Author: Rhonda Humble

Divorces Finalized

Anthony A. Allen vs. Michelou R. Allen Rosana Fung Mok vs. Chun Sing Au Lisa Bond vs. Robert E. Bond, Jr Charles Staley Campbell vs. Ashly Deann Campbell Shelly Mae Coon vs. Lloyd Walter Coon Knox Jean Varela vs. Terri Lynette Counts Lu Ann Hoffman vs. Francis A. Doetzl Sheila Ellen Eikermann vs. William Conrad Eikermann Beatriz S. Farmer vs. Michael G. Farmer Cynthia B. Garner vs. Roger D. Garner Luke Goodrich vs. Jennifer Goodrich Norman F. Schram vs. Jean M. Graeff Tiffany Sue Hart vs. Johnathan Lee Hart Brian Tyree Jones vs. Tynisa Lynn Jones Kay Lynne Mccarthy vs. John Lawler Mccarthy John M. Mwania vs. Christine N. Mutinda Lindsey Nicole Pippin vs. William Zachary Newby Elizabeth Ann Reynolds vs. Lee Allan Reynolds Maurice L. Roberts vs. Brandy L. Roberts Nancy G. Scott vs. Kent Scott Shan Quintin Stoner vs. Lauren Diane Stoner Kevin W. Warehime vs. Paula S. Warehime Beth Ann Woolaway vs. Christopher...

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Public Record

MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED Michael Lee Burrow, 30, Lee’s Summit, MO and Katherine Ann Phillips, 27, Overland Park Viet Hong Nguyen Cao, 34, Shawnee and Bounkheua Thongsophaphone, 31, Shawnee Timothy Randel Embry, 45, Olathe and Wendy Sue Stephens, 43, Olathe Eric Charles Foley, 26, Olathe and Jessica Lauren Breneman, 24, Olathe John Edward Holzschuh, 60, Merriam and Kathleen Ellen Hayden, 62, Desoto Daniel Michael Kelly, 38, Lenexa and Michelle Ann Sheeley, 37, Lenexa John Andrew Kowalczyk, 64, Olathe and Linda Nelle Nicholson, 62, Olathe James Bradley Mall, 33, Shawnee and Angela Ray Strauss, 37, Shawnee Richard Leland Mcdaniel, 47, Olathe and Molly Ann Moore, 40, Olathe Brian Keith Menees, 43, Desoto and Jamie Beth Howard, 22, Desoto Matthew Walter Miller, 27, Abu Dhabi,  and Martha Amelia Jensen, 28, Abu Dhabi, DIVORCES FILED Lisa Marie Andrew vs. James Roy Andrew Mitcher Barnes vs. Genevieve Barnes David Volonnino vs. Donna Volonnino Coday Teresa S. Cole vs. Stephen W. Cole Miguel A. Hernandez-Cavazo vs. Irene Contreras Kelly Elizabeth Dailey vs. Ryan Lee Dailey Mary Therese Foster vs. Michael A. Foster John Gillis vs. Cristin Gillis Tamara Ann Griffin vs. Jeffrey Charles Griffin Elaine Kathleen Gustafson vs. Dale Stephen Gustafson Lynetta J. Jaye vs. Brandon R. Jaye Jeff Martin vs. Sharon Martin John Trinkl vs. Cheryl Denise Mcanally-Trinkl Danielle Roseberry vs. Gary Roseberry Dale A. Staten vs. Jill L. Staten Kendra D. Williams Taylor...

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Shafer signs with Mid-America Nazarene University

After a stellar career at Spring Hill High School, Dylan Shafer will take his baseball talent to Mid-America Nazarene University this fall. Shafer made it official May 25 signing a national letter of intent in front of family and friends in the school’s library. “I’m real excited about the opportunity at MANU,” said Shafer, who will study sports medicine. “I really liked the coaches and they have very strong academics.” A four-year member of the Spring Hill baseball program, Shafer helped the Broncos to back-to-back 4A Regional titles and State runner-ups. “Dylan was a member of our team four years and just got better each year,” added Spring Hill Coach David Londene. “He was a big game pitcher for us and we will really miss him.” Shafer’s clutch pitching propelled Spring Hill to its second straight Regional title match with Ft. Scott when Shafer came on in relief. He shut the Tigers down, and Spring Hill rallied for a 7-3 win and punched their ticket to state competition. When not pitching, Shafer shows his versatility at second base for the Broncos. Dylan is the son of Michael and Angie Shafer, Spring...

