Author: Gardner News

Eleanor Ruth Stiles, 82, of Gardner

;Eleanor Ruth Stiles, 82, of Gardner, passed away Sept. 28, 2010 at her home. Eleanor was born April 15, 1928 in Paola, KS to Bernard Harmon and Margaret Schroeder Stiles. She graduated from Baldwin High School and attended Baker Univ. Eleanor taught a year at a country one-room school, several years as a 3rd grade teacher at Onaga, KS and later was a para- professional at Gardner Elementary. Eleanor married William Floyd Stiles on Aug. 1, 1953 in Topeka, KS. They moved from Wellington, KS to Gardner 26 years ago. Eleanor was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gardner, Eastern Star, Baldwin and enjoyed sewing. She was passionate in her love for her family, who she always put first, and devoted her life to raising her four sons and caring for her loved ones. Eleanor will truly be missed. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, sister Barbara Hopkins and her brother Phillip Stiles. She is survived by her husband Bill of the home; sons: Stuart, Gardner, Roger, Spring Hill, Tim and his wife Linda, Olathe and Bruce and his wife Sandra, Manhattan; sisters Doris Jeanne Parker, Bozeman, MT and Marge Hitchcock, Lawrence and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Fri., Oct. 1, 2010 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S Webster, Spring Hill, KS 66083. Burial follows at Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation 6:00-8:00 pm...

Read More

Rotary Golf Tournament

Golfers of Gardner, Edgerton and Beyond, The Rotary Club of Gardner’s Annual Golf Tournament is nine (9) days away on October 8th, 2010, with a 9:00am Shotgun start. I am inviting all lovers of the links to join us as we are still looking for PLAYERS and TEAMS for our Flighted, Four Person Scramble Tournament YOU can participate for as low as $65 per player. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a Fried Chicken lunch with all the fixings. There will also be prizes for winners of the following contests including: $10,000 prize money for the Hole-In-One competition Courtesy of Sean Snyder at Farm Bureau Financial Services!!! Four (4) Tailgate BBQ grills from the Coleman Co. for each of the following contests: Longest Drive Contest one (1) each for Men and Women Longest Putt Putting Contest (in addition to a cash prize) Two (2) Gift Baskets from Moonlight Liquor for the Closest to the Pin Competition one (1) each for Men and Women! SPONSORSHIP opportunities still exist for local businesses and organizations at each of our four levels: Platinum Sponsorship for only $500 you get – 4 Players – 1 Hole Sponsorship – Company Banner Display – Special Recognition Gold Sponsorship for only $200 you get – 2 Players – 1 Hole Sponsorship – Recognition Silver Sponsorship for only $150 you get – 1 Player – 1 Hole Sponsorship –...

Read More

Get Fit Gardner – Bad Habits

Bad Habits For some of you out there your in a state of confusion.  Your trying to decide if you would rather have a great body that either you used to have or one that you dream of having.  You know the ripped arms,  abs or maybe sexy legs and a flat stomach.  Problem is you also want to eat, drink, smoke and not exercise but yet still get that body. As a Personal Trainer I understand this.  Well I don’t understand it but I definitely know that people struggle with it.  So instead of me writing you an article trying to convince you how eating healthy, giving up bad habits, and exercising will give you all you could ever want.  I figured that we could just go through the pros and cons of giving up that old lifestyle and  getting  a life or shortening yours.  Either way I will leave it up to you. PRO’S to giving up all the bad stuff Feel Amazing Become a Role model to family and friends Have Energy Be Active Have a better sex life Add years onto  your life Have confidence Smile more Have more money (if you give up smoking and or cut back on drinking) Buy the clothes you want to buy Do things you have maybe never done before (like run a 5K maybe) Have a healthy Heart...

Read More

Local mom, daughter to compete in cooking contest

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] After years of searching, one Gardner resident and her daughter have finally found a recipe that really cooks — and the pair will unveil it a competition at the Kansas State Fair this weekend. Stephanie Skeem and her 13-year-old daughter, Brianne, an eighth-grader at Wheatridge Middle School, will prepare their recipe for a Philly Cheesesteak Bacon Sandwich at the Kids in the Kitchen Beef Cookoff on Saturday at the Kansas State Fair. The cookoff is sponsored by the Kansas Beef Council. Sharla Huseman, director of marketing for the beef council, said this will be the third year the organization will sponsor a beef cookoff at the fair, but it is the first year children have been allowed to participate. The competition is open to children ages 9 to 13, Huseman said. Recipes must be prepared in 30 minutes or less, using no more than eight ingredients. As one of eight pairs of finalists in the cookoff, Stephanie and Brianne will prepare their dish onstage for the competition’s judges. But the two have already been hard at work perfecting their recipe (which appears with this story), spending hours in the kitchen and preparing the dish – with slight modifications each time, of course – for the rest of their family. “Usually, (feedback) is positive, but we have four kids in our family, and sometimes they’re picky...

