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How do you plan to vote in the Tonganoxie USD 464 mail-in ballot bond issue for $51.4 million in improvements to THS?

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Tonganoxie High alumni square off in collegiate soccer match
November 27, 2019
A postseason college soccer match featured two Tonganoxie High alumni playing against each other earlier this month. Matthew Perich, a freshman defender for Kansas Christian College, went up against Isaiah Frese, a freshman forward at Manhattan Christian College.
Local food drives provide boost for Good Shepherd; some wishlists remain for Tonganoxie organization
November 27, 2019
Thanks to Tonganoxie students, the food pantry at Good Shepherd has 11,000 more canned goods to help feed those in need. Tonganoxie Middle School accumulated 4,000 cans during a recent drive, while Tonganoxie Elementary School amassed nearly 7,500 cans. As part of Mayor Jason Ward’s annual food drive challenge, the TES class to gather the most canned goods gets to help Ward turn on Christmas tree lights during the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony festivities in the downtown pocket park.
Tonganoxie Library Foundation starting capital campaign for furniture, furnishings
November 27, 2019
Tonganoxie Public Library is embarking on a capital giving campaign to fund furniture and furnishings at its new location. The drive, which is starting this week, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Tonganoxie High School students successfully stage ‘Seussical’
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie High School Drama and Music Departments presented three performances of “Seussical” this past week. Students performed Thursday and Saturday nights, with a matinee on Sunday. Cast members for the THS fall production were Casey Snyder as the Cat in the Hat, Joseph Fletcher as Jojo, Jacob Howell as Horton the Elephant, Lauren Lawson as Gertrude McFuzz, Emilie Crowley as Mayzie La Bird, Andrea Zesati as Sour Kangaroo, Chloe Ferguson as Young Kangraroo, Caden Phillips as Mayor of Who, Ashtin Barnes as Mrs. Mayor, James Works as the Grinch, Hunter Calovich as Vlad Vladikoff, Payton Lynn as Judge Yertle and Keira Bevelry and Sara Celeen as Things 1 and 2.
Farm Bureau presents quilts to Tonganoxie veterans
November 21, 2019
Farm Bureau Financial Services employees recognized their veteran colleagues for their military service, presenting them with handcrafted quilts. Kirk Pederson and Michael Wehmeyer, both of Tonganoxie, were among the employees who were presented with quilts during an event at the company’s regional office. The quilts, which were made by fellow employees, were given to veterans in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “These quilts are a token of our admiration and appreciation for your service,” said CEO Jim Brannen. “We thank you for defending the freedom of this great nation. “Words can never truly express how grateful we are, but I hope that each time you use these beautiful quilts, you remember that your sacrifices and your service have not gone unnoticed. It is an honor to call you my colleagues.”
Tonganoxie High ACT scores all above state average for 2019 grads
November 21, 2019
ACT scores have been released and 2019 Tonganoxie High School graduates tested above the state average across the board. The 2019 class had 84 seniors take the test. The 2015 class had 74, 2016 had 70 and then 2017 had the highest in the five-year period with 94. The 2018 class had 93 participants. State statistics show the number of seniors taking the ACT has steadily increased from 2015 (23,708) to 2019 (25,684).
Personnel, girls wrestling approved at Tonganoxie USD 464 meeting
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved various personnel moves at its Nov. 12 meeting. Contract and work agreements were approved for Melissa Starr, Tonganoxie Middle School paraprofessional; Tiffany Trent, Tonganoxie High School paraprofessional; Susan Gieber, THS-West cashier/kitchen utility; Andrea Putthoff, transportation para; Margaret Estes, van driver; Malissa Selene, bus driver; and Christina Jeanin, assistant THS girls basketball coach. A new position, Tonganoxie Elementary School early childhood special education teacher starting in January, also was approved.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting festivities Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 21, 2019
Children will get to see Santa and watch as the downtown Christmas tree lights up Saturday in Tonganoxie. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will be 4:30-8 p.m. at the downtown pocket park, Fourth and Delaware streets, along with nearby spots. Santa’s helpers again are decorating the City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware St., for a visit with Santa Claus. This year’s theme is Letters to Santa.
