April 21, 2014

She’s going for the win

Seven-year-old Sofia Semon holds one of the awards she has won for BMX bike racing. Sofia said one of her favorite parts about racing is the chance to travel to competitions across the country.  Submitted photo

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 …

OPINION: One angry Tea Partier

Pundits from every corner of the United States are busy trying to describe the Tea Party movement.  Meanwhile, some members of Congress and the political class are eagerly attempting to drive the Tea Party Express. In fact, one former Congressional …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …