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Ties to the past
Historical society turns barn into museum
March 5, 2003
It’s a chilly winter morning in the old dairy barn at the Tonganoxie Historic Site.
Mother rallies for continued funding for ‘Teslas’ of the future
March 5, 2003
Tesla feels no pain.
Publisher’s Notebook
March 5, 2003
If a member of your family is serving our country in the armed forces, we would like to know about it.
Shouts and Murmurs: Everything’s fine in Tonganoxie
March 5, 2003
It’s March and gardening is on my mind.
LMH continues search for Tonganoxie physician
March 5, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials hope to hire a physician soon to staff an office building planned for Tonganoxie.
Hot start can’t save Chieftains from substate defeat
March 5, 2003
A year ago, Tonganoxie upended higher-seeded Lansing in substate after failing to defeat the Lions in the regular season.
Chinstraps and Mouthpieces: Player’s political protest rips apart U.S. symbol
March 5, 2003
In a state where the American flag has been flown the proudest since Sept. 2001, one athlete has caused a stir because she won’t even acknowledge it. Toni Smith, a forward for the Manhattanville College women’s basketball team, continues to draw ire while playing for the Pleasant, N.Y., school. When the national anthem starts to play before her games, Smith makes a 90-degree turn from the flag in protest of the probable war in Iraq and what she calls inequalities in the American system. The flag stands for Smith’s free speech, among many other things, but her action misses its target. Drive through Lawrence and you’ll find gobs of yard signs scattered throughout with the writing: Peace is Patriotic. No War. With so many protests taking place in the last few weeks, Smith would have had plenty of opportunities to convey her message. Even a separate demonstration outlining her inequalities in America could have found a place somewhere in the college town. The sociology major, however, has established a 250-word essay explaining her actions. It appears that she is quite educated and she proved her intelligence by using the basketball court as her podium. Eventually reaching the pop culture of ESPN will attract more eyes and ears than any movement at NCAA Division III Manhattanville. Smith must realize that her beef is with current politicians — not a flag that symbolizes democracy and freedom. The Manhattanville College president stands behind Smith, saying it is courageous and difficult for her to take the position. Others don’t share that view. Student government members at Mount St. Mary’s handed out small United States flags for fans to wave when Manhattanville paid a visit last week. On Feb. 11, Smith found another disapproving group — fans at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Smith was met with chants of “U-S-A” and “Leave Our Country.” The most publicized run-in came Sunday when a Vietnam veteran came onto the court during the first half of the team’s final home game against Stevens Tech. Jerry Kiley held an American flag in front of Smith and was promptly escorted out by security and police. As for Smith’s basketball abilities, she is a 5-10 senior guard/forward who averaged 5.4 points per game last year for the Valiants. Smith won’t be remembered for any stats compiled at a small school just outside New York City, but for a political gesture made on a stage that had a captive audience. Whether a person agrees with Smith, one can’t deny that she’s passionate about what she’s doing. Some college students have tunnel vision complete with keg parties and what grade is needed to just pass a class. That doesn’t seem to apply to Smith. The basketball player certainly isn’t apathetic about these issues. She seems to take things more seriously than some other athletes. At the Hoyt regional wrestling tournament Feb. 22, a Royal Valley student sang the national anthem before the tournament’s championship matches. As the Star-Spangled Banner rang with a gorgeous voice through the gymnasium, one grappler wouldn’t stand still. Instead, he ran in place for a while and worked on some shadow moves. Coaches motioned him to stop, and he did. The wrestler probably isn’t too worried about what’s going on with foreign policy or tax cuts right now. Athletes can become entranced in an upcoming competition, but it’s not a difficult task standing for a few minutes to observe the flag. On the Manhattanville Web site, www.mville.edu, the women’s basketball roster includes short biographies about its players. Along with a favorite movie (Days of Thunder), favorite musical artist (Lauren Hill) and favorite food (lobster), Smith had two favorite quotes, both of which seem to convey her actions in some way. “It will be a great day when our schools get all the funding they need and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” That would be an interesting scene, but her other favorite quote is her battle cry. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” That’s quite true, but Smith could still stand firm in her beliefs. And she could do that with a 90-degree turn back toward the flag.
Weather postpones tourneys
March 5, 2003
This would be a perfect week for Tonganoxie’s spigot to drop some wins for the Chieftains.
Hardware for Hartshorn
THS senior becomes fifth wrestler in school history to medal at state after sixth-place finish in Wichita
March 5, 2003
The state wrestling tournament dragged on for Tonganoxie on Friday.
Water districts discuss supply sharing
March 5, 2003
No agreement about water was reached Thursday among Rural Water Districts 6 and 9 and the city, but a new proposal could be laid out at the March 24 city council meeting.
Badd Jack’s donating breakfast proceeds to VFW
March 5, 2003
A downtown restaurateur wants to lend a helping hand to Tonganoxie veterans.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day events nearing for Tonganoxie ‘Irish’
March 5, 2003
It’s time to pull out the green to wear at the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Wrestlers honor absent coach
Team members, coaches wear Army caps at state tourney in Wichita
March 5, 2003
Jeremy Goebel couldn’t be in Wichita to witness his first state tournament as a head coach.
Obituary: Samuel Kelsall III
March 5, 2003
Samuel Kelsall III, Houston, died Monday, March 3, 2003. Services are pending at Quisenberry Funeral Home
Obituary: Clovis Gene Yarnall Sr.
1928-2003
March 5, 2003
Services for Clovis Gene Yarnall Sr., 75, Bonner Springs, were Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie.
Obituary: Ellyn Rose Logsdon
1927-2003
March 5, 2003
Services for Ellyn Rose Logsdon, Linwood, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2003, at Liberty Christian Church, Brownstown, Ill. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, Brownstown, Ill.
Obituary: Velma Helen Cain
1928-2003
March 5, 2003
Services for Velma Helen Cain, 75, Edwardsville, were Monday, March 3, 2003, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
Obituary: George Joseph Corriston
1945-2003
March 5, 2003
Services for George Joseph Corriston, Leavenworth, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth.
Obituary: Stephan Lee Freeman
1951-2003
March 5, 2003
Services for Stephan Lee Freeman, 51, Topeka, were Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie.
Obituary: Mildred “Millie” Rose Frick
1928-2003
March 5, 2003
Services for Mildred “Millie” Rose Frick, 74, Tonganoxie, were Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie.
School committee looks at district facility needs
March 5, 2003
It’s just a plan in the beginning stages. But it’s still a plan.
After recount, Truesdell still in the race
March 5, 2003
Jim Truesdell hopes last week’s city council tie vote will serve as a wake-up call.
County’s valuation continues to climb
March 5, 2003
The total valuation of commercial and residential property in Leavenworth County increased by nearly 13 percent from 2002.
Substate games postponed
Tonganoxie, McLouth girls both will play Wednesday
March 5, 2003
The Tonganoxie girls 4A substate basketball game against Atchison scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until 6 p.m. tonight because of inclement weather.
Remember when: a community review
March 5, 2003