Read More

USDA Announces Loan Program for Natural Resource Conservation

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Adrian J. Polansky, state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kansas today announced the launch of a Conservation Loan (CL) program that will provide farm owners and farm-related business operators access to credit to implement conservation techniques that will conserve natural resources. “This will give farmers who want to implement conservation measures on their lands a chance to do so by providing assistance with their up-front costs,” said Polansky. “In return, these producers will help to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and promote sustainable and organic agricultural practices.” CL funds can be used to implement conservation practices approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), such as the installation of conservation structures; establishment of forest cover; installation of water conservation measures; establishment or improvement of permanent pastures; implementation of manure management; and the adaptation of other emerging or existing conservation practices, techniques or technologies. Direct CLs can be obtained through FSA offices with loan limits up to $300,000. Guaranteed CLs up to $1,112,000 are available from lenders working with FSA. For more information on the Conservation Loan Program, contact the FSA office at the local USDA Service Center or visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov. — Press release from the U.S. Department of...

Read More

She’s going for the win

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Sofia Semon wasn’t so sure about signing up to take dance lessons like her older sister, but racing BMX bikes like her cousin in Las Vegas did look like fun. “We were out there, and she said she wanted to ride his bike,” her stepfather, Shawn Cates, said. One year later, Sofia spends her weekends racing. A few weeks ago, she competed in the state finals a few weeks ago in Wichita and will race at Nationals in Raytown, Mo. where she will be the fourth-highest qualifier for her age group. “Racing is my favorite subject...

Read More

Gardner City Council members discuss abatement policy

Danedri Thompson [email protected] The Gardner City Council briefly discussed creating a new economic development policy that would incent developers to built in Gardner. Stewart Fairburn told members of the council during a work session on Sept. 13 that city officials have been meeting with Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Johnson County Economic Development leaders to discuss what the city can do in the short term to attract new businesses. Fairburn said a letter of intent between the city and Midwest Commerce suggests that buildings at that development – which currently includes the Coleman warehouse – will be given 50 percent abatements. And it’s standard practice for cities neighboring Gardner to offer 50 percent abatements, he said. “But is there a way to create interest in the short term?” Fairburn said. Currently the council’s abatement policy allows abatements up to 100 percent, but Fairburn suggested the council could create a policy that makes a 60 percent abatements typical. Those abatements, he said, could be front loaded so a developer would see a 70 percent abatement the first year, a 65 percent abatement the second year. The goal, Fairburn said, would be to create a policy that tells developers the city of Gardner is “here to play. We want more in our town.” “It’s to get that buzz going throughout the metro,” he said. Council Vice President Steve Hale...

Read More

Upperclassmen return to lead GEHS tennis team

Mica Marriott [email protected] Gardner Edgerton High School’s tennis team won’t underestimate its rivals this season, but Coach Wayne Long has plenty of standout players to help lead the team to victory. Long said he considers the EKL will be a big challenge for the GEHS girls tennis team this year, though he said, “We will not overlook the other schools like Mill Valley and Bonner Springs that we will be competing against in our Regional.” All six of the Varsity girl tennis players received individual private lessons this past summer, and Long said he believes this will really pay off in their eight-week tennis season. “I look forward to working with the best group of girls I have ever had on a Varsity team this season. The girls have worked hard during the off season and have good attitudes and are fun to work with,” Long said. A standout player to watch this season will be Samantha Aleman, a sophomore who will playing in the varsity number one singles spot. She is returning this season after winning thirty-three matches in the 2009 season and placing sixth in 5A State Championship. “Aleman has worked hard to improve her game and is shooting for a goal of making it into the top 4 finish at State this season,” Long said. Some other competitive players to keep an eye on this season are...

Read More

USD 231 crisis team meets in response to student's death

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The USD 231 district crisis team met on Sept. 13 to evaluate schools’ responses to the death of a Madison Elementary student earlier this month. The team, which includes counselors from around the district, reported to USD 231 Superintendent Dr. Bill Gilhaus, who briefed the Board of Education at its Monday night meeting. Gilhaus lauded the efforts of the crisis team in handling the healing process after the death of 7-year-old Kade Meyer, who was struck by a car on Sept. 2. “The team reviewed the crisis communication and planning process and generally agreed that crisis planning and, unfortunately, experience, caused the response to be effective,” Gilhaus told BOE members in a memo. “Many district and building administrators jumped into coordinated action in a very short time period, thanks to a solid crisis response plan and quality leadership. Gilhaus also stressed that the district will continue to offer any support necessary to Kade Meyer’s family as they, too, continue to heal. In addition, Special Services Director Judy Martin addressed the board on the progress of USD 231’s Gardner Community Team, a group of professionals who act as liaisons between the school district, the city and the county. Members of the team include professionals from a variety of organizations, including Johnson County Department of Corrections, Johnson County Mental Health, Parents As Teachers and the Johnson County...

