February 6, 2016

Roberts launches candidacy for 43rd district

Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts today announced his candidacy to serve the people of Kansas’ 43rd District as their next state representative. Roberts, a Republican, said he is dedicated to finding solutions to resolve the state’s budget shortfalls by reviewing expenditures and incomes to resolve how to best assure that income is derived from sources fairly Continue Reading

Scientists seeking farmer involvement in overcoming herbicide-resistant weeds

The spread of herbicide-resistant weeds is a growing problem in many parts of the United States. While herbicide resistance has existed for decades, the number of weed species with resistance to glyphosate and other herbicides has risen dramatically in recent years. As a result, more time and money are being spent on weed control, and Continue Reading

KDOT crews preparing for winter weather

When winter weather knocks on Kansas’ door, crews for the Kansas Department of Transportation will be ready. This year KDOT is adding two new snow fighting machines to its arsenal: the tow plow. These tow plows, which are 26-feet-long and attached to a dump truck, will be housed in Colby and Olathe. “KDOT will assess Continue Reading

National report shows lower scores for KS kids

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Kansas students scored lower on 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams, or on the nation’s report card than in previous years. The National Center for Education Statistics released 2015 scores on Oct. 28. Administered every two years to a random sample of fourth and eighth graders in each state , Continue Reading

Olathe man named director of Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control

LaVern Fields is the Kansas Department of Revenue’s new director for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. Fields comes to the division with extensive experience in law enforcement with the Olathe Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and most recently as the manager of safety and security for the Olathe Public School District. He also worked for Continue Reading

Child deaths in Kansas increased in 2013

Child deaths in Kansas increased between 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report from the Kansas State Child Death Review Board. The board’s 2015 annual report analyzes deaths that occurred in calendar year 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The report showed that Kansas had 447 child fatalities that Continue Reading

JoCo election commissioner hired to U.S. election commission

The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced the hiring of a new executive director and general counsel for the agency earlier this week. Brian D. Newby is the agency’s new executive director. Newby served as the Election Commissioner in Johnson County, Kan., for the last 11 years. “It’s difficult to leave a job I’ve Continue Reading

JCCC, partners open new training center

To fulfill the employment and training needs of current and future companies at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) in Edgerton, Kansas, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) has joined with several partners to form the Learning & Career Center at LPKC. The partners will host a free open house for the public at the new Learning Continue Reading

Roberts named to leadership series class

Tory Roberts, Gardner, has been named to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series class of 2016. Roberts will join 26 women from across the state. The Eisenhower Series seeks to expand the number of Kansas Republican women who serve in elected office, on boards and commissions and hold key positions on campaign, Continue Reading

Deer crashes peak in November

Mating season and the quest for more secure habitat have deer on the move at this time of year, increasing the chances of vehicle collisions. Typically, the greatest occurrence of deer-vehicle crashes is in mid-November when the rut, or mating season, peaks. “In addition to the rut, deer are also on the move in mid-fall Continue Reading