July 28, 2015

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 …

Canine flu not diagnosed in Kansas

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Dr. Tom Buckley isn’t recommending that local dogs receive the canine flu vaccination, but that could change if the outbreak that recently hit Chicago were to reach Johnson County. To date, there have been no reported cases …

Survey finds residents satisfied with county services

Johnson County’s 2015 Community Survey reveals increases in overall satisfaction with quality of services, value of county taxes and effectiveness in communicating with residents.
“We value the feedback we receive from our residents through this survey,” said Ed Eilert, Chairman …

Chickens, fowl banned from fair over Avian flu concerns

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Chicken and other poultry won’t be allowed at the Johnson County Fair this year.
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClasky issued a stop movement order last week, canceling all poultry related shows and events in Kansas

4-H youth Tessa Dawson, member of the Spring Hill Rustlers 4-H Club, waits to show her poultry at the Johnson County Fair in 2014. Photo courtesy of Adele Wilcoxen/Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office

4-H

Pumpkin patch grows grapes, makes wine

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and when life gives you grapes, you make wine. That’s the conclusion the Berggren family drew when they bought a property with seven acres of grape vines.
The family …

Pocket Pets

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

An exhibitor at Festival on the Trails shows off Pocket Pets. Also known as Sugar Bears or Petaurus Breviceps, the animals are a small species of tree dwelling marsupials. As pets, the tiny creatures are …

10-and-under Blazer baseball team making strides in Blue Valley league

BOTTOM ROW:  Austin Buie, Brayden Fouts, Kollin Gretencord, Bru Haas, Conner Elder, Eli Blazic SECOND ROW: Cody Davis, Eli Jensen, Ozzy Poage, Kendall Crowell, Elson Blanding BACKROW COACHES: Derik Fouts, Ryan Gretencord, Brock Haas, Robert Davis Submitted photo

BOTTOM ROW: Austin Buie, Brayden Fouts, Kollin Gretencord, Bru Haas, Conner Elder, Eli Blazic SECOND ROW: Cody Davis, Eli Jensen, Ozzy Poage, Kendall Crowell, Elson Blanding BACKROW COACHES: Derik Fouts, Ryan Gretencord, Brock Haas, Robert Davis Submitted photo

Facing strong …

Blazer vaulters reaching new heights at area summer competitions

Tom Fabing placed second in the boys 15-16 year-old division with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches at the KC Invitational at Washington  high school last weekend.Submitted photo

Tom Fabing placed second in the boys 15-16 year-old division with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches at the KC Invitational at Washington high school last weekend. Submitted photo

Several Gardner Edgerton High School vaulters continue to post top …