July 3, 2015

SH volleyball player named to USA Youth National Training Team

Regan Pittman, Spring Hill, is a member of the 20-player USA Volleyball Girls’ Youth National Training Team. The athletes will compete in youth world volleyball championships in Lima, Peru.
The GYNT is the highest level of programming for players born …

Survey finds residents satisfied with county services

Johnson County’s 2015 Community Survey reveals increases in overall satisfaction with quality of services, value of county taxes and effectiveness in communicating with residents.
“We value the feedback we receive from our residents through this survey,” said Ed Eilert, Chairman …

Council approves election for sales tax question

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
There will be an election Sept. 15.
City council members unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing a special sales tax mail-in election.
The ballot question will ask voters whether to add a half-cent sales tax to fund the …

Chickens, fowl banned from fair over Avian flu concerns

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Chicken and other poultry won’t be allowed at the Johnson County Fair this year.
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClasky issued a stop movement order last week, canceling all poultry related shows and events in Kansas

4-H youth Tessa Dawson, member of the Spring Hill Rustlers 4-H Club, waits to show her poultry at the Johnson County Fair in 2014. Photo courtesy of Adele Wilcoxen/Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office

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Pumpkin patch grows grapes, makes wine

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and when life gives you grapes, you make wine. That’s the conclusion the Berggren family drew when they bought a property with seven acres of grape vines.
The family …

Magnetics to rock Cornerstone Park June 20

The Magnetics, pictured above, have performed on side stages with such acts as Coldplay, Ben Harper and Dave Matthews Band. They’ll be the mainstage action during the second summer concert at Cornerstone Park  on June 20. Submitted photo

The Magnetics, pictured above, have performed on side stages with such acts as Coldplay, Ben Harper and Dave Matthews Band. They’ll be the mainstage action during the second summer concert at Cornerstone Park on June 20. Submitted photo

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Local girl named to USA gymnastics team

Kynsee Roby, a former Gardner resident and the daughter of Joe and Kyetta Currier, has been named to the 2015-2016 U.S. Gymnastics Junior National Team.
Roby earned a spot on the squad by finishing in the top four in all-around …

Pocket Pets

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

An exhibitor at Festival on the Trails shows off Pocket Pets. Also known as Sugar Bears or Petaurus Breviceps, the animals are a small species of tree dwelling marsupials. As pets, the tiny creatures are …

10-and-under Blazer baseball team making strides in Blue Valley league

BOTTOM ROW:  Austin Buie, Brayden Fouts, Kollin Gretencord, Bru Haas, Conner Elder, Eli Blazic SECOND ROW: Cody Davis, Eli Jensen, Ozzy Poage, Kendall Crowell, Elson Blanding BACKROW COACHES: Derik Fouts, Ryan Gretencord, Brock Haas, Robert Davis Submitted photo

BOTTOM ROW: Austin Buie, Brayden Fouts, Kollin Gretencord, Bru Haas, Conner Elder, Eli Blazic SECOND ROW: Cody Davis, Eli Jensen, Ozzy Poage, Kendall Crowell, Elson Blanding BACKROW COACHES: Derik Fouts, Ryan Gretencord, Brock Haas, Robert Davis Submitted photo

Facing strong …

Blazer vaulters reaching new heights at area summer competitions

Tom Fabing placed second in the boys 15-16 year-old division with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches at the KC Invitational at Washington  high school last weekend.Submitted photo

Tom Fabing placed second in the boys 15-16 year-old division with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches at the KC Invitational at Washington high school last weekend. Submitted photo

Several Gardner Edgerton High School vaulters continue to post top …