November 30, 2015

Race to remember fallen service member set for Aug. 1

The 4th Annual Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Aug. 1 at the New Century AirCenter in Gardner. This event, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will start and finish just north of the U.S. Army Reserve hangar, 221 Gardner Dr. Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan, who was from Olathe, was one Continue Reading


An informational workshop, free and open to the public and sponsored by the National Society and Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on July18 at the Gardner branch of the Johnson County Library, 137 E. Shawnee St. The workshop will provide information on how to Continue Reading

Daughters of American Revolution dedicate Oregon Trail marker in 1930

Mica Marriott-Ward Special to The Gardner News Eighty-five years ago in June of 1930, the Olathe Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution raised funds to place a red granite monument, which still stands today in downtown Gardner. The front page of the June 4, 1930 addition of the Gardner Gazette reported Continue Reading

Sheriff’s office to host handgun safety for kids

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Kids Handgun Safety and Awareness Seminar Saturday, June 6 for children ages 5-12. There will be two classes offered this Saturday one from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and another from noon to 2 p.m. Parents interested in registering their child can contact Jackie Smith at (913)715-5598. Registrations Continue Reading

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, 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 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