Student opts to clean all school vehicles
The Tonganoxie High School student involved in vandalizing school buses last month has opted to take a 20-day suspension from school and to clean and wax the 32 vehicles belonging to the school district, said Richard Erickson, superintendent.
In addition, the student will pay about $1,000 in restitution for the repairs to the damaged bus tires.
Erickson said the student will have to clean both the inside and outside of all the vehicles before the end of the school year.
"I think this young man said he would like to have the work completed by May 12," Erickson said.
Had the student not opted to clean the buses, he would have been expelled from school for the rest of the year and still would have had to pay restitution, Erickson said.
As for the other recent vandalisms, Erickson said that no new information has been reported concerning the December break-ins at the high school and junior high, or on the graffiti sprayed on the high school's patio and walkbridge.
"The police are still investigating that situation and we hope to find out who's responsible and take the appropriate action," Erickson said.
Wisdom receives KDHE certification
Lloyd Wisdom, Tonganoxie, is among wastewater treatment operators who recently were certified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The department also certified these other wastewater treatment operators and water treatment operators from this area: Larry Baxter, DeSoto, Shane Dye, Lawrence, David Turner, Ozawkie, Randal Christy, Leavenworth, and Murry Mitchell, Leavenworth, all water treatment operators; and Allen P. Johnson, Lansing and Jon J. Showalter, Lawrence, both wastewater treatment operators.
Come watch races at Pinewood Derby
Cub Scout Pack 3075 will hold its annual Pinewood Derby at 2 p.m. Saturday in the north gym of Tonganoxie Elementary School. Weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m., and the races start at 3 p.m. The public is invited.
Food commodities to be distributed
The Salvation Army will be distributing commodities from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 7 at Pleasant Village apartments, 711 Pleasant, Tonganoxie.
Everyone will need to bring a picture identification, proof of income and proof of residency.
The commodities are government surplus food given to needy Americans to help improve their diet. The food is free. Recipients must meet certain eligibility requirements.
Historical society to learn about dairies
Members of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will have the opportunity on Tuesday to learn about "The History of Dairying and Agriculture in the Tonganoxie Area."
Michael J. Grant researched the topic, using funds from a Heritage Grant awarded to the society by the Kansas Humanities Council.
He has worked on the project since last April, searching Kansas Historical Society archives, local newspapers and interviewing members of the Tonganoxie Historical Society.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Florence Riford Senior Center. The public is invited.
Grandparents remain important after divorce
Following a divorce, grandparents may need to make adjustments in their relationships with their children, their children's former spouses and their grandchildren.
It is especially important for grandparents to continue to maintain their relationships with their grandchildren. These relationships can serve as a stabilizing influence for a child during a time that can otherwise be filled with change.
Denise Sullivan, county extension agent in family and consumer sciences, invites those interested to attend the class, "Grandparents Forever," a program helping build a strong relationship with grandchildren, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Lansing 4-H building.
Participants are asked to register by Jan. 31, by calling the extension office, (913) 684-0475.