April 27, 2015

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 …

City hires new police chief

Danedri Thompson
Gardner will have a new police chief come Feb. 27.
City council members approved the hiring of James Pruetting, during a Feb. 16 council meeting.
Pruetting replaces former Chief Gerald Cullumber, who resigned in June …

Edgerton partners with public, private orgs to create logistics training center

Edgerton will partner with Johnson County Community College and several other public and private entities to create a logistics training center.

Officials made the formal announcement at a Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation’s (SWJCEDC) dinner Feb. 11. Along with …

Full slate for city, school board spring elections

There will be a full slate of candidates for school board and city councils in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill. There will not be a local primary election, though.

Seven candidates filed for three seats on the Gardner City Council. …

Voters approve increased LOB for USD 231

Danedri Thompson


By a wide margin, USD 231 voters agreed to give the school board the authority to increase local option budget taxes (LOB) up to 33 percent of the amount the district receives in state aid.

Ballots in …

School hosts LOB forum

School officials presented information about increasing the school district’s local option budget (LOB) authority on Dec. 18. State statute allows school boards to assess a local tax rate of up to 33 percent of the district’s general operating budget, which …