Author: Gardner News

Car strikes building, driver unhurt

Mark Taylor [email protected] An elderly man escaped injury after driving his car into an unoccupied building at New Century AirCenter this morning. Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said the man, who had a medical condition, missed a turn and struck the building. The driver was uninjured and the building sustained little damage, Erickson said. The man’s name was not available at press time....

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Winds overturn tractor-trailer, driver uninjured

Mark Taylor [email protected] An Atchison man escaped injury late last night when 70 mph winds overturned his tractor-trailer in Gardner. According to Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, 50-year-old Barrie Charlsen was driving the tractor-trailer at 11:55 p.m. on westbound U.S. 56 Highway and was merging onto the northbound ramp at New Century Parkway when powerful winds overturned the rig. Spalding said winds clocked at 70 mph with gusts up to 90 mph lifted the empty trailer off the ground and turned the truck sideways, causing it to overturn in the ditch. “There was evidence on the pavement that the driver was struggling to keep the tractor-trailer on the road,” Spalding said. Charlsen, who was wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured. The tractor-trailer was heavily damaged and towed from the scene. Spalding said the only other known damage from the storm was downed tree limbs. No structural damage or downed powerlines were reported....

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Jared Taylor Blog – Opinion – Pool mess up…

So who’s fired up about the “new pool” mess up? By the conversations I’ve had and overheard at baseball games, Fantastic Sams and neighborhood gatherings a good majority of paying pool members are upset over the apparent paint fiasco. If you aren’t pool members and haven’t heard there was an issue with the new paint that the new section of the Aquatic Center received this year prior to opening that caused the “new pool” to be closed for safety. I don’t care who screwed up. The pool is a taxpayer funded amenity. Even if you don’t own a pool pass you are paying for the pool through a special tax. The pool pass that allows you to swim costs $140 some odd dollars. With the ridiculously shortened hours of the pool (1pm to 8pm) you really have to spend a lot of time there it get your money’s worth. To say that the good portion of the pool being closed is an inconvience is putting it lightly. It’s kind of crappy. In my opinion, members of the pool should get a refund, pro-rated refund or some sort of voucher for the time that has been shut down.  If you buy a game to the Royals and it rains you get a ticket voucher for another home game. If you eat bad sushi on your Delta flight and spend the 6 hour flight in the bathroom they give a flight voucher. Good customer service...

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Spring Hill school bond issue passes

Mark Taylor [email protected] Voters in the Spring Hill School District approved a mail ballot bond issue by a vote of 1,717 to 1,375 on June 7. The $39 million bond issue will pay for maintenance, school additions, new schools and technology upgrades. The election results are unofficial until certified later in the week by Johnson County election officials. “We are very, very pleased with the results,” said Superintendent Bart Goering. “It is going to mean a great deal for the kids in the district and the community as a whole.” The bond issue, which school officials say will not require an increase in the property tax mill levy, includes several improvements to accommodate a growing enrollment, including: Expanding Prairie Creek Elementary School to a capacity of 528 students in the fall of 2012. A new 528-student elementary school on the existing 155-acre high school site, expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. Transforming Spring Hill Elementary into a pre-kindergarten to fifth grade facility in the fall of 2013. Converting the current intermediate school into a sixth grade building by fall of 2013. The bond issue will also pay for safety enhancements in all schools, district-wide technology upgrades and various maintenance projects. School officials say the improvements are necessary to meet the demand for classroom space as the district grows by more than 100 students per year. School...

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Six Lady Blazers named to EKL softball team

Six Lady Blazer softball players were recently named to the All East Kansas League team. Earning second team honors were Mackenzie Skeens (outfield) and Sammi Boyajian (designated player).Honorable mention went to Kirsten Leffert (pitcher), Shelby Plank (pitcher), Alexis Pacheco (infield) and Jackie Sylva (infield). “I am so proud of these girls and everyone in our softball program,” Coach Joanne Calvin said. “The competition was tough and the girls did a great...

