July 25, 2014

Johnson County Fair marches into town

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School marching band march down Main Street during the 2013 Johnson County Fair Parade. File photo
Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School marching band march down Main Street during the 2013 Johnson County Fair Parade. File photo

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School marching band march down Main Street during the 2013 Johnson County Fair Parade. File photo

It takes the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to make the Johnson County Fair work. With carnival rides, …

Pioneer 4-H Club celebrates 70 years

Emily Kresin
Club reporter
This year the Pioneer 4-H Club of De Soto celebrated 70 years of fun.
The group has grown in the past seven decades and, in fact, membership has doubled over the past three years.
Throughout the …

Pastor to serve as grand marshal, retire after 35 years

Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy of Ken Porter
Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy of Ken Porter

Rev. Ken Porter poses with his wife, Sylvia. Porter has served as a minister at First Baptist Church in Gardner since Aug. 2, 1979. He will gives his last sermon as the church’s lead pastor on Aug. 3. Photo courtesy

Lucky Clover 4-H members work hard

Maddie Anderson
Club reporter
Lucky Clover 4-H is in Shawnee. The group is an active club with 21 members involved in community service and various 4-H activities.  Community service activities have included Christmas caroling at a nursing home, donating food …

Four candidates to compete for 4-H titles

Natalie McCracken
Natalie McCracken

Natalie McCracken

Four girls and one boy are in the running for Mr. and Miss Johnson County 4-H 2014. All applicants are outstanding 4-H’ers who have demonstrated contributions to Johnson County 4-H in the areas of leadership, citizenship and participation. …

Family-friendly fun dots county event

Jesse Gunkel
Club reporter
The Johnson County Fair is taking place July 27 through Aug. 3, a week earlier than usual this year, and no one should miss out on it.
There is nothing more family-focused than the county fair. …

Successful season for Blazers

It’s been quite a season for Coach Corey Schrack and his thirteen and under AAA boys baseball team.
The team participated in the Metro division league at 3&2 stadiums in Lenexa and in several area tourneys.
“The team accepted the …

Summer Vaulting

Submitted photo
Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Devlin Specht, GEHS freshman, prepares for a practice pole vault on the runway last week. Specht is one of several Blazers participating in area vault Invitationals this summer.

Sherrif’s office seeks livestock owner

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The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office found livestock in the rural part of the county that has been separated from their owner.
The animals will be cared for until the owner is identified and they can be returned. If the rightful …

Great Plains 4-H Club prepares for annual fair

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Abby Gunkel watches conference judging of her ceramics project during last year’s county fair. The event runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 this year. Submitted photo

Abby Gunkel watches conference judging of her ceramics project during last year’s county fair. The event runs from July 27 to Aug. 2 this year. Submitted photo

Jessica Gunkel
Club reporter
Several members of the Great Plains 4-H Club are …