April 17, 2015

Evidence suggests woman did not follow officer instructions, spokesman says

Danedri Thompson
An investigation into the officer-involved fatal shooting of Deanne Choate, Gardner, continues. According to a press release from Olathe Police Sgt. Bryan Hill, however, evidence suggests that Choate failed to follow officers’ verbal commands about a handgun …

AG asks court to reject home health care regs

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to reject new U.S. Department of Labor regulations that threaten the availability of home health care services in Kansas.
Schmidt on Monday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for …

Late goal sinks lady Blazer soccer squad

A last second goal fell just short, and the Gardner Edgerton High School lady Blazer soccer squad dropped a hard fought 1-0 decision to Bishop Miege High School last week.
GEHS’ Gracie Moorehouse had a few scoring chances with 10 …

Council tables plan to update city salaries

Danedri Thompson
Gardner City Council members tabled a proposal to revise the city’s employee pay and classification system during an April 6 meeting.
Council members debated a proposal that would create a new base salary structure and class system …

Senate approves Governor’s cabinet appointments

The Kansas Senate on April 2 approved Governor Sam Brownback’s cabinet nominees, Dr. Susan Mosier as Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Colonel Mark A. Bruce as Superintendent of Kansas Highway Patrol.
“I’m pleased the Senate confirmed …

University update

Lauren Bechard, Hannah Bettge, Teresa Drovetta, Jessica Lane, Katherine Stueve, Krystina Townsend, and Ciarra Washington of Gardner; and Michael Epp and Lindsey Mateer of Spring Hill have been named to the Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and School …

Legislature considers changing spring elections

Danedri Thompson
Kansas voters elected new representation on school boards and city councils on April 7.
Turnout in April municipal elections is typically low, which has state legislators considering moving April elections to November. The Kansas Senate has passed …

Serving Abroad

Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron McCulloch/U.S. Navy

Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron McCulloch/U.S. Navy

Airman Aubrie Scobey, Gardner, observes flight deck operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard in the Sea of Japan. U.S. Sailors and Marines from the Bonhomme …

Kansas is 8th least financially literate state

Kansas is the eighth least financially literate state in the country, according to a WalletHub study released last week. WalletHub is a personal finance website.
The study, 2015’s Most & Least Financially Literate States, analyzed financial education programs and consumer …

Baseball team competes at Blue Valley

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Gardner Edgerton High School senior pitcher Carter Hohn delivers a pitch against Blue Valley High School last week. The Blazers dropped the home opener 18-0 to the Tigers.…