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Do you recycle?

Response Percent
Yes, but I utilized the community recycling dropoff and am content to take recycling elsewhere instead of pay for curbside service
 
72%
No, I don’t recycle. Trash is trash
 
16%
Yes, I have a Tonganoxie curbside bin and you should opt in, too
 
5%
Yes, but I live in the county and want to opt in for curbside service
 
5%
Yes, I have a Tonganoxie curbside bin, but it should be mandatory for all city households
 
0%
Yes, but I live in the county and think it should be mandatory in the county
 
0%
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Tonganoxie checkpoint turns into high-speed chase
10:36 a.m., July 24, 2017 Updated 12:29 p.m.
A standard Tonganoxie police checklane ended 45 minutes early Saturday morning and turned into high-speed chase after a vehicle failed to comply with law enforcement at the checklane.
Tonganoxie City Council candidate forum today
July 22, 2017
Tonganoxie City Council candidates will be available for a forum from 1-3 p.m. today at the VFW Post Home. Candidates are Chris R. Donnelly (incumbent), Andrew T. Gilner (incumbent), AW (Rocky) Himpel, Ryan Keltner, Jennifer Kohl, Jamie Lawson, Rachell I. Rowand, Loralee D. Stevens, Michael Towle and Jim Truesdell (incumbent). The candidates are vying for three seats. The Aug. 1 primary will shave that number down to six for the general election, which is in November. School board positions also will be decided in the general election.
Baseball wish upon a star in Tonganoxie
Local youth to play baseball on national stage
11:28 a.m., July 21, 2017 Updated 11:28 a.m.
A soon-to-be Tonganoxie High School freshman will be playing baseball on the national stage next month. James Eaton will compete for the 13-and-younger USSSA All-American Central Region team Aug. 6-12 at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.
Leavenworth County authorities searching for inmate worker who left jail Thursday night
July 21, 2017
Leavenworth County authorities are searching for an inmate worker who walked away from his duty assignment Thursday night. George Joseph Burgess Jr. walked away from his assignment at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Leavenworth County Jail in the Justice Center, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Chieftain softball lands 2 Tonganoxie players on Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Team
09:09 a.m., July 19, 2017 Updated 09:20 a.m.
Tonganoxie again made the regional finals in softball under Stephanie Wittman. The team reached the championship after an uncanny seven-run rally for the 7-6 victory against archrival Basehor-Linwood before dropping a heartbreaker to Piper in the championship.
Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent’s court appearance moved to August
July 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Chris Kleidosty won’t appear in Linn County District Court again until the middle of August. Kleidosty was scheduled to appear last week for a motion to dismiss the case, but there was a continuation and the appearance was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in Mound City. The Tonganoxie school board placed Kleidosty on administrative leave with pay following his arrest back in February for alleged failure to report sex abuse at his former district, Prairie View. Kleidosty’s annual salary is $132,000.
Blooming business in Tonganoxie
July 19, 2017
Alissa Griffin likes to tszuj up a space and Tonganoxie has been without a floral shop the last few years. So, with the biggest holiday of the floral year approaching, Griffin opened Fun and Fabulous Floral and Gifts. She opened just a few days before Valentine’s Day earlier this year and continues to increase her business, especially with her flowers.
Final Tongie Tidal Waves laps or 2017
July 14, 2017
The Tongie Tidal Waves concluded yet another season with the league championships June 30 at Tonganoxie Water Park. Unfortunately, younger swimmers didn’t get to complete their league championship races because of inclement weather June 29. The Tidal Waves still at an awards night this past week. “It’s hard to imagine that our swim season has come to an end,” said coach Janet Falk. “However, all of the swimmers and families are excited and looking forward to returning next summer for another fun-filled season.”
Tonganoxie turf talk
July 14, 2017
The grass could be greener year round at Beatty Field in the coming years. Michelle Kuhns with Hellas Construction spoke to the Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board during its regular meeting Monday about artificial turf.
Tonganoxie High Science Club, FCCLA join forces to offer first Science Camp
July 14, 2017
Tonganoxie youths received a summer dose of science last month, thanks to Tonganoxie High School students. Science Camp took place June 26-30 at the Tonganoxie Communty Historic Site campus.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board names new president, vice president
July 14, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district has board leadership for a new year. As is procedure each summer, the board votes for a new board president and vice president. The 2017-18 president is Bryan Kemp and vice president is Amelia Brusven. Both were voted by unanimous 7-0 votes. Brusven nominated Kemp for president and then Kemp nominated Brusven for vice president.
