September 4, 2015

Tech grant offers access to foster kids in Kansas

Thanks to a grant-funded program and training from the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), youth in foster care are being equipped to operate in the high-tech marketplace they will enter in adulthood.
As youth in the foster care …

Flu concerns eliminate live poultry events at fair

A 4-H member holds chickens during a previous fair. 4-H’ers will showcase poultry projects using posters and stuffed chickens this year. Photo courtesy of Adele Wilcoxen

A 4-H member holds chickens during a previous fair. 4-H’ers will showcase poultry projects using posters and stuffed chickens this year. Photo courtesy of Adele Wilcoxen

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Chicken and other poultry won’t be allowed at the Johnson County …

Local youths place at 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals

Ethan Eccles, Gardner, Olivia Rogers, Gardner, and Bryce Zimmerman, De Soto, pose for a photo during 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb., in June. Submitted photo

Ethan Eccles, Gardner, Olivia Rogers, Gardner, and Bryce Zimmerman, De Soto, pose for a photo during 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb., in June. Submitted photo

Three Johnson County 4-H youth competed at the 4-H Shooting Sports …

License bureau institutes 10-day grace period

Kansas vehicle customers will be able to renew their tags online on the last day of the month without worry of a ticket for expired car registration.
Starting July 1, 2015 drivers who have renewed online at KSWebTags.org will have …

Governor addresses leaders to encourage collaboration

Gov. Sam Brownback addresses a summit to discuss ways to contribute to economic growth, reduce crime and boost social revitalization in parts of Kansas. Submitted photo

Gov. Sam Brownback addresses a summit to discuss ways to contribute to economic growth, reduce crime and boost social revitalization in parts of Kansas. Submitted photo

Gov. Sam Brownback addressed a group of community leaders last week to encourage collaboration …

Courts throw curve into school budgeting

Gov. Sam Brownback presents Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent Pam Stranathan with a $20,000 check in June 2014. The check was in support of the district’s Career Technical Education program. While funding for that program has not changed, the 2015 Kansas Legislature changed the way public schools are funded. Their plan, to fund schools with block grants, has been challenged in court. File photo

Gov. Sam Brownback presents Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent Pam Stranathan with a $20,000 check in June 2014. The check was in support of the district’s Career Technical Education program. While funding for that program has not changed, the 2015

Brownback appoints judge to 18th District Court

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Deborah Hernandez Mitchell of Wichita as a District Judge for the Kansas 18th District Court. Mitchell fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph Bribiesca.
“I am …

KPERS payouts for 2014 to make pensioners wealthy

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Payout data obtained from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System shows there at least 1,477 state and local government retirees who will collect more than $1 million in taxpayer-funded pension benefits in their first 20 years of retirement.  …

Increased rabies cases in Kansas this year

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has identified an increased number of rabies cases reported in Kansas this year. As of June 30, 69 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Kansas for 2015.
Rabies testing is …

State of Kansas receives $621,501 bonus from US Dept. of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the state of Kansas $621,501 in bonus funds for substantially improving its payment error rate in the food assistance program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Kansas Department for Children …