November 29, 2015

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

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 the intersection of 167th Street and Four Corners Road. In the late 1800s, according to Continue Reading

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 varsity basketball season. The Blazer team went into the locker room at halftime with a Continue Reading

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 declaration is part of a statewide effort to encourage residents to prepare for severe weather Continue Reading

Wally’s Valentines Day surprise

WATCH VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, Special to The Gardner News Trails West Barbershop Chorus of Olathe had barbershop quartets out delivering singing valentines to people all over Johnson County. I caught up with one of the groups, the Spare Parts Barbershop Chorus, when they visited Blazers Restaurant in Gardner to delver a singing valentine to Continue Reading

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 four projects include a new, four-story obstetrics wing with a neonatal intensive care unit, a Continue Reading

District voters approve upped LOB authority

Danedri Thompson 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 the mail-in election were due at the Johnson County Election Office no later than noon Continue Reading

GEHS Blazerettes win big at competition

The Gardner Edgerton High School Blazerette Dance Team competed at the Miss Kansas 5 Star at Olathe South High School last weekend. More than 50 other dance teams competed at the event. Several members brought home awards. Solo award winners include Lauren Haag, Erin Billups and Rylie Duncan. Duet winners include Hagg and Paige Riggs. Continue Reading