August 23, 2014

Jail cell death under investigation

Authorities are investigating the death of an Overland Park man.
Matthew C. Worsham was found unresponsive in his Johnson County jail cell on Aug. 3.
Johnson County MedAct responded and initiated life-saving measures. They were able to revive the 30-year-old …

Council discusses possible chicken, garden regulations

Danedri Thompson
Gardner residents can request a special use permit in order to keep chickens in town, but the rules for keeping chickens in residential areas aren’t clear, Mike Hall, Community Development Director, told city council members during a …

Gardner residents indicted on trafficking, money laundering

Two Gardner residents last week were indicted on federal drug trafficking and money laundering.
Gregory Rapp, 30 of Gardner, is charged with one county of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 10 counts …

Former USD 231 director talks technology on TV news

Former Gardner Edgerton School District administrator, Christy Ziegler, appeared on Kansas City’s Fox 4 News on Aug. 13.

The former USD 231 executive director of educational services now serves as the Shawnee Mission School District Director of Technology.

All incoming …

Progress on the new Casey’s locaton

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg

Photo courtesy of Jerry Kellogg

Surveying and earth moving work underway August 13 at the southwest corner of Moonlight Road and Madison Street in Gardner.


City plans to decrease property tax rates in 2015

Danedri Thompson
Gardner residents will likely pay a city lower tax rate in 2015 than they did in 2014. During an Aug. 11 work session, council members appeared to reach a consensus for a 2015 budget that will drop …

Fired up for school

Photo courtesy of Leann Northway

Photo courtesy of Leann Northway

USD 231 students headed back to school on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, but staff headed back to class much sooner. The district hosted a Back to School Convocation Aug. 7 complete with Chiefs Cheerleaders. …

Organizers host annual pole vault competition

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Kyle Stubler, a Gardner Edgerton High School senior, cleared 13-feet, 6-inches at the Gardner summer pole vault event Aug 2.…

State teacher’s union files suit against new law

Danedri Thompson
The state’s largest teacher’s union filed a lawsuit to block a portion of a state law that ended tenure for public teachers.
Specifically, the Kansas National Educator’s Association alleges that the law, passed in the waning days …

Fired up for school

 Photo courtesy of by Leann Northwa

Photo courtesy of by Leann Northway

Teachers and staff from Grand Star Elementary School show off their cheer during a Back to School Convocation at the elementary school.…