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

Face to Face: Bonner Springs Senior Center’s Gloria Ochoa
April 16, 2015
Learn about Gloria Ochoa, director of the Bonner Springs Senior Center, in this week’s Face to Face column.
Backyard Beauty: Basehor area resident turns yard into wildlife habitat
April 15, 2015
Native wildlife have found a safe haven in rural Basehor — not in an open field or nature preserve, but in Wayne Rhodus’s back yard.
Adult students find success with Bonner-based diploma completion program
April 15, 2015
Zach Purdue makes no bones about why he wasn’t able to graduate from high school. “A bad attitude and authority problems,” the Bonner Springs resident said.
Bonner-based interior designer loves to reshape spaces
April 14, 2015
Julie Baker says she loves to make a space both beautiful and useful for a homeowner.
Face to Face: retreat director Dave Mareske
April 9, 2015
Dave Mareske, director at the Hollis Renewal Center in Bonner Springs, shares a little bit about himself in this week’s Face to Face.
Generating change: Ag Hall looks to reinfuse energy with Barnyard Babies event
Center marks 50 years with plans for improvement
April 8, 2015
Spring is the time of renewal, and this year, that means even more for the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame.
Face to Face: Basehor librarian Janice Garcia
April 2, 2015
Janice Garcia of the Basehor Community Library shares a little about herself in this week’s Face to Face column.
Bonner-area man named state ‘king’ of weight loss
March 31, 2015
After Jim Erickson was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s, his doctor had one major instruction for him: Lose weight.
Basehor, Bonner districts agree: Block grant funding unfair
March 26, 2015
David Howard said that there are so many moving parts to education funding in Kansas right now that it’s hard to make any plans to take action, even if it is almost sure that school districts will have to make budget cuts.
Bonner animal group says city’s sluggish response was costly
March 24, 2015
An animal rescue group says the city may have wasted taxpayer money by taking too long to resolve an animal control issue.

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Gloria Ochoa, director of the Bonner Springs Senior Center.

Teri Richert of Edwardsville works at one of the computer stations at the Kaw Valley Learning Center in Bonner Springs, a free program that allows adults to complete their high school diplomas through the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville or Piper school districts.

Clausie Smith, president of the Ag Hall's board of directors, and Dawn Gabel, executive director of the Ag Hall, stand with a 1920's wind generator that will be part of a new exhibit on wind, soil and water debuted at the Ag Hall's April 18 Barnyard Babies event. This year's springtime celebration also will celebrate the Ag Hall's 50th Anniversary.

Also debuting at the Barnyard Babies event will be a new art installation in the Museum of Farming, donated by Bayer Cropscience. The pieces, situated in a large barn structure, were constructed with recycled materials, and water pumped through the piece causes certain elements of the piece to move. Shown above are bees made from plastic bottles.

Dave Mareske, executive director of the Hollis Renewal Center.

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