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Gardner track club grabs 4 golds at Summer Classic

      The Gardner Track Club brought back four gold medals from the Olathe Express Summer Classic held June 18 in Baldwin. As usual, the pole vaulters led the way with three gold medal efforts. Kade Loring leaped 7’6″ to win the seventh grade boys division and Karli Smith took first in the seventh grade girls with an identical effort. Kyle Stubler’s 11’6″ vault took top honors in the eighth grade boys division. Equally impressive was Danie Plank whose 140′ javelin throw won gold in the girls 10th-grade division. Jill Starling took second in the ninth-grade javelin with a throw of 109’6″. Kyra Rousselo took second in the girls 10th-grade shot put with a heave of 29’11″. Abbie Buie leaped 7’6″ for second place in the girls seventh-grade pole vault. Third place pole vault efforts came from Natalie Mitchell (10’6″, 10th-grade girls) and Drake Sparks (12′, 12th-grade...

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Bell named state finalist for Miss Kansas Pageant

Montana Jo Bell, 11, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Kansas Pageant to be held July 15-17 in Wichita.  The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions.  Montana will be participating in the pre-teen age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the great state of Kansas. The winner of the Pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California where whe will receive an exciting complimentary Tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P. tickets to Disneyland®. The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills.  Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes. Montana’s activities include swimming, dancing, photography and gymnastics.  She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. The Pageant program is based on inner-beauty.  Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition.  Emphasis of this pageant is put on the importance of developing self confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. Montana’s parents are Shawna Kirk, Olathe; and Frank Bell,...

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Spring Hill Legion team near .500 record

Using timely hitting and solid defense, the Spring Hill American Legion Post 350 baseball team reached the .500 mark last week. Spring Hill competes in a 12-team Tri-County area Legion league and also participates in outside tournaments. A post-season league tourney starts July 11 in Baldwin and precedes the annual Zone tournament. Coach Brian McCloud’s crew survived a slow start but recently put things together and look in good shape for the stretch run. “It took awhile for the team to gel,” said McCloud. “Everyone had to learn their roles and now things are clicking. The roster is mainly Spring Hill kids with additions from Louisburg and Olathe.” Spring Hill took a break from league play last week and traveled to the Atchison tournament. First round action saw Spring Hill defeat homestanding Atchison 4-2 and the team turned back Doniphan County 7-5 in quarterfinal action. Tourney results were not complete at press time. “Outside tourney play got the kids a look at different teams,” said McCloud. “Generally the teams are older and that challenges us to get better.” Pitching is always a key and McCloud has assembled a good staff. Sharing mound duties have been Jeff Lovetinsky, Trey Hickman, Adam Tate, Josh Wilson, Kyle Edwards, Bryce Duncan, and Miles Updike. Behind the plate, Tate and Lovetinsky share catching duties and solid mid-infield play has come from shortstop Updike and...

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Junior Blazers making mark in Gardner competitive league

As the season nears completion, Jeff Stewart’s young Blazer baseball team is making its mark in the Gardner competitive 10-under league. Stewart and his assistants have guided a very talented group to a 5-6 record and look forward to the stretch drive of the season. “For a young team we are progressing and competing very well,” Stewart said. “This is a team filled with a bunch of hard-working kids and very supportive parents. We look forward to seeing them progress and it’s been a pleasure to watch them play.” Last season Stewart’s squad won the 8-under Gardner machine pitch competitive league. Although the roster has kids aged only 8 and 9 years, the Blazers made the jump to the 10-under division. The team has fared well with half of its losses just by one run. The Blazers are a USSSA sanctioned team that plays outside tournaments and plans to compete in the Gardner Parks & Recreation fall competitive league. Stewart has help in assistants James Cox, G.A. Buie, Ryan Gretencord, and Matt Russell. They are working with a roster that includes Skyler “Sky” Buie, Cooper “Coop” Cox, Noah “Tatter” Crowell, Kolby “Fudd” Gretencord, Tyler “Superstar” Goetzmann, Dayvin “DJ or Hollywood” Johnson, Garrett “G” Pendroy, Austin “Otis” Oldham, Brock “Nuke” Stewart, Bradyn Russell, Evan “Private” Wooten, and Tye “Petty”...