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Hughes competes at state golf tournament

Gardner Edgerton High School’s Jonathan Hughes ended his sophomore season on a high note, finishing 37th at the 5A state tournament May 23 in Newton. Hughes shot a solid 40-39 at the Sand Creek Station Course. His score was 11 strokes better than his state effort as a freshman. “Just a remarkable sophomore season for Jon,” Coach Scott Schaefer said. “He also placed 10th in the prestigious East Kansas League and is scheduled to compete in several events this summer. He is looking forward to representing the Blazer Blue the next two...

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Broncos squad settles for runner-up in state championship bid

Posting a 2-1 record, the Spring Hill Bronco baseball team brought back a second-place finish from the 4A state tournament May 27-28 at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina. It was the second consecutive second-place state finish for Spring Hill. Last year the Broncos took runner-up honors to Bishop Ward. Spring Hill turned back Wichita Trinity 6-1 in the opener and upset number one-ranked Baxter Springs 8-5 to reach the final. The Broncos lost to St. James Academy 9-3 in the state title game. “I was real pleased with our performance in the state tournament,” Coach David Londene said. “The kids competed well and we had a great fan turnout.” In the opener versus Trinity, Spring Hill jumped to a 1-0 first-inning lead and added four runs in the top of the second inning. Junior shortstop Miles Updike doubled in two runs and Spring Hill got another run on a bases loaded walk. One batter later, catcher Evan Smith stroked an RBI single. Senior pitcher Zach Pickett kept the Trinity bats at bay. He hurled a complete game three-hitter with six strikeouts and just one walk. “Zach threw well and got us the win,” Londene added. “He was in control of his pitches and threw strikes.” Meanwhile, the offense was led by the three-hit performances of Updike and leadoff hitter Brady Donahue. Dalton Rudy added one hit. The victory set...

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Roger Neil Russell

Roger Neil Russell 77, Spring Hill, KS died unexpectedly Friday, May 27th, 2011 at his home. He was born February 20, 1934 in Bonita, Kansas. He was a 1952 graduate of St. John’s Memorial High School in Olathe and attended Ottawa University. Roger served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Roger was a hairdresser for 54 years and currently worked at New Reflections Hair Salon in Olathe, KS. In 1957, he graduated from Hays Hairdressing School and worked in Roeland Park, Mission, and Olathe where he owned his own business, Roger’s Hairstyling Salon for many years. He was an elder and charter member at New Hope Presbyterian Church in America, Olathe. He was active in Bible Study Fellowship; a member of the Morning Grange, and worked with the Johnson County Fair and 4-H. He had a passion for gardening, growing and arranging flowers. He and his wife Lois had a Craft Floral business for over twenty years. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen; three brothers William, Jim, Don and sister, Cheryl, and parents, George C. and Evelyn Russell. Survivors include his wife, Lois Russell of the home and two children: Randy Russell and wife Kristy, of Gardner; and Carol Lang and husband David, of Olathe, along with six grandchildren: Hannah, Emily, Sarah, Elijah and Leah Russell, and Elizabeth Lang. Visitation was held...

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Bowen sets state pole vault record of 16’6”

Gardner Edgerton High School senior Casey Bowen made the most of his last state 5A track appearance, setting a new state pole vault record of 16’6″ for first place. That eclipsed former Trailblazer Isaac Mallory’s mark by three inches. Competition took place at Cessna Stadium in Wichita for classes 1-6A boys and girls. Fellow senior Tommy Brady cleared 14’6″ for third place and Ryan Weisenburger’s 13’6″ effort was good enough for seventh place. “We scored 17 of our 20 points in the pole vault,” Coach Brian McGee said. “I was real pleased with our effort.” GEHS’ 20 point team total tied Schlagle for 10th place in the standings. Hays won the title with 98 points. The other ‘Blazer scoring came from Marcus Williams (sixth, 110 hurdles, 15.84) and Tim Seymour (seventh, 300 hurdles in...

