August 29, 2014

Poster contest for Kansas kids ages 5-13

Kansas kids ages 5-13 can win big prizes in the state’s Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest. Three statewide winners will receive family packages at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan., and $50 gift cards from …

Around Town

QUESTION: Why were flags being flown at half-staff on Aug. 20?

ANSWER: Gov. Sam Brownback ordered that flags be flown at half-staff last Wednesday in honor of the passing of state Rep. Joe Edwards. Edwards, of Haysville, died late Aug. …

Kansas man to serve life in prison for crimes

A former Independence, Kan., man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years under Jessica’s Law for aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under 14 years old, Kansas Attorney General Derek …

County commissioners continue discussion for Edgerton asphalt plant

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Members of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners continued for 30 days a request for a conditional use permit to construct a portable asphalt and concrete plant within the confines of the rock quarry in Edgerton.

A …

Rail zones aren’t quiet, but Edgerton will pay

Construction for a quiet zone at the at-grade rail crossings at 199th Street and at Nelson Street in Edgerton are complete. However, the upgrades do not meet federal safety standards and trains continue to blow their horns at the crossings in Edgerton. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Construction for a quiet zone at the at-grade rail crossings at 199th Street and at Nelson Street in Edgerton are complete. However, the upgrades do not meet federal safety standards and trains continue to blow their horns at the crossings

Citizen’s Police Academy

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Members of the third Gardner Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy began on Aug. 21. The class will meet on Thursday evenings for nine weeks. Lenexa Police officers from the canine unit teach participants about canine operations.…

Blazer volleyball season begins at St. James Academy

The Gardner Edgerton High School fall sports season begins Aug. 30 with the Lady Blazers volleyball team at the metro slam tournament at St. James Academy.
Second-year coach Erica Book has been busy preparing a young, but very talented team …

Virtual community takes ice bucket challenge

Approximately 40 Gardner residents gathered at Tumbleweed Bar and Grill last week to take the ice bucket challenge together. The viral social media campaign raises awareness and funds for amoyotrphic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Photo courtesy of Ryan Beasley

Approximately 40 Gardner residents gathered at Tumbleweed Bar and Grill last week to take the ice bucket challenge together. The viral social media campaign raises awareness and funds for amoyotrphic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Photo courtesy

Summer Vault

Photo courtesy of Thane Nonamaker

Photo courtesy of Thane Nonamaker

Tim Visos Ely cleared 12-feet, 6 inches at the annual summer pole vault event Aug. 2 in Gardner.…

Kansas lands in middle of best-worst states for workplace gender equality

There is an equal ratio of women and men who earn minimum wage in Kansas. It is one the few states in which women do not make up the majority of minimum wage workers, according to a WalletHub analysis of …