October 4, 2015

USD 231 adopts budget with small tax decrease

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the USD 231 board of education approved a 2015-2016 $266 million budget during a brief Aug. 10 meeting. Though the budget is approximately $12 million more than last year’s budget, the tax rate will likely decrease slightly. The county appraiser’s office actually determines the exact rate when final property assessments Continue Reading

Construction update

With Waverly Road closed south from U.S. 56 to 183rd Street on the west side of Gardner the past few weeks, construction workers have been busy building some of the large support pillars for an overpass bridge. When completed, the overpass will span BNSF Railway train tracks that serve the east end of the Logistics Continue Reading

Junior Olympics

Mallory Boden, Gardner, placed 68th in the 1500 meters with a time of 6.06.65 at the 12-and-under AAU Junior Olympics in Florida last week.

Kubota Tractor hosts Edgerton grand opening

Gov. Sam Brownback and Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts welcomed Kubota Tractor Corporation executives from around the globe for the official grand opening of the company’s 765,000 square-foot North American Distribution Center in Edgerton. Officials anticipate that the facility will eventually house 100,000 pieces of Kubota equipment for distribution and employ 200 people.

Gardner Bruins win state title

Playing its best baseball of the season, the Gardner Bruins 12-A USSSA team recently won the state title at Blue Valley Sports Complex. In first round action, the nine-seed Bruins turned back the Wellsville Eagles, 16-0. The Bruins dominated the game behind the pitching of Dylan Jacobs. In similar fashion, the Bruins beat the Fort Continue Reading

Pictures from the fair

Earl Allen Jr. prepares a sheep for sheering. 4-Hers show all kinds of livestock during the Johnson County Fair each year.

Fair parade 2015

Gardner Police Department Lieutenant James “Jay” Belcher celebrated is his 18th year participating in the Johnson County Parade. When asked why he is so happy to participate each year, this is what he had to say: “The Johnson County Fair Parade is a tradition in Gardner. There is a large number of people from different Continue Reading

Fair parade 2015

Members of the Great Plains 4-H Club await the start of the Johnson County Fair Parade.

State announces finalists for project that could compete with intermodal

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A state committee has selected seven finalists for a proposed Kansas transload shipping center. The Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority Transload Facility Site Analysis team selected locations in Abilene, Concordia, El Dorado, Garden City, Great Bend and an industrial park south of Parsons, and Norton, from 111 proposals submitted Continue Reading

2015 Johnson County Fair

Colton Anderson enjoys the amusement rides at this years Johnson County Fair.