Author: Gardner News

People in your neighborhood: Linda Kroll Rogers

Linda is the new director of the Spring Hill Multi-Service Center.  She had previously  worked with the Gardner Multi-Service Center for the past five and a half years and prior to that spent 15 years with Catholic Charities in Olathe.  Through Catholic Charities she helped assist the outlying multi-service centers in De Soto, Gardner and Spring Hill. Linda has resided in Spring Hill for the past two years. She has just become the owner of a new Boxer puppy named Bella, and also has a 7-year-old mixed breed named Gracie. Linda is the proud mom of three grown children: Justin, Laura and Andrew.  The apples of her eye, though, are her grandchildren: Grand, age two; Addie, 18 months; and Asher, three months old. Favorite movie of all time:  “An Affair to Remember,” both the old version and the remake. Favorite music:  “Old movie soundtracks — well, old to all you young folks, but not so old for me!” Dream job:  “I already have my dream job.  I consider myself very lucky to work with some great people and to be able to help families that are struggling.  I have a job that doesn’t just earn a paycheck but it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the world, one little piece at a time.” Motto you live you life by:  “I think my mottos to live by...

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Prairie Punisher volunteers wanted

The Gardner Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for the ninth annual Prairie Punisher Duathlon and 5k on July 24. The duathlon and 5K will be held at Celebration Park. The duathlon includes a 5K run, followed by a 34.5K bike ride and concludes with second 5K run. There will be separate 5K walk and run in conjunction with the event, which benefits the Special Olympics program. Volunteers help direct competitors on the course and cheer them on. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and breakfast before and after the race. Volunteer check-in starts at 6:15 a.m. on July 24 with the event expected to conclude around 10 a.m. Those interested in volunteering can call Jason Bruce, Recreation Supervisor, at (913)856-0936,...

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Get Fit Gardner – Quit Making Excuses

Get Fit Gardner Cory Adams, Community Contributor – Gardner Resident Fitness Expert Quit Making Excuses and Get Motivated As a Personal Trainer and Fitness Boot Camp Instructor  you can image the amount of excuses I have heard throughout the years.  I understand its part of the job so I  don’t look to much into them.  A lot of my job as a trainer is to keep people accountable and to motivate.  But you need to understand that most of the time Excuses are just well planned lies.  Most of the time its just that we are to dang lazy...

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Johnson County Fair set for Aug. 2-7

It’s almost fair time in Gardner. The Johnson County Fair will run Aug. 2-7. Admission to the fairgrounds is free and includes entry into many events. This year’s fair promises to be “Wild ‘n Wooly.” Fun events on store for everyone to enjoy include a four foot plywood sheep silhouette decorating contest, a sheep coloring contest, mutton bingo, wool spinning demonstrations, and “Dancing with Ewe” Thursday evening on the Memorial Stage where you can learn the country two-step and line dance the night away. The Johnson County Fair features a wide variety of fun, family entertainment and includes an open youth rodeo, amateur flat track races, demolition derby, bull blast and barrel racing, carnival rides, a wide assortment of exhibits and booths, and nightly entertainment on the Midway Stage. Admission tickets for main events may be purchased onsite. Main fair activities kick off Tuesday, Aug. 3, with the arrival of entries by 4-H and open participants. County fair is a big part of the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H program’s success. Fair is the time for youth and families to not only compete, but to celebrate another year’s work and accomplishment. The carnival rides open at 5p.m. Tuesday. Family Fun Night begins at 6p.m. Also on tap that night are the dog show and 4-H and open class food auction. Be sure to bring the kids and...

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4-H’ers participate in county rocket launch

Christopher Elfin Club Reporter Rockets blasted off at 3 p.m. on Sunday June 27 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner. Members of various Johnson County 4-H participated in the county rocket launch. These rockets will be entered in the Johnson County fair in August. In preparation for the county rocket launch, several members of the Great Plains 4-H club met at the Lackman Library for classes led by fellow member, Zach Nason. At these meetings they learned how to build their own...