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GEHS Lady ‘Blazers place 2nd at state track meet in Wichita

Battling until the end, the Lady ‘Blazer track squad brought back a second-place finish from the 5A state track and field championship in Wichita, May 27-28. The defending 5A state champs pushed eventual champ Bishop Carroll to the brink before bowing by a 79½ – 67½ margin. Emporia took third with 48½. “We had a lot of setbacks and it was real pleasing to see us bring back a second place trophy,” Coach Larry Ward said. “From Cassie Wait’s injury to the weather we had a lot to overcome.” Still, the Blazers battled the entire meet and actually held the top spot with three events left in the meet. GEHS took control early Saturday morning with sophomore Danie Plank’s gold medal javelin throw of 145′. Fellow teammate Ashlee Bilhimer added second-place points in the event with a 134’10″ effort. The 400 relay of Taylor Claybon, Brittney Parks, Jalisa Brice and Kyla Martin padded GEHS’ lead with a fourth-place time of 50.05. Carroll closed the margin to one point after the 400 meter dash when Katherine Dillard finished in third place. Four events remained and GEHS still held a 50.5 to 49-5 lead. However, Carroll took control with a 1, 4, 6 finish in the 300 meter hurdles. Claybon took third in the event but Carroll claimed a 65½ to 56½ lead. A second-place finish by Carroll’s Dillard in the...

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Pickett to play golf at Baker University

After a stellar career at Spring Hill, Zach Pickett will play golf at Baker University this fall. Pickett made it official May 25, signing a national letter of intent in front of family and friends in the school’s library. “I really liked the school’s academic and athletic programs,” said Pickett, who also received a business scholarship. “It’s close to home and seemed like a good fit.” Pickett excelled in four sports at Spring Hill. After lettering in soccer his freshman year, he earned four letters on the basketball and baseball field. He was a two-year letterwinner in golf and state qualifier in 2010. “Zach can really play golf,” Coach Rick O’Neil said. “He has had a great career at Spring Hill and I’m real proud to have him going to my alma mater.” Baker Coach Karen Exon was on hand and offered words of encouragement. “We are so excited to get Zach in our program. He is a well-rounded kid who will do well in our academic and athletic programs,” Exon said. Pickett recently closed his athletic career at Spring Hill as the winning pitcher in the Broncos’ opening 6-1 state win versus Wichita Trinity. He hurled a complete game three-hitter with six strikeouts. “Zach has been a big part of our baseball success the past four years,” Coach David Londene added. “He improved each year and really was...

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Couple reflect on lives as part of 'Greatest Generation'

Editor’s Note: Want to share your story? This article is a preview of the upcoming series, “Sign of the Times,” which will chronicle members of six living generations. This story tells the tale of two members of the Greatest Generation (those born between 1901 and 1925). Part I of the series, which will further examine the Greatest Generation, will run in early June in The Gardner News. Please e-mail [email protected] or call 913-856-7615 if you are interested in being interviewed for the series. Corbin H. Crable [email protected] A small statue of the Virgin Mary stands on a table directly below a photo of Louis and Edith Soetaert on their wedding day. The statue’s bright blue robes stand out in stark contrast to the black-and-white photographs that adorn the Soetaerts’ living room in their Gardner home. The Holy Mother’s arms are outstretched, watching dutifully over generations of smiling members of the Soetaert family Louis and Edith Soetaert recall fond and challenging memories. The couple are lifelong Gardner residents and members of ‘the Greatest Generation.’ Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable who appear in the photos. But the image above her head is the most striking – in it, the young newlyweds’ hands are clasped together at their midsections, and they gaze longingly into each other’s eyes, almost as if no one else in the world exists at that moment. These...

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Mary Hartman

MARY LOUISE HARTMAN Mary Louise Hartman, 86, of Wellsville, KS, formerly of Gardner, went to her heavenly home on May 24, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Friday, May 27, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, 913-856-7111.  Burial will be at 2:30 pm Friday, May 27, 2011 at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, KS.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am before the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa, KS. Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com Mary was born May 29, 1924 in Mt. Washington, Missouri to Raymond and Rosie (Michaelis) Peden.  She graduated from Concordia High School, Concordia, MO.  Mary married Robert F. Hartman on January 25, 1942 in Sedalia, MO, and they made their home in Gardner.  She worked at the Sunflower Ordinance Plant, DeSoto, KS to help with the war effort.  In 1974 she worked on the assembly line at the Delco Battery Factory, retiring in 1987.  Mary also helped her husband as a KC Star carrier.  She moved to Wellsville in the 1990’s.  Mary was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa. She was very devoted in her faith and was a faithful witness to God’s grace. Mary wanted it to be known that she received her God given sobriety at the Olathe AA Club. She was an...

