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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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Record setting performance for Pioneer Ridge track team

It was a record setting performance for Coach Jeff Davidson and his Pioneer Ridge Middle School track team in the season opener at Wheatridge Middle School April 1. Four new records were set in the girls eighth grade division.Kyla Martin leaped 4’7″ to win the high jump and Hannah Culbertson tossed the discus 81’1″. Jill Starling set a new mark in the 100 hurdles in a time of 18.52 and she teamed with Haylee Burk,Taylor Claybon,and Kyla Martin to set a new 400 relay standard of 54 seconds. The PRMS eighth grade girls and boys won team titles while the seventh grade boys and girls placed second. For the eighth grade boys, Kalyin Ahrens placed first in the hurdles and 1600 relay and Tris Reed won the high jump and 1600 relay. Mijo Gray took first in the 800 relay and shot put and Jake Weekly won the pole...

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Community Calendar

Fri May 25th to Mon May 31st 5/28 Gardner Parks and Recreation Babysitting Clinic registration deadline 5/29 Family Day 1:00pm The Aquatic Center opens ; prizes, free giveaways, free cake and live music. 5/30 7:00 pm Friday through Sunday – Balloon launch 6:30 am Saturday thru Monday – Balloon launch 8:30 pm Saturday & Sunday – Night Glows Saturday & Sunday – Family...

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Victoria Beckham Sports Georgio Armani

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Johnny Depp at the Public Enemy Premiere

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Satan works for the DMV

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Had Dante Alighieri written the Divine Comedy today rather than in the 1300s, the circles of hell for the worst offenders probably would closely resemble the Department of Motor Vehicles. I sold a car and purchased a new one last week, which led to my own tour of the dark circles of the underworld – the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Johnson County Department of Motor Vehicles registration office. My transactions should’ve been simple: a classified ad, a phone call, a vehicle and a check. But the Lord works in mysterious ways, and Satan works for the government. He expects to get paid, which I assume is the reason for the state of Kansas’ perilous titling and registration system. The vehicle I sold, a truck, had a lien at one time. When I paid it off, the lender sent me something that said I had an e-title and a lien release. Someone fluent in Government-ese would’ve realized that the lien release had to be faxed or mailed to the state, but I speak Private-Sector-aise. Foolishly, I thought the e-title meant I only needed to provide a bill of sale to my buyer. To be on the safe side, I called the Kansas Department of Revenue on the morning my buyer was scheduled to drive across the state to purchase the truck. The not-so-helpful employee said...

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GEHS grad makes movie magic from his father's basement

Danedri Thompson [email protected] David Matheny admits he has a baby face, and that he lives and works as a filmmaker out of his father’s basement on Cherry Street in Gardner. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be taken seriously as an artist. “It’s funny, because I was talking to a production company, and they really wanted to produce this movie,” Matheny said of his newest film, “My Stepdad’s a Freakin’ Vampire.” “They called me more than once a week. They said, ‘hey Dave, do you want to make a real movie with us or a home movie on steroids?’”...

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Intermodal debate moves from Gardner to Statehouse

Danedri Thompson [email protected] The debate over BNSF’s logistics hub moved to Topeka this week as supporters and opponents of Senate bill 693 testified before the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday morning. As written, the bill would make the state a credit backer on loans for infrastructure improvements that Gardner city officials say are necessary for the intermodal facility. Under the proposed legislation, the state would assume responsibility to repay the loans should cash flow from the intermodal project fail to meet loan payments. Gardner city officials note that without passage of the bill, the financing package the city...

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