February 14, 2016

Raffle definition appears hazy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There appear to be discrepancies between the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission, the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office on what constitutes a “raffle.” In part, the confusion results from a recent constitutional amendment, for which the state legislature has yet to adopt statutes that will regulate legal Continue Reading

Gardner residents testify in support of open records bill in KS Senate

Gardner resident Walter Hermreck recalled his difficulties in getting access to USD 231 open records before the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee on March 19. Hermreck offered his testimony in support of Senate Bill 10, a proposal that would cap the amount of money public entities can charge for open records. Read the Continue Reading

USD 231 may not respond to future inquiries

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com USD 231 may not devote time to respond to future inquiries from The Gardner News. That’s the word from Leann Northway, school communications director, in response to requests for comment about stories the newspaper is developing comparing the salary of USD 231 superintendent Bill Gilhaus with that of superintendents in other districts Continue Reading

KOMA violation UPDATED

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office hopes to complete its investigation into alleged Kansas Open Meetings Act violations by the Gardner City Council before the end of the year. Steve Howe, district attorney, would not confirm a deadline for wrapping up the investigation, but said he was hopeful his office would conclude Continue Reading