Author: Gardner News

Junior Broncos extend win streak

The Spring Hill boys 13 and under baseball team improved to 4-3 with a victory in the Gardner  competitive division last week. “The kids are working hard and showing a lot of improvement,” assistant coach Dave Londene said.  We are getting solid defense and timely hitting.” The Broncos will wrap up the regular season in early July and will be involved in some outside tournaments. Head coach is Chad Janovich and assistants are Londene and Bryant Kroutch. Their roster includes Taylor Barton, Andrew Hartsock, Robbie Haupt, Tyus Heinrich, Danny Hodge, Michael Londene, Garrett Kroutch, Zach Mayhan, Brad Smith, Austin Sparks and Caleb...

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Thomas's gaffe not freedom of speech case

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] It’s a shame Helen Thomas’s career had to end this way. The Hearst newspapers columnist and longtime White House Press Corps member resigned from her post at Hearst on Tuesday amid furor over comments she made late last month. Thomas, already an outspoken critic of Israel, advocated for Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and then “go home … to Poland, Germany … America and everywhere else.” Her comments immediately drew a firestorm of rebukes from journalists, bloggers and politicians, including former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer and the White House itself. Many urged Hearst to terminate Thomas’s employment. Thomas later apologized. She resigned from her position on Tuesday after a long, storied career spanning 50 years and every American president from Kennedy to Obama. Thomas traveled with Richard Nixon to China in the early 1970s and occupied the coveted first-row middle seat in the White House briefing room. She was known for always ending press conferences with, “Thank you, Mr. President.” And as she was known as a fiercely aggressive journalist who never hesitated to ask the tough questions, Thomas was equally known for her expressed sympathies toward Palestine. This situation is a classic case of having the name recognition, the respect among your friends and enemies alike, the long career, and throwing it all away with a few words. In my...

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Spring Hill Bronco football camp is June 13-15

The Spring Hill Broncos will begin preparation for the 2010 football season June 13-15 in a football camp at Hutchinson junior college. The camp will prepare the team for its upcoming off season weight program and seven on seven conditioning.  Emphasis will be on fundamentals, schemes, coaching expectations and creating a bond between teammates and...

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Festival on the Trails returns this weekend

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The Festival on the Trails will come back to Gardner this weekend after a yearlong hiatus. The third annual festival, which was first organized in 2007 to celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial anniversary, will take place all day Saturday, June 12, in downtown Gardner and will feature a variety of activities and entertainment for all ages. “This is to give back to Gardner,” said Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, one of the event organizers. “We’re trying to give something back to this community – something that’s fun, an experience.” The fun starts at 10 a.m. with the opening of...

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Mayor taps Schultz to fill vacancy on Electric Utility Board

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The Gardner City Council at its regular meeting Monday night unanimously approved Mayor Dave Drovetta’s appointment of resident Eric Schultz to the city’s Electric Utility Board. Schultz will serve the remainder of Brian Broxterman’s term, which expires in February 2011. Broxterman was appointed to the council to serve the remainder of former city council member Dan Thompson’s term, which expires in 2013. Thompson resigned in March. Schultz has been a presence in City Hall before. Then-Mayor Carol Lehman appointed him to the city council in January 2008, and he served in that capacity until April 2009, when he was voted out of office. His name emerged again as a possible appointee to serve the remainder of Thompson’s term this past April. Schultz vied for the position with seven other candidates but withdrew his name from consideration in early April, citing time commitments from a new job. After hearing brief introductory comments from Schultz, council member Kristy Harrison, at Monday night’s meeting, questioned him on his availability to attend board meetings and whether his schedule was now more manageable. “I have confidence that I have better control of my schedule,” Schultz responded. Schultz, in his April letter to Drovetta, also cited a belief that his previous time on the Gardner City Council would put him at a disadvantage and that it could be viewed as a...