Read More

Edgerton may receive $200K in CDBG funds

From the Edgerton Insights blog: EDGERTON, KS – The proposed 2011 Johnson County Community Development Block Grant Action Plan contains $200,000 in funding for the City of Edgerton to be used to upgrade an existing sanitary sewer main. The sewer main that is proposed to be upgraded has had several overflow and back-up incidents in the past that need to be addressed. The City is proposing to resize the problematic section of the main from an 8-inch main to a 10-inch main. On September 16, 2010 the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will set September 17, 2010 through October 20, 2010 as the public comment period and October 21, 2010 as the Public Hearing date on Johnson County’s proposed Action Plan for 2011. The Public Hearing will be held during the 9:30 a.m. BOCC meeting in the Hearing Room on the third floor of the County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, Olathe, Kansas. The purpose of the 30-day public comment period and the Public Hearing is to receive comments from citizens on the proposed uses of the 2011 CDBG and HOME program funding. All comments will be included in the final 2011 Action Plan prior to submitting the Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Comments can be made by writing to the Community Development Coordinator at 111 South Cherry Street, Suite 2300,...

Read More

Meet the 2010 Spring Hill Fall Festival queen candidates

Megan Meyer Sponsor: Meyer Truck Center Age/grade: 17 years old (12th grade) Parent(s): Randy and Mary Meyer School: Spring Hill High School Organizations: Captain of SHHS cheerleading squad, Students Against Drunk Driving, 4-H, Student Council Hobbies: Cheerleading, drag racing Goals: To obtain a degree in business marketing/public relations Erika Davidson Sponsor: Electric Sun Tanning Age/grade: 16 years old (11th grade) Parent(s): Bob and Leslie Ober School: Spring Hill High School Organizations: Basketball, Students Against Drunk Driving Hobbies: Basketball, fishing and photography Goals: To become a social worker or K9 handler Lindsey Mateer Sponsor: B.S. Building Management Age/grade: 16 years...

Read More

Trailblazer freshmen lose season opener

Trayvon Wrench scored on touchdown runs of 75 and 50 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Gardner Edgerton High School freshmen boys football squad lost its opener Sept. 7 at Blue Valley West, 48-24. GEHS went up early 12-0 but couldn’t hold on as West...

Read More

Lady 'Blazers volleyball squad nets win at Blue Valley North

In a best of five, the Lady ‘Blazer varsity volleyball squad fought through some late-match fatigue and netted a big win Sept. 9 at Blue Valley North. GEHS won the match by scores of 19-25, 26-16, 18-25, 25-15 and 15-10. Leading the way were sophomore Cassie Wait (27 kills and 16 digs), freshman Jill Starling (14 kills), senior Phoebe Janssen (nine blocks), sophomore Hannah Bettge (44 assists) and senior Lacey Cole (20 digs). In the JV match, GEHS fell 13-25, 13-25. Sophomore Shelbe VanDeBerghe had four kills and sophomore Teddi Wade, nine...

Read More

Daniels paces GEHS golf effort at BV North

Gardner Edgerton High School senior Katie Daniels carded a 104 pacing the Lady ‘Blazer golf effort at the Blue Valley North Invite at Leawood South Country Club, Sept. 10. As a team, GEHS totaled 448 and finished in fifth place. “Great first outing on a very tough course,” Coach Amy Van Rheen said. “We have really stepped up our schedule with better competition and more 18-hole tournaments.” Besides Daniels, Jami DeGrande (senior) carded a 113; Jacque Buckingham (freshman), 114; Kelsey Schaefer (junior), 117; junior Abby Rains, 125; and junior Shannon Warren (132). The season continues Sept. 16 at Alvamar in...

Read More

Mustang eighth-graders defeat Spring Hill

Anthony Smart rushed for two touchdowns and 94 yards leading the Wheatridge Mustang eighth-grade varsity football team to a 30-6 season-opening win at Spring Hill, Sept. 7. Besides Smart, Kyle Stubler tossed a 70-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Hultgren. Other top rushing efforts came from Josh Lang and Jake Beckner. Meanwhile, the defense was led by Beckner and Sean Callahan with six tackles apiece. Emilio Fowler had five tackles. Things proved a bit more difficult for the eighth-grade Mustang JV. The eighth-grade JV squad fell lossed 20-6 at Spring Hill. WMS held a 6-0 halftime lead, thanks to the rushing of Devon Gulley and Nathan Outhout and the defense of Eric Hopper, Derek Ruddy and Austin Murphy. However, Spring Hill rallied for 20 second-half points to secure the...

