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KAREN ANN CREWS

Karen Ann Neal Crews, 41, passed away September 4, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center, KCMO. Karen was born in Olathe, Kan, January 1, 1976 to Joetta Lynn (Shafer) and Johnnie Ray Neal. Karen was the first baby born in the state of Kansas in the Bicentennial year. She was a 1994 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School and received her Associate of Arts degree. Karen grew up in Edgerton. After she married, she lived in Independence, Mo but moved back to Gardner in 2011. She was a cashier for Minit Mart in east Olathe for 5 years. Karen was a huge people person and loved to interact with everyone she came in contact with. She loved playing cards, especially “SkipBo” and enjoyed fishing with her family. She will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her father (2016). Karen is survived by her husband, Michael Crews; mother; two children Chelsea Miller (Gannon) Spring Hill and Crystal Stoker, Gardner; brother Steven Ray (Stefanie) Neal Dubuque, Iowa and sister Cindy J. Reimer (Tyler) Edgerton; and two grandchildren, Jace and Jacob, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be Friday, September 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Funeral Home. Cremation. Memorial contributions may...

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Ray’s Station floods in Edgerton

Photo by Jenifer Shelton Bill Braun, son of Ray Braun who owned Ray’s station from 1948 – 2016, said he had never seen water as high as it was Aug. 28. “The station never flooded like this before,” Braun said. “When KC had their big flood in 1951 the water did get up to the back steps of the little house but never inside any of the buildings except for the basement under the office building.” In 2009 FEMA revised flood zone maps and moved the property into the flood plain, Braun said. “During some of the heavier rains, the north side of the highway would flood because the water had to go under that old bridge,” Braun said. The state raised the highway when the old bridge was replaced a few years ago. For a short time Aug. 28, flood waters made direct access to Edgerton impossible, and Edgerton City Hall opened two hours later at 10 a.m. Other residents also had difficulty getting to town. “It took me about a good hour to find a different way to get to work which is at Spring Hill Veterinary clinic because all the roads were closed, said Alison Shelton, Edgerton. “I finally left my house at 9 didn’t get to work until about 10 till 10.” Alsion said her parents, David and Jenifer Shelton, own livestock about five minutes...

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Prairie Star 4-H

By: Alli Butler Reporter The Prairie Star 4-H club entered many projects this year. On Aug. 3, 2017, the club toured the fair and had the opportunity to view members’ projects. Mason Butler made a planter box that he entered in wood working and received a blue ribbon. William and Nolan Quinn entered photos and herbs and received purples and blue ribbons. Morgan and Maci Shafer both entered birdhouses and received a blue and red ribbon. Elly VanRheen made a bench for woodworking. Alli Butler received a special award for the most creative craft for my clay dragon. Gavin and Charli McGill won grand champion and reserve grand champion for their fiber arts. The most popular project by far for members is the foods project, and the club did very well receiving mostly purples and blue ribbons. The whole club really enjoyed seeing everyone’s projects that they worked very hard on. The club also did a great job at the 4-H food stand on Saturday of the fair despite the downpour. We didn’t let it dampen our...

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Police Report for 08/25/2017 through 08/31/2017

` `Gardner Police Daily Activity Report for 08/25/2017 through 08/31/2017 08/25/2017 08:04:10 SCHOOL 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 08/25/2017 08:07:36 SCHOOL 300 BLOCK OF E WASHINGTON ST 08/25/2017 08:29:41 ANIMAL TELEPHONE 400 BLOCK OF E WILLOW ST 08/25/2017 08:59:43 SELF RESIDENC 400 BLOCK OF N BIRCH ST 08/25/2017 09:15:45 TRAFFIC STOP W 175TH ST/CLARE RD 08/25/2017 09:25:16 TRAFFIC STOP W 175TH ST/N I35 HWY 08/25/2017 10:59:04 THEFT 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/25/2017 12:27:12 TRAFFIC MOTORIST 600 BLOCK OF W MAIN ST 08/25/2017 12:29:33 ABAND 400 BLOCK OF N SPRUCE ST 08/25/2017 13:06:48 ANIMAL 17900 BLOCK OF MOONLIGHT RD 08/25/2017 13:10:22 TRAFFIC COMPLAIN S MOONLIGHT RD/E WARREN ST 08/25/2017 13:13:27 INFO 17900 BLOCK OF MOONLIGHT RD 08/25/2017 13:31:47 LOCKOUT W/CHILD 1700 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 08/25/2017 13:47:08 TRAFFIC STOP W MAIN ST/N OAK ST 08/25/2017 14:01:44 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/25/2017 14:39:34 TRAFFIC SELECT 400 BLOCK OF N BUCKEYE ST 08/25/2017 15:13:00 TRAFFIC STOP N PINE ST/W JEFFERSON ST 08/25/2017 15:17:02 TRAFFIC STOP GARDNER RD/W 191ST ST 08/25/2017 15:23:42 DISTURB ROLLING 800 BLOCK OF W MADISON ST 08/25/2017 15:39:00 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/25/2017 16:06:24 ANIMAL PICKUP 400 BLOCK OF S CENTER ST 08/25/2017 16:29:39 UTILITIE 300 BLOCK OF S CENTER ST 08/25/2017 16:47:16 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 08/25/2017 16:52:22 MEDICAL NONLIFE 800 BLOCK OF E...