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Gardner First Baptist Church to host study

Gardner First Baptist Church is hosting a special study for parents of kids who want to do the best for their children. The study will teach you how to bring out the best in your kids by doing what is best for them.  This study is titled “Making Children Mind without Losing Yours” by Dr. Kevin Leman.  The program is relevant to married or single parents, or couples who are planning to have children. This study is Christian based and will use a CD presentation along with worksheet activities.  Classes begin July 6 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and run through Aug. 17.  There are seven sessions in this series. All participants must register by July 3. Any questions please contact John Rothaus at (913)...

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Local family hopes to find a cure for Psoriasis

                    Hannah Falkner and her parents, Carrie and Steven Falkner, participated in last weekends Carnival for a Cure that was held at Veterans Park.  All the proceeds from Carnival for a Cure are being donated to Walk to Cure Psoriasis. Hannah is the youth ambassador this year for the Walk to Cure Psorasis.  She is walking to raise money to help doctors find a cure for all the people that have Psoriasis. She wishes that no one had Psoriasis because “it itches, stings & hurts really bad.” Hannah would like to be able to tell her friends about PSO and she would like to help them understand what it is and that it is not contagious and that she is just like they are. People who suffer with Psoriasis have immune systems that send out messages to speed up the time it takes to grow skin.  Some of your skin cells don’t have time to fall off.  They just build up and make scaly, silvery patches.  This pile of cells makes the skin under it red and itchy. The most important thing to know about Psoriasis is that it is not contagious. Psoriasis effects as many as 7.5 million people in the U.S. and over 125 million people worldwide.  It is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S. Walk...

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More than 60 applications received for vacant administrator job

Mark Taylor [email protected] The search for Gardner’s next city administrator is moving forward. Mayor Dave Drovetta said he, the city’s human resource manager and a contracted recruiter are about to begin sifting through a stack of resumes and submitting a list of potential candidates to the city council. Interviews are expected to get underway within the next few weeks and a new hire could be named by late summer. “We’re looking forward to moving ahead on this,” Drovetta said. “We would like to get that role filled as quickly as possible.” The council is looking to replace Stewart Fairburn who resigned earlier this year after 10 years of service to take a job in Oklahoma. Assistant City Administrator Melissa Mundt has been serving as interim administrator. Drovetta said Springstead Incorporated, the company hired by the city to recruit administrator candidates, has received 60 applications for the city’s top appointed position. The job has a maximum salary of $110,000 plus benefits. Drovetta said he, Springstead, and Human Resources Manager Mary Bush are meeting this week to review the applications and begin narrowing down the list of candidates. “Then we will move into the process of identifying candidates for phone interviews and then narrow it down after that,” he said. “I would say within a few weeks we should be doing face-to-face interviews.” The entire council will be involved in the...

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SH accepting applications for Board of Zoning Appeals

The City is accepting applications for the Spring Hill Board of Zoning Appeals.  Persons interested in serving must live within the city limits of Spring Hill.  The term expires in June, 2014. The meetings are held at the call of the chair.  Applications are available on the City’s website at www.springhillks.com or at City Hall, 401 N. Madison, Spring Hill.  Applications must be received at City Hall, 401 N. Madison, Spring Hill, KS, Attn: Glenda Gerrity, by Noon on July 21. For more information, call City Hall at (913)...

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Take Charge Challenge

June 29, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 13, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Join the City of Gardner for a class at the new Home Energy Efficiency Demonstration & Learning Center (Take Charge Challenge HQ). Come learn about the following topics: •Tips on how to weather proof your home • What a home energy audit is, the benefits of completing one and demonstrations • How you can help Gardner become more efficient and win the Take Charge Challenge! All attendees will receive a free weather proofing kit and CFL light bulbs. Classes will be held Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Classes take place at the Shell Station located at 191st and Gardner Rd.  For more information, please call (913)...

