February 11, 2016

After appointment to KCC, Apple to resign from Senate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the southern part of Gardner and Edgerton in the Kansas Legislature, will take a new role in Topeka. Gov. Sam Brownback named Apple to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on March 24. Members of the KCC provide regulatory oversight of natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors Continue Reading

Court finds school funding inadequate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate. A three judge panel of District Court judges will review and determine what adequate funding Continue Reading

Unilever announces plans to expand New Century plant

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Unilever is churning change in southwest Johnson County. The Country Crock spread manufacturer announced plans to expand its New Century factory this afternoon. The $152 million expansion will add 100 new jobs locally.  The Dutch-based company is the world’s largest manufacturer of vegetable spreads employing more than 10,000 people in the U.S. Continue Reading

Task force will examine DMV

A task force will be investigating how to create a modernized DMV in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced during a press conference in Olathe Friday. Long lines plagued DMV offices last spring after a new computer system for tag renewals and car registrations went live. Brownback said the goal of the newly-created task force ill Continue Reading

Gardner residents asked to conserve water; Governor declares drought emergency in 36 counties

Gardner’s water plant is operating at more than 80 percent of capacity, and city officials are asking residents to start conserving water. The plant has been at 80 percent capacity for the last week, and the forecast calls for conditions to continue to be hot and dry through at least the weekend of July 6-7. Continue Reading

Kansans concerned, angry with policies of Gov. Sam Brownback

Joan Wagon Guest Columnist I just had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite events, the Kansas State Fair. With this being my first year as the Kansas Democratic Party Chair, I wanted to visit the KDP booth and talk to people about how they feel about the state of affairs in Kansas. And Continue Reading

EDITORIAL: Brownback makes wise decision to cut arts funding

We’re continually shocked at the Kansans (and outsiders) complaining about Gov. Sam Brownback’s line item veto that slashed funding for the Kansas Arts Commission in the 2012 budget. In 2011, the state funneled $1.5 million to arts organizations like the Kansas City Performing Music and Arts Association, Arts in Prison and the Kansas City Symphony. Continue Reading

Local schools could win, lose based on finance tweaks

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There will be winners and losers if the school finance formula is tweaked or rewritten, Gardner Edgerton School District Business Director, Eric Hansen, said. Whether USD 231 or USD 230 are winners or losers depends on what adjustments, if any, are made to Kansas’ school finance formula. One thing is certain: the Continue Reading