February 8, 2016

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Question: What is being done to the viaduct on Elm Street in downtown Gardner? Answer: The wooden structure that was built sometime in 1917 is in the process of being torn down.  Demolition started on Jan. 13 and was to be completed on Jan. 17. The bridge has been closed since 2005 when it was Continue Reading

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Question: When will we have results of the USD 231 bond issue? Answer: In order to be counted, ballots must be in the election office no later than noon on Jan. 31. According to Johnson County Election Commissioner, Brian Newby, results should be available shortly thereafter. He estimates the office will have a preliminary tally Continue Reading

Council approves Pugh replacement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Heath Freeman will replace Dennis Pugh on the Gardner City Council. Council members, in a 3-1 vote, approved Mayor Dave Drovetta’s appointment to the council, but not before council member Larry Fotovich asked Freeman a number of questions. Eight people ran for three seats on the council last April, Freeman was not Continue Reading

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Question: Is the Gardner Farmers Market closing? Answer: According to the Gardner Farmers Market Facebook page the 2011summer season was the final year for the market.  Sally Nellor, one of the market organizers wrote: “Since it began in 2009, the market has been run by a group of local volunteers. Because of poorer than expected turnout Continue Reading

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Question: When is the deadline to register to vote for the school bond issue? Answer: The $73 million school bond issue will be determined by a mail-in ballot. Voters can apply for an advance ballot through Jan. 9. The last day to register for the election is Jan. 10, and the Johnson County Election Office Continue Reading

Sutton files to replace Kiegerl

Bill Sutton, Republican, has filed to represent the 43rd House District, which includes Gardner, Edgerton and parts of Olathe and Spring Hill in the Kansas House. Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe, currently holds the seat. Kiegerl has endorsed Sutton’s candidacy. Sutton has lived in Gardner since 1998. He is the founding chairman of the Gardner-Edgerton City Continue Reading

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QUESTION: Who won Gardner’s Take Charge Challenge? ANSWER: According to the city’s website there were 10 households selected from a list of 40 that participated in the home energy audit during the Take Charge Challenge.  Those winners received a $1,000 rebate to use towards the purchase of an Energy Star appliance.  The winners are, John Continue Reading

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Question: When is the election for the school bond issue? Answer: Voters will have their say on the USD 231 bond issue in January 2012.  They won’t, however, be asked to head to the polls. Instead, registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail. To be counted, ballots must be received at the election office Continue Reading

On The Road with Albert Rukwaro

Just off I-10 in Texas,  Woman Hollering Creek is a near-dry stream richer in legend than water. Passing Woman Hollering Creek in the early morning hours hauling a load of paper from South Carolina to San Antonio, the name broke the monontony of a 12-hour run. Inquiring at a truck stop over ham and eggs Continue Reading

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Question: People were collecting money for veterans on Sept. 3 at the Gardner Walmart.  Are they local from VFW post 11234? Answer: According to Mike Hutton, member of Gardner VFW post 11234, the local VFW was not collecting funds at Walmart.  Hutton said persons who want to donate locally to veterans should drop it by Continue Reading