Caroline Boyer Bonner Springs Reporter

Caroline is a Lenexa native and a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. She attended the University of Kansas, where she worked for the University Daily Kansan and interned with the Lawrence Journal-World. She graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism in May 2003 and joined the Shawnee Dispatch in September 2003. Caroline briefly worked for the Bonner Springs Chieftain, from January through August of 2004, before returning to the Dispatch as the city reporter. In 2010, she returned to The Chieftain. She lives in Shawnee with her husband and daughter. Send e-mail to Caroline at

Recent stories

Bonner church plans fundraiser for downtown business owner
February 26, 2015
On Dec. 10, after Suzanne Lee Hern’s Chevy Blazer skidded on an icy highway exit ramp, colliding with a pole, she was lucky to escape the wreckage alive.
Bonner’s Zumba classes create fitness ‘family’
February 25, 2015
When Traci Mayberry first tried Zumba a couple of years ago, she wasn’t a fan. “I hated it at first because I don’t know how to dance, and I swore I wasn’t going to come back,” she said.
Face to Face: Bonner Springs Elementary nurse Tammy Dooley
February 25, 2015
Tammy Dooley, school nurse at Bonner Springs Elementary, shares a little about herself in this week’s Face to Face column.
Bonner-based Ag Hall past ‘mid-life crisis,’ planning for future
February 24, 2015
As the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame celebrates its 50th year this year, the Ag Hall’s new director, Dawn Gabel, says she thinks it’s only natural that it had something of a “mid-life crisis” last year.
Bonner drama club provides performance outlet for secondary students
February 18, 2015
A dozen or so middle and high school students wandered about the Bonner Springs High School auditorium, Julia Ybarra-Young trying to find those needed in scene 34.
Face to Face: Bonner Springs pastor Cynthia Meyer
February 17, 2015
Cynthia Meyer, who became lead pastor at Bonner Springs United Methodist Church in September, shares a little bit about herself in this week’s Face to Face.
Face to Face: Basehor business owner Sarah McArdle
February 12, 2015
Sarah McArdle shares a little about an upcoming trip to Disney World for her dancers at Sarah’s Studio of Dance in this week’s Face to Face.
Bonner USD 204 rolls out red carpet for Kansas Teacher of the Year team
February 11, 2015
As the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year team entered Clark Middle School Monday, they headed directly for the “fun” stuff — the recently remodeled Innovative Technology room.
Freezing for a reason: USD 204 administrators, students take part in Polar Bear Plunge
February 10, 2015
After Bonner Springs Elementary Principal Kim Mitchell came stumbling out of Shawnee Mission Park Lake’s frigid waters, she couldn’t help but laugh.
Senior housing development proposed in Basehor
February 4, 2015
Another senior living development could be on its way to Basehor.

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Recent photos

Melinda Nolting (center) leads the Zumba class at the Bonner Springs Community Center Tuesday.

Dawn Gabel, new director of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, addresses the Bonner Springs Rotary Club on Monday.

Hunter Amego (left) and Marisa Young rehearse Tuesday for the BSHS/CMS Drama Club's Dessert Theater production.

In December, Bonner Springs Rotary Club (from left) treasurer Del Coleman and former president Judy Miksch present checks to Christie Elsner, director of Allegro Childrens Choirs, and Racheal Nickerson, director of Vaughn-Trent Community Services. The club raised $7,000 total for the two organizations at its Speakeasy event Nov. 1.

Alec Dill (left) and Makayla Young read from their scripts as they rehearse Tuesday for the BSHS/CMS Drama Club.

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