July 22, 2014

No abatement for Riverbend Transfer

Mark Taylor
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 …

Welcome home

Submitted photo
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 …

B-29 to make appearance at air show

The Sentimental Journey made an appearance at the airshow in 2008. File photo

Amy Cunningham
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 …

Car strikes building, driver unhurt

Mark Taylor


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 …

Strange weather phenomenon downs trees in Gardner

A rare weather phenomenon, a heat burst, struck southwest Johnson County in the early morning hours of June 10. The sharp burst of heat also brought high winds that knocked down large limbs. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson

Area residents experienced a fairly rare meteorological event around on June 10. A heat

A rare weather phenomenon, a heat burst, struck southwest Johnson County in the early morning hours of June 10. The sharp burst of

Veteran recalls heyday of Olathe Naval Air Station

Cox served in the Navy and was stationed at the Olathe Naval Air Station, now New Century AirCenter. He attended the dedication of Naval Air Park in December of 1950. He will also attend and participate in  the park’s rededication ceremonies on Veterans Day. Submitted photo

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 …

Community boasts several haunting hot spots

The Downtowner Cafe, pictured above, is one of several locations in Gardner rumored to be haunted.Downtowner employees say it’s not uncommon for items like coffee and tea pots to flicker on when no one is around or for items to be mysteriously moved from one place to another. The most well-known haunted  location, an old hangar out at New Century AirCenter, was once featured on an A & E television program about haunted places.Staff photos by Mica Marriott

Mica Marriott

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 …

Train derails at New Century

Old rails are to blame for a train derailment at New Century AirCenter last Friday. Derailments aren’t uncommon at the air center. Staff photo by Brandon Humble

Danedri Thompson

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.

Old rails are to blame for

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 …