February 13, 2016

BE board approves new bus route rates

Lynn Hermansen Special to The Gardner News The Gardner Edgerton school district has extended their Transportation Services Contract with First Student Bus Service through July 2020. Jeremy McFadden, finance and internal operations chairperson, said the original agreement was approved on July 2011 and began October 1, 2011 commencing on July 1, 2015. The extension will Continue Reading

$29.7 million bond approved by voters

The Gardner Edgerton School District $29.7 million bond issue proposal was approved by voters on Feb. 2, with the unofficial ballot results being 1,946 “Yes” votes (58.90 percent) and 1,358 “No” votes (41.10 percent). A total of 12,607 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Gardner and Edgerton on Jan. 13. Voters had until Continue Reading

AG’s office reorganizes to boost open government enforcement

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has reorganized parts of his office that enforce the state’s open government laws. With the start of 2016, Schmidt has separated the responsibility for enforcing open government laws from the responsibility for training and counseling to assist in compliance. Separating the two tasks, which historically have been combined, sets the Continue Reading

Students of Character

Members of the USD 231 Board of Education recognized the following students at their Feb. 8 meeting: Edgerton Elementary – Kaylee Frost – 3rd grade; Gardner Elementary – Leah McKelvey – 1st grade; Grand Star Elementary – Violet Hotle – 3rd grade; Madison Elementary – Colton Small – 2nd grade; Moonlight Elementary – Jacob Dahlin – 2nd grade; Nike Elementary – Josie Pemberton – 4th grade; Sunflower Elementary Continue Reading

Autocycle bill would classify three-wheelers

Kelsie Jennings KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill could create a new classification of vehicles in Kansas known as “autocycles.” Proponents of House Bill 2044 say autocycles are neither cars nor motorcycles and need their own classification to protect drivers from breaking the law. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that weight about 1,200 pounds and have Continue Reading


Murray-Lumley Wayne and Joyce Murray of Gardner, and Paula and the late David Lumley of Olpe, announce the engagement of their children, Julie Murray and Mike Lumley. Julie is a graduate of GEHS ,Gardner, and Emporia State University. She is employed at the Johnson County Heath Department in Olathe. Mike is a graduate of Olpe Continue Reading

Mulford signs letter of intent

Hunter Mulford (center) signs a football letter of intent to play for Ottawa University this fall.Mulford was an all league offensive lineman for the Blazers. FRONT ROW: Chelle Mulford, Hunter Mulford, Newton Mulford BACK ROW: Hayden Mulford, Marvin Diener

Langrehr leads Jaguars to overtime win

Brooks Langrehr scored 22 points, leading the Pioneer Ridge seventh grade varsity boys basketball team to a 45-40 overtime win against Wheatridge Middle School last week. Langrehr scored 10 second quarter points to put Pioneer up 29-20 at halftime. Back came Wheatridge Middle School with 18 second half points to force overtime. From there, Pioneer Continue Reading

Lady Blazers fall to Blue Valley Southwest

A 19-12 third quarter run by Blue Valley Southwest spelled doom for the Lady Blazers varsity basketball team in a 49-43 EKL loss last Friday night. Early on, GEHS took control leading 13-6 after one quarter and up 24-17 at halftime. But back came Blue Valley Southwest with a 19-6 third quarter run and sealed Continue Reading

100 attend town hall meeting to discuss golf course

Rick Poppitz Special to The Gardner News It was standing room only at a Gardner town hall meeting on Feb. 9 held to discuss the future of the Gardner Golf Course.  City council members attending were Steve Shute, Todd Winters, Rich Melton and Lee Moore. After introductions by Mayor Chris Morrow, Jeff Stewart, parks and Continue Reading