February 13, 2016

She’s going for the win

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Sofia Semon wasn’t so sure about signing up to take dance lessons like her older sister, but racing BMX bikes like her cousin in Las Vegas did look like fun. “We were out there, and she said she wanted to ride his bike,” her stepfather, Shawn Cates, said. One year later, Sofia Continue Reading

OPINION: One angry Tea Partier

Some things aren’t a right. Like spandex, they’re a privilege. The recipe for health insurance and for home ownership is as simple as the one for spandex. You earn the privilege of wearing spandex in public by working out – a lot – and eating right. So, too, you earn the privilege of health insurance and home ownership. Work hard. Make good choices and you too can own a home and have health insurance.

OPINION: Congress, American people could use a little tough love

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Although their reasoning is flawed, Congressional Republicans were wise to give the Heisman arm to another round of unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, they’ll be eating the Democrats’ dust by the time this paper reaches your hands.  New Sen. Carte Goodwin will be sworn in to replace Sen. Robert Byrd – giving Democrats enough Continue Reading

School districts continue to await delayed state aid payments

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It’s becoming all too common, according to school business directors in Gardner and Spring Hill.  The school districts are waiting for state aid payments that are sometimes more than 30 days late. The Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill School Districts are awaiting approximately $5 million in delayed state aid. State wide delayed payments Continue Reading

SFFF files legal notice of claims against Kansas legislature

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF) is moving forward with  plans to sue the state legislature. The lobbying group comprised of Kansas school districts filed a “notice of claims” with the Kansas Senate and Kansas House of Representatives last week. The Gardner Edgerton School District is one of the organization’s 72 member districts. Continue Reading

USD 231 employees to receive 1.4 percent pay increases next academic year

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner Edgerton School District employees will receive pay raises next year. The board of education approved salary increases of 1.4 percent for teachers, staff and administrators. It will be a smaller raise than staff in GE schools are accustomed to. In 2008, the board offered teachers, staff and administrators a 5.3 percent Continue Reading

Column: Soccer haters not racist, just bored

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Soccer is boring. Earth-shattering, mind-numbingly, painfully dull. And the majority of Americans agree, but don’t tell the staffers at The Nation magazine. Soccer haters are imperial racists who can’t pick their knuckles off the NASCAR race track long enough to recognize the splendor that is the World Cup soccer, according to Dave Continue Reading

Clogged A/C causes minor damage at PRMS

A drain hose from a clogged air cooling unit caused minor damage at Pioneer Ridge Middle School over Memorial Day weekend. Leaking water damaged three switches and the uninterrupted power supply in a secondary closet at the school. Due to the water damage, a section of the building is offline, however it isn’t affecting operations Continue Reading

Center Street bridge may not need replacement

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Center Street Bridge may not need to be replaced for additional railroad tracks related to the intermodal project, according to Gardner Public Works Director David Greene. The bridge is the only railroad crossing in town that bypasses BNSF tracks. On Center Street, drivers can pass over the tracks rather than stopping Continue Reading

Column: Women stepping on political stage

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com After Tuesday’s primary elections in a number of states, it’s looking like 2010 could become the year of the woman. Thank goodness. I’m typically not one to join in an estrogen fest. I don’t really care if politicians look like me or share certain anatomical similarities. I’d rather they think like me Continue Reading