Read More

Jags roll past Louisburg in season opener

Using a strong running attack, the Pioneer Ridge eighth-grade varsity Jag football squad posted a convincing 36-6 season-opening win Sept. 7 at Louisburg. Jadon Pearson-Bruce opened the scoring with a five-yard run. Seth Pesek added the two-point conversion run. Minutes later, Anthony Cisneros scored on a one-yard touchdown run and Bruce added the two-point conversion run. Up 16-0, it was Carson Hobby’s turn. He scored on a 30-yard run. The conversion failed. After Pesek’s 15-yard touchdown run, Bruce added a two-point run. PRMS’ final score came on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jake Huppe to Bryan Njogu. “It was a great way to open the season,” Coach Kevin Collins said. “The kids played real well.” Collins credited the offensive line of Conner McGuire, Zach Shelton, Terry Heathman, Jacob Haywood, John Fruit and Nick Wohlford for the offensive success. Meanwhile, the defense was anchored by Heathman, Shelton, Taylor Webb and Bruce. At 1-0, PRMS took to the field versus Eudora, Sept...

Read More

Bronco soccer squad loses at Louisburg

In a hard-fought battle, the Spring Hill Bronco varsity soccer squad dropped a 2-1 decision at Louisburg, Sept. 9. Spring Hill went up 1-0 when Cody Jesse flicked a header to Eric Kahn, who put the ball in the back of the net. The Spring Hill Bronco squad carried that lead into halftime closing the half with a 1-0 lead. Things didn’t go quite as well in the second half. Spring Hill failed to score in the second half and saw the Cats rally for a 2-1 win. “The boys did not quit and continued to battle down to the last second,” Coach Mike Cox said. “We just couldn’t find the net a second time.” It was the same story in JV action as Spring Hill lost a 3-2 decision. Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Spring Hill tied the game on a pair of goals from Brad Bink. Bink scored two goals in one minute. However, Louisburg’s defense tightened and the Cats scored a late goal to win the...

Read More

Gardner TOPS update for Sept. 17, 2010

Gardner TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) collected more than 150 pounds of food to donate to the Gardner Multi-Service Center as a community service project. The TOPS organization is one of the oldest weight loss groups in existence. The organization encourages using food exchanges with a 28-day food guide, keeping track of food intake, regular exercise, the plate method of monitoring food portions and attending weekly chapter meetings for hands-on group support. TOPS helps members lose weight and fight off the risks of disease related to being overweight. Members who have lost weight have experienced lower blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and many other health issues. Club members do not eat special meals or use supplements just sensible food. On Sept. 18, the Shawnee TOPS group will host an area Fun Day. Several local group members are expected to attend. The fun day includes contests, awards, skits and a talent show. For more information about TOPS of Gardner, please contact: Susan Glick, leader, at (913)764-5412; Joey Neal, co-leader, at (913)893-6847; Sandy Husted, secretary, at (913)856-7061; or Tamera Tramm, treasurer, at (913)449-3494. Meetings are held each Monday with weigh-in from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The actual meeting runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene Educational Building located behind the church on Moonlight Road and 167th...

Read More

Military update for Sept. 17, 2010

Andrew J. Kobularcik, a 2005 Gardner Edgerton High School graduate, completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The Air Force Airman 1st Class graduated from an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Debbie Webster of Gardner, Kan. Kobularcik graduated in 2005 from Gardner Edgerton High School, and received an associate degree in 2007 from Johnson County Community College, Overland Park,...

Read More

EDITORIAL: Councils must work together for the benefit of those communities they represent

Now is the time for both Gardner and Edgerton city councils to shine. With the biggest project in the state coming to our communities, all eyes are going to be on us as the intermodal  draws nearer. The bitterness and division only serve to humiliate the area rather than unite them at a time when cooperation is very much needed. The joint meeting of Gardner and Edgerton’s city council had enough tension to cut it with a knife. Rivalries between the two towns date back to the Civil War when tent cities would spring up over night to vote for against being a free state. They’ve continued to this day. But now is the time to drop the old baggage and join together for the betterment of both towns. That unity should include USD231, the largest local taxing entity, which the communities have shared for about 50 years. Unfortunately, they are not included in the joint meetings. It’s true school districts have no say in tax abatements, but there are many more decisions that will effect them including: potential growth, planning and truck routes. All three boards have good, responsible people on them who serve for little reward. However, they seem to function independently of each other. Gardner, Edgerton and the school board need to communicate and be involved in this as a cohesive unit. Maybe they are. We...

Read More

Weather Forecast

41° F
Clear
Clear

Archives

Categories