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Smokers need not apply

Last we checked, smoking was still legal in Kansas. Tobacco products are legally sold, and the state collects taxes. But if you want to work for the state – The Kansas Turnpike Authority – you won’t be considered for the job if you or your spouse smokes, at least according to a help wanted ad on the KTA’s website, posted June 24 for a part-time toll collector. The site’s advertisement clearly states that if you smoke, or your spouse uses tobacco products, you will not be considered for employment. Enquiring minds want to know: What if it’s not your spouse, but a baby daddy or baby mama – does that make a difference? Why stop at a spouse? Why not if your parents smoke, or your neighbors? We know, we’re stretching to make a point, But the point is, this ad is reaching, and borders on being discriminatory. Yes, smoking is culturally frowned upon, and it’s a health hazard. The state legislature banned smoking on all public property – except state owned casinos – as well as private business property. So we could understand if the KTA doesn’t allow smoking on state-owned property where state-run gambling isn’t permitted. And a concern for higher health premiums would also be an issue. But this part-time job offers no benefits. Just $12.57 per hour on a virtually on-call basis. Eight hour shifts aren’t...

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Spring Hill School Board to proceed with bond sale

Mark Taylor [email protected] The Spring Hill School Board authorized a $39 million bond sale on June 27, paving the way for district-wide improvement projects approved by voters earlier in the month. The board agreed to proceed with the bond sale following a presentation by Greg Vahrenberg, managing director for PiperJaffray, who said favorable interest rates and increased state aid would work to the district’s advantage. Average interest rates for the scope of work have fallen from 4.6 percent to 4.24 percent, which would reduce projected interest payments by about $3.1 million. “We’re currently at the lowest interest rate for bonds this year,” Vahrenberg said. Vahrenberg added that state aid has increased from 38 percent to 45 percent, which would shorten the bond payment schedule by as much as a year. “That’s a very significant jump,” he said. In addition, Vahrenberg recommended that the district refinance its 2004 bonds for a savings of about $446,691. Board members agreed to proceed with the bond sale, rather than risking a future spike in interest rates. “If you sell the bonds now, it locks in the interest rate and you won’t have to worry about fluctuation,” Vahrenberg said. Nels Anderson, Eric Boyle, Bill Meek, Scott Oberkrom and Max Strausbaugh voted in favor of the sale. Chris King abstained. Chuck Willis was absent. Voters approved the $39 million bond issue earlier this month by...

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Council fails to reach consensus on 3 new police hires

Danedri Thompson [email protected] Gardner City Council members debated hiring three additional police officers in 2012. The extra manpower would add $198,900 to the city’s bottom line and increase property taxes 1.5 mills, according to a city staff proposed budget. Council members failed to reach a consensus on the issue during a budget work session on June 27, although Police Chief Ken Francis made his case for new officers at the meeting. “We know it’s tough times,” Francis told council members. “If you can help us, we appreciate it. If you can’t, we’ll know you tried.” Francis made the request because Gardner’s number of officers per thousand residents declined following the merger of part of Gardner Public Safety and Johnson County Fire District No. 1 last year. The merger stripped the local department of nine, cross-utilized fire and police specialists. When discussions started to merge the county fire department with a portion of the local public safety department, Francis said it appeared the manpower concerns would kill the deal. “The view was it probably couldn’t be done because we’d need to add more officers,” Francis said. “That’s how it started, but that’s not how it ended… We said at the time that we could open the police station without missing a beat. We probably didn’t assert ourselves enough. I’ll take whatever responsibility for that.” Also, last year, one officer was...

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Time for a new administration in Washington

Mike Kiegerl 43rd District State Rep. Home again We returned from our annual family vacation Wednesday morning. We rented a houseboat on Lake Powell and enjoyed the great weather and the unique, magnificent scenery. The grandkids had a blast. We also had a speedboat for water skiing and a WaveRunner to explore the many caves (lots of bats). By the campfire at night we told ghost stories and roasted marshmallows. I got to read a lot and did a little writing; all in all a wonderful experience even though I rediscovered I’m not necessarily an outdoors type. E-mails I came home to 381 of them… Please give me a few days to work through them. My usual policy of responding within 48 hours has to be suspended. Remember I don’t have a secretary in the summer and I type using the one finger method. Therefore, please be patient.  If you have an urgent request, don’t hesitate to call me (913) 764-3291. Bye-bye, AOL My new E-mail address is [email protected] (all lower case). I’m abandoning AOL after many years because of the management decision to buy Arianna and the Huffington Post for $310 million.  This, after the disastrous ill fated merger with Time Warner. I don’t hold their stock and could care less about a financial blunder, but she is now in charge of AOL news and I don’t have...

