February 13, 2016

Johnson County Horse Club

Madison Brown Club Reporter The Johnson County Horse Club members are excited that next week is the Johnson County Fair.  Several of our members will be not only showing their horses, but also their calves, steers or heifers, goats, sheep and pigs. Johnson County Horse Club members participating in the Fair are: Faith Wakefield, Madison Continue Reading

Pioneer Club 4-H’ers ready to shine at fair

Emily Kresin Club Reporter The Pioneer 4-H Club has enjoyed the Johnson County Fair for more than 70 years. Members are looking forward to showcasing their talents in 2015. First-year Pioneer members Emily and Josh Stove are looking forward to exploring the fair. Emily is entering a pillow, bag and stuffed animal that she sewed Continue Reading

Local youths place at 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals

Three Johnson County 4-H youth competed at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships at Grand Island, Neb., on June 21-26. Ethan Eccles, Gardner, Olivia Rogers, Gardner, and Bryce Zimmerman, De Soto, joined more than 600 youth from 32 states competing in nine shooting disciplines during three days of competition. During the six day event, youth Continue Reading

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, 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