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GEHS Community Open House

Gardner Edgerton High School held a Community Open House for the public to view the new renovated high school, Advanced Technical Center, TRAILS facility and the new culinary program area, on Aug. 24. The renovations and construction was possible due to the support of the communities in the passage of the 2016 Bond Issue. The additional wing consisting of 18 classrooms, student lockers and conference areas, will predominately serve freshmen-level classes. In addition to the new wing, the existing commons and kitchen/cafeteria areas have been expanded. Additions included an auto repair shop, physical science classroom, expanded commons area, culinary center and hallway and locker area. Photos by Rick Poppitz...

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JCAC discusses hangar repairs; phasing in increased rail rates

by Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News At the Aug. 23 meeting, Johnson County Airport Commission members had long discussion on the process of working with insurance companies for reimbursement of storm damage to hangars. Also considered were rail rate increases, tenant lease amendments and extensions, and the cost of a radar system. Insurance and hangar repairs Aaron Otto, executive director, said that he had signed off on repairs for Oscar and Romeo hangars at Olathe Executive Airport. “That timeline, the design time working with Burns and McDonnell on the repairs, was 40 days. So that timeline is now underway, hopefully we’ll have those designs by the end of September,” said Otto. The design plans will then be incorporated into a larger bid package that will be put out for bid by the county. Otto also talked about the Papa T-Hangar which has been deemed too expensive to repair and will be rebuilt. Design for that is about two weeks along and should be done around the end of October. Final decision was yet to be made on how to rebuild Tango and Sierra T-Hangars. JCAC was considering one new “big box” hangar to replace the two damaged hangars. Later, in discussion items, commission directed staff to nix the “big box” idea. Brad Weisenburger, JCAC chairman, thanked Otto for the research but said the evidence didn’t compel pursuing...

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Trailblazers to bring physicality to 2017 campaign

Trailblazers to bring physicality to 2017 campaign By Pete Logan Special to The Gardner News If Gardner-Edgerton High School head football coach Marvin Diener has his way, the Trail Blazers’ 2017 opponents are going to need some serious recovery time after their game nights against GEHS. In recapping the Blazers’ first two weeks of practice — and ahead of Friday’s Gatorade scrimmage — Diener noted this year’s squad’s toughness. “Overall,” said Diener, “our play has been at a very high level of physicality and fast. Those are things we’ve worked hard to get back to, and we hope to see that on Friday night. I’m really pleased with the speed we’re playing at as far as the physicality.” Much of that speed and physicality stems from a defense that returns most of its starting front seven from the 2016 season, including senior linebackers Tyler Henry and Tucker Tribble, and senior defensive end Jackson Flowers. “We think we’re going to be very good up front with our front seven,” stated Diener, “and we have a lot of experience back there. I think we’ll be very good defensively.” When asked if he expected this year’s defense to create more turnovers, Diener replied positively but also mentioned that the Blazers’ defensive strength can base itself in being excellent in something even more fundamental than creating TOs. “We hope so,” said Diener when...