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Prairie Star 4-H

Anthony Deters Club Reporter The monthly meeting of the Prairie Star 4H club was held June 14, 2010 at the Jo. County Fairgrounds. The meeting was called to order by President, Dewey Molenda.  Pledges were led by Sean Singer and Anthony Deters.  Roll call was “What are your summer vacation plans?”  It was answered by 14 members. We had one new guest, Kaden Nickelson.  The minutes from the last meeting were read by Macy Loring and stand approved as read.   Anthony Deters reported that he has turned in the minutes of the last meeting.   Haylee Burk gave the treasurer’s report and we have $339.08. Kim Loring gave the community leaders report and wanted to remind everyone of the day camp June 28.  She also reminded members that if they are showing livestock at the fair a new shirt needs to be ordered since they have changed the color.  The order needs to be to Sue Pio by July 15.  The paper entries for the fair need to be mailed by July 15 and the online entries need to be done by July 28.  Gardner’s Farmer’s market has asked our club to be ambassadors.  Any member wanting to help needs to show up at 4 at the market and you will be assigned a vendor to help customers carry packages to their cars.  Members were reminded to wear their Prairie...

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University updates

Vincent Nquyen, Gardner, was named to the Dean’s List at William Jewell College for the 2010 spring semester.  Nquyen was a senior nursing major during the spring semester. Allison O’Leary, Gardner, was named to the Dean’s List at William Jewell College for the 2010 spring semester.  O’Leary was a junior English and education major. Yemisrach Mekuria Adefris, Gardner, was named a candidate for degree in the Rockhurst University centennial year commencement ceremony.  Adefris received a bachelor of arts in Psychology. Michael Strnad, Gardner, was named as a graduate for the spring semester at Baker University.  Strnad received a bachelor of...

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Merchants say Moonlight construction has not affected business levels

Veronica Mullin [email protected] The construction on Moonlight Road has done much to annoy some Gardner residents and drivers, but it hasn’t seemed to affect the way they spend their time and money. Most of the shops and services located in Moonlight Plaza have surprisingly seen little to no change in their business patterns, according to some business owners. The object of the construction is to widen Moonlight from two to four lanes. In the process a lot of pavement has been torn up, including many street-side driveways. Left behind are deep dips for drivers to ease their cars through...

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Gardner Bandits win tourney title

Posting a perfect 11-0 record, the Gardner Bandits 11-12 girls softball squad recently won first place in the Gardner Parks & Recreation summer league. “We hit well all season and scored a lot of runs,” said Coach Steve Adamson, whose team averaged 17 runs per game. “I was real proud of the effort.” Adamson had help in assistants Dean Gilner and Dave Johnson. They worked with a group consisting of Jaclyn Adamson, Cassidy Androff, Sara Coble, Nikki Drake, Chelsie Gilner, Sarah Gilner, Abbie Lane, Kelsey Leffert, Delaney States, Abby Weems, and Metayah Whitman. Due to prior commitments, the team was unable to participate in the post-season league...

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Area woman finishes work on new book about rural schools

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Although many of Johnson County’s rural schoolhouses are no longer standing, Spring Hill resident Tressa Stone has done her best to make sure they’re not forgotten. Stone recently completed work on her new book, “Rural Schools of Johnson County,” after months of research and drawing upon her own knowledge of county schools long gone. Stone said the book includes a wealth of information on the county’s 100 one-room schools, including newspaper articles, first-hand accounts of studying and teaching in the county’s rural schools, and photos of those buildings and the students who inhabited them. The...

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Kutak Rock official explains IRB benefits to city

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The city of Edgerton’s costs in preparing for the approval of the issuance of $500 million in industrial revenue bonds for the KC Logistics Park have been minimal, according to at least one official involved with the deal. Scott Anderson, bond counsel from Kutak Rock LLC, said the city of Edgerton will pay Municipal Partners a total of $250 for the cost benefit analysis associated with the project. That $250 is a reimbursable expense for the city, he added. “All (the firm) did was input the data into a program,” Anderson said. Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner said that fee has not yet been paid. But those numbers have been disputed by more than one organization. At last week’s Edgerton City Council meeting, USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus said the analysis calculates financial impact based on a decadelong growth of 182 students in the school district, while USD 231’s own growth estimate is 458 students over the next 10 years. Patrick Robinson of the Allen Group also disputed Kutak Rock’s estimates of growth in the school district but did not elaborate. Anderson, speaking with The Gardner News on July 13, said Kutak Rock is paid for its services off the cost of the issuance of the bonds, and that the company is paid based on what it calls ‘basis points,’ which represent one one-hundredth of...

