February 11, 2016

Mustang eighth-graders defeat Spring Hill

Anthony Smart rushed for two touchdowns and 94 yards leading the Wheatridge Mustang eighth-grade varsity football team to a 30-6 season-opening win at Spring Hill, Sept. 7. Besides Smart, Kyle Stubler tossed a 70-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Hultgren. Other top rushing efforts came from Josh Lang and Jake Beckner. Meanwhile, the defense was led Continue Reading

While home sales plummet nationwide, Johnson County sales inched higher in July

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported this week that sales of existing homes in July dropped to their lowest levels since the organization began keeping numbers, but the numbers paint a rosier picture in Johnson County. Nationwide, a NAR report showed that sales of existing homes were down more than 27 Continue Reading

EDITORIAL: Spring Hill council should act quickly following old school election

Residents of city of Spring Hill face a difficult question: what to do with the original portion of the elementary school that is now a vacant wing of the civic center/city hall. Architects have estimated renovations to that portion of the civic center will cost $1.5 million. Demolition isn’t cheap,  either. City Council has been 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

SH’s Bontrager signs with Ottawa

Ottawa University’s baseball program has announced the signing of Ryan Bontrager to a letter of intent for the 2010-2011 school year. He is from Spring Hill, Kan. and is a transfer from Neosho County Community College. Bontrager attended Spring Hill High School. Bontrager, an outfielder, earned two letters in baseball for the Panthers of Neosho Continue Reading

Department heads outline city budget needs

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City directors presented information about their departments and projected needs for the next three years to Spring Hill City Council members during a 2011 budget work session on July 8. Concrete budget numbers were not discussed, but a final budget must be approved and filed with the Kansas Secretary of State Office Continue Reading

Spring Hill women to be presented with gifts for good Samaritan efforts

BNSF Railway’s Grade Crossing Safety team and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will recognize two Spring Hill women for saving a man’s life last week when his car became stuck on railroad tracks at a closed crossing. The women pulled the man from the car as a train approached. The good Samaritans, Kachalle Young and Continue Reading

SH ups employee contributions to health plans

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Employees of the city of Spring Hill will have to contribute to their own health insurance plans, city council members decided last week. In previous years, the city paid 100 percent of employee health plans while employees contributed 20 percent to the plan for family. That won’t be possible next year, city Continue Reading

Old school house’s fate in voters’ hands

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com City council members had hoped voters would be able to decide whether they want to spend money to demolish the old school building in town or spend money restoring it, but according to city attorney Frank Jenkins, that probably wouldn’t be possible. Jenkins said such a ballot question would be an advisory Continue Reading

SH Bronco baseball looks to post-season

With the regular season nearing completion, Coach Gary Benedict is preparing his Spring Hill Bronco 12-under boys baseball team for post-season play. So far, Benedict’s boys have carved out an impressive 8-2 record in the Tri-County competitive league and look forward to post-season competition. Spring Hill lost a one-run decision to Wellsville and by two Continue Reading