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Girls’ golf take second place

Girls’ golf take second place This was our kick off week for girls’ golf. The girls’ golf roster for the upcoming year includes: Seniors: Hannah Trivitt, Taylor Hill, Tara Land, Caitlin Miller; and Juniors: Mia Tovkach, Shae Stamps, Haley Meyer and Veronika Wojtas. The first varsity event was hosted at Shawnee Golf and Country Club. The girls finished an impressive second place out of 9 area schools. Team score was 374. Former State Champion of 2015 and Runner up of 2016, Mia Tovkach, shot a 78…which earned her a 3rd place finish overall. Senior Hannah Trivitt shot a personal best 86. Shae Stamps added a 98 and Haley Meyer shot a 112. The ladies have lots of talent and we all look forward to a successful season. The home tournament is Wednesday Aug. 30 at Prairie Highlands. Junior Varsity will kick off their season on Tuesday Aug. 29 at Paola Country...

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Edgerton welcomes Kiwanis

Jim Rochford, 2015-16 Kiwanis International vice president, spoke to council at the Aug. 24 meeting and thanked them for welcoming a Kiwanis club in Edgerton. Rochford said Kiwanis bring many benefits to communities, mentioning a youth program called ‘bring your grades up’, that helps build self esteem. There were about a dozen Kiwanis members at the meeting. Photoby Rick...

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Hometown newspapers chronicle local events; keep public notices local

Hometown newspapers chronicle local events; keep public notices local By Joan Taylor Contributing columnist What do Gardner and Edgerton have that Desoto, Piper and Ottawa don’t have? What do Gardner and Edgerton have that Olathe doesn’t have? A hometown paper. A locally owned, locally staffed hometown paper. The paper has been a fixture in Gardner for over 100 years. Maybe under different names, but the news for these towns for a long, long while. I have been told no one reads papers anymore. Well after seeing some of the spelling online and in phone messages, I guess reading isn’t one of the things people tend to do. If they did maybe they would be more particular in the spelling of thot (thought) or sum (some) or many other words. It appears there is a local faction that wants to be rid of the local paper. What are they afraid of? They want the legal notices to be published in the KC Star or an Olathe newspaper. Legal notices are published so that you — the people — can find out what laws have been passed. Laws have been changed and notices on changes in land, meetings etc. Things you probably need to be aware of. What was onnce vacant land may now become a convenience store? Well I can bet there was a public hearing published if that land...

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City’s flood damage may top $2 million

by Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News Edgerton city council considered damage from the Aug. 21 flood and took action to accelerate recovery efforts at their regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 24. Council also heard from the Kiwanis, considered another large LPKC warehouse project, a temporary gravel truck yard for UPS, and adopted the 2018 Budget. 2017 flood – disaster Before the start of business, Don Roberts, mayor, departed from the agenda to spend some time discussing the overnight flooding in Edgerton on Aug. 21-22. “Edgerton did not declare a disaster, because we don’t have to, Johnson County declared it a disaster,” said Roberts. At one point, Edgerton’s public works building was covered by 14 foot of water. 2017 flood – going forward “This is the first time in my life that we were ever totally land locked in. Ever. There’s always been a way out of town,” Roberts said. The city has a crossing upgrade planned for 207th street in future plans, and Roberts said it would have provided a way in and out, if it was there now. “We’re expecting construction to start in 2020 and maybe completion in 2021, somewhere in that time frame, so it’s just around the corner in reality, and something that we could never afford without the industrial development outside of town,” said Roberts. Roberts said there were 1,500 people in...

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Family forced to evacuate flooded home

by Rick Poppitz Special To The Gardner News The homeowners at 109 E. Fifth in Edgerton woke up around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, to find themselves in ankle deep water inside their home. Ashley Gearardo slogged through the house to the front door, thinking she had to get that water out of the house. When she opened her front door, she realized the problem was bigger than just water in the house. “The storm door, thank God, is there. I looked through it (outside) and the water is up to here,”,she says while holding her hand out about hip high. “At that point I’m freaking out, thinking what do I do?” she recalls. After realizing the house was surrounded on all sides by four foot deep water, it didn’t take long for Ashley, her boyfriend Jake and her 11 year old son Conner to understand they needed to evacuate. Ashley grabbed her car keys, although they would be useless since her car was filled with water inside up to the windows. Jake grabbed plastic bags and put their cell phones in them. Conner put on a pair of swim trunks, and taking responsibility, grabbed the cat. With three plus feet of water pressing against the storm door, it wouldn’t open. They removed the upper storm door panels, the three squeezed out and headed for high ground. Their vehicles...

