February 6, 2016

Hearing set for Edgerton man accused of child rape

An Edgerton man charged with child rape, indecent liberties with a child and lewd and lascivious behavior will have a preliminary hearing in the Douglas County Courts on Thursday, April 21. Prosecutors from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will present case evidence before a judge who will determine if there is probable cause for Continue Reading

Several entrepreneurs set up shop in Edgerton

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com A mini-business boom may be sweeping through Edgerton; a drive down Nelson Street confirms that storefronts are filling up. Within the past four months three new businesses, Body Well Therapeutic Massage, Easy Double E restaurant and Engraving Services and Crafts have all chosen to call the downtown area located on Nelson Street Continue Reading

Assessed valuations bode well for school budgets

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Doug Schwinn, school business director, is keeping his fingers crossed that preliminary assessed property valuations in the Spring Hill School District will hold. Although approximately 75 percent of homes in Johnson County were appraised at stagnant or lower values than they were the year before, the value of the school district increased Continue Reading

Census numbers reveal population boom in Gardner, SH

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner and Spring Hill saw population booms over the course of the last decade, and Edgerton’s population saw a slight boost according to data from the U.S. Census. The growth in all three cities outpaced that of the U.S. as a whole, which grew 9.7 percent for a total of 308.7 million Continue Reading

Property values down countywide

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There continue to be difficult segments in the residential real estate markets in Johnson County, according to the annual appraiser’s re-evaluation report. County officials mailed notices of appraisal values on March 1, and most home owners will not see an increase in valuation. Approximately 75 percent of homes in the county are Continue Reading

Interim manager takes the helm at Edgerton

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com For Edgerton’s new interim city administrator service to area residents isn’t just a job – it’s a career. Mike Press, who took the reins from former City Administrator David Dillner on Feb. 7, has an extensive background in management at the county level. Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts, in fact, cited it as one of the Continue Reading

Edgerton man jailed in child rape case

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com An Edgerton man remains jailed in Douglas County on charges of child rape, indecent liberties with a child and lewd and lascivious behavior. The 45-year-old was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s department on Saturday, Feb. 5 after a lengthy investigation.  The department received the initial complaint on Nov. 13, three days Continue Reading

Edgerton names interim city administrator

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Mayor Don Roberts announced on Thursday that Mike Press has been hired as Edgerton’s interim city administrator. Press, who currently serves the city as a consultant, replaces outgoing City Administrator David Dillner, who has resigned his position to accept a job as city manager of Abilene, Kan. Dillner’s last day as Continue Reading

UPDATED: Edgerton mirred in lawsuit

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com A document distributed at Thursday night’s Edgerton City Council meeting revealed the city is involved in pending litigation. A memorandum of understanding drafted by the city detailed the terms under which City Administrator David Dillner may resign from his position and outlined the specifics of how the city plans to transition Continue Reading

Edgerton awaits Demdaco decision

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Edgerton is still on Demdaco’s list, according to city officials. Demdaco, a figurine importer, announced its plans to lease or build a new warehouse somewhere in the Kansas City metro area more than five months ago. But they’re still window shopping, David Dillner, city administrator, said. Specifically, the Allen Group is wooing Continue Reading