February 14, 2016

Former Gardner resident earns slot on U.S. Gymnastics Junior National Team

Kynsee Roby, a former Gardner resident and the daughter of Joe and Kyetta Currier, has been named to the 2015-2016 U.S. Gymnastics Junior National Team. Roby earned a spot on the squad by finishing in the top four in all-around in each division at the 2015 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Continue Reading

Local funeral director installed as head of association

Shane Brown, Gardner, was installed as the President-Elect of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA) during a convention in Topeka last month. Brown and his family own Bruce Funeral Homes in Gardner and Spring Hill. He bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and a mortuary science degree from Kansas City Kansas Community Continue Reading

SH volleyball player named to USA Youth National Training Team

Regan Pittman, Spring Hill, is a member of the 20-player USA Volleyball Girls’ Youth National Training Team. The athletes will compete in youth world volleyball championships in Lima, Peru. The GYNT is the highest level of programming for players born in 1998 or 1999. Team USA qualified for the World Championship after finishing with the Continue Reading

Survey finds residents satisfied with county services

Johnson County’s 2015 Community Survey reveals increases in overall satisfaction with quality of services, value of county taxes and effectiveness in communicating with residents. “We value the feedback we receive from our residents through this survey,” said Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “We strive to make Johnson County a Continue Reading

Council approves election for sales tax question

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There will be an election Sept. 15. City council members unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing a special sales tax mail-in election. The ballot question will ask voters whether to add a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and trails. The tax would sunset in 2026. The Continue Reading

Chickens, fowl banned from fair over Avian flu concerns

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Chicken and other poultry won’t be allowed at the Johnson County Fair this year. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClasky issued a stop movement order last week, canceling all poultry related shows and events in Kansas through the end of the year. The Johnson County Fair will run from July 27 to Continue Reading

Pumpkin patch grows grapes, makes wine

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and when life gives you grapes, you make wine. That’s the conclusion the Berggren family drew when they bought a property with seven acres of grape vines. The family purchased property at 13875 S. Gardner Road almost 18 months ago with a plan to Continue Reading

Magnetics to rock Cornerstone Park June 20

Magnetics to rock Cornerstone Park June 20 Kansas City band The Magnetics will hit the stage for the city of Gardner’s next Bands in the Park summer concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. The Magnetics cover a wide range of  rock and roll and  pop music. Their musical recognition has led them to  Continue Reading

Gardner nurse arrested on charges from JC

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A Gardner man is in jail again. This time, Dennis Clark, 47, faces aggravated sodomy charges in Johnson County. The Gardner man was arrested by Wyandotte County authorities in October 2014 and charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery. In that case, Clark, a nurse, allegedly assaulted patients in a post-anesthesia Continue Reading

Pool opening postponed due to weather

The opening day celebration for the Gardner Aquatic Center originally set for  Saturday, May 23, has been postponed due to the forecast of  rain and cool temperatures.  The opening day celebration will now take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 1 p.m. According to city policy, the aquatic center cannot open when air Continue Reading