric utility officials estimate that between 4,000 and 5,000 customers lost power. Gardner Energy crews worked throughout the night to restore power to those...

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Gardner council discusses issues raised by local residents

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner City Council members, at a work session Monday night, discussed two separate issues brought to them by local residents – a suggested change to the council’s public comment period, and a suggested change to the city’s charter ordinance regarding the terms of mayoral appointees. Council member Kristy Harrison said she had been contacted by an unnamed local resident about a possible alteration in the format of the city’s public comment period during the council’s regular meetings. As it stands now, the public comment period appears on the council agenda before any old or new...

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Lady Trailblazers split softball games at DeSoto doubleheader

Behind five strong innings from Shelby Plank, the Lady ‘Blazers softball squad gained a split in softball doubleheader action at DeSoto, May 4. Kirsten Leffert relieved Plank and earned a save as Gardner Edgerton High School salvaged game two of the Frontier League doubleheader. “In our first game we could no overcome an early deficit and lost 4-1,” Coach Karlin Morris said. “We lost despite an incredible pitching effort from Leffert.” Game two was a different story as GEHS bats came to life with eight hits and six runs. Leading batters were Alexis Pacheco, Morgan Buie and Mackenzie Skeens....

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RV resort near Mildale Farm under consideration

Danedri Thompson [email protected] A resort that would accommodate visitors to Big Bull Creek Park is under way, although the county has yet to develop plans for the 1,300-acres of park land near Edgerton. Michael Riley, Texas, owner and developer, told the Gardner News it’s premature to talk about the proposed travel-trailer resort. However, the Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board will discuss a proposal for Bull Creek Ranch Resort during a meeting at 7 p.m. on April 28 at the Senior Citizens Center in Gardner. Riley and co-owner and developer Judy White, Edgerton, will ask the county zoning board for a 20-year conditional use permit to create an RV resort on 19 acres at 33965 W. 199th Street in Edgerton. The existing property, just south of Mildale Farm and west of Big Bull Creek Park, contains a residence, a horse barn and other out buildings. Once developed, it will include a clubhouse, a registration building and store, a bath house, guest cottages, a fitness center, swimming pool, and meeting facility. The developers also are in negotiations with a neighboring property owner to secure additional land and a manager’s residence. According to the permit request, developers anticipate about a 70 to 80 percent occupancy rate during the peak season and 30 to 40 percent occupancy rate during the off-season. Bill Miller, Gardner Edgerton School District operations director, said he will...

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What the phrase 'hometown business' really means

It’s often said that you need to dance with the one who brought you. That often is good advice in business dealings. Growing communities tend to bring in a lot of outsiders claiming to be their friends, holding in one hand pamphlets of promises while holding out their other hand for financial gain that often come from economic growth. Gardner, Spring Hill, and Edgerton fit the economic mold that draws many of the kinds of companies seeking advertising dollars. They bill themselves as being “hometown” businesses, often spouting claims that are, at best, difficult to prove and often false. But these businesses are anything but “hometown.” They are businesses based in another community where sales taxes go to the larger community’s schools and city governments, helping to improve and build larger community’s roads, sidewalks, and parks. They often are businesses owned by larger out-of-state corporations, which is where the profits go instead of back into the “hometown” communities. Being “hometown” is when you can see and talk to the business owner or its employees on the street, or at the local grocery store, or at the local restaurant. Being “hometown” is having been part of the community from the beginning. It is knowing and understanding the history of the community, and wanting to help make it better in the future. It is helping to give back to the community....

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