October 4, 2015

Civil air patrol train at New Century AirCenter

Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Kansas Wing took part in an evaluated search and rescue exercise at New Century last weekend. The training event lasted through April 26. Personnel assembled late on April 24 at the U.S. Army Reserve Center to prepare for the exercise. Three aircraft and approximately 50 volunteers participated in the Continue Reading

No abatement for Riverbend Transfer

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Fifty percent tax abatements are the norm for warehouse projects in Gardner, Olathe and other cities competing for industrial development. But not so at New Century AirCenter. Tom Riederer, president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp., said the powers that be at New Century weigh abatement requests individually. Riverbend Transfer, Continue Reading

Welcome home

Submitted photo More than seventy members of the 129th Transportation Company were welcomed home at New Century AirCenter last week. Hundreds of family and friends greeted the soldiers as they arrived on charter busses. The company spent the last nine months deployed in northern Iraq and Kuwait. Submitted photo

B-29 to make appearance at air show

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com The only airworthy B-29 Superfortress still in existence will be the star of the show at this weekend’s Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing Air Expo held at New Century Airport. The B-29 Bomber, best known as the plane to detonate two nuclear bombs over Japan near the end of World Continue Reading

Car strikes building, driver unhurt

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com An elderly man escaped injury after driving his car into an unoccupied building at New Century AirCenter this morning. Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, said the man, who had a medical condition, missed a turn and struck the building. The driver was uninjured and the building Continue Reading

Strange weather phenomenon downs trees in Gardner

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Area residents experienced a fairly rare meteorological event around on June 10. A heat burst struck the area spiking temperatures, dropping the dew point and sending dramatic wind gusts through neighborhoods in southwest Johnson County around midnight. Evan Bookbinder, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather service, said it’s a weather phenomenon Continue Reading

Veteran recalls heyday of Olathe Naval Air Station

Gerald Hay Special to The Gardner News The Navy Park is literally shipshape ready for Johnson County’s 24th Annual Veterans Day Observance. And, Joe Cox of Overland Park hopes veterans of all wars, their friends and families, and Johnson County citizens will attend the celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. The public event will Continue Reading

Community boasts several haunting hot spots

Mica Marriott mmarriott@gardnernews.com With its rich history including settlers on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails and its part in settling the Wild West hundreds of years ago, many of the older buildings in Gardner are known for their paranormal activity. The most well-known haunted location in the Gardner area is the old Navy Base, Continue Reading

Train derails at New Century

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A train car carrying soybean oil came off the tracks Friday at New Century AirCenter, but Johnson County Airport Commissioner Lee Metcalfe said the derailment was not a cause for alarm. “We had a rail break and cause the wheels of a couple of cars to come off the track,” Metcalfe said. Continue Reading

New Century Fieldhouse could be open next year

New Century Fieldhouse – an 88,000 square foot warehouse at New Century AirCenter near Gardner, may be open as early as 2011, according to the Johnson County Park and Recreation Department. The rec department will use part of the building as a multi-use sports court area including courts for basketball, volleyball and five-man indoor soccer. Continue Reading