October 8, 2015

KC Pumpkin Patch now in new location

WATCH VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com Special to The Gardner News Kirk & Julie Berggren have been owners of the KC Pumpkin Patch for 11 years. After losing their lease at the former Gardner location, they have now relocated to 13875 S. Gardner Road in Olathe. The new location is just 1.6 miles north of Gardner Continue Reading


The Gardner Athena GFWC met at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Gardner branch of the Johnson County Library. It was the first meeting after a brief summer hiatus. The focus of the meeting was an opportunity for club members to invite other women in the community to learn about membership in GFWC. Three Continue Reading

Gardner Edgerton High School invited to join Sunflower League

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner Edgerton High School officials have received an invitation to join the Sunflower Athletic League. “We’re in the first phase of even talking about that,” USD 231 Superintendent Pam Stranathan said. GEHS currently belongs to the Eastern Kansas League, an eight team league including Bishop Miege, Blue Valley, Blue Valley North, Blue Continue Reading

5 week biz workshop set to begin Oct. 22

On Oct. 22, the Kansas Small Business Development Center (Kansas SBDC) network in partnership with Miami County Economic Development, and the Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola, and Spring Hill Chambers of Commerce will kick off the Kansas SBDC GrowSmart™ Workshop Series in Paola, Kan. GrowSmart is a five day intensive bootcamp delivered each Thursday for five consecutive Continue Reading

Planning Commission approves duplex rezone

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A unanimous planning commission will recommend city council members approve an application to rezone 22 acres of property on South Stone Creek Drive from light industrial to planned two family development. During a Sept. 22 meeting, city planner Chad Bahr told members of the Gardner Planning Commission that city staff recommended approval Continue Reading

Freed slave laid to rest in Gardner in 1900

Mica Marriott-Ward Special to The Gardner News Isam Smith moved to the Kansas Territory with the Jacob Victor family when he was 26. The life of Smith, who died in 1900 and is buried in the Gardner Cemetery, will be featured in the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk this weekend. Isam was born into slavery Continue Reading

Science program set for New Century Fieldhouse

Students in the Gardner School District are invited to attend three Mad Science programs offered during non-school days in October at New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway. The Mad Science sessions, offered through the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department, are a fall break camp for students between the ages of seven and 13. Continue Reading

Study concludes KS 9th best state for teachers

Kansas is the ninth best state for teachers, according to research conducted by WalletHub.com, a personal finance website. Kansas ranked 16th in the average starting salary for teachers; ranked 25th in median annual salary for teachers; 12th in WalletHub’s school system rankings; 27th in projected number of teachers per student by 2022; 11th in unemployment Continue Reading

Historical museum’s annual Cemetery Walk set to bring history to life

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Isam Smith’s grave marker in the Gardner Cemetery is incorrect, but re-enactors from the Gardner Historical Museum will set the record straight during a Talking Tombstones Cemetery Walk this weekend. The annual event raises funds for museum. Smith, a freed slave who lived on the current site of New Century AirCenter, died Continue Reading

Third graders learn about bike safety at rodeo

Grand Star Elementary hosted third grade students in the Gardner Edgerton School District for a bike rodeo, Sept. 22. During the event, students traveled to eight different stations to learn how to stop and go safely, how to use hand signals, to look over their shoulders, ride in a straight line, weave through cones and Continue Reading