April 20, 2014

Gardner resident asks Larry Fotovich to resign

Larry Fotovich

Danedri Thompson
Gardner resident Rich Melton told the city council that one of its members no longer lived in town. Melton didn’t name names, but he said that council member should resign.
A Facebook page with 34 likes at …

Blazers run well at Shawnee Mission South track Invitational

Trae Henderson, junior, hands off the baton to Marcus Gilmore, junior, in the boys 400 meter relay at the Shawnee Mission South Invitational last weekend. Photo courtesy of Courtney Franz

Using balanced scoring, the Gardner Edgerton High School track teams turned in impressive performances in an opening-season Shawnee Mission South Invitational, April 5.
The Lady Blazers battled to a fourth place tie with Shawnee Mission West. The Blazer boys finished …

Van Vleet, Meeks lead Blazer tennis effort

Micah Van Vleet and Dylan Meeks led the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazer tennis effort in competition at Washburn Rural in a quadrangular last week.
At Washburn, the Blazer duo posted a perfect 4-0 record to win the championship. They …

GEHS wrestlers compete at nationals

Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Seth Pesek, Tyler Norton, TJ Burger, Emilio Fowler and Dustin Williams participated in the USA National Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa last weekend. Williams placed second in the 160-pound division.…

Blazer baseball team sweeps Blue Valley

Using strong pitching and defense, the Blazer baseball team swept Blue Valley by scores of 2-1, and 6-4 last week.
At Blue Valley April 1, pitcher Brett Wolford was near perfect. He tossed a one-hitter, with nine strikeouts and Jacob …

Couple cherishes new beginnings in Gardner

Melissa Brigman, right, and Nathanial Brigman, center, greet Brian Brignman at Kansas City International Airport on Feb. 24. The soldier recently returned home from a six  month deplpyment in Kuwait. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
Brian and Melissa Brigman moved to Gardner in April 2012 seeking a fresh start. Life handed the couple several new beginnings. Melissa hopes the most recent commencement  – reintegrating into family life following Brian’s six-month deployment  – …

Grass fire scalds several acres on south side

A firefighter attaches a hose to a fire truck. Firefighters battled a grass blaze near 191st and Gardner Road on March 31. No structures were damaged and no one was injured. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
When firefighters from Johnson County Fire District No. 1 arrived on the scene of a fire near 191st and Gardner Road on March 31, flames burned near the road.
“This was just a normal response,” fire chief …

Gardner woman files to represent 43rd District

Gardner resident Caitlin Trujillo, Democrat, has filed to run for the 43rd District in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Trujillo grew up attending USD 231 schools and is a 2008 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School. As a student, she …

Main breaks spike due to season, tower work

Danedri Thompson
Gardner residents aren’t imagining things – there have been more water main breaks than normal in the past few weeks.
Brian Faust, director of Gardner public works, said a drought combined with a cold winter made conditions …

I-35 near Gardner re-opens after semi overturns

The 175th Street exit is open to traffic after an overturned semi-truck full of meat rolled over on northbound Interstate 35 near Gardner.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m.,  and traffic was detoured while crews cleaned up the accident. …