April 23, 2014

Johnson County 4-H Council

Members of area 4-H clubs attended an Achievement Celebration Banquet last month.  Submitted photo

Jessica Gunkel
Club reporter
In November, 4-H clubs from the Johnson County area had an achievement celebration banquet. The 4-H clubs celebrated all the hard work and achievements members did this past year. One of the achievements is winning a …

Tallgrass Theatre Company presents Christmas play

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Special to The Gardner News
December 11, 2013 – The Tallgrass Theatre Company of Gardner will be presenting “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” on December 13th at 7:00 pm and  December 14th at …

New CERT training class starting soon

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical …

Recruiter matches soldiers with U.S. Army career

U.S. Army recruiter Joseph Reinitz poses in front of aircraft at New Century AirCenter. Reinitz recruits soldiers for roles including maintaining the Army’s helicopter fleet at the airport. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Staff Sergeant Joseph Reinitz is seeking the best and brightest for the U.S.

Army, but the 24-year-old recruiter can’t be found on doorsteps seeking the sons of worried mothers.
Reinitz said that’s not the way the U.S. …

Costumed cats, show come to fairgrounds

Judges awardedthe costume title to King Cornish Rex last year. The Frontier Feline Fanciers will host a cat show, including a cat costume contest, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds this weekend. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Witches, Harley riders and four-legged cereal killers will compete in Gardner this weekend.
Frontier Felines Fanciers will host its annual cat costume and cat show this weekend at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.
Joyce Kempf, event organizer, expects …

Drill sergeant trains soldiers at New Century

Sgt. First Class Thomas Dunbar looks the part of a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He refuses to smile for pictures when wearing his “brown round,” the hat given to drill sergeants when they graduate from drill instructor school. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
It’s not all about the hat for Sergeant First Class Thomas Dunbar, but it is an honor to wear the “brown round.”
The hat, also called a campaign hat, is only worn by drill sergeants in the …

KU to honor 288 seniors from southern JoCo

LAWRENCE —A total of 288 seniors from nine high schools in southern Johnson County will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at a 7 p.m. program and reception at Olathe North …

Local scouts collecting items for the less fortunate

Boy Scout Troop No. 83 is collecting non-perishable food items to be distributed to the First Christian Church of Olathe’s food pantry and for the Hillcrest Transitional Housing food pantry. Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a …

Hobby named HyVee athlete of the week

GEHS senior quarterback Jared Hobby was recently named HyVee channel 4 athlete of the week.
Hobby earned the honor for his 329 yard, four touchdown performances in the Blazers 29-26 District 6A win against Olathe North, Oct. 25th.
Hobby is …

JoCo Extension November Classes and Events

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering a variety of classes this November. All classes will be held at the Extension office, located in the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe unless noted below. For …