February 7, 2016

Residents seek to ban smoking in city parks

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Smoking may soon be a thing of the past in Gardner parks. During a Sept. 10 work session, Jeff Stewart, parks and recreation director, presented the council with a petition signed by 18 residents asking that smoking be banned in the city’s parks and recreation facilities. Currently, only the Gardner Aquatic center Continue Reading

USD 230 to consider smoking policy changes

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Smoking may be banned from Spring Hill School District grounds in the near future. The school board will consider changes to its smoking policy due to the statewide smoking ban which went into effect on July 1. Under the existing school policy, students are never allowed to smoke on district policy, however Continue Reading

Merchant troubled by smoking ban

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Employees at Wally’s Bar and Grill had an extra side job before the restaurant opened on Thursday morning. They pulled ashtrays from the tables and hung “No Smoking” signs on the door. It wasn’t something Wally Borth, the restaurant’s owner, wanted to do, but he had no choice due to a Kansas Continue Reading

Smoker responds to ban by setting up table outside eatery

When the ban came into effect at on July 1, Little was told he couldn’t smoke inside the restaurant any longer. He took his cigarette outside, but wasn’t ready to leave. Instead, he backed his SUV into a parking space near the front of the building and brought out his own table, umbrella, and chairs.