November 26, 2015

AG asks Congress to combat drug abuse

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Congress to expand prevention and education efforts to combat drug abuse. Schmidt is one of 38 attorneys general to sign a letter to leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees, urging them to support the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015. The Comprehensive Addiction and Continue Reading

5 week biz workshop set to begin Oct. 22

On Oct. 22, the Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) network in partnership with Miami County Economic Development, and the Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola, and Spring Hill Chambers of Commerce will kick off the Kansas SBDC GrowSmart™ Workshop Series in Paola, Kan. GrowSmart is a five day intensive bootcamp delivered each Thursday for five consecutive Continue Reading

Freed slave laid to rest in Gardner in 1900

Mica Marriott-Ward Special to The Gardner News Isam Smith moved to the Kansas Territory with the Jacob Victor family when he was 26. The life of Smith, who died in 1900 and is buried in the Gardner Cemetery, will be featured in the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk this weekend. Isam was born into slavery Continue Reading

Study concludes KS 9th best state for teachers

Kansas is the ninth best state for teachers, according to research conducted by, a personal finance website. Kansas ranked 16th in the average starting salary for teachers; ranked 25th in median annual salary for teachers; 12th in WalletHub’s school system rankings; 27th in projected number of teachers per student by 2022; 11th in unemployment Continue Reading

Sen. Moran visits with Emporia State University

Sen. Moran visits with Emporia State University’s Teachers College Dean Ken Weaver on Sept. 19. The pair visited the Memorial to Fallen Educators on the ESU campus. This week, Moran introduced legislation to designate the monument as a national memorial.

Kansas to offer child support warrant amnesty

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is offering a reprieve for Kansans who face prosecution for failure to pay child support, as an opportunity to help them get back on track with their payments. DCF’s Child Support Services (CCS) has slated Sept. 25 as Child Support Bench Warrant Amnesty Day statewide to offer Continue Reading

Kansans in the U.S. Navy keep sea lanes safe

A Lawrence, Kan., native is helping the U.S. Navy keep sea lanes safe and open in the Middle East, serving on the mine countermeasures ship USS Devastator (MCM-6). Seaman Apprentice Nathan Davidson is a Navy logistics specialist and lives and works at a Navy base in Manama, Bahrain, where the Devastator is based. Bahrain is Continue Reading

KSU researchers seek ways to improve bacon

Improved bacon could soon be on its way. Kansas State University researchers are focusing on a way to deliver better bacon, one of the most popular cuts of pork. Terry Houser, an associate professor in the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, is exploring what level of pork belly fat saturation will result in Continue Reading

Rodeo clown to shine at American Royal

There is one good reason Cody Sosebee has been nominated five times as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Clown of the Year. He’s funny. “I’ve always said that it doesn’t matter what you’re selling, if people don’t buy into you, they’re not going to buy what you’re selling,” said Andy Stewart, a ProRodeo announcer who Continue Reading

Governor appoints local to 911 coordinating council

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Ellen Wernicke, Gardner, to the 911 Coordinating Council. Wernicke was one of several people appointed to various state boards and committees last week. “I thank these men and women for their service to our state. Their dedication of time and talent is helping to make Kansas a better place to Continue Reading