April 23, 2014

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. …

Complaint against school’s former legal counsel dismissed

The Kansas Disciplinary Administrator (KDA) dismissed a complaint against former Gardner Edgerton School District attorney, Joseph Hatley.

Rep. Bill Sutton, R-Gardner, requested that the KDA, which reviews complaints of misconduct against lawyers, examine Hatley’s conduct during a USD 231 board …

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 …