February 8, 2016

Mediation fails in school funding lawsuit

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Attempts to resolve a school funding lawsuit against the state of Kansas fell short last week. According to a mediation status report filed by the parties May 1, mediation “was unsuccessful.” Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt appealed the lawsuit and requested mediation after a three-judge panel found that recent Continue Reading

Judges rule Kansas’ school funding unconstitutional

State legislators must fund public education suitably by 2014.  That’s the word from a panel of Kansas District Court judges, who ruled on a case related to school funding today. The Gardner Edgerton School District is a party to the lawsuit against the state, which argued that current state funding of $3,838 per puil is Continue Reading

New DMV system shuts down

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Tom Franzen, Johnson County treasurer, confirmed to The Gardner News that the controversial new state motor vehicle computer system shut down on June 29. Franzen said it was the second malfunction in as many days. The system also briefly shut down June 28. Franzen said he spoke to the secretary of revenue Continue Reading

Renewal grace period extended to July 13

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles has asked law enforcement to extend a two-week grace period for drivers with tags expiring June 30. The grace period will extend to July 13 and will apply to those with last names starting with H or I, or vehicles with 30 day temporary tags Continue Reading

Kansas authorities seek four prison escapees

Four inmates escaped from the Ottawa County Jail this morning, and Gary Leslie Furthmyer authorities are asking for help in apprehending three of the men. A fourth escapee is back in custody. Santo Carrera-Morales Santo Carrera-Morales, a convicted murderer; Eric James, convicted of aggravated burglary and kidnapping in Anderson County; and Drew Wade, convicted of Continue Reading

State of Kansas hits lottery jackpot

It isn’t just one lucky Kansan who hit won millions in the Mega Millions Lottery last week. The state of Kansas is set to receive a windfall as well. Three winning tickets for the largest jackpot in U.S. history were sold, and one of those was in Kansas. The three winning ticket holders will split Continue Reading

Gardner City Council Meeting – Video

Here are the videos of the Gardner City Council meetings from 2/6/12 Part 1           Part 2 Part 3  

Bell named state finalist for Miss Kansas Pageant

Montana Jo Bell, 11, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Kansas Pageant to be held July 15-17 in Wichita.  The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions.  Montana will be participating in the pre-teen age division, along with other outstanding Continue Reading

Jared Taylor Blog – Opinion – Pool mess up…

So who’s fired up about the “new pool” mess up? By the conversations I’ve had and overheard at baseball games, Fantastic Sams and neighborhood gatherings a good majority of paying pool members are upset over the apparent paint fiasco. If you aren’t pool members and haven’t heard there was an issue with the new paint that the 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