November 30, 2015

Fire chief’s Mayo Clinic heart surgery cancelled

Mayo Clinic surgeons canceled Rob Kirk’s scheduled cardiac ablation last week. Kirk, Johnson County Consolidated Fire District No. 1 Chief, has Sarcoidosis. He was scheduled to undergo a heart surgery last week. According to a Facebook page dedicated to Kirk’s Sacoidosis fight, surgeons determined that the surgery risks outweighed the benefits of the surgery. Kirk Continue Reading

Hometown Hero

Sgt. Kevin Harmon receives a Chiefs football and a standing ovation at Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs recognized Harmon as a hometown hero during a home game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 11. Harmon, a 2008 Gardner Edgerton High School graduate, joined the U.S. Marines after graduating from GEHS. He was stationed in Continue Reading

Roberts named to leadership series class

Tory Roberts, Gardner, has been named to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series class of 2016. Roberts will join 26 women from across the state. The Eisenhower Series seeks to expand the number of Kansas Republican women who serve in elected office, on boards and commissions and hold key positions on campaign, Continue Reading

Community boasts haunted spaces, some say

Mica Marriott-Ward Special to The Gardner News With its rich history including settlers on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails and its part in settling the Wild West hundreds of years ago, many of the older buildings in Gardner are known for their paranormal activity. The most well-known haunted location in the Gardner area is Continue Reading

New overpass

Construction has reached the halfway mark on a new motor vehicle overpass on Waverly Road just west of Gardner. The bridge being built spans the lead tracks serving the BNSF Railway’s Logistics Park Kansas City intermodal center, which opened two years ago. This photo shows one of six 145-foot long pre-stressed concrete I-beams that were Continue Reading

Comet Tech 4-H

Seth Gunkel Club reporter The Comet Tech 4-H Club met and presented National Youth Science Day to visitors at the county extension office. The facilitators taught youth “Motion Commotion” by using race cars equipped with modeling clay drivers and a simulated runway. The experiment tested the physics of motion and knowledge of speed and safety Continue Reading

Eisenhower Vigil

VFW Post11234 members at the Eisenhower Vigil in Ablilene, KS Oct. 9. PICTURED: Mike Hutton, Ron Burger, Gaylen Taylor, Alan Robbins, Mike Ficken. Not pictured Joe Scheuneman.

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