April 24, 2014

Johnson County Extension offers guidance on local ash trees, Emerald Ash Borer

OLATHE, Kan — The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s July 15 confirmation that the destructive beetle called the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, has been found in Johnson County has caused a lot of concern and confusion amongst area homeowners. Johnson …

Unilever to expand local factory, add 100 jobs

Unilever executives, Mike Smith (at podium), Kees Kraythoff,  and Raj Nakum announce expansion to the company’s local factory. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
Unilever is churning change in southwest Johnson County. The Country Crock spread manufacturer announced plans to expand its New Century factory last week.
The $152 million expansion will add 100 new jobs locally.  The Dutch-based company is …

Vintage air show takes wing at New Century

“Diamond Lil”, a B-24 plane at the expo was a crowd pleaser. The aircraft was one of dozens of vintage aircraft and displays at New Century AirCenter last weekend. Photo courtesy of Charlie Troutner

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Amid warm and sunny skies, the Heart of America Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hosted an “Air Power History Tour”, on Aug. 24 and 25 at the C.A.F facility at New Century …

State wide poster contest focuses on roadway safety

The deadline is less than a month away for Kansas kids ages 5 to 13 to enter artwork for a statewide poster contest focusing on Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day – a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and …

Kansas Bronze Handbell Ensemble holds auditions

Kansas Bronze Handbell Ensemble of Southern Johnson County is inviting
interested handbell ringers to audition on Tuesday, September 3rd.
Kansas Bronze rehearses from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 306 E. Madison.…

Appraiser’s office conducting ag-use survey

Danedri Thompson
About 6,000 Johnson County landowners received letters from the county appraiser’s office last week. The letters request information about agricultural use on property that has been platted.
Paul Welcome, county appraiser, said the Agricultural Survey 2013 is …

Video From The 2013 Johnson County Fair

WATCH VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com
Special to The Gardner News
In this video, you’ll take a Saturday stroll through the fairgrounds at dusk. Hope you enjoy these sights and sounds from the 2013 Johnson County Fair! Every August, thousands …

Notorious Quantrill claimed Gardner land

Peter Brechesein, one of Gardner area’s original settlers, stumbled upon the Quantrill’s famous raid while traveling to Lawrence to sell a wagon load of produce and dairy. Photo courtesy of Tressa Stone

Rhonda Humble

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 …

4-H youth win Johnson County Rodeo

4-H’ers Michael Dowd, Jenna Goetzmann and Emma Knappenberger display the trophies and backpacks awarded to them after winning their age divisions in the Round Robin Showmanship competition at the Johnson County Fair.  Photo courtesy of Adele L. Wilcoxen/Johnson County Extension

OLATHE, Kan. — The following Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth won their divisions in the Round Robin Showmanship competition at the 2013 Johnson County Fair, held Aug. 9 in Gardner, Kan.
Round Robin  Results:
Senior 4-H Division: …

County board redistricts BOCC boundaries

Danedri Thompson
County commissioners redistricted the boundaries for seats on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners last week.
State law requires the commission to reconsider boundaries every three years. Board members began discussing redistricting in 2012. At the time, …