April 18, 2014

Kansas conceal licenses now recognized in Alabama

Kansas concealed carry licenses are now recognized in the State of Alabama, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced this week.
The Office of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange last week notified the Kansas Attorney General’s office that a new Alabama …

Police pull 7 trucks from service

Gardner Police Officer Robert Huff is the city’s sole officer trained to conduct safety inspections on trucks. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Almost 20 percent of trucks inspected last week in Gardner had safety violations that required they be removed from service.
“That’s a pretty high number,” said Gardner Police Officer Robert Huff. “I didn’t know what to expect, …

Gas prices reach national milestone; Kansas not far behind

Gas prices at the Gardner Valero were $3.35 per gallon on Sept. 23.  Kansas is nearing its 1,000th consectutive day of gas prices higher than $3 per gallon.  Staff photo courtesy of Danedri Thompson

The national average price of gasoline surpassed $3 per gallon for the 1,000th consecutive day for the first time on record on Sept. 17. In Gardner, a gallon of gas cost $3.35 on Sept. 23.
The nationwide average has been …

Kansas State nets record research grants

MANHATTAN — 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 …

Former KS BOE member: schools funded adequately

A former Kansas State Board of Education member is telling the courts that Kansas public schools aren’t strapped for cash.
Walt Chappell, Wichita, served on the state school board from 2009 to 2012 and recently wrote an amicus brief supporting …

Johnson County residents with developmental disabilities to benefit from KanCare

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) will now be able to assist more than 100 additional individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities access much needed services. JCDS currently serves more than 500 people daily through a broad array of community-based programs …

Consultants present southwest county plan

Marty Shukert, a consultant, discusses potential land uses during a southwest Johnson County planning meeting for public officials. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
A team of consultants presented a final of draft of the Southwest Johnson County Comprehensive Plan to public officials, Aug. 28. The plan seeks to create a road map for future growth related to the intermodal project.…

Classes now forming regarding emerald ash borer

OLATHE, Kan — The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s July 15 confirmation that the destructive beetle called the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, has been found in Johnson County has caused a lot of concern and confusion amongst area homeowners. Johnson …

Unilever to expand local factory, add 100 jobs

Unilever executives, Mike Smith (at podium), Kees Kraythoff,  and Raj Nakum announce expansion to the company’s local factory. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Unilever is churning change in southwest Johnson County. The Country Crock spread manufacturer announced plans to expand its New Century factory last week.
The $152 million expansion will add 100 new jobs locally.  The Dutch-based company is …

Kansas will sue federal government

Kansas and Arizona jointly filed suit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced on Aug. 21.
The court case by the two states is the first of its kind. The lawsuit asks the court …