February 5, 2016

Assessed valuations bode well for school budgets

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Doug Schwinn, school business director, is keeping his fingers crossed that preliminary assessed property valuations in the Spring Hill School District will hold. Although approximately 75 percent of homes in Johnson County were appraised at stagnant or lower values than they were the year before, the value of the school district increased Continue Reading

Census numbers reveal population boom in Gardner, SH

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner and Spring Hill saw population booms over the course of the last decade, and Edgerton’s population saw a slight boost according to data from the U.S. Census. The growth in all three cities outpaced that of the U.S. as a whole, which grew 9.7 percent for a total of 308.7 million Continue Reading

Property values down countywide

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There continue to be difficult segments in the residential real estate markets in Johnson County, according to the annual appraiser’s re-evaluation report. County officials mailed notices of appraisal values on March 1, and most home owners will not see an increase in valuation. Approximately 75 percent of homes in the county are Continue Reading

George, Reynolds in punt, pass and kick final

Spring Hill’s Joshua George and Nick Reynolds have advanced to the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick championships after posting qualifying marks at the Regional competition in Bonner Springs, Nov. 7. George will participate in the 8-9 year-old division while Reynolds will be involved in the 12-13- year-old division. The championship will be Dec. 5 at Continue Reading

4 Broncos on Tri-County spotlight cross country team

Four Broncos were recently selected to the Tri-County Spotlight cross country team. Leading the list was Makaela Willis whose 17:00 4K clocking at the Central Heights Invitational earned a spot on the first team. Also on first team was Macy Carbajo, a two-sport fall athlete (volleyball, cross country) who ran her way onto the team Continue Reading

Community commemorates local veterans

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com More than 200 area residents came together at the Spring Hill Civic Center Gymnasium on Saturday to honor veterans at the community’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. The event, now in its fifth year, was hosted by American Legion Post 350, the Ladies Auxiliary Post 350 and the Spring Hill Historical Society. Attendees Continue Reading

SH voters reject initiative to save old school

Spring Hill voters rejected a ballot initiative that would’ve saved the old school building from demolition. The ballot question asked voters to allow the city to issue bonds up to $1.5 million to bring the building to code for use as office space. The rejection of the initiative will likely lead to the southern portion Continue Reading

Lady Broncos earn win against Eudora

Showing marked improvement, the Spring Hill Lady Bronco varsity volleyball squad posted a pair of wins at Eudora, Sept. 22. Spring Hill moved to 9-5 on the season beating Eudora by scores of 25-11, 25-22, and 25-20. “We came out ready to play and jumped to an early lead,” said Coach Alicia Von Stein. “We Continue Reading

Bronco soccer squad posts win versus De Soto

The Spring Hill High School boys varsity soccer squad made a bit of history Sept. 22 posting its first win ever over the DeSoto Wildcats – by a score of 5-1. Spring Hill jumped to an early lead when Eric Kahn, the league’s top scorer, found the net 15 minutes into the game. Just before Continue Reading

Willis 9th at Tonganoxie cross country invite

Spring Hill’s Makaela Willis raced to a ninth-place 4k finish in the Tonganoxie cross country meet, Sept. 23. “For the second straight week, Makaela really ran well and set a personal best,” said Coach Rick O’Neil. “Overall, I was pleased with our team’s improvement.” Willis clocked 16:59 and broke the 17-minute barrier for the first Continue Reading