April 19, 2014

Legislators give update on session happenings

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
State Sen. Julia Lynn told an audience of approximately 50 people that part of the legislative process is ugly.
Lynn and state Rep. Bill Sutton updated constituents on the 2014 Kansas Legislative session on April 12. Lynn …

Brownback vetoes one bill, signs 16 into law

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on April 11 vetoed Senate Bill 99 to promote continued transparency in government.
“While I understand the purpose and intent behind S.B. 99, I believe that retaining the lobbyist registration provisions in current law promotes transparency …

Convention to replace Apple set

Masthead

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
From Sen. Pat Apple was sworn-in as the newest member of the Kansas Corporation Commission on April 11. Apple, a Louisburg Republican, resigned from the Senate last week. He represented the 37th District, which includes the southern …

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
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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  – …

Gov. says significant funds needed for schools

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
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 …

Apple to leave Senate; tapped for commission

Pat Apple

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the southern part of Gardner and Edgerton in the Kansas Legislature, will take a new role in Topeka. Gov. Sam Brownback named Apple to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on March 24. …

Local pages pose with Sen. Apple, Gov. Brownback

Submitted photo

Pioneer Ridge Middle School students Sophia Pogue  and Patrick Beane  and Gardner Edgerton High School student Garrett Pogue pose for a photo with Sen. Pat Apple and Gov. Sam Brownback. The trio served as pages for Apple, who represents Gardner …

Court orders state of Kansas to increase school funding by July 1

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate.…

State representative files complaint against USD 231 school attorney

Bill Sutton

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Rep. Bill Sutton, R-Gardner, is requesting that the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator investigate USD 231 board of education attorney W. Joseph Hatley.
The Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office is a state agency in the judicial branch working under the …

State nets record number of new biz formations

A record number of businesses formed in Kansas in 2013, according to the Annual Business Formation Report, released by the Secretary of State’s Office last week.
The report shows Kansas business filing trends over the last 10 years.
In 2013, …