April 19, 2014

“Willy Wonka” auditions take place April 4-6

Gardner Community Theatre is hosting auditions for its summer show, “Willy Wonka,” on April 4-6.
Performances will be June 26, 27, 28, and 29.
Auditions will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 4 and from 10 a.m. …

Board of education to be tasked with finding new district leadership

Danedri Thompson
USD 231 school board members will be tasked with hiring a new superintendent, but to date, they haven’t talked about conducting a search for a new leader during a school board meeting.
Four of the seven board …

GEHS wrestlers compete in off-season

Gardner Edgerton High School wrestlers TJ Burger, Tyler Norton, and Dustin Carstens continue to rack up grappling accolades in the off-season.
The trio qualified for the USA Wrestling-Kansas Folk Style State Championships by placing in the top four at the …

High school students can apply for cadet law

High school students interested in law enforcement will once again have the opportunity this summer to see what law enforcement training and careers are like through the Cadet Law Enforcement Academy. The Cadet Law Enforcement Academy program is hosted by …

Edgerton parks, rec plans many activities for kids

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton Parks and Recreation Coordinator Tegan Meadors recently announced details of a parks and recreation activity guide for the city’s residents.
During spring break, the week of March 17-21, there will be free …

Blazer track season begins at SMS

Senior sprinter Jaylon Radel will lead the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazers at the Shawnee Mission High School South Invitational April 5.  Submitted Photo

After nearly a month of preparation, the Blazer track season will begin at the Shawnee Mission South High School Invitational, April 5.
On the boys side, Gardner Edgerton High School track Coach Brian McGee will look to senior sprinter Jaylon …

After appointment to KCC, Apple to resign from Senate

Sen. Pat Apple

Danedri Thompson


Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the southern part of Gardner and Edgerton in the Kansas Legislature, will take a new role in Topeka. Gov. Sam Brownback named Apple to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on March 24. …

Local group organizes against Common Core

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
A local group of parents, educators and legislators, known as “Coalition to Stop Common Core,” is hoping to educate the public about new standards used in local schools.
Common Core is being taught …

Hometown graduate hired to replace retiring GEHS Principal Brady

Mark Meyer

Danedri Thompson
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Mark Meyer, the incoming principal at Gardner Edgerton High School.
Meyer is a 1989 graduate of GEHS. He also taught at the school, coached the Blazer football team and …

HOMETOWN HEROS: Donna Bratton reflects on a lifetime in Edgerton

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Special to The Gardner News
March 3, 2014 – Donna Bratton has lived in Edgerton for 70 years. She sat down with me last week to share her memories of life in a small Kansas …