November 25, 2015

School board approves construction management agreement

Mark Taylor Following a brief discussion on the legality of hiring a construction manager without taking bids, the Gardner Edgerton School Board adopted a resolution to put a $72.790 million bond issue on a 2012 ballot. Patron Bill Sutton, Gardner, expressed concern about the board’s hiring of Manning Construction to oversee the bond projects Continue Reading

Judge rules in favor of BNSF in environmental suit

Mark Taylor A federal judge has ruled against an environmental group that filed suit against BNSF last year claiming the intermodal development near Edgerton posed regional environmental hazards. Skip Kalb, director of strategic development for the railroad, told members of the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Johnson County EDC on June Continue Reading

Former Merriam Court Clerk charged with embezzlement

A former municipal court clerk for the city of Merriam has been charged with felony embezzlement, according to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.  Steve Howe, district attorney, said Fabiola Ester Cruz, 35, was charged on June 27 with four counts of felony computer crime and one count of felony theft over $100,000.  Cruz was Continue Reading

New driver’s license bureau opens at Great Mall

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Revenue opened its newest driver’s license bureau June 28 in Olathe’s Great Mall of the Great Plains. The new bureau includes an express lane for drivers who just need to renew their licenses, more stations and the more secure photo first process where drivers will only need to stand in Continue Reading

Minor injuries sustained in apartment fire

Mark Taylor One person was treated and released at an area hospital for minor burns after a fire at Moonlight Apartments in Gardner. The fire – which was reported at about 1:35 p.m. on June 15 – was contained to one unit in building 23 at 400 S. Moonlight Rd. The blaze was brought Continue Reading

Brief power outage affects part of Gardner

Some Gardner customers experienced a brief power outage about 7:50 a.m. on June 15. According to Gardner Electric, the outage happened when employees were inspecting and repairing equipment damaged during recent vandalism. During the work, a relay failed and a substation transformer tripped off line, causing a three minute outage to part of the city. Vandals damaged electronic Continue Reading

Car strikes building, driver unhurt

Mark Taylor An elderly man escaped injury after driving his car into an unoccupied building at New Century AirCenter this morning. Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said the man, who had a medical condition, missed a turn and struck the building. The driver was uninjured and the building Continue Reading

Winds overturn tractor-trailer, driver uninjured

Mark Taylor An Atchison man escaped injury late last night when 70 mph winds overturned his tractor-trailer in Gardner. According to Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, 50-year-old Barrie Charlsen was driving the tractor-trailer at 11:55 p.m. on westbound U.S. 56 Highway and was merging onto the northbound ramp at Continue Reading

Spring Hill school bond issue passes

Mark Taylor Voters in the Spring Hill School District approved a mail ballot bond issue by a vote of 1,717 to 1,375 on June 7. The $39 million bond issue will pay for maintenance, school additions, new schools and technology upgrades. The election results are unofficial until certified later in the week by Johnson Continue Reading

GEHS football team to play East St. Louis

Gardner Edgerton High School’s football team will play a game against East St. Louis High School in East St. Louis over Labor Day Weekend. More details will be posted as they become available.