October 4, 2015

Remembering the fallen

A man places crosses and U.S. flags on graves at the Gardner Cemetery. The American Legion and affiliated groups assist in decorating the graves of more than 400 veterans in Gardner and St. Columba Cemeteries. With the help of dozens of volunteers, the decorating takes about an hour.

HOMETOWN HERO – Dr. Marion Callahan

WATCH VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com Special to The Gardner News In 1976, Dr. Marion Callahan bought a historic Gardner home that was built in 1919 and still lives in it today. Dr Callahan was born in 1923. In the late 1930’s, when he was in his early teens, his family moved from Lowry City Missouri Continue Reading

Lady Blazer softball team wins Regional, headed to state tournament

With wins against Shawnee Mission West and Blue Valley high schools, the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazer softball team won its 6A regional competition last week. With the wins, the Blazers advanced to state. The Blazers defeated Shawnee Mission West 14-1 and Blue Valley 4-0 to advance to state. Abby Cox was the winning pitcher Continue Reading

Local barber hangs up straight edge razor; owned shop for 18 years

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Jack Messer is hanging up his straight edge. Messer, a barber, has been cutting hair for more than 40 years — 18 of them — at Jack’s Old Fashioned Barbershop in downtown Gardner. “I’ve got guys that are bringing their kids in now,” Messer said. “I cut their hair from the time Continue Reading

Quantrill claimed Gardner land

Rhonda Humble Publisher Although his August 1863 raid on Lawrence made William Quantrill’s mark on history, he was also notorious for raiding Olathe and the Battle of  Blackjack. It was during this time of border skirmishes that free state Kansas earned the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” Qunatrill was no stranger to the Gardner area. In fact, Continue Reading

Buie leads Blazers with first place finishes at Olathe Invitational meet

Abby Buie won the javelin and pole vault leading the lady Blazer track effort at the Olathe Invitational last week. Gardner Edgerton High School tricksters also took silver in the javelin and pole vault. Heather Culberston placed second in the javelin, and Karli Smith finished second in the pole vault. Kayla Burcham took third in Continue Reading

Evidence suggests woman did not follow officer instructions, spokesman says

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com An investigation into the officer-involved fatal shooting of Deanne Choate, Gardner, continues. According to a press release from Olathe Police Sgt. Bryan Hill, however, evidence suggests that Choate failed to follow officers’ verbal commands about a handgun and officers fired their weapons striking her, In this investigation, Hill serves as spokesperson for Continue Reading

State fire marshal dog teaches safety via blog

Blaze, the fire dog mascot for the Office of the State Fire Marshal, has much to howl about when it comes to fire safety – especially for kids. To help the kids of Kansas, plus parents and teachers, better understand the importance of fire safety and to always have a resource for information on how Continue Reading

Sheriff’s vehicles to unveil new decal in Gardner

One of the Sheriff’s vehicles will display new decals in support of our community impacted by Autism and Alzheimer’s. These decals hope to bring about more community awareness of the Sheriff’s Take Me Home Program launched in 2011. The car will be on display at 6 p.m. on April 1 in the 800 block of Continue Reading


Lynette Willis and Chuck Willis, of Spring Hill, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Marin Foster Willis to Andrew Michael Davis, son of Mike and Wendy Davis of Tampa. Marin is a 2011 graduate of Spring Hill High School and will graduate May 2015 from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Continue Reading