July 6, 2015

Canine flu not diagnosed in Kansas

Danedri Thompson
Dr. Tom Buckley isn’t recommending that local dogs receive the canine flu vaccination, but that could change if the outbreak that recently hit Chicago were to reach Johnson County. To date, there have been no reported cases …

Local funeral director installed as head of association

Shane Brown, Gardner, was installed as the President-Elect of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association (KFDA) during a convention in Topeka last month.
Brown and his family own Bruce Funeral Homes in Gardner and Spring Hill. He bachelor’s degree in history …

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 …

Chickens, fowl banned from fair over Avian flu concerns

Danedri Thompson
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


Pumpkin patch grows grapes, makes wine

Danedri Thompson
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 …

SHMS teacher awarded scholarship

Jamie Droegemeier, a Spring Hill Middle School teacher, poses with Gary Sigle, SHMS Principal Rod Sprague after winning a scholarship. Submitted photo

Jamie Droegemeier, a Spring Hill Middle School teacher, poses with Gary Sigle, SHMS Principal Rod Sprague after winning a scholarship. Submitted photo

Jamie Droegemeier, math teacher at Spring Hill Middle School (SHMS), was recently awarded a teacher scholarship by the …

State loss ends lady Broncos soccer season

A State quarterfinal loss to De Soto High School brought the season to a close for Coach Susan Putnam and her Spring Hill High School Bronco soccer squad.
“I’m so proud of this team,” said Putnam. “De Soto had more …

SHHS softball team finishes season

A 3-1 loss to Baldwin in first round 4A state play ended the season for Coach Shelly Huber and her Spring Hill High School Bronco softball team.
Mary Kate Hale took the tough pitching loss to the rival Baldwin Bulldogs.…

Sheriff’s office to host handgun safety for kids

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Kids Handgun Safety and Awareness Seminar Saturday, June 6 for children ages 5-12.
There will be two classes offered this Saturday one from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and another from noon …