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Local volunteers go ‘Shoppin’ for Joplin’

Amy Cunningham [email protected] Just over a month ago the city of Joplin, Mo. was ravaged by the deadliest and one of the most destructive single tornadoes in United States’ history. In the town of just over 50,000 residents, little was left untouched by the storm – trees and cars were twisted together, homes were destroyed and lives were forever changed. Since that time volunteers and community members have pulled together to restore the town and the lives of those who remain. People interested in helping Joplin residents need look no further than the City of Gardner. Margaret Drovetta, wife of Gardner Mayor David Drovetta, hopes her new program, “Shoppin’ for Joplin”, will help bring a sense of normalcy to students in the Joplin school District when classes start up this fall. Drovetta plans to collect school and classroom supplies to send to the district. “When the kids start school this fall many of them will be in temporary buildings,” said Drovetta. Learning about children whose lives are forever changed by the tornado struck a chord with the mother of four and inspired her to help. She said that many of the student’s home lives have also been affected by the destruction. “So much was damaged; even the stores they shop in were destroyed by the tornado.” To help the children of Joplin the city will be collecting school supplies...

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Beauty and the Beast a success

                  Amy Cunningham [email protected] Gardner Community Theatre’s first-ever youth production Beauty and the Beast, Jr. drew an audience of over 1,500 to five performances at the Auditorium at Gardner Edgerton High School this weekend. Actors and actresses ranging in age from 8 to 18 thrilled theater-goers with the classic fairy tale of the beautiful and kind Belle and the hideous Beast who breaks a spell to become a dashing prince. “The kids were amazing,” said the show’s director, Becky DeNoon. “They were professionals, they got better and better each show. From a director’s standpoint this was far and away one of the best productions we’ve done.” Gardner Community Theatre is in preparations for its next production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The show will run July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at the Auditorium at Gardner Edgerton High School. Tickets are available at Price Chopper and at the...

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Take Charge! Challenge Gardner celebrates AEA grand opening

OLATHE, (Johnson County Square) – Gardner is ready to take charge of its energy conservation efforts in the hopes of winning an energy efficiency or renewable energy community project worth up to $100,000. On Thursday, June 23, the city is celebrating the opening of the American Energy Auditors (AEA) facility, 29550 West 191stStreet, which will also serve as Gardner’s Take Charge! Challenge headquarters. The public event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsors include the Kansas Energy Office and the Johnson County Sustainability Office. Featured speakers will be Johnson County Commissioner Calvin Hayden, representing the Sixth District, along with representatives from the state’s Take Charge! Challenge program and the AEA. Invited guests include officials from Gardner City Hall and the Gardner Chamber of Commerce. Located next to the Shell Gas station at I-35 and the Gardner Road exit, the American Energy Auditors is partnering as a Take Charge! Challenge hub to educate citizens and train auditors how to make homes more energy efficient. The event will feature activities for children, information on energy conservation, giveaways, food, and fun. The Take Charge! Challenge competition involves 16 cities in four regions of the statethat are competing  against each other to see which community can save the most energy by reducing residential and small business energy use. Gardner is going head-to-head with three other cities in the northeast region: Paola,...

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CenturyLink helps seniors, disabled keep cool with help of donation

GARDNER – CenturyLink is helping seniors stay cool this summer by donating $2,000 to the City of Gardner for their “Free Fan for Those in Need” project.    Money was raised by the CenturyLink Gardner Data Center employees through and their innovative, recycling program. From the donation, the City of Gardner has purchased 160 fans to give to those in need for the hot days ahead. In May, Barb Frans, data center supervisor, called Mayor Dave Drovetta to ask if CenturyLink could donate $2,000 to help keep seniors and those with medical issues cool. “We thought fans for those in need would be a good way to help Gardner.” stated Frans. The roots of the “Free Fan for Those in Need” project go back to 2008, when the CenturyLink Gardner Data Center started a metal recycling program, in an effort to give back to the communities they serve and minimize the impact on the environment. As cabinets, cabling, and wiring are decommissioned out of the data center, rather than sending those items to the landfill, the CenturyLink Data Center group recycles them through a local metal recycling plant. “The money we make from that program goes into a special account that we use to help organizations in our communities,” said Frans.   “Through this effort, CenturyLink has been able to donate over $14,000 to a variety of area not-for-profit programs, since...

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