July 2, 2015

Fourth of July events set for Celebration Park

The city of Gardner is gearing up for one of its biggest Fourth of July celebrations ever at Celebration Park. Two country music acts will headline the event.
Returning local Kansas City band Big Time Grain Company will kick off …

Students elevated to office at Boys State

More than 450 young men from across the State of Kansas, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, participated in the 2015 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy (ALBSKLA). …

Ball team posts split record at tournament

The Gardner Blazers, a 13-and-under baseball team, recently posted a 2-2 record in the Midwest Sports Productions Father’s Day Classic in Lawrence.
The team also competed in the State 13 and under tournament. Results were not available at press time.…

KS AG named to leadership of national association

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General.
Schmidt was elected to the post last week at the summer meeting for the national, nonpartisan professional organization that includes all 56 state …

Secretary of Commerce to step down

Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George will step down in July. George has served in the role since 2011.
Gov. Sam Brownback, who appointed George, said he was grateful for George’s service to the state.
“Through his leadership, the department …

Fireworks stands to open in Edgerton, SH

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
The cities of Spring Hill and Edgerton are two of only a few places in Johnson County where residents can purchase and shoot fireworks during the Independence Day holiday. As of Monday afternoon, fire officials were inspecting …

Billboard campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking in KS

New billboards near Topeka, the Kansas City metropolitan area and Wichita announce to drivers that human trafficking occurs in Kansas. The statewide billboard campaign seeks to raise awareness and reporting of human trafficking.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is …

School district bond counsel agrees to pay SEC fines

George K. Baum & Co., a Kansas City based firm that also serves as bond counsel for USD 231, will pay fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly selling municipal bonds with incomplete documents.
The Kansas City Business …

Libraries available as cooling centers

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages citizens who need a place to cool down during hot days to visit one of 13 library branches. All of these facilities will be …

USD 230, 231 parents can enroll students online

Returning students in the Spring Hill and Gardner Edgerton School Districts can enroll online for the 2015-2016 school year.
Online enrollment for USD 231 began on June 15. Parents of returning students can enroll from the comfort of their homes …