The Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce chose the Citizen and Business of the Year at their annual dinner, held May 3 at Mildale Farms, Edgerton.
Donna Bratton was named Citizen of the Year.
Bratton’s parents ran the Brassfield Sundries store in Edgerton for many years. She attended the Edgerton schools and graduated in 1956 in a senior class of six students. She became a teacher and taught for 31 years. Her former students include Don Roberts, Edgerton mayor, Cindy Crooks, council member, and Charlie Troutner, president of the Edgerton Historical Society.
Bratton donated her family home to Edgerton in 2004, and it was moved to its current location next to city hall in 2005 before opening in 2013 as home to the Edgerton Historical Society. The home was built in the 1900’s in the “shotgun” style and served as a home for railroad workers. Bratton’s family bought the home in the 1940’s. It was formerly located at 315 E. Martin St.
TradeNet Publishing was named Business of the Year.
TradeNet Publishing, Inc. began in 1986 in the kitchen of the Iowa home of Tom Mertz. TradeNet has grown rapidly into a major national supplier of erasable boards and refrigerator magnets that are used in specialty advertising, according to their website.
Mertz has been an active supporter of the community and served on the Gardner-Edgerton Board of Education from 1999 to 2003 as well as other community organizations. TradeNet was named USD 231 Business of the Quarter in 2014.
Other nominees were: Citizen – Jim Dean, retired; Jeff Stewart, Johnson County Park & Recreation District; Michael Blanchard, Buzzfish Media; Christa Schroeder, Groundhouse Coffee; Ashley Jones, Gardner KS Pay it Forward; Tim Miller, American Family Insurance; Donna Brassfield-Bratton, retired; Randy Tedford, Church Development; Businesses were – Gardner Healthmart Pharmacy; TradeNet Publishing; Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital; Groundhouse Coffee; Trails West ACE Hardware; Nexus Accounting