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Charles Edward “Chuck” Smith

Charles Edward “Chuck” Smith died unexpectedly of natural causes in Gardner, Kan on August 12th, 2017 at the age of 64. Chuck was born on June 15th, in Spokane, Wash and graduated from Gardner High in ‘71. He loved listening to music, cooking, gardening, going to the auction and watching movies. Chuck is survived by his siblings Rob Smith, Lee Ford, David Smith, Lisa Smith and many nieces and nephews and is preceded in death by his parents Robert A. Smith and Anna Lee (Dolisi) Smith of Gardner, his nephew Devin Smith of Gardner and niece Madison Hightower of Overland Park, Kan. A memorial service is not planned at this time. Memorials can be made to Johnson County Library Foundation, P.O. Box 2933, Shawnee Mission, Kan, 66201 or to Olathe Health Charitable Foundation 20375 W. 151st St., Suite 363, Olathe, Kan...

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Police Report 8-18-2017

Gardner Police Daily Activity Report for 08/18/2017 through 08/25/2017 08/18/2017 08:00:08 SCHOOL 16200 BLOCK OF KILL CREEK RD 08/18/2017 08:01:03 SCHOOL 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 08/18/2017 08:05:33 SPECIAL 1200 BLOCK OF W OLD 56 HWY 08/18/2017 08:27:48 TRAFFIC STOP W 167TH ST/OLD 56 HWY 08/18/2017 08:32:50 TRAFFIC STOP / 08/18/2017 08:36:35 ALARM RESIDENT 500 BLOCK OF E MEADOWLARK CT 08/18/2017 09:07:01 ANIMAL LOOSE 18500 BLOCK OF JUNIPER ST 08/18/2017 09:21:37 FOLLOW 29700 BLOCK OF W 188TH ST 08/18/2017 09:22:49 ASSISTOA 29700 BLOCK OF W 188TH ST 08/18/2017 09:35:33 TRAFFIC SELECT W CHEROKEE ST/S CENTER ST 08/18/2017 09:50:37 SCHOOL 300 BLOCK OF E WASHINGTON ST 08/18/2017 10:39:09 THEFT 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 10:52:57 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 11:18:58 SELF AREA 400 BLOCK OF N WAVERLY RD 08/18/2017 11:22:54 WARRANT 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 11:51:18 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 12:57:33 911 DISCON 300 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 13:08:53 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 13:09:59 SCHOOL 17900 BLOCK OF MOONLIGHT RD 08/18/2017 13:16:38 SELF AREA 17900 BLOCK OF MOONLIGHT RD 08/18/2017 13:29:58 TELEPHON 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 13:46:20 SCHOOL 400 BLOCK OF E GRAND ST 08/18/2017 13:58:00 TRAFFIC STOP N I35 HWY/W 175TH ST 08/18/2017 13:59:27 FORGERY 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/18/2017 14:20:53 FOLLOW 500 BLOCK...

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Legal Notice

ORDINANCE NO. 2551 SUMMARY On August 21, 2017, the City of Gardner, Kansas passed Ordinance No. 2551 adopting the 2018 Budget of the City of Gardner, KS. A complete copy of this ordinance may be obtained free of charge at the Office of the City Clerk, 120 E. Main Street or at www.gardnerkansas.gov. This summary certified by Ryan B. Denk, City...

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Police Report for 08/11/2017 through 08/18/2017