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Starling helps Team USA to victory

Gardner’s Bubba Starling collected a hit and one RBI helping Team USA’s 18-under boys baseball squad to a 4-0 win versus the Greater Alliance N.Y. All Stars, July 10 in Hempstead, NY. The 18-under National team concluded its five-game exhibition slate with the Greater NY all-stars July 10 and now embark on a nine-game exhibition schedule in Minnesota. The team will play area all-star squads and international opponents before entering the 2010 IBAF-AAA 18-u World Championships, July 23-Aug....

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Broncos win Tri-County tournament

It’s been quite a season for Coach Gary Benedict and his Spring Hill 12-under boys baseball squad. Benedict’s Broncos posted a 10-2 first-place league record and then defeated host Baldwin 1-11 to win the post-season tourney title, June 26. The Broncos competed in a Tri-County league which included Wellsville, DeSoto, and Baldwin teams. “It’s been a fun year and everyone made a lot of improvement,” said Benedict. Ivan Hughes stole the spotlight in the tourney title game. He was the winning pitcher and stroked the game-winning hit in the 12-11 win versus Baldwin. Joining Hughes on the roster are Gavin Benedict (lf), Colton Hamilton (ss), Jake Lovetinsky (of), Adrian Martin (1b), Conner McIntosh (2b), Vann Putnam (3b), Selven Shefcyk (cf), Alex Strahan (rf), and Braeden Towles...

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Angels win Gardner Parks post-season league tournament

After posting a 9-1 regular season record, the Gardner Angels 9-10 boys baseball team won three straight post-season games and won the tournament title. Pitchers David Adamson, Hayden Mulford, and Ben Yancey led the way with top performances. In the championship game, Yancey tossed a no-hitter with 16 strike-outs. Adamson was assisted by Tony Taylor, Robert Yancey and Larry Bunce. Team members include: David Adamson (p, 1b); Taylor Bunce (2b, 3b); Cooper Crouch (2b), Tom Fabing (2b, 3b); Hayden Mulford (p, 1b); Cameron Schultz (c, p); Drew Sola (ss); Matthew Swords (3b); Rees Taylor (ss, 3b); Tyler Urban (2b, 3b); Levi Wartner (2b, 3b); and Ben Yancey (p, 1b). The team was coached by Steve Adamson, Tony Taylor, Robert Yancey, and Larry...

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City of Edgerton to begin review of FY 2011 budget on July 15

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] The Edgerton City Council will review the city’s proposed 2011 budget at a work session July 15. City Administrator David Dillner, at the council’s July 8 meeting, distributed a June 22 memo to the governing body; that memo notified the council that the city has received an additional $615,000 in revenue from the increase of ad valorem property taxes from Kansas City Power and Light. The memo outlined four options the council has regarding the allocation of these additional funds, including a reduction of the city’s mill levy, a reduction of outstanding municipal debt, investment in capital projects and infrastructure maintenance, and investment in several other operational enhancements. Dillner’s memo did not elaborate on what constituted ‘other operational enhancements.’ If the city wanted to reduce the mill levy, it is recommended that the city first prepare an analysis on how that action would affect the Intermodal Project Finance Plan. Similarly, the memo advised against a reduction in outstanding municipal debt because “… as a general practice, utilities should not receive subsidization from General Fund revenues and should be operated as a separate expense.” Other proposals to the city’s 2011 budget include subsidization of residential trash services that would allow a savings of $79.80 per customer per year; initial outlay of $20,000 to improve animal control services with a part-time animal control officer; and an increase...

