Archive for Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Readers can cast votes for top stories of 2010

December 14, 2010

Soon the calendar will turn to 2011, but before it does, The Mirror wants your input in determining the top stories of 2010.

The newspaper’s staff has assembled a list of 15 stories. Log on to and vote in the online poll. From those 15, select 10 that you feel were tops in 2010.

From those results, a story will run in the Dec. 29 edition outlining the results.

Here is the list of 15 stories from which to choose:

• Harsh winter. Old Man Winter was not kind to the area, which caused obstacles for city and county crews.

• Interchange for Tonganoxie. Though it opened days before 2010 was ushered in, plenty of traffic has come to and from the Tonganoxie/Eudora Interchange on Interstate-70.

• Tonganoxie High School wins Class 4A four-speaker debate title. Though the program has had a storied history in Tonganoxie, it was the first four-speaker title since 2005 for THS.

• Kansas Sampler Festival comes to Leavenworth. Tonganoxie residents participated in the Kansas Sampler Festival, which attracted folks from across the state in May to Leavenworth’s Ray Miller Park.

• Connor Olson. After more than a year-long battle with cancer, the THS senior died in April. The Tonganoxie High School student was an inspiration to many, including the Kansas University football team. He was asked to give the team an impromptu speech and also received his diploma during a special ceremony in his final days.

• Tonganoxie Post Office moves. The post office, a longtime mainstay in downtown Tonganoxie, moved in June to north of U.S. Highway 24-40.

• Tonganoxie man reported missing reunites with family. Luke Stevens, who was reported missing in late May, returned home in early September.

• City Council changes. Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal resigned, as did councilmembers Burdel Welsh and Tom Putthoff. Council President Jason Ward became mayor and then appointed Chris Donnelly, Bill Peak and Andy Gilner to vacant posts.

• Coffee roaster glitch causes carbon monoxide scare for couple. A glitch with a commercial coffee bean roaster at the home of Jamie and Val Carlisle caused serious health issues because of carbon monoxide, unbeknownst to them at the time. The culprit for their illness was detected, though staying another night at home likely would have been fatal, doctors told the couple.

• Budget cuts for school district and city. Economic conditions caused budget cuts for both the district and city, as well as downsizing in staff for the school district.

• Jeff Brandau hired as new police chief. A former KBI administrator, Brandau was hired to replace Kenny Carpenter, who retired this year.

• First Tonganoxie Education Hall of Fame class inducted.

• New Linwood Library opens. Linwood opened its new library in October on Kansas Highway 32, more than doubling the space of its downtown location.

• Trevor Roberts loses leg. The McLouth High School senior broke his leg during a game in September near Wichita. Unfortunately, the leg became infected and days later the leg had to be amputated.

• USD 464 planning bond issue.


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