July 30, 2015

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 …

Race to remember fallen service member set for Aug. 1

An Aug. 1  race honors thesacrifice of Spencer Duncan, pictured, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2001. File photo

An Aug. 1 race honors the sacrifice of Spencer Duncan, pictured, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2001. File photo

The 4th Annual Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Aug. 1 at the New Century …

City of Gardner earns budgeting recognition

The city of Gardner has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its fiscal year 2014-2015 budget.
As part of the requirements to receive the award, Gardner …

Police halt drug return program due to federal cutbacks

The city of Gardner has had to discontinue accepting expired and unwanted medications through the Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.
The program, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ended late last year.  Due to federal funding cutbacks and regulation changes, …

Courts throw curve into school budgeting

Gov. Sam Brownback presents Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent Pam Stranathan with a $20,000 check in June 2014. The check was in support of the district’s Career Technical Education program. While funding for that program has not changed, the 2015 Kansas Legislature changed the way public schools are funded. Their plan, to fund schools with block grants, has been challenged in court. File photo

Gov. Sam Brownback presents Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent Pam Stranathan with a $20,000 check in June 2014. The check was in support of the district’s Career Technical Education program. While funding for that program has not changed, the 2015