February 14, 2016

Crypto hits swimming pools in Johnson County

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Three persons in Johnson County have been diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis, or Crypto. The illness, which is caused by a protozoan, causes diarrhea and is spread through contaminated water. The county health department is working with pool operators in Overland Park and Shawnee to treat or close those known swimming pools with which Continue Reading

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

Host of dignitaries commemorate Kubota warehouse’s grand opening

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback toured the intermodal by helicopter after speaking at a grand opening event for a Kubota Tractor Corporation distribution center in Edgerton on Aug. 11. Also in attendance at the event were Masato Yoshikawa, the president and CEO of Kubota and Carl Ice, the CEO of BNSF. The new, 765,000 Continue Reading

Blazer volleyball team preps for season opener

Gardner Edgerton High School Volleyball Coach Erica Book welcomed a young, but very talented group to practice Aug. 17 in preparation for the season opener in September at home against Olathe Northwest High School. “I’m very excited about this group,” said Book. “We are extremely athletic and quick. We are working to be consistent and Continue Reading

Sen. Moran to present fair tax forum Aug. 17

Sen. Jerry Moran will host a forum on U.S. tax reform in Olathe next week. Doors will open for the forum at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Moran is a sponsor of the Fair Tax Act of 2015, legislation that would overhaul and simplify the Continue Reading

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

Organizations network with goal to help veterans

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com They came from as far as Riley County and as near as Gardner with one goal – to form a network in support of military service members and veterans. Joining Community Forces, a loosely-affiliated group of organizations and service providers, met in Gardner on July 21. Approximately 30 representing dozens of organizations Continue Reading

Special livestock show scheduled for July 31

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Several area special needs youth will be chasing memories during a special event at the Johnson County Fair. Fifteen 12-18 year-olds are set to compete in the first “Chasing Memories” Livestock Show at 5 p.m. on July 31 at the Livestock Pavilion on the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The event will pair 15 Continue Reading

Come Ye to the Fair

A 4-H competitor awaits her turn to show off her dog’s obedience skills. During the event, competitors walked their dogs through an obstacle course under the watchful eye of several judges. Dogs were required to sit at certain spots, walk in a circle, walk slowly from one point to the next and face in different Continue Reading