February 10, 2016

Kansas cutbacks rattle state jobs programs

Gene Meyer KansasReporter TOPEKA, — As Kansans cope with a persistently higher than normal 6.6 percent unemployment rate, the state’s labor department said Tuesday it is abolishing two positions of people whose job it was to help the unemployed find work. However, the change shouldn’t hurt anyone’s job search, because the services those workers provided Continue Reading

School choice answer to American competitiveness woes

Rebekah Rast, Guest Columnist Siemens, the German engineering group, is having difficulty filling job openings in the U.S. With an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, how is that possible? Eric Spiegel, chief executive in the U.S. for Siemens, said in an interview with Financial Times that, “There’s a mismatch between the jobs that are available, Continue Reading

Group compares Kansas, Oklahoma taxes

Individual income tax reduction leads to more economic activity TOPEKA, – CPA Steve Anderson, of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, recently completed a study comparing tax rates and structures for Oklahoma and Kansas over the last ten years. “A Tale of Two States: The Real Effect of Individual Income Tax Cuts” points out how Continue Reading

Obamacare could have U.S. headed for disaster

Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator R-Kansas Ah, the words that come back to bite you. Remember the famous statement prior to passage of what is now called Obamacare: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”? Whoops! Give President Obama credit; he doubtlessly believed that promise when he said it.  However, I didn’t Continue Reading

U.S. offers Kansas small businesses a $13 million boost

Gene Meyer KansasReporter TOPEKA, — More than $13 million in federal seed money for small business loans is headed toward Kansas, state officials and the U.S. Treasury said Wednesday. The funds, which were awarded under state small business credit initiative created by the federal Small Business Jobs Act signed last September, are meant to be Continue Reading

Laying the groundwork…

Cramer Products pruchases Hayes – based Stromgren Athletics

                    Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Gardner based Cramer Products, Inc., announced last week that it has acquired Stromgren Athletics of Hays, Kan. “We are extremely pleased and honored to make this announcement,” said Thomas K. Rogge, president and chief executive officer of Cramer Products.  “We have always Continue Reading

Train enthusiast hosts stop on Garden Railroad Tour

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com It’s not odd to find a train buzzing through Gardner, but it is unusual to find a locomotive steaming through a local backyard unless you live near Raymond Manley in the Pumpkin Ridge. Manley, whose permanent Class G garden railroad was installed in his back yard in 2006, was featured on the Continue Reading

Schultz receives Lifetime Achievement Award for student transportation

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com Nancy Schulz, Gardner, has been in the student transportation business since 1967. She started her career as a school bus driver in the Gardner area when she was asked to fill in for another driver. Schulz said she got the job because she knew how to drive farm trucks and because she Continue Reading

Council decorum questioned

City council meetings shouldn’t need a Parental Advisory warning, but such is the case with the Gardner City Council, whose last meeting ended when the Mayor shouted “That’s bull——” at another council member. But it wasn’t just the language that was an embarrassment. From start to finish the Gardner City Council meeting on June 20 was Continue Reading