November 29, 2015

License bureau institutes 10-day grace period

Kansas vehicle customers will be able to renew their tags online on the last day of the month without worry of a ticket for expired car registration. Starting July 1, 2015 drivers who have renewed online at will have a 10 day grace period from the day their tags expire to receive the new Continue Reading

Tech grant offers access to foster kids in Kansas

Thanks to a grant-funded program and training from the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), youth in foster care are being equipped to operate in the high-tech marketplace they will enter in adulthood. As youth in the foster care system turn 18, they are faced with many career choices and the obstacles that come Continue Reading

Race to remember fallen service member set for Aug. 1

The 4th Annual Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Aug. 1 at the New Century AirCenter in Gardner. This event, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will start and finish just north of the U.S. Army Reserve hangar, 221 Gardner Dr. Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan, who was from Olathe, was one Continue Reading

Police halt drug return program due to federal cutbacks

The city of Gardner has had to discontinue accepting expired and unwanted medications through the Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. The program, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ended late last year.  Due to federal funding cutbacks and regulation changes, the city of Gardner has had to join most other law enforcement agencies nationwide in Continue Reading


An informational workshop, free and open to the public and sponsored by the National Society and Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on July18 at the Gardner branch of the Johnson County Library, 137 E. Shawnee St. The workshop will provide information on how to Continue Reading

Fourth of July events set for Celebration Park

The city of Gardner is gearing up for one of its biggest Fourth of July celebrations ever at Celebration Park. Two country music acts will headline the event. Returning local Kansas City band Big Time Grain Company will kick off the celebration with a high-energy performance. Later in the evening, up-and-coming country duo The Rankin Continue Reading

University Updates

University of Minnesota Crookston Patrick Gardner, Gardner, has completed a bachelor of science degree in marketing at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The University of Minnesota Crookston enrolls approximately 1,800 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting Continue Reading

Pumpkin patch grows grapes, makes wine

Danedri Thompson 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

Edgerton to host 43rd Frontier Days celebration

Danedri Thompson Edgerton residents will come together to celebrate the community’s history with the annual Edgerton Frontier Days at the end of June. The festival, which will take place June 19-20, will include a range of activities for people of all age groups. There is no admission cost to the festival itself, but event Continue Reading

Museum to celebrate festival with events

The Gardner Historical Museum will host a series of events in conjunction with The Festival on the Trails. The festivities at the museum, 204 W. Main Street, kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, when the museum opens. Guests can visit the “Life on the Trails” exhibit. A horse-drawn wagon will deliver visitors Continue Reading