October 13, 2015

Actors recreate Gardner history in cemetery walk

The Gardner Historical Museum hosted its annual cemetery walk last weekend. The event raised funds from the museum, 204 W. Dan Thompson, left, poses with Kurt Hollingshead. Thompson portrayed Isam Smith and Hollingshead portrayed Benjamin Francis.

Libraries to host Viva la Fiesta celebrations

Gardner and Edgerton branches of the Johnson County Library will host Viva la Fiesta celebrations on Oct. 10. In Edgerton, the event will feature Spanish bilingual storytime from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It is recommended for ages 3 and up. Viva la Fiesta will kick off at the Gardner library at noon with a Continue Reading


The Gardner Athena GFWC met at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Gardner branch of the Johnson County Library. It was the first meeting after a brief summer hiatus. The focus of the meeting was an opportunity for club members to invite other women in the community to learn about membership in GFWC. Three Continue Reading

Freed slave laid to rest in Gardner in 1900

Mica Marriott-Ward Special to The Gardner News Isam Smith moved to the Kansas Territory with the Jacob Victor family when he was 26. The life of Smith, who died in 1900 and is buried in the Gardner Cemetery, will be featured in the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk this weekend. Isam was born into slavery Continue Reading

Third graders learn about bike safety at rodeo

Grand Star Elementary hosted third grade students in the Gardner Edgerton School District for a bike rodeo, Sept. 22. During the event, students traveled to eight different stations to learn how to stop and go safely, how to use hand signals, to look over their shoulders, ride in a straight line, weave through cones and Continue Reading

SH postman receives award

Spring Hill Postman Keith Stiles, right, receives an award from Postmaster Richard Nuessen for working 30 years without having a preventable accident. Stiles began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1979 as a substitute on a split route in Spring Hill and Gardner. He later became a sub for route 1 in Spring Hill. Continue Reading

Students of Character

USD 231 recognized first quarter Students of Character during the Sept. 14 board meeting. They included: Edgerton Elementary fourth grader Thomas Savasten, Gardner Elementary third grader Zach Hilliard, Madison Elementary first grader Bridget Simmons, Moonlight Elementary third grader Isaiah Williams, Nike Elementary fourth grader Maddie Xiong, Sunflower Elementary fourth grader Caroline Kuzma, Pioneer Ridge Middle Continue Reading

Kansans in the U.S. Navy keep sea lanes safe

A Lawrence, Kan., native is helping the U.S. Navy keep sea lanes safe and open in the Middle East, serving on the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM-6). Seaman Apprentice Nathan Davidson is a Navy logistics specialist and lives and works at a Navy base in Manama, Bahrain, where the Devastator is based. Bahrain is Continue Reading

GEHS Class of 1990

Lori (Klenke) Warren, a member of the Gardner Edgerton High School class of 1990, poses with former Nike Junior High math teacher Joe McNulty. The class of 1990 hosted its 25th reunion last weekend.

Gardner Historical Museum

Members of the KC Bettys chat with VFW and American Legion member Jeff Barber during a World War I event at the Gardner Historical Museum. The event, which featured the Bettys, vintage cars and veteran recognition, kicked off a World War I exhibit, currently on display at the museum.