Solid as a rock in Tonganoxie
July 13, 2017
Think Pokémon without participants zeroed in on a smartphone screen. What started out as a fundraising effort to bring awareness to others about a disease has turned into a popular activity in Tonganoxie. Tammy Wagner, of Tonganoxie, who suffers from cavernous angioma, was looking for ways to raise money for research and awareness.
Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer. The offering, which started as an afterschool program during the 2016-17 school year, will run 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays at the library, with the exception of July 4. The Chieftain Cafe allows all youths to grab free healthy snacks and participate in a variety of activities. The program was averaging 70 youths daily later in the school year. For more information, visit tonganoxielibrary.org.
Tonganoxie Elementary School offering reading program
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Elementary School again is offering summer opportunities to keep youths reading. To help prevent reading loss, TES reading recovery staff Chris Coulter, Reann French and Janet Falk again are offering summer reading. The TES library will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youths are encouraged to take advantage of the district’s free lunch program for youths and then check out books. And, participants don’t have to be in elementary school to check out books. The teachers have additional books available for everyone. Studies show that children who read and have access to books do not have summer reading loss. In fact, they can even grow during the summer, depending on how much they read. Studies show children who do not read during the summer experience a loss of reading levels, which often is cumulative. By the time youths get to middle school, students who do no summer reading could be as much as two years behind students who read over summer vacation.
Physicals to be offered this month at Tonganoxie High School
July 6, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students. Cost is $25, with half of that being donated back to the THS athletic training budget. Physicals will be provided by physicians affiliated with Family Medicine of Tonganoxie and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Connor Olson Leadership Fund also will provide some financial assistance to qualifying Tonganoxie families to offset the cost of these physicals.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Museum open 3 days each week during summer
July 6, 2017
The Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus is open to the public three days out of the week this time of year. The museum and other buildings are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays at 201 W. Washington St. Tours also can be arranged at other times by appointment. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except June and December) in the Reno Methodist Church building on the campus for a brief business meeting and a historical program. The meetings are open to the public and there is no charge. TCHS is a nonprofit organization, funded through dues, donations, memorials, building rentals, grants and fundraising activities.
Higbee named to dean’s list in Wisconsin
July 6, 2017
Elizabeth Higbee, from Tonganoxie, has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester. To make the list, students must attain a grade-point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester. “Making the dean’s list is a tremendous honor for our students,” said Susan Elrod, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It is a recognition for their hard work and commitment to success. We are proud of all of the students on the list and hope to see their names there again!” The Registrar’s Office reports 3,148 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the spring semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.
Linwood names contestant winners from festival
July 6, 2017
Residents and visitors celebrated Linwood’s 150th anniversary with the recent Pioneer Festival. Gracelyn Harrison was named Little Miss Linwood and Raylan Gabbard was named Little Mister Linwood. The event had 44 cars at the car show, 38 vendors for the vendor show and 23 participants for the 5K.
Officers arrest 4 in connection with 2 stolen vehicles between Tonganoxie and Basehor
July 6, 2017
Local authorities arrested four people in connection with two stolen vehicles Wednesday at a residence near 174th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Basehor. Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said the investigation was ongoing regarding additional charges relating to the thefts. More information about the case is expected today.
Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
July 3, 2017
The StoneLion Puppet Theatre will be present their show Reflections at 12:30 p.m. July 13 at the Linwood Library. The puppet show brings to life the Mekong Delta rainforest and presents rare animals in puppet form, including marionettes and rod puppets.

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