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LEONARD P. MURPHY

LEONARD P. MURPHY Leonard P Murphy, 89, of Edgerton, KS, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 at St Mary’s Manor, Blue Springs, MO.  Inurnment will be 10:00 am Monday, June 6, 2011 at St Columbine Catholic Cemetery, Edgerton, KS.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Church of the Assumption or St Columbine Catholic Cemetery.  Arrangements:  Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913)...

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Public Notice, first Published May 25, 2011

INVITATION TO BID 2011 HVAC SERVICES Sealed bids for HVAC Services for seven (7) City facilities will be received at the Gardner City Hall, Public Works Department, 120 E. Main Street, until 2:00 p. m., June 17th , 2011.  All bids will be publicly opened in the Council Chambers immediately following the deadline. Bid packets may be obtained at Gardner City Hall Public Works window or via e-mail at no charge, contact Cindy Weeks @ [email protected]  Prospective bidders should contact Dean Kerr, at 913-856-0960, for specific bid...

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Legal notice: April 13, 2011

The Gardner Township Board will be meeting April 25 10:00 AM at 20315 S. Gardner rd. Gardner KS.  To be discussed finances and projects of Gardner Township Cemetery.

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Legal notice: April 13, 2011

GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL NOXIOUS WEEDS The Kansas Noxious Weed Law K.S.A. 2-1314 et seq requires all persons who own or supervise land in Kansas to control and eradicate all weeds declared noxious by legislative action. The weeds declared noxious are: Bur ragweed, Canada thistle, Field bindweed, Hoary cress, Johnsongrass, Kudzu, Leafy spurge, Musk thistle, Pignut, Quackgrass, Russian knapweed and Sericea lespedeza. Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Kansas Noxious Weed Law to every person who owns or supervises land in Johnson County, that noxious weeds growing or found on such land shall be controlled and eradicated. Control is defined as preventing the production of viable seed and the vegetative spread of the plant. Failure to observe this notice may result in the County: 1. Serving a legal notice requiring control of the noxious weeds within a minimum of 5 days. Failure to control the noxious weeds within the time period allowed may result in the County treating the weeds at the owner’s expense and placing a lien on the property if the bill is not paid within 30 days or 2. Filing criminal charges for non-compliance. Conviction for non-compliance may result in a fine of $100 per day of non-compliance with a maximum fine of $1500. The public is also hereby notified that it is a violation of the Kansas Noxious Weed Law to barter, sell or...

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Legal notice: April 13, 2011

CITY OF EDGERTON, KANSAS NOTICE OF REZONING HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Edgerton, Kansas, will hold a Public Hearing at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Edgerton Community Building, 404 E. Nelson St., Edgerton, Kansas at 7:00 p.m. at which time and place the public may be heard in regard to the rezoning of the following described real property, situated in the City of Edgerton, Johnson County, Kansas, to wit: Timothy Gates, agent for the owner, Jeffrey and Jennifer Thorp, request a change in the zoning from Zone A-G (Agricultural District) to Zone C-2 (Heavy Service Commercial) on the following described real property: Legal Description: The East One-Third (1/3) of Northeast Quarter (NE1/4) excluding 1.66 acres in Highway of Section 9, Township 15, Range 22, I Johnson County, Kansas This notice shall be published once in the official city newspaper at least twenty (20) days prior to the date of the hearing. Phyllis Harris, Chairperson Edgerton Planning...

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Legal notice: April 6, 2011

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING. Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission of Gardner, Kansas will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 120 E. Main Street in consideration of the following item to-wit:  CASE NO. Z-11-01, Rezoning from CP-3 (Planned Commercial District) and M-2 (General Industrial District) to C-2 (General Business District);  Location: North side of Santa Fe Street, west of Conestoga Street; Legal Descriptions: The East 75 feet of the West 780 Feet of the Southwest ¼ of Section 19, Township 14, Range 23, lying South of the Santa Fe Railroad, in the City of Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas, except that part in road AND The West 344 feet of Lot 1, KATE INDUSTRIAL PARK FIRST PLAT, a subdivision in the City of Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas. All persons interested in said matter shall be heard at this time for the public record.  For additional information regarding this application, contact Amy Kynard in the Community Development Department at...

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