August 29, 2015

Secretary of Commerce to step down

Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George will step down in July. George has served in the role since 2011.
Gov. Sam Brownback, who appointed George, said he was grateful for George’s service to the state.
“Through his leadership, the department …

Billboard campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking in KS

New billboards near Topeka, the Kansas City metropolitan area and Wichita announce to drivers that human trafficking occurs in Kansas. The statewide billboard campaign seeks to raise awareness and reporting of human trafficking.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is …

Officials confirm invasive species population in Paola lake

The dime-size mollusks, zebra mussels,  are not native to Kansas, but have invaded Paola City Lake. Submitted photo

The dime-size mollusks, zebra mussels, are not native to Kansas, but have invaded Paola City Lake. Submitted photo

There are invasive zebra mussels in Paola City Lake, also known as Lake Miola.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism …

Mosquitos carry risk of West Nile

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has documented a substantial increase in the number of mosquitoes within the past week, including the type of mosquitoes that can potentially spread West Nile virus.
“Although the increase in mosquitoes after …

Local funeral director to lead association

Shane Brown, Gardner, was installed as the President-Elect of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA) during a convention in Topeka last month.
Brown and his family own Bruce Funeral Homes in Gardner and Spring Hill. He bachelor’s degree in history …

Memorial Day abroad

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Gaylen Taylor, Gardner, celebrated Memorial Day by attending ceremonies in Margarten Netherlands. Taylor is a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the VFW 11234 . He is in Europe visiting his daughter and family and …

Brownback signs 8 bills into law

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week signed the following eight bills into law.
• HB 2155 – establishes the Kansas charitable gaming act; creates definitions and restrictions on fantasy sports leagues; and addresses specific aspects of the Kansas Lottery.
• …

SH Rec Commission earns KDHE grant

The Spring Hill Recreation Commission will receive a grant from the Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE). The commission will receive $6,240 in a waste tire grant to create surfacing for a 960-square-foot playground at the Spring Hill Sports …

Woman must repay Kansas Medicaid

A Kansas City woman was ordered last week to repay more than $4,600 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading guilty to charges of Medicaid fraud, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Michelle Ferguson, 31, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty …

Bushwhackers raid Gardner for first time Oct. 22, 1861

Mica Marriott
mmarriott@gardnernews.com
To Gardner residents in 1861, the early evening of Oct. 22 probably seemed a lot like many other nights. It was a Tuesday and residents attended to their nightly rituals. Most had likely taken to their beds …