February 13, 2016

Newspaper office to close for Independence Day

The Gardner News office will close at 12:30 p.m. on July 3, in recognition of Independence Day. The office will re-open at 8 a.m., Monday, July 6.

KS AG named to leadership of national association

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General. Schmidt was elected to the post last week at the summer meeting for the national, nonpartisan professional organization that includes all 56 state and territorial attorneys general. He was nominated by the attorneys general representing states in the Continue Reading

Secretary of Commerce to step down

Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George will step down in July. George has served in the role since 2011. Gov. Sam Brownback, who appointed George, said he was grateful for George’s service to the state. “Through his leadership, the department of commerce has evolved into a world-class organization serving the needs of our existing businesses Continue Reading

Fireworks stands to open in Edgerton, SH

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The cities of Spring Hill and Edgerton are two of only a few places in Johnson County where residents can purchase and shoot fireworks during the Independence Day holiday. As of Monday afternoon, fire officials were inspecting retail stands located in Edgerton. Spring Hill council members approved ordinances allowing the sale and Continue Reading

Thunder making noise in Gardner ball league

The Gardner Thunder nine-and-under baseball team is once again making noise in the Gardner Prairie League. So far, the Thunder team has a 7-1-1 record with six games remaining. “The boys have developed a great deal and have experienced a very successful season so far,” said Coach Larry Bunce. “We are looking forward to the Continue Reading

SHHS’ Johnson named Pitcher of the Year

Spring Hill High School senior Ryker Johnson wrapped up a brilliant career with a recent honor of Tri-County Pitcher of the Year last week. Johnson posted a 4-1 record with an ERA of 2.33. He pitched 36 innings, striking out 48 batters and walking just 15. “Every time he took the mound, we had a Continue Reading

Square dancing club celebrates more than 90 years

The Docey Dandies Square Dance Club celebrated its 59th anniversary in May with a dance on May 16. More than 90 past and present club members and their families and guests attended the event as did guests from other square dance clubs. In recognition of the event, the Gardner club gave awards to some of Continue Reading

Stubler competes in Missouri-Kansas challenge

Former Gardner Edgerton High School track standout, Kyle Stubler, continues to excel in area summer track events. Stubler recently took second in the pole vault at the Missouri-Kansas challenge at Fort Osage High School last week. Stubler cleared 13-feet 6-inches to take silver in the event. Stubler’s teammate, Conner McGuire, was scheduled to compete, but Continue Reading

PRMS student captures pole vault title

A Pioneer Ridge Middle Schools seventh grader captured the Missouri Valley Pole Vault title last weekend. Kendra Wait cleared 9-feet 4-and-a-half inches to take the 13-14 age division title at the Olathe District Athletic Complext. Wait is one of several area vaulters in competing in summer meets under the direction of Gardner Edgerton High School Continue Reading

Thieves break windows of parked cars, police say

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner police officers are reminding residents to keep valuables out of sight in parked cars. The Gardner Police Department’s Facebook page warned that police have investigated several auto burglaries recently in which a window was broken in order to access purses left in plain sight in parked vehicles. “Most of these incidents Continue Reading