October 10, 2015

County adopts budget with tax rate increase

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A divided Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted a 2016 budget that includes 7 percent rate increase. The $928 million budget includes a 3.30 mill levy rate increase with more than $743 million in spending and $185 million in reserves. The rate increase will cost the owner of a $261,000 Johnson County Continue Reading

Bronco cross country team stacked for season

Coach Brent Smitheran welcomed a talented group to Spring Hill High School cross country practice Aug. 17 in preparation for a Sept. 3 Anderson County season opener. Makayla Kosberg, Andi Oursler and Taylor Mangels will lead the girls’ team. “We have a fairly young girls’ team this year, but we have excellent leaders in Makayla Continue Reading

SH boy competes in national competition

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Mikey Sandidge starts kindergarten next week, but last month he was thinking about his career. The Spring Hill five-year-old competed in the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Tennessee. His father, Mike Sandidge said if they qualify again next year, they’ll be going back. “We probably spend Continue Reading

Grant winners

Kim Brooks, Johnson County Livestock Association president; Emily Dowd, Kylie Rogers, Allyson Rietcheck, Mallory Meek, Ben Burling, Abigail Dawson, Brenden Meek, and Evan Zimmerman, Johnson County Farm Bureau, pose for a photo after the livestock association offered grants to the students pictured.

Spring Hill students learn history with help from laptops

Learning about the African-American Civil Rights Movement recently took on a new twist at Spring Hill Middle (SHMS) and High Schools (SHHS). Thanks to 1-to-1 laptops and 21st Century technology and skills, students at the high school became the teachers for younger students, as they explored civil rights from the Civil War to 1992 in Continue Reading

Pictures from the fair

Earl Allen Jr. prepares a sheep for sheering. 4-Hers show all kinds of livestock during the Johnson County Fair each year.

Fair parade 2015

Members of the Great Plains 4-H Club await the start of the Johnson County Fair Parade.

Pancake time

Members of the Gardner Lions Club serve patrons during a club pancake feed at the Gardner Senior Center on Aug. 1. Proceeds from the annual breakfast benefit the civic organization’s scholarships.

Fair e Tail Farewell

Gardner Community Garden volunteers line-up awaiting commencement of the Johnson County Fair Parade. The annual event takes place on the final Saturday of the Johnson County Fair. Garden volunteers costumed as vegetables took to the streets to let people know about the community garden. The costumes did not reflect the fair’s theme, “Fair e Tails.”

Locals win livestock showmanship

4-H members from Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill won their divisions in livestock Round Robin Showmanship. The competition was held at the Johnson County Fair on July 31. With their victories, the trio will be eligible to compete Sept. 11-20 at the upcoming Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Logan Allen, 16 of Edgerton, won the Continue Reading