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Mayor hosts town hall meeting on budget

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta hosted a second town hall meeting on the city’s 2011 budget Saturday morning at City Hall. Drovetta took questions from local residents and discussed the role of the intermodal facility in residential and commercial growth. He also addressed the reduction in force implemented by the city early last month. That decision resulted in the elimination of six positions within Gardner’s Community Development department. “This is a stop-gap measure to stop the bleeding,” Drovetta said. “We’re holding our own. What (the RIF) does is, it keeps us treading water. We continue to look for more savings in the 2011 budget.” Drovetta said the eliminated positions amount to a savings of $500,000 for the city, but it still faces a $500,000 budget shortfall for 2011. The Gardner City Council had originally discussed the possibility of an eight-mill increase to offset the shortfall, but with the reduction in force, that lowers the proposed increase to four mills. However, Drovetta said the RIF has meant more duties heaped on remaining employees. “The response is slower in Community Development,” he said. “We’re going to have to rely more on complaints (from citizens) than proactive measures.” One resident at the meeting said he believes Gardner is still small enough to seek input from residents on cost-saving measures and the issue of layoffs, and that the issues should...

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Festival tour will include Wilson’s account of Bushwackers’ raid on local general store

Mica Marriott [email protected] Stephen Wilson slept upstairs above Gardner’s first General Store, located at 103 S. Elm where the Masonic Lodge and Rustic Connection are today. He worked seven days a week. His roommate was an old Mexican War veteran, Wesley Iliff, who was employed by J.W. Sponable also. The roommates and owner would eventually become captives of Missouri Bushwackers when Gardner was raided during the Civil War in 1861. Sponable built the store, originally a red two-story wooden structure, which faced north onto Main and extended almost to the south alley in 1857. In 1860, 15 year old Stephen Wilson was bound out by his father to J.W. Sponable as an errand boy and clerk for the general store. Wages paid to Wilson’s father were $50, plus room and board the first year. The second year, Wilson’s father earned $75, and $125 the third year. Stephen was never given any of the wages. They went entirely to his father. Wilson was born on Feb. 3, 1845 in Washington County, Ohio. His family, farmers, moved to Blackhawk County Iowa when Stephen was 9 years old. After moving two more times in the late 1850s the Wilson family finally settled in the young town of Gardner in 1859. On the night of October 22, 1861, during the turmoil of the Civil War, Gardner became the first town to be raided...

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Johnson County Spring Swine Show results

Press release from K-State Research and Extension OLATHE, Kan. — The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H Spring Swine Show was held on May 29, 2010 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner, Kan. Over 90 animals were entered for the event. Showmanship Senior Showmanship (14+) 1st- Tyler Kapelle, Douglas County 2nd- Ryan Goetzmann, Gardner, Kan. 3rd- Morgan Laird, Jackson County Intermediate Showmanship (10-13) 1st- Kyle Garrison, Osage County 2nd- Kyle Pederson, Lyon County 3rd- Logan Fuller, Lyon County Junior Showmanship (7-9) 1st- Brooke McNorton, Morris County 2nd- Tyler Goetzmann, Gardner, Kan. 3rd- Jaron Lewis, Chase County Market...

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The Origins of Evil, Part II: A man with something to prove

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The years of friendship with a man previously known to Edgerton residents as a petty thief came to an end when Hickock was executed on April 14, 1965. According to state records, Capote signed the log of those in attendance at the hangings; when the time came and the condemned were asked if they had any final words, Smith offered an angry, rambling diatribe. Hickock, for his part, was silent. Witnesses have said Capote then stayed to watch Hickock die first, but left before Smith hung from the noose. Appropriately, Hickock had previously written his...

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Mayor to appoint Schultz to electric utility board

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta plans to appoint Gardner resident and former City Council member to the city’s Electric Utility Board on Monday evening. According to Monday night’s City Council agenda, Schultz would fill the vacancy left by Brian Broxterman, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council in April. A majority of the council must approve of the mayoral appointment for Schultz to be seated on the board. His term would expire in February 2011. Schultz, who has 17 years of experience in electric utilities, has served on the Gardner City Council previously and was in the running to be a mayoral appointee in April before he withdrew his candidacy.  Schultz was among eight candidates vying to serve the remainder of Dan Thompson’s term. Thompson had resigned from the council in March. Schultz wrote a letter to Drovetta in early April withdrawing his name due to an increased time commitment from his new job. He also said in his letter that his previous time on the Gardner City Council “may not work to my advantage. It may be to everyone’s advantage to bring in a fresh, new face.” Read the full story in Wednesday’s print edition of The Gardner News and online at...

