February 8, 2016

Excel Industries to set up warehouse in Edgerton

Excel Industries Inc. has announced that it will open a facility at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton. The turf care product manufacturer, which is headquartered in Hesston, Kan., plans to create 200 new jobs at LPKC. The company’s new worksite will include warehousing and distribution space and eventually manufacture an existing product line. Continue Reading

CVS pharmacy proposal receives commission OK

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There may be a new pharmacy in town soon. The Gardner Planning Commission is recommending that city council members approve the rezoning and final plat and development of 1.5 acres on the northwest corner of Main and Center streets intersection for a proposed CVS Pharmacy. The proposal would require eliminating a vacant Continue Reading

Edgerton, Flexsteel Industries to host community career open house June 4

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Since the intermodal opened for business, Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts said people have been asking: where are the jobs? They’ve been there all along, Roberts said, but now residents will have an opportunity to apply and ask questions about logistics training at a one-stop job shop. Flexsteel is hosting a community career Continue Reading

Local funeral director to lead 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

City council to seek approval for half cent sales tax increase

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The city of Gardner will seek to reinstate a half cent sales tax before the end of the year. During a May 18 work session, council members appeared to reach a consensus to seek a sales tax increase from voters in a mail ballot election sometime in September. The sales tax would Continue Reading

Local barber hangs up straight edge razor; owned shop for 18 years

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Jack Messer is hanging up his straight edge. Messer, a barber, has been cutting hair for more than 40 years — 18 of them — at Jack’s Old Fashioned Barbershop in downtown Gardner. “I’ve got guys that are bringing their kids in now,” Messer said. “I cut their hair from the time Continue Reading

Council reaches consensus to move forward on sales tax initiative

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members agreed to move forward with a proposal that would ask voters to approve a half-cent or larger sales tax initiative to fund street upgrades and maintenance. Council members appeared to reach a consensus during a budget policy work session on March 23. In almost all funds, the city has Continue Reading

Annual Chamber dinner draws hearty crowd

More than 115 people attended the annual chamber dinner at Mildale Farm on March 4. David Beaty,  head football coach at the University of Kansas, served as guest speaker. Beaty talked about earning the trust of constituents, or in his case, players, fans, the university, and the state. Beaty said everything starts with the premise of, Continue Reading

About 115 attended the annual dinner chamber dinner at Mildale Farms March 4. The guest speaker was David Beaty, head football coach, University of Kansas since 2014. Beaty talked about earning the trust of your constituents, in his case players, fans, the university, and the state, said Jason Camis, Gardner-Edgerton chamber president. Everything starts with Continue Reading


BNSF to upgrade track switching at intermodal, invest $103m in KS

BNSF Railway Company plans to improve switching efficiency at the Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) through a yard track expansion. The upgrades at Edgerton will be part of an estimated $103 million BNSF anticipates spending on rail maintenance and capacity improvements throughout the state. In addition to track expansion in Edgerton, BNSF will also construct Continue Reading