July 28, 2015

Members of Johnson County Livestock Club look forward to fair week

Johnson County Livestock Club member Brynn McCracken will compete for Rodeo Queen. Submitted photo

Johnson County Livestock Club member Brynn McCracken will compete for Rodeo Queen. Submitted photo

Jack McCracken
Club Reporter
The Johnson County Livestock Club has had another incredible year. Members enjoyed many fun events including a lock-in, a hayride and bonfire, …

Johnson County Horse Club

Madison Brown
Club Reporter
The Johnson County Horse Club members are excited that next week is the Johnson County Fair.  Several of our members will be not only showing their horses, but also their calves, steers or heifers, goats, sheep …

Pioneer Club 4-H’ers ready to shine at fair

Emily Kresin
Club Reporter
The Pioneer 4-H Club has enjoyed the Johnson County Fair for more than 70 years. Members are looking forward to showcasing their talents in 2015.
First-year Pioneer members Emily and Josh Stove are looking forward to …

Local youths place at 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals

Ethan Eccles, Gardner, Olivia Rogers, Gardner, and Bryce Zimmerman, De Soto, pose for a photo during 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb., in June. Submitted photo

Ethan Eccles, Gardner, Olivia Rogers, Gardner, and Bryce Zimmerman, De Soto, pose for a photo during 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb., in June. Submitted photo

Three Johnson County 4-H youth competed at the 4-H Shooting Sports …

Investigators seek resolution in murder mystery now 30 years cold

Beverly Douthit

Beverly Douthit

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
In 1985, 31-year-old Beverly Douthit would walk to neighborhood watering holes to enjoy a drink and company.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, 1985, she visited Brother in Law’s Bar on Independence Avenue in Kansas City. She …

City budget proposes flat mill levy, utility rates

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
City officials proposed a 2016 budget that maintains the current mill levy and existing utility rates for water, wastewater and electric.
Gardner Finance Director Laura Gourley said the 2016 proposed $17 million budget is structurally sound with …

Gardner postman hangs up letter carrier’s bag after nearly 18 years

Danny O’Connor, Gardner,  relaxes after retiring from the U.S. Post Office. The letter carrier delivered mail in Gardner and grew up in town. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danny O’Connor, Gardner, relaxes after retiring from the U.S. Post Office. The letter carrier delivered mail in Gardner and grew up in town. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
In rain, sleet, hail or snow, the mail has …

Record crowd joins city Fourth celebration

Photo courtesy of Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo

Photo courtesy of Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo

The city of Gardner’s annual Fourth of July event at Celebration Park drew approximately 8,000 attendees, a record crowd. This was 1,000 more people than the previous year.
The celebration featured two concert performances, food …

Gardner Ice remains competitive in BV League

Members of the Gardner  Ice 18-and-under softball team pose for a picture following Blue valley league action last week. Submitted photo

Members of the Gardner Ice 18-and-under softball team pose for a picture following Blue valley league action last week. Submitted photo

With just one week remaining on the season, the Gardner Ice 18-and-under softball team has an impressive 4-4 record …

Blazers run well at Sunflower games

Mallory Boden, Gardner, took home first place in her age group in the 1500 meter race at the Sunflower State games in Topeka last weekend. Submitted photo

Mallory Boden, Gardner, took home first place in her age group in the 1500 meter race at the Sunflower State games in Topeka last weekend. Submitted photo

Several Gardner track stars turned in top performances at the Sunflower State games …