October 9, 2015

County fair blows into town July 27

It’s not a fairy tale, but it typically has a pretty happy ending. The Johnson County Fair kicks off July 27 with the sweet aroma of cotton candy, the sound of kids laughing, the mesmerizing lights of the Ferris wheel and the crowds at the grandstand. Fair enthusiasts, 4-H members, funseekers and plenty of livestock Continue Reading

Active Prairie Moon Club boasts 70 members

Alex Fiedler Club Reporter With nearly 70 members, Prairie Moon has had an extremely active and fun-filled year. Prairie Moon members excel in several project areas. Many members have Grand Champion livestock at several spring shows. The group boasts past Rodeo Queens, Mr. & Miss 4-H and Key Award winners and is also the home Continue Reading

Buccaneers 4-H Club crafts fun, successful year

Elizabeth Lang Club Reporter The Stanley Buccaneers 4-H Club is made up of many active members and dedicated families.  One of our many strengths as a club is encouraging each other and promoting a team spirit.  In this past year, our members hosted many project meetings along with sharing “top tips” on our projects at Continue Reading

Flu concerns eliminate live poultry events at fair

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 in June, canceling all poultry related shows and events in Kansas through the end of the year. The Johnson County Fair will run from July 27 to Continue Reading

Lucky Clover Club meets Tuesdays in Shawnee

Maddie Anderson Club Reporter The Lucky Clover 4-H Club meets at Gracepoint Church in Shawnee on the secondTuesday of every month. The active club has 27 members and is involved in community service and various 4-H activities. Lucky Clover’s community service activities have included a country fair at Rose Estates Assisted Living, donating food for the Continue Reading

Members of Johnson County Livestock Club look forward to fair week

Jack McCracken Club Reporter The Johnson County Livestock Club has had another incredible year. Members enjoyed many fun events including a lock-in, a hayride and bonfire, and a holiday party. Club leaders, Denise King and Mike Smith, help club members enjoy 4-H. The group hosted four successful livestock shows and had members recognized in many Continue Reading

Johnson County Horse Club

Madison Brown Club Reporter The Johnson County Horse Club members are excited that next week is the Johnson County Fair.  Several of our members will be not only showing their horses, but also their calves, steers or heifers, goats, sheep and pigs. Johnson County Horse Club members participating in the Fair are: Faith Wakefield, Madison Continue Reading

Pioneer Club 4-H’ers ready to shine at fair

Emily Kresin Club Reporter The Pioneer 4-H Club has enjoyed the Johnson County Fair for more than 70 years. Members are looking forward to showcasing their talents in 2015. First-year Pioneer members Emily and Josh Stove are looking forward to exploring the fair. Emily is entering a pillow, bag and stuffed animal that she sewed Continue Reading

Local youths place at 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals

Three Johnson County 4-H youth competed at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships at Grand Island, Neb., on June 21-26. Ethan Eccles, Gardner, Olivia Rogers, Gardner, and Bryce Zimmerman, De Soto, joined more than 600 youth from 32 states competing in nine shooting disciplines during three days of competition. During the six day event, youth Continue Reading

Investigators seek resolution in murder mystery now 30 years cold

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In 1985, 31-year-old Beverly Douthit would walk to neighborhood watering holes to enjoy a drink and company. On Saturday, Aug. 17, 1985, she visited Brother in Law’s Bar on Independence Avenue in Kansas City. She left around 10 p.m. Some people reported seeing her later that night, around 11 p.m., at another Continue Reading