Tonganoxie Middle School among 20 finalists in Battle of the Brains
November 20, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School is a finalist in the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters to advance to the next round. TMS is one of 20 schools selected as finalists this past week. Online voters can pick their favorite proposal through this Friday. Anyone with a valid email address can vote daily.
Winter sports getting started; girls wrestling being added to Tonganoxie High offerings
November 20, 2019
And just like that, it’s now winter sports season. Kansas high school winter sports teams began the season with their first preseason practices Monday. Tonganoxie High has two new coaches at their respective helms. Mitch Loomis takes over as THS girls basketball coach after previously serving as an assistant. He takes over for Drew Williams.
Bennett resigns from Tonganoxie City Council position
November 20, 2019
A Tonganoxie City Council member announced his resignation effective immediately at Monday’s regular meeting, but how he will be replaced — and when — still is in limbo. Dave Bennett made his announcement at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Bennett said “certain developments in my personal life” in the last two weeks regrettably forced him to submit his resignation, effective immediately. A former Tonganoxie City fire chief, Bennett was appointed to the City Council in April 2018 to fill a vacancy after Jamie Lawson stepped down.
Tonganoxie Middle School finalist for Battle of Brains; students need help from community for online votes
November 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School has a chance to make the next round of the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters.
Linenberger: Tonganoxie football has opportunity of lifetime
November 15, 2019
It’s time to talk about the large male deer in the room. Yes, instead of discussing the elephant in your living room, I’m referring to the Stags, the Bishop Miege mascot that will be figuratively standing in the middle of Tonganoxie’s living room. And by living room, I mean Beatty Field. Tonganoxie High will play its biggest game in the school’s long football history against one of the most decorated programs in the state.
Baldock defeats O’Brien in Tonganoxie USD 464 re-election bid
November 14, 2019
Local races were decided last week, as was a Constitutional Amendment for the state. The question on the back side of the ballot was for a potential amendment to the Kansas Constitution. The question, asked whet
Tonganoxie High Football History 101
November 14, 2019
Tonganoxie High hopes to keep moving forward in a season of firsts for the Chieftains. With the Chieftains’ regional championship this past Friday against Spring Hill, this year’s installment of THS football accomplished two things for the first time in program history — Tonganoxie won a second playoff game in a season and notched 10 wins in a single season.
Tonganoxie High debate team gets season started
November 13, 2019
Tonganoxie High School debate season is already going strong. THS opened with team members medaling at the Frontier League Debate Tournament. The four-speaker team of Monika Hoffman/Lauren Lawson (negative) and Bryn Reed/Payton Lynn (affirmative) placed second.
Tonganoxie’s monumental milestone
November 13, 2019
The Tonganoxie-Spring Hill game had the makings of a wild night in the first quarter Friday in a Class 4A regional game. The teams combined for 35 points, with THS holding a 21-14 lead heading into the second quarter. Defenses settled in during the second quarter and THS had a 24-14 lead heading into the half. THS took advantage of some opportunities in the second half and eventually secured a 45-24 victory. The Chieftains also made history in the process. THS improved to 10-0 on the season, marking the first time the Chieftains registered double-digit victories in a fall.
Officers seize drugs, money south of Tonganoxie
04:00 p.m., November 7, 2019 Updated 11:00 p.m.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office found drugs and $500 cash during a search Thursday afternoon south of Tonganoxie. Officers served a narcotics search warrant about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Paradise Mobile Home Park near 222nd Street and Kansas Avenue just east of U.S. Highway 24-40.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Patterson, Dale win council seats; Frese new mayor; Baldock defeats O’Brien
10:52 p.m., November 5, 2019 Updated 11:17 a.m.
The Tonganoxie City Council will have new faces, while an incumbent won re-election in a USD 464 school board race against a political mainstay. Current council member Lisa Patterson, along with challenger Jake Dale were top vote-getters in the Tonganoxie City Council race.
Election Day is Tuesday; polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
November 4, 2019
Local elections for city council and school board are Tuesday. For the City Council races, the two incumbents will run to remain on the governing body. Curtis Oroke is seeking a second term, while Lisa Patterson will seek a full term. Patterson was appointed earlier this year to take over Kara Reed’s seat, as the former council member stepped down with her move out of city limits. This year’s council race has two challengers with experience on a municipal board. Jake Dale and Zachary Stoltenberg both currently serve on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission board.