Gardner Police Daily Activity Report for 08/11/2017 through 08/18/2017 08/11/2017 08:13:01 MEDICAL NONLIFE 600 BLOCK OF E ACORN ST 08/11/2017 08:13:34 SCHOOL 300 BLOCK OF E WASHINGTON ST 08/11/2017 08:55:03 TRAFFIC STOP S CENTER ST/E KANE ST 08/11/2017 09:16:33 TELEPHON 1100 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 08/11/2017 09:57:04 MEDICAL NONLIFE 200 BLOCK OF E WESTHOFF CT 08/11/2017 09:57:37 CIVSERV 700 BLOCK OF E REDWOOD ST 08/11/2017 10:04:47 ASSIST 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/11/2017 10:34:57 THEFT 800 BLOCK OF N CENTER ST 08/11/2017 10:42:05 TRAFFIC STOP E PARK ST/S CENTER ST 08/11/2017 10:48:11 JUVENILE INFO 1700 BLOCK OF E SANTA FE ST 08/11/2017 11:06:44 CIVSERV 28800 BLOCK OF W 186TH ST 08/11/2017 11:33:34 TRAFFIC STOP 400 BLOCK OF S MOONLIGHT RD 08/11/2017 11:48:44 TRAFFIC STOP E GRAND ST/S WHITE DR 08/11/2017 11:51:05 INFO 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/11/2017 12:50:05 MEDICAL NONLIFE 100 BLOCK OF ASPEN LN 08/11/2017 12:52:44 TRAFFIC STOP E KANE ST/S CENTER ST 08/11/2017 13:01:34 ANIMAL WILD 700 BLOCK OF S CHERRY ST 08/11/2017 13:33:56 TRAFFIC STOP E GRAND ST/S CENTER ST 08/11/2017 13:40:51 LOCKOUT W/CHILD 29500 BLOCK OF W 191ST ST 08/11/2017 14:14:33 CIVSERV 200 BLOCK OF ASPEN LN 08/11/2017 14:20:12 TELEPHON 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/11/2017 14:30:13 CIVSERV 1000 BLOCK OF BUFFALO TRL 08/11/2017 14:39:00 WARRANT 400 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST 08/11/2017 14:42:02 CIVSERV 17100 BLOCK OF MERCURY...

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Legal Notice

CITY OF EDGERTON, KANSAS NOTICE OF HEARING ZONING VARIANCE APPLICATION Case No.: VA2017-02 (Signage) VA2017-03 (Parking) Notice is hereby given that the Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Edgerton, Kansas, will open a Public Hearing at a called meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Edgerton Community Building, 404 E. Nelson Street, Edgerton, Kansas at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible following the adjournment of the Planning Commission meeting, at which time and place the public may be heard in regards to the zoning variance requests on property situated in the City of Edgerton, Johnson County, Kansas to wit: Abeln & Associates Architects, applicant for property located at 106 W. 3rd, is requesting consideration and approval of a request for variance from the signage permitted in commercial districts required under the Unified Development Code Section 12.9 Table C (VA2017-02) and consideration and approval of a request for a variance from the parking and loading standards – design standards and required dimensions, regarding drive aisles required under the Unified Development Code 10.2 D, 1 (VA2017-03) on the following property: Description: A tract of land being part of Lot 3 and Lot 4, County Clerks Subdivision, a subdivision of land recorded in Plat Book 4 at Page 39, located in the Northwest Quarter of Section 7, Township 15 South, Range 22 East, in the City of Edgerton,...

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Legal Notices

Ordinance No. 1060 Summary On August 10, 2017, the City of Edgerton, Kansas, adopted Ordinance No. 1060, amending the City Code to adopt the 2017 Uniform Public Offense Code. A complete copy of this ordinance may be obtained or viewed free of charge at the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 404 East Nelson, Edgerton, Kansas, or at www.edgertonks.org. This summary is certified by Lee W. Hendricks, Edgerton City Attorney pursuant to K.S.A. 12-3001, et seq. Ordinance No. 1059 Summary On August 10, 2017, the City of Edgerton, Kansas, adopted Ordinance No. 1059, amending the City Code to adopt the 2017 Standard Traffic Ordinance, while preserving Local Traffic Provisions contained within the City Code that supplement and/or modify certain portions of the Standard Traffic Ordinance. A complete copy of this ordinance may be obtained or viewed free of charge at the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 404 East Nelson, Edgerton, Kansas, or at www.edgertonks.org. This summary is certified by Lee W. Hendricks, Edgerton City Attorney pursuant to K.S.A. 12-3001, et...

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Legal Notice

PUBLISHED IN The Gardner News on August 16, 2017 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING by the Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board, Johnson County, Kansas PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that an application has been filed by Wayne Malnicof, applicant, and Donald G. Parr, Jr., landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat for two 40-acre residential lots, on approximately 80 acres, zoned RUR, Rural District, located at a half mile south of 143rd Street and Edgerton Road. Said hearing thereon will be held on August 23, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Gardner Grange Building, 136 E. Washington, Gardner, Kansas. Persons who need additional information about the application or who may need the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodation, should contact (913) 715-2200, at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting. Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board, Darren Shafer, Chair. SW-PP/FP-3340 (MC) Hidden Oak...

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