May 30, 2015

Once-thriving Mt. Pleasant dwindled, died in southwest Johnson County

Mica Marriott
Special to The Gardner News
Several townships and communities that dotted the southwest Johnson County landscape 130 years ago are no longer in existence.
Mount Pleasant, which was better known by its nickname, “Four Corners,” was located near …

Overtime loss in sub-state game ends Blazer boys basketball season

Gardner Edgerton High School jumped to a 17-12 first quarter lead in 6A sub-state play against Olathe Northwest High School last week. The Blazer team was unable to hold on to the lead, however, and the loss ended GEHS’ boys …

County hosts severe weather awareness week

The Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed March 2-6 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in order to increase community members’ awareness of severe weather risks and the actions we all can take to protect our families, workplaces, and community. The …

Wally’s Valentines Day surprise

Trails West Barbershop Chorus of Olathe  pictured outside of Blazers Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz, Kcvideo.com

Trails West Barbershop Chorus of Olathe pictured outside Blazers Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz, Kcvideo.com

WATCH VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com
Special to The Gardner News
Trails West Barbershop Chorus of Olathe had barbershop quartets out delivering singing valentines to …

Olathe Medical Center announces large expansion

Olathe Medical Center announced the largest expansion in its history last week. According to medical center officials, the expansion will create 200 new jobs in the area.
The 250-acre center announced four construction projects worth more than $100 million.
The …

District voters approve upped LOB authority

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
By a wide margin, USD 231 voters agreed to give the school board the authority to increase local option budget taxes (LOB) up to 33 percent of the amount the district receives in state aid.
Ballots in …

GEHS Blazerettes win big at competition

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazerette Dance Team include seniors: Amy Eichman, Carly Graceffa, Chandler Howard, Shelby Simpson, and Morgan Wheeler; junior Tori Hill; sophomores: Dani Davis, Lauren Haag, and Paige Riggs; and freshmen: Erinn Billups, Lynsie Britton, Rylie Duncan, Lauren Misse, and Rachel Swopes. Submitted photo

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazerette Dance Team include seniors: Amy Eichman, Carly Graceffa, Chandler Howard, Shelby Simpson, and Morgan Wheeler; junior Tori Hill; sophomores: Dani Davis, Lauren Haag, and Paige Riggs; and freshmen: Erinn Billups, Lynsie Britton,

Political theater may be in store for session

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Budget and education funding will take center stage during the 2015 legislative session, but Sen. Julia Lynn says there will be action backstage as well.
Behind-the-scenes, Lynn anticipates juggling for political position by those who hope to …

Education funding to dominate 2015 session

Spring Hill students demonstrate computer-assisted learning. Officials anticipate school funding debate will take centerstage during the Kansas Legislature’s 2015 session. Legislators must also adopt a budget this year.  File Photo

Spring Hill students demonstrate computer-assisted learning. Officials anticipate school funding debate will take centerstage during the Kansas Legislature’s 2015 session. Legislators must also adopt a budget this year. File Photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Education and budget will dominate debate in …

Lady Blazers post win over Olathe North High

Scoring 15, last-quarter points, the Gardner Edgerton High School lady Blazer varsity basketball team posted a 52-30 win against Olathe North High School.
GEHS, 1-3, went up 21-10 by halftime and haled a 39-24 lead at the end of three …