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UPDATED: Edgerton approves issuance of $500M in bonds for logistics park

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] A resolution of intent to issue industrial revenue bonds totaling $500 million for the construction of facilities related to the intermodal breezed through the Edgerton City Council on July 8. It took council members only minutes to make the $500 million decision. Scott Anderson of Kutak Rock LLC, treated the approval of the resolution as a foregone conclusion before the public hearing  opened, and said council members could discuss further but had to issue a decision under obligation of contract. In essence, the city had unofficially agreed to approve the IRB issuance before the public hearing occurred Thursday. “You can discuss this as long as you want, but you’re contractually obligated (to issue a resolution of intent),” Anderson said. He later elaborated on that statement to The Gardner News. “What the city had agreed to was to adopt a form of a resolution of intent,” Anderson said later. “If they want to continue with the logistics park project, at some point before the first building goes in, they are contractually obligated to adopt the resolution of intent.” Under state statute, governing bodies must convene public hearings before making decisions on topics such as issuing IRBs. The lone speaker for the public hearing on the bonds was USD 231 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, who noted that he had only recently received a cost benefit analysis on the project, slated...

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Edgerton Planning Commission OKs rezoning land for distribution center

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Edgerton City Administrator David Dillner announced on the Edgerton Insights blog on Wednesday that the Edgerton Planning Commission has recommended to the city council approval to rezone 16 acres of land south of U.S. 56 to Business Park District. Pending the council’s approval, the land eventually will be home to a 312,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution facility for Leawood, Kan.-based Demdaco, a company that specializes in figurines and collectibles. The Planning Commission made the approval with several stipulations, including the inclusion of a photometric lighting plan for the building and installation of additional landscaping in lieu of a required 30-foot setback. The council will review the rezoning issue for discussion and approval during a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the Community Center, 404 E. Nelson...

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Mill increase would help offset shortfall in Bond & Interest fund

Corbin H. Crable [email protected] Gardner City Council members on July 12 discussed the possibility of a 6.5 mill increase in the city’s 2011 budget to help offset a shortfall in the Bond and Interest Fund – and Gardner residents could see higher utility bills beginning next year as well. The city already plans to transfer $100,000 from the General Fund to Bond and Interest to help cover delinquencies on special assessments, according to Assistant City Administrator Melissa Mundt. The potential mill increase translates into an additional $10 per month – or $220 per year — each single-family household will pay to the city. Mundt and City Administrator Stewart Fairburn said, however, that while the city anticipates an additional 2-mill increase in 2012, things will start to level off in 2013 with a potential 4-mill decrease. A reduction in force enacted in early May has helped cushion the shortfall in the city’s General Fund, now at only $500. Similarly, Water manager Jim Melvin and Public Works Director David Greene told council members that more funds will be needed for water and wastewater next year. The water department is requesting an additional $2.2 million for anticipated maintenance on equipment, Melvin said, and it is likely to need an additional $20,000 each year for the next five years to continue with replacement and maintenance, specifically on older water lines. Melvin told council...

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Commemorative Air Force to host Warbird Open House

Mica Marriott [email protected] Airplane enthusiasts will have the chance to fly high when the Commemorative Air Force, KC Ghost Squadron’s Heart of America Wing open house and air show takes place July 17 and 18. The KC Ghost Squadron’s Heart of America Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is located on the northeast side of New Century Air Center between Gardner and Olathe. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) began with a single plane in 1957. Ex-service pilots from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas combined their money  to purchase a P-51 Mustang. Soonafter, the group purchased a pair of...

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EDITORIAL: Edgerton council, school board handled IRB issuance poorly

The city of Edgerton has grossly missed the mark when it comes to the issuance of $500 million in industrial revenue bonds for facilities to be constructed in the KC Logistics Park. The council approved the issuance of the IRBs, which would translate into a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement, at its July 8 meeting, but only after sarcastic, almost condescending remarks from Scott Anderson, bond counsel with Kutak Rock LLC. Anderson told the council it was “contractually obligated” to approve a resolution of intent on the issue – in essence, saying ‘yes’ to the IRB issuance. He said council members could discuss the topic and take action on it later, but that action had to be taken on the issue eventually. Perhaps the council should have indeed waited on approving the resolution. Council President Clay Longanecker was absent from the meeting, and City Administrator David Dillner had handed council members an incomplete cost benefit analysis shortly before the meeting started. Thus, council members did not even have complete information in front of them on which to base an educated decision. The council should have tabled action on the resolution until all council members could attend the next meeting and have time to review the complete cost benefit analysis. The fact that Anderson made his comments directly before a public hearing on the issuance of the bonds is even...

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