February 8, 2016

USD 231 hires construction manager

Lynne Hermansen Contributing writer McCown-Gordon Construction was hired as the construction manager for At-Risk Services for the Gardner Edgerton School District at the Jan. 11 school board meeting. Bruce Kracl, director of operations, said that this would be a little different delivery method than in the past. “We hold different contracts with different trades management Continue Reading

Blazers fall to Blue Valley Northwest

Falling behind 23-5 in the first quarter, the Blazers dropped a 60-29 win to Blue Valley Northwest last Friday night. GEHS, 1-7, trailed 32-15 at halftime but Northwest scored 28 second half points to secure the win. Despite the loss, Devan Toomey had 12 points and Bryson Rohr, five points.

Carpenter’s 18 points not enough to win

Sophomore Taylor Carpenter scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Blazers dropped a 48-35 to St. Thomas Aquinas last week. GEHS, 4-4, fell behind 9-6 after one quarter and trailed 19-13 at the half. St. Thomas Aquinas added 29 second half points to seal the verdict. “The team struggled to get their Continue Reading

Winter Royalty crowned

The Winter Royalty Queen and King were crowned Jan. 15 between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games at Gardner Edgerton High School. Jack Mills was crowned Winter Royalty King and Sammi Boring is the Winter Royalty Queen. Hunter McNeer & Jeryn Gorney were the children attendants.

Council approves administrator’s contract

A four year contract with a base salary of about $161,000 for Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Gardner city administrator, was published with the agenda for the council’s Jan. 19 meeting, and was approved. The Gardner city council’s Jan. 18 meeting was rescheduled to Jan. 19 due to the Martin Luther King holiday. The contract was approved 4-0; Continue Reading

Leffert’s 26 leads Lady Blazers past Blue Valley Northwest

Kelsey Leffert scored a season high 26 points leading the Lady Blazers varsity basketball team to a 50-41 win over Blue Valley Northwest last Friday night. GEHS, 5-4, lead 14-11 after one quarter and went up 26-13 by halftime. The Blazers added 24 second half points to seal the verdict. Besides Leffert, Angeliece Tucker and Continue Reading

Blazer wrestlers remain undefeated in duels

Using balanced scoring, the Blazer varsity wrestlers turned back Louisburg 47-21 in a home duel last week. With the win, GEHS is now 4-0 in duels this year. Drake Taysom started the night on a positive note with a 10-8 win over Hunter Bindi In overtime. After Taven Ewbank pinned his opponent, Matt Klaurens dropped Continue Reading

Legislator recalls Dr. King’s march, historic speech 53 years ago

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com When Willie Dove boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. in August 28, 1963, he didn’t realize the magnitude of what he would witness. Fifty three years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march on Washington, Dove said he knew the march’s participants were doing meaningful work at the time. But the full historic Continue Reading

Sign ordinance rewrite continues

Small temporary signs or “sandwich boards” would have been allowed in Gardner without permits under a Dec. 7 proposal if displayed for less than two weeks. The proposed change was tabled by the city council until a code rewrite is completed. Jason Camis, Gardner Edgerton chamber president said the organization continues to monitor the situation. Continue Reading

USD 231 voters should receive mail in ballots

Ballots for the $29.7 bond issue will be be mailed from the Johnson County Election office Jan. 13, and ballots must be returned to the election office by noon, Feb. 2, 2016. Either mail the ballots early, or deliver them to 2101 E. Kansas City, Road, Olathe. If approved, the bond will be used to Continue Reading