July 30, 2014

Pioneer 4-H Club celebrates 70 years

Emily Kresin
Club reporter
This year the Pioneer 4-H Club of De Soto celebrated 70 years of fun.
The group has grown in the past seven decades and, in fact, membership has doubled over the past three years.
Throughout the …

Pastor to serve as grand marshal, retire after 35 years

Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy of Ken Porter

Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy

Lucky Clover 4-H members work hard

Maddie Anderson
Club reporter
Lucky Clover 4-H is in Shawnee. The group is an active club with 21 members involved in community service and various 4-H activities.  Community service activities have included Christmas caroling at a nursing home, donating food …

Four candidates to compete for 4-H titles

Natalie McCracken

Natalie McCracken

Four girls and one boy are in the running for Mr. and Miss Johnson County 4-H 2014. All applicants are outstanding 4-H’ers who have demonstrated contributions to Johnson County 4-H in the areas of leadership, citizenship and participation. …

Family-friendly fun dots county event

Jesse Gunkel
Club reporter
The Johnson County Fair is taking place July 27 through Aug. 3, a week earlier than usual this year, and no one should miss out on it.
There is nothing more family-focused than the county fair. …

Great Plains 4-H Club prepares for annual fair

Abby Gunkel watches conference judging of her ceramics project during last year’s county fair. The event runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 this year. Submitted photo

Abby Gunkel watches conference judging of her ceramics project during last year’s county fair. The event runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 this year. Submitted photo

Jessica Gunkel
Club reporter
Several members of the Great Plains 4-H Club are …

Local man recalls 40 years of employment at Meadowbrook in Gardner

Bob Stockmyer

Bob Stockmyer

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Gardner resident Bob Stockmyer has seen many changes during his more than 40 years of employment at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly Gardner Community Medical Center.
Stockmyer is the head of maintenance …

City utility required to file resource plan

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
During a July 3 meeting, members of the Gardner Electric Advisory Board (GEAB), formerly the electric utility board discussed a proposed Gardner Energy Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be filed with the Western …

Edgerton hosts community movie nights

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton resident Mike Phillips, in conjunction with the Edgerton Parks and Recreation Department, is presenting a series of free movies to residents this summer.
“Edgerton’s Saturday Night at the Movies,” is held one …

Gardner gave merit, COLA increases in 2014

debbies chart with story

Graphic by Debbie Hickman

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
Gardner officials gave merit raises and cost-of-living adjustments in 2014. The wages shown in the chart above include base pay for full time employees and do not include benefits, …