February 12, 2016

“CQ, CQ … this is Kansas calling”

Rick Nichols Special to The Gardner News The Olathe residence of former Gardner businessman Del Sawyer provided the setting Saturday for a special event celebrating Kansas Day organized by the Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club. Starting at 10 a.m., members of the club attempted to make contact with as many amateur radio operators, or Continue Reading

Citizens invited to attend upcoming budget forum

Residents will be provided an opportunity to learn about priority based budgeting at the Citizens Budget Forum at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the city hall council chambers. The city holds the forum annually to provide residents an opportunity to offer input on budget initiatives and priorities for the subsequent year. Gardner employs priority-based Continue Reading

Kobach calls for election audits

James Hoyt KU Statehouse Wire Service Secretary of State Kris Kobach has called for legislation that would require county election offices to audit a portion of electronic votes cast in elections, with the goal of finding possible discrepancies. Speaking Jan. 25 to the House Elections Committee, Kobach said his proposed bill would permit the Secretary Continue Reading

Meeting set to determine golf course’s future

Gardner golf’s lease is coming to an end. From 6-7 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the senior citizen building, there will be a town hall meeting to discuss the Gardner golf course’s future. The current 30-year golf course operating agreement is scheduled to expire in August, 2018. “As the current operating agreement nears the end Continue Reading

Legislative agendas support taxation

With little discussion or change at the Jan. 19 meeting, the Gardner council approved the city’s legislative agenda 4-0. Rich Melton, council member, was absent. Last November area city managers met with county officials to discuss a joint city/county legislative platform to be used to lobby legislators for positions area governments/taxing entities have in common. Continue Reading

President of Kansas’s oil and gas association fears continued low oil prices will increase unemployment rate in the U.S.

Minami Levonowich KU Wire Kansans may be paying less at the pumps, but those low gas prices aren’t necessary good news for the state’s economy. Edward Cross, president of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA), fears that continued lower oil prices over the next few months will accelerate declines in oil production. Speaking Continue Reading

Citizens invited to attend upcoming budget forum

Residents will be provided an opportunity to learn about priority based budgeting at the Citizens Budget Forum at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the city hall council chambers. The city holds the forum annually to provide residents an opportunity to offer input on budget initiatives and priorities for the subsequent year. Gardner employs priority-based Continue Reading

Transparency advocates denounce Senate vote

Austin Fisher KU Statehouse Wire Service A proposed change to the state’s open records law that would have expanded the definition of public records to include lawmakers’ private emails used for public business failed last week, but it didn’t end the debate. Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, said the amendment’s failure Continue Reading

30-year golf course contract drafted in 1988

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in a 1988 edition of The Gardner News. A 30-year contract for management of the Gardner Golf Course expires in 2018. The old cliché about “the grass being  greener” is coming true at Gardner golf course, where construction on grass greens and a new lake is underway. The nine Continue Reading

Blazers second at SH basketball invite

Reaching the finals for the second season in a row, the Blazer boys varsity basketball team brought back second place honors from the Spring Hill Invitational last week. GEHS, 3-8, reached the final by virtue of wins against Veritas Christian (67-58) and Spring Hill (49-43). That set up a rematch with Goddard-Eisenhower. GEHS jumped to Continue Reading