October 9, 2015

Planning Commission approves duplex rezone

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A unanimous planning commission will recommend city council members approve an application to rezone 22 acres of property on South Stone Creek Drive from light industrial to planned two family development. During a Sept. 22 meeting, city planner Chad Bahr told members of the Gardner Planning Commission that city staff recommended approval Continue Reading

Freed slave laid to rest in Gardner in 1900

Mica Marriott-Ward Special to The Gardner News Isam Smith moved to the Kansas Territory with the Jacob Victor family when he was 26. The life of Smith, who died in 1900 and is buried in the Gardner Cemetery, will be featured in the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk this weekend. Isam was born into slavery Continue Reading

Science program set for New Century Fieldhouse

Students in the Gardner School District are invited to attend three Mad Science programs offered during non-school days in October at New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway. The Mad Science sessions, offered through the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department, are a fall break camp for students between the ages of seven and 13. Continue Reading

Historical museum’s annual Cemetery Walk set to bring history to life

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Isam Smith’s grave marker in the Gardner Cemetery is incorrect, but re-enactors from the Gardner Historical Museum will set the record straight during a Talking Tombstones Cemetery Walk this weekend. The annual event raises funds for museum. Smith, a freed slave who lived on the current site of New Century AirCenter, died Continue Reading

Man hospitalized after plane crash in Gardner

An Olathe man was taken to the hospital following an airplane accident at Gardner Municipal Airport on Sept. 28. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Edward M. VanMorlan had taken off in a Cessna 172R at around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. As the aircraft was banking, the engine cut off and the plane Continue Reading

Injured Blazer squad falls to league rival Blue Valley West High School

Falling behind 21-6 at halftime, the Gardner Edgerton High School football team dropped a 42-14 Eastern Kansas League decision at Blue Valley West High School Friday night. Early on, GEHS made a game of it. Junior quarterback Griffin Johns connected with Zach Bass on a 62-yard pass setting up the Blazers inside the 10-yard line. Continue Reading

Fifi was here

“Fifi,” the only airworthy B-29 bomber aircraft in the world, flew in to wow visitors to the Heart of America Commemorative Air Force air show at New Century last weekend. For a fee, guests could sign-up to fly as passengers on Fifi.

GEHS’ Mia Tovkach leads Blazer golf charge

Gardner Edgerton High School freshman Mia Tovkach shot a tournament record 33, leading the Lady Blazer golf team to a second place finish at the Paola Invitational last week. Tovkach’s score of 33 is also a new GEHS school record for nine holes. Tovkach wasn’t the only Blazer golfer to medal. Hannah Trivitt medaled with Continue Reading

Jags extend win streak

Using a balanced attack, the Pioneer Ridge Middle School eighth grade varsity football team posted a 20-6 win against Paola Middle School last week. PRMS quarterback Tyler Goetzmann tossed two touchdown passes. He connected on a 10-yarder to Kevin Michaud and a 25-yarder to Dayvin Johnson. Goetzmann also tossed a two-point conversion pass to Jacob Continue Reading

City to re-evaluate boat, RV regs

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner officials will consider making changes to the city code governing the parking of boats and recreational vehicles. City council asked staff to reexamine the codes after a number of residents spoke during council open session seeking exceptions to existing boat parking codes. Clayton Westgate, Gardner, said he recently received a letter Continue Reading