February 13, 2016

Commissioners approve November ballot to build new courthouse

A tax increase to build a new court house will be put before the public in November 2016 with ballot language to be determined in April. The Johnson County Commission recently gave the county staff direction to prepare for a public vote on $182 million for a new courthouse and a $22.5 coroner’s building. The Continue Reading

Autocycle bill would classify three-wheelers

Kelsie Jennings KU Statehouse Wire Service A bill could create a new classification of vehicles in Kansas known as “autocycles.” Proponents of House Bill 2044 say autocycles are neither cars nor motorcycles and need their own classification to protect drivers from breaking the law. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that weight about 1,200 pounds and have Continue Reading

Blazer wrestlers remain perfect in duel competition

A 36-31 win against Olathe Northwest last week kept the Blazer varsity wrestling team a perfect 5-0 in duels this season. “We survived a close duel competition versus Olathe Northwest and I was real proud of the effort,” said Coach Jeremy Williams. Drake Taysom started things off with a pin of Kane Taddene at 106 Continue Reading

“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

Blazer matmen third at Holton Classic

The Blazers held off a late Rossville run and brought back a third place finish from the Holton wrestling classic last weekend. Holding off the late Rossville run were seniors Dustin Carstens and Andrew Sprague. At 182 pounds, Carstens (18-5), and currently ranked fourth in 6A took on number one ranked in 3A and all Continue Reading

Sheriff’s first Honor Guard

Pictured is the Sheriff’s first Honor Guard standing with Sheriff Fred Allenbrand and (below) the Honor Guard we are familiar with today. Though faces have changed, the professionalism, strict discipline, and high performance standards have remained the same. The (above) picture was taken in 1987 when the new jail opened in Olathe. The Sheriff’s Honor Continue Reading

‘Love Illuminates Life’ event honors MLK

Although there are no planned events in the Gardner, Edgerton or Spring Hill communities, area residents need go no farther than Olathe to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s at the “Love Illuminates Life” event. The public is invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Continue Reading

Appointments necessary to access archives 

Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, on-site reference services provided by the Johnson County Archives & Records Management staff will be available by appointment only. Currently, the facility, located at 19310 W. 159th Street in Olathe, is open and staffed for on-site reference requests Monday through Friday.  There will be no change in the response time for Continue Reading

Lady Blazers continue basketball season

The Lady Blazers returned to the basketball court this week in action against Blue Valley North. GEHS, 2-3, dropped a close game just before the break to Blue Valley Southwest. Prior to that, GEHS posted a big 58-40 win at Olathe North. Cassidy Androff led the way with 22 points, while Taylor Carpenter added 12 Continue Reading

Olathe man sentenced for armed bank robbery

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Olathe man was sentenced in federal court for the armed robbery of the Bank of Weston. Marcus Aurellius Moon, 30, of Olathe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge DeanWhipple to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole. On Continue Reading