February 10, 2016

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

University Updates

University of Minnesota Crookston Patrick Gardner, Gardner, has completed a bachelor of science degree in marketing at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The University of Minnesota Crookston enrolls approximately 1,800 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting Continue Reading

5 Blazers named to EKL softball team

The All-Eastern Kansas League softball team is heavy with members from the Gardner Edgerton High school softball squad. Five lady Blazers were recently named to the All-EKL team. Sydney Anderson, Kiana Baderdeen, and Cassidy Greer scored first team honors. Anderson, a junior, is an outfielder. Sophomore Greer is a catcher, and Baderdeen, a senior, was Continue Reading

USD 230, 231 parents can enroll students online

Returning students in the Spring Hill and Gardner Edgerton School Districts can enroll online for the 2015-2016 school year. Online enrollment for USD 231 began on June 15. Parents of returning students can enroll from the comfort of their homes or offices via a link on www.usd231.com. Spring Hill’s online enrollment will open on July Continue Reading

Olathe man dies following ATV accident

A 43-year-old man was killed in an ATV accident on June 20. Miami County Sheriff’s deputies and other first responders were dispatched to 17096 W. 295th Street, the scene of an accident,  in rural Paola Saturday at about a 6:45 p.m. Daniel Paul Wickoren, Olathe, was riding on trails near Wea Creek when his ATV Continue Reading

City hires economic development leader

With nearly 40 years of experience in both local government and private business development, Powell will serve as the key contact for external and internal constituencies on public-private partnerships for economic development. His areas of concentration include business expansion and retention as well as business attraction. Powell’s duties extend to negotiating, developing and monitoring contract Continue Reading

Canine flu not diagnosed in Kansas

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Dr. Tom Buckley isn’t recommending that local dogs receive the canine flu vaccination, but that could change if the outbreak that recently hit Chicago were to reach Johnson County. To date, there have been no reported cases of canine flu, also known as H3N2, in Kansas. “We’ve been fielding a lot of Continue Reading