April 20, 2014

Board replacement statute unclear on appointment process

Danedri Thompson


Kansas statute doesn’t clearly spell out a step-by-step process for replacing school board members, although K.S.A. 25-2022  states a notice shall be published in the newspaper  ”when a vacancy occurs.”

To date, Shelta Collins has officially resigned, …

Police release name of burning car victim

Danedri Thompson


Police released the name of the victim in a car fire this weekend. The body of Jerome Stonebraker, 61 of Olathe, was discovered in a burning car near 183rd Street and Clare Road early Sunday morning.

According …

Classic aircraft damaged in Gardner landing

Tow trucks attempt to tow a damaged 1943 Boeing-Stearman aircraft to a hangar at Gardner Municipal Airport on Sept. 9. The aircraft was damaged while landing at the local airport on Monday. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
A 1943 Boeing-Stearman biplane may be staying in Gardner longer than anticipated.
The Oregon pilots intended to stop in Gardner before continuing on their way on Sept. 9. Though it wasn’t a crash landing, the plane tipped …

Sheriff’s office finds body in burned car near Gardner

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, deputies are investigating a dead body found in a burned car at 183rd Street and Clare Road.

Deputies responded to a car on fire at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. …

Don and Carol Fleming


Don E. and Carol A. Fleming

Donald “Don” E., age 93, and Carol A. Fleming, age 91, passed away peacefully

Aug. 27, 2013 at Wellsville Retirement Community in Wellsville, Kan., 18 hours apart with their family by their side.

Carol …

Stabbing in Conestoga closes roads

Danedri Thompson
In response to a physical altercation and stabbing, police blocked roads leading to and from Conestoga Mobile Home Park overnight.
Police and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene in the 1000 block of Buffalo Trail at …

District confirms resignations of two board members

It’s rumor no more. According to a district update from USD 231 interim Superintendent Christy Ziegler,  Shelta Collins and Tim Rayburn are resigning from the board of education.
Collins submitted a resignation letter to the district saying she is relocating …

Unilever announces plans to expand New Century plant

Danedri Thompson
Unilever is churning change in southwest Johnson County. The Country Crock spread manufacturer announced plans to expand its New Century factory this afternoon.
The $152 million expansion will add 100 new jobs locally.  The Dutch-based company is …

Authorities identify human remains found south of Gardner last spring

Danedri Thompson
Police have positively identified remains found south of Gardner last spring. According to the Olathe Police Department, the skeletal remains belong to Ryan A. Bradley, a 23-year-oldOlathe man who was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2011.
According …

Handgun found in SHHS student’s backpack

A Spring Hill High School student was taken into custody today after officials discovered a hand gun in the student’s backpack.
According to a USD 230 press release, the student was taken into custody without incident.
Another student alerted officials …