October 10, 2015

State history focus of Labor Day event in Abilene

The Chishom Trail, a trail through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas through which cattle were driven, celebrates its 150th next year. In preparation for its sesquicentennial, Abilene, Kan., will play host to a kick-off event over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3 of this year. The two-day event, Trails, Rails and Tales, the Spirit of Chisholm, will Continue Reading

State announces finalists for project that could compete with intermodal

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A state committee has selected seven finalists for a proposed Kansas transload shipping center. The Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority Transload Facility Site Analysis team selected locations in Abilene, Concordia, El Dorado, Garden City, Great Bend and an industrial park south of Parsons, and Norton, from 111 proposals submitted Continue Reading

KCK man sentenced in Medicaid fraud case

A Kansas City, Kan., man was ordered last week to pay restitution related to Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Markeith Lowe, 30, was ordered by Judge Michael A. Russell to pay $5,639.64 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Russell also sentenced Lowe to 12 months probation with an underlying sentence of Continue Reading

Governor orders review of security at National Guard facilities

Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered a full review of security measures at all Kansas National Guard facilities and installations across the state. Immediately after the July 16 shootings in Tennessee, the Governor asked Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli to identify any additional actions that might be needed to ensure the safety of our National Guard Continue Reading

Arkansas paver ordered to pay penalties to Kansas

An Arkansas door-to-door paving operation was ordered to pay a $250,000 penalty and more than $32,000 in restitution to five Kansas consumers for violating Kansas consumer protection laws, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.  In a default judgment entered earlier this month in Shawnee County District Court, Judge Franklin R. Theis ordered Roger Crawford, doing business Continue Reading

Organizations network with goal to help veterans

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com They came from as far as Riley County and as near as Gardner with one goal – to form a network in support of military service members and veterans. Joining Community Forces, a loosely-affiliated group of organizations and service providers, met in Gardner on July 21. Approximately 30 representing dozens of organizations Continue Reading

AGs urge phone companies to offer call-blocking

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging the five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to their customers. In a letter to the chief executives of AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and Century Link, Schmidt, along with 44 other state attorneys general, stated a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule clarification allows telecommunications service providers Continue Reading

Kansas boasts 12th best schools in nation

Kansas boasts the 12th best schools in the nation, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website. Analysts for the group compared the quality of education in 50 states and the District of Columbia using 13 key metrics including pupil-teacher ratio, dropout rates, standardized test scores and bullying incident rates. The study determined that Kansas ranks Continue Reading

Special livestock show scheduled for July 31

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Several area special needs youth will be chasing memories during a special event at the Johnson County Fair. Fifteen 12-18 year-olds are set to compete in the first “Chasing Memories” Livestock Show at 5 p.m. on July 31 at the Livestock Pavilion on the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The event will pair 15 Continue Reading

Come Ye to the Fair

A 4-H competitor awaits her turn to show off her dog’s obedience skills. During the event, competitors walked their dogs through an obstacle course under the watchful eye of several judges. Dogs were required to sit at certain spots, walk in a circle, walk slowly from one point to the next and face in different Continue Reading