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 Springs business helps get new drivers on the road
April 11, 2014
Timothy Ney thinks Bonner Springs is the perfect location for teaching new drivers the rules of the road.
Bonner’s Marble Day to expand with new 5K run, community art project
April 8, 2014
With a big, new event, a new organization involved, and hopefully better weather than last year, things are going to be busy at the 8th Annual Marble Day celebration.
Bonner Springs interchange work about to ramp up
April 7, 2014
So far during the construction of the new northwest and southwest ramps of Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 7, about 292,000 cubic yards of soil has been placed.
Chameleon King: Bonner Springs resident has unique hobby
March 31, 2014
Ted Kasckow peers into the cage, trying to point out each of his three newest purchases. “That’s the fun part about chameleons — trying to find them,” he notes.
Artsy Bonner Springs businesses to cohabitate in former Masonic Hall
March 27, 2014
It is a well-known spot with a history dating back more than 100 years, and it’s about to be used in a whole new way.
Bonner Springs snow crews survive winter unscathed
March 11, 2014
The Bonner Springs Public Works Department made it through this winter season relatively unscathed.
Absolutely ‘marbleous’: Glass art enthusiasts get Marble Crazy sneak peek
March 6, 2014
A handful of glass artists and glass art enthusiasts crowded around the workbench at Moon Marble Co. Thursday, watching Cathy Richardson and her son, Colin Richardson, create their unique glass pieces.
Art in memoriam: Edwardsville ceramics artist specializes in urns
March 6, 2014
When ceramics artist Trent Freeman creates a custom piece, you might expect there is extra pressure to please his client.
Bonner’s New Century Club looks to step into 21st century
March 5, 2014
A service organization unique to Bonner Springs and more than 100 years old is making an effort to remind the community that it is still here and ready to help.
Bonner dentist on ‘crusade’ to spread sleep apnea awareness
March 4, 2014
In the past few weeks, area dentist Thomas Drake has started what he calls his “own, personal crusade.”

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Recent photos

Timothy Ney started Drivekansas, a commercial driving school, to help make sure area residents can get their driver's licenses.

A male Nosy Be Panther Chameleon, simply named "Blue" for now, checks out his surroundings while perched on Ted Kasckow's hand. Kasckow says he'll have to come up with a better name for "Blue" who will be a father soon; his mate just laid a batch of 30 or more eggs. Kasckow said he likes the males to have unique names since he keeps track of genetic lines to prevent inbreeding. "I like to make them particularly goofy," he said.

Ted Kasckow holds Buckmeister, a wild-caught male Ambilobe Panther Chameleon from Madagascar, in the "jungle room" in his basement.

Suzanne Hern, owner of Mona Lisa Fine Arts Studio, will use her half of the former Masonic Lodge Hall in Downtown Bonner Springs for painting, music and dance classes, along with other art-related activities.

Sisters Geralyn Minshew and Kim Scott say about 16 vendors who will sell repurposed furniture, clothing and other crafty items at their new business in Downtown Bonner, Flip Kansas City.

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