October 8, 2015

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

Billboard campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking in KS

New billboards near Topeka, the Kansas City metropolitan area and Wichita announce to drivers that human trafficking occurs in Kansas. The statewide billboard campaign seeks to raise awareness and reporting of human trafficking. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is partnering with Clear Channel Outdoors and Lamar Advertising to encourage the public to report suspicious Continue Reading

School district bond counsel agrees to pay SEC fines

George K. Baum & Co., a Kansas City based firm that also serves as bond counsel for USD 231, will pay fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly selling municipal bonds with incomplete documents. The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Baum & Co. is one of 36 firms that will pay fines Continue Reading

3 Broncos named to all-state soccer team

The members of the Spring Hill High School lady Broncos soccer team were recently named to the all-state team.    Mikayla Smith was named to the first team. Smith was a leader in goals scored in 4A-level soccer in Kansas this year. She scored 30 goals and nabbed eight assists. Abigail Mikesell and Sydney Shoemaker were Continue Reading

Libraries available as cooling centers

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages citizens who need a place to cool down during hot days to visit one of 13 library branches. All of these facilities will be available during normal business hours. Libraries offer many services in addition to a cool place Continue Reading