July 25, 2014

Residents seek to ban smoking in city parks

Mark Taylor
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 …

USD 230 to consider smoking policy changes

Danedri Thompson

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.…

Merchant troubled by smoking ban

Andrew Graham, Gardner, enjoys a cigarette Wednesday afternoon at Wally’s Bar and Grill. It was the last day smoking was allowed in most commercial businesses due to a statewide smoking ban that went into effect July 1. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson

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, …

Smoker responds to ban by setting up table outside eatery

Richard Little, left, and a friend share coffee at the Waffle House on Thursday morning. Little set up a tent and table outside the Waffle House so he could smoke after a statewide smoking ban went into effect on July 1. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

Veronica Mullin

Special to the Gardner News

Russell Scott Little doesn’t support the smoking ban, like many of his fellow smokers. But he’s taking his protest to the next level, and it’s all starting at his local Waffle House.