April 18, 2014

Local nursing home residents evacuated

Danedri Thompson
Medicalodges in Gardner evacuated 77 residents last week after a fire suppression system in the skilled nursing facility failed.
The mechanical issue resulted in an inch of water and mud on some of the floors, and damaged …

Norton’s place in state wrestling tourney

Tyler Norton placed fourth in the 138-pound weight division at the USAWKS Folkstyle state wresting championships in Topeka last weekend. Norton competed as a member of the East Kansas wrestling club. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Tyler and Christian Norton turned in an impressive performance at the USAWKS state tourney at the Topeka Expocentre last weekend.
Tyler took fourth in the 138-pound division, while Christian Norton took sixth in the 14-and-under, 120-pound division.
April 4-5 will …

Man fatally struck at Moonlight rail crossing

A 52-year-old man has died after attempting to cross the railroad tracks in front of a BNSF train near the intersection of Moonlight Road and Main Street.

William Gainey, of Yankton, S.D., was fatally struck shortly after 6 p.m. on …

Blazers lose baseball opener versus SMEHS

The Gardner Edgerton High School baseball team’s offense struggled in a 5-1 loss to Shawnee Mission East High School in its home opener March 29.
Luke Whitlow and Jacob Means had the Blazers’ only two hits, and Chance Carney scored …

Painting begins on water tower

Photo courtesy Jerry Kellogg

Some water customers may experience fluctuations in water pressure for the next month or so. Contractors began the process of taking the 183rd Street water tower out of service on March 18. The tower will be cleaned and its interior

Rotary’s Grocery Grab scheduled for April 12

Jeff Barber, left, poses with Rotary Club member JP Davies and a Price Chopper manager during the second annual Grocery Grab. Barber collected groceries on behalf of the American Legion. File photo

Danedri Thompson
Analysts predict food prices will jump by the largest amount in more than three years in 2014, but the sharp increase may not be a problem for one lucky winner, thanks to the Gardner Rotary Club and …

Clothing closet serves as community project

Danedri Thompson
When they saw a need, several people from the Gardner Presbyterian Church stepped in to fill it.
Although it started as a project with the help of the church, the Joy Community Closet hopes the store, which …

Gov. says significant funds needed for schools

Danedri Thompson
Fully funding education will require “significant new funding,” Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement last week. Brownback’s statement comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that will require the state legislature to fully …

Variety show set for this weekend

Performing with a Purpose, a service project by a Gardner Edgerton High School student, will showcase local talent in order to raise funds to support area families.
The high school students will perform in a family-friendly variety show, “Entertainment through …

Rocky Mountain National meet

Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Dustin Williams, left, grabbed gold in the 170-pound division at the Rocky Mountain National meet last weekend. Seth Pesek, right, placed fourth in the 195-pound division at the same meet.…