April 1, 2015

I-35 project to slow area commuters

Work is underway on an Interstate 35 project that will likely slow commuters this summer and fall.
Crews began a project to refresh pavement on I-35 between 151st and Santa Fe Streets on March 16. They anticipate temporary lane closures …

Panel talks development at symposium

Danedri Thompson
Gardner has an opportunity to grow by choice or by chance, a panel of experts told audience members during a city-hosted economic development symposium on March 11.
Panelists included Owen Buckley, a developer; Bruce Kimmel, a financial …

Voters should reward candidates who campaign with humility

Stolen campaign signs.
Whispered innuendo.
Confusing campaign finance laws.
It’s local election time.
For more than two decades, we’ve covered area elections; and we appreciate those who have the courage to put their hat in the ring.
Running for office …

Police to conduct training this weekend

The Gardner Police Department will conduct training at 125 N. Moonlight Road on Saturday, March 14. The officers will use the building formerly known as Little Peoples Daycare.

The training will use realistic police scenarios that may appear suspicious. There …

Dove seeks constituent input on Common Core

In advance of a hearing on the fate of Common Core before the House Education Committee on Wednesday, March 11, committee member Rep. Willie Dove, who represents a small portion of Gardner, is conducting an informal poll of his constituents …

Raffle definition appears hazy

Danedri Thompson


There appear to be discrepancies between the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission, the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office on what constitutes a “raffle.”

In part, the confusion results from a recent …

Fire crews respond to Sunflower Elementary

Danedri Thompson

Johnson County Fire District No. 1 engines responded to a potential fire at Sunflower Elementary School on March 2.
School was not in session when firefighters received the call at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening.

“There …

Candidates fund-raising through illegal raffles

Danedri Thompson

Although voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing raffles last November, raffles aren’t authorized until after the 2015 Kansas Legislature writes statutes to govern the practice.

Several candidates for Gardner City Council and USD 231 Board of Education …

Gilhaus sues USD 231

Danedri Thompson


Former Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent William Gilhaus has filed a lawsuit against USD 231, superintendent Pam Stranathan, and four school board members.

Former executive director of educational services Christy Ziegler and former executive director of administrative …

Police seek suspect in attempted liquor store robbery

Gardner police are seeking a suspect in an attempted armed robbery outside the Liquor Barn, 512 E. Main Street.

Police responded to the incident at the store at approximately 1 p.m. on Feb. 19.

According to a press release, a …