April 23, 2014

Recruiter matches soldiers with U.S. Army career

U.S. Army recruiter Joseph Reinitz poses in front of aircraft at New Century AirCenter. Reinitz recruits soldiers for roles including maintaining the Army’s helicopter fleet at the airport. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
Staff Sergeant Joseph Reinitz is seeking the best and brightest for the U.S.

Army, but the 24-year-old recruiter can’t be found on doorsteps seeking the sons of worried mothers.
Reinitz said that’s not the way the U.S. …

KDOT requests commercial trucks use Homestead interchange, not 191st

The Kansas Department of Transportation is asking all commercial truck traffic traveling on Interstate 30 to access the BNSF Intermodal via the new I-35 and Homestead Lane interchange, or exit 205.
Commercial truck traffic is currently utilizing the Gardner Road …

State assessment scores drop statewide

Danedri Thompson
Kansas test scores in reading and math are down in 2013 compared to 2014.
Scores are down across the state with the percentage of students scoring at or above standard in Kansas dropping from 87 percent to …

Kansas hunters can donate meat, funds to feed hungry

Hunters in Kansas have opportunities unmatched by other states, such as the ability to obtain as many as five whitetail antlerless deer permits, in addition to an either-sex permit, in some areas of the state.
Under the right conditions, a …

Endangered species makes appearance in Kansas

 PRATT – The first migrating whooping crane was spotted on Oct. 24 at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, near Stafford in central Kansas. A rare and fantastic sight, this whooping crane is part of the only sustaining wild population estimated at …

K-State research nets $151million

Researchers at Kansas State University pulled more than $151.3 million into the state through funding on research encompassing all areas of faculty strength — plant and animal health, cybersecurity, cancer and more — setting a funding record.
Between July 1, …

State active on Supreme Court docket

When the U.S. Supreme Court convened last week  for its 2013-14 term, Kansas will be an active participant on its docket.
Kansas is involved in 11 of the 53 cases currently pending on the Court’s docket, Attorney General Derek Schmidt …

Supreme Court hears school funding case

Danedri Thompson
It’s now in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court.
Attorneys for the state of Kansas argued that the state legislature, not the court system, should determine school funding. Lawyers for several school districts, including Gardner-Edgerton USD …

Kansas students invited to participate in essay contest

The Kansas Historical Foundation is accepting entries for the annual essay contest Kansas! Say It Above a Whisper. Sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, the contest focuses on pride in the state and is open to Kansas …

Local women attends Kansas Silver Haired Legislature

Katy Hoffman and Alfie Thompson, both of Gardner, recently returned from Topeka where they participated in the 30th annual Kansas Silver Haired Legislature. The two served as Johnson County delegates to the organization. Established by the Kansas Legislature 31 years …