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The Origins of Evil, Part II: Capote arrives in Kansas

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Only a few weeks later, when Hickock and Smith turned up after a massive manhunt, Braun turned on his TV and saw KBI agents dragging Hickock and Smith back onto Kansas soil to face the consequences of their horrific crime. “I said, ‘My God, it’s Dick Hickock!’” Braun said he told his wife, Jo. As he watched police dragging Hickock out of a squad car, one distinct image stuck in Braun’s head. “I remember that Dick’s feet were dragging,” he noted. “He always took great strides. I remember he had big feet.” Now that the Clutters’ accused murderers had been identified, Holcomb residents’ shifted their emotions from grief to rage at the men who had taken the lives of the respected family. “Everyone in town wanted to hang them. Everyone in town wanted to lynch them,” recalled Sayler, who said law enforcement officials feared some in Holcomb and Garden City would actually attempt to do it. The newspapers continued to cover the story, but Kansans weren’t the only ones reading up on the Clutter murders. An up-and-coming 36-year-old author in New York, Truman Capote, had read in The New York Times that the Kansas family had been slain at night. A friend had suggested to Capote that he travel to the Midwest to write an article about the incident. Capote agreed but was uncertain about...

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Deal of the Day

Welcome everyone to the new Gardner News. There are a lot of new exciting features with our new website. Our website is now open and anyone can access our stories. Even more exciting comments are easier then ever to post.  All of our stories will be tagged with a map so you can see where the story took place. An exciting feature of our new website will be our Daily or weekly deals from a fine local establishment. If you have a deal or would like to advertise your special please contact us at [email protected] We hope you will...

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The Origins of Evil, Part II: ‘They’re looking for the person who killed that family’

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner resident ‘Cricket’ Sayler grew up only a few miles from Holcomb in Garden City and was 17 when the Clutters were killed. He said that if Hickock and Smith had known Herb Clutter, they wouldn’t have been surprised that the family’s safe did not contain any cash. “Mr. Clutter would always come in to the dry cleaners and write a 65-cent check for his wife’s Sunday dress,” said Sayler, whose family operated a dry cleaning business. “He was a wealthy farmer, but he never carried any cash with him.” That bit of information was simply too little, too late for Hickock and Smith, who sped back to Edgerton all but empty handed. Braun remembers clearly seeing Hickock and Smith as they drove through Edgerton the day after the killings. “Dick came in to the station. It looked like he had been sleeping,” Braun said. “He was driving his dad’s car, which was funny, because his dad never let him near that car.” Braun changed the oil in the car and chatted with Hickock. After the car left, Braun continued to think about how detached Hickock had seemed from his surroundings. It was only later that Braun and his wife, Jo, would realize the extent of Hickock’s activities out west. “People thought (Hickock) was a punk, but they didn’t think he’d go to that extreme,”...

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Mayor hosts town hall meeting to discuss city budget

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner Mayor Dave Drovetta hosted a second town hall meeting on the city’s budget Saturday morning at City Hall. Drovetta took questions from local residents and discussed the role of the intermodal facility in residential and commercial growth. He also addressed the reduction in force implemented by the city early last month. That decision resulted in the elimination of six positions within Gardner’s Community Development department. “This is a stop-gap measure to stop the bleeding,” Drovetta said. “We’re holding our own. What (the RIF) does is, it keeps us treading water. We continue to look for more savings in the 2011 budget.” The Gardner City Council will begin discussion on the city’s 2011 budget at a June 28 work session. Look for the full version of this story in the Wednesday print edition of The Gardner News and online at...

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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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