November 29, 2015

Local mom, daughter to compete in cooking contest

Corbin H. Crable After years of searching, one Gardner resident and her daughter have finally found a recipe that really cooks — and the pair will unveil it a competition at the Kansas State Fair this weekend. Stephanie Skeem and her 13-year-old daughter, Brianne, an eighth-grader at Wheatridge Middle School, will prepare their recipe Continue Reading

OPINION: 4-H builds character for those kids involved

Around this same time last year, I was writing a column about how, as a self-proclaimed “city boy,” I knew very little about what goes into the work of 4-H’ers and their experiences in raising and showing livestock and other animals at the Johnson County Fair. Although I learned a lot from last year’s fair Continue Reading

Gardner man launches Internet radio station

Corbin H. Crable One Gardner man’s dream of a radio station that would cater to a variety of musical tastes became a reality on Friday morning with the launch of WUCA Radio. Charlie Wyatt started the radio station, which can be found online at, in late spring, and it went live during a Continue Reading

Council considers 4.5 mill rate increase

Corbin H. Crable Gardner City Council members will mull a lower mill increase for 2011 but would still have to face yet another increase for 2012. Council members, at a July 26 special work session, discussed the possibility of lowering the proposed mill increase from 6.5 to 4.5. However, with a 6.5 increase, city Continue Reading

City discusses effects of potential utility rate hikes

Corbin H. Crable Gardner City Council members got a glimpse this week of how potential water and sewer rate increases would affect local residents. Up for discussion is the possibility of Gardner residents seeing a 5-percent rate increase for water and an 8-percent increase for sewer on their utility bills next year. According to Continue Reading

County fair will be ‘wild ‘n’ wooly’ time this year

Corbin H. Crable Last year, it was cows. Now, sheep are taking center stage at the 2010 Johnson County Fair, Aug. 2-7 in Gardner. This year’s theme is “Wild ‘N’ Wooly,” and, like last year, the Fair Board has encouraged area merchants to design and decorate wooden sheep to display at their businesses and Continue Reading

Drive-in theater keeps memories alive

Corbin H. Crable It’s been called one of the best-kept secrets in the area, but on some busy Friday or Saturday nights, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the crowds. The Midway Drive-In Theatre is a member of an endangered species – it is only one of 12 drive-ins still in operation in Continue Reading

City outlines effect of potential mill increase on specific properties

Corbin H. Crable The Gardner City Council, at a July 19 work session, received a glimpse of how the proposed 6.5 mill increase for 2011 would impact specific local homeowners. City Administrator Stewart Fairburn gave council members a handout that detailed how much specific property owners would pay if the increase were to go Continue Reading

New principal gets ready for upcoming school year

Corbin H. Crable Although USD 231 students may not be ready to go back to school just yet, there’s at least one person who’s ready and waiting for their return – the new principal at Edgerton Elementary. Principal Nancy Woolery has been hard at work this summer making the transition from school counselor to Continue Reading

Edgerton mulls subsidizing city’s trash services

Corbin H. Crable If the Edgerton City Council has its way, Edgerton residents may be paying less for trash services next year. The council, at its July 15 work session, discussed subsidizing the city’s trash services in 2011, from anywhere between 50 to 100 percent. Money to fund the project would come from the Continue Reading