Archive for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Report: More Kansas children in poverty from 2008 to 2013
July 22, 2015
The percentage of Kansas children living in poverty increased between 2008 and 2013, although the state’s ranking for children’s overall well-being remained the same, according to the annual Kids Count report.
Kansas Revenue Department still processing paper tax returns
July 22, 2015
The Kansas Department of Revenue says it’s still processing paper tax returns but should be finished soon.
Kansas firm criticized for plan to hike electric rates $152 million
July 22, 2015
A proposal by Kansas’ largest electric utility to raise its rates by $152 million a year is drawing strong criticism, particularly from green-energy advocates who argue that part of the plan will discourage consumers from installing solar panels or taking other steps to conserve power.
Jarbalo Jottings
July 22, 2015
Local residents celebrated Kaleb Siefkas’ third birthday July 11. His parents, Ryan and Rhiannon Siefkas, hosted the party.
Busting moves, winning awards
July 22, 2015
The Tonganoxie High cheer and dance teams won several awards at a spirit camp last month in Salina. THS teams attended spirit camp June 16-19 at Kansas Wesleyan University. The Chieftain Stars dance team earned blue ribbons for its home routine and fight song performances, along with the overall camp leadership award. The team also earned 27 individual blue ribbons for individual dance routines and the Camp Drill Down Award.
Dedication, open house Saturday at new Tonganoxie Elementary School
Movie night will be later that day outside TES
July 22, 2015
The community will get an up-close look at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School this weekend. A dedication of the new TES will start at 10 a.m. at the school, 1180 East St. There will be a scavenger hunt tour, maps for self-guided tours and refreshments at the school, which is southeast of Tonganoxie Middle School off Washington Street.
Cowboy event moseying in this weekend into Tonganoxie
July 22, 2015
Organizer Charley Green hopes Saturday’s event in downtown Tonganoxie and the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds rustles up some big crowds. Tonganoxie will celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy with a parade, several country western music performances and vendors.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Steve Christensen
July 22, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Steve Christensen.
Leavenworth County Fair: Bring on the exhibits, cotton candy and carnival
July 22, 2015
Tonganoxie will be bustling more than usual starting Tuesday. The annual Leavenworth County Fair starts Tuesday with some new attractions at the fairgrounds off Kansas Highway 16. Returning are the mainstays: the parade at 6:30 p.m. and the draft horse pull at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The parade will roll through downtown Tonganoxie along Fourth Street, while the draft horse pull will take place at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds grandstand.
Tonganoxie residents start sports equipment drive
July 22, 2015
­Local residents are starting a sports equipment exchange to help anyone in need of ball equipment. Slightly used soccer and football gear is being requested.
Tonganoxie swimmer places at Sunflower State Games
July 22, 2015
A Tongie Tidal Waves team member placed in a handful of events at the Sunflower State Games in Topeka. Lulu Myers-Arenth placed sixth in the 100 individual medley, seventh in breaststroke and eighth in freestyle. The Sunflower State Games started July 10 and run through Sunday.
Tonganoxie man in court on suspicion of child endangerment, alcohol charges
July 22, 2015
A Tonganoxie man whose apartment was the scene of an alleged sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl is expected to appear today in Leavenworth County District Court. Warren P. Thompson, 53, faces two counts aggravated endangerment, three counts endangerment and one count hosting of minors where alcohol is present.
Education focus: Academic boot camp program puts veterans back in the classroom
July 22, 2015
Veterans might shy away from the idea of going back to boot camp, but this one puts them in classrooms, not barracks. Veterans in the Kansas City area who are preparing to return to school in fall 2015 or anytime in 2016 can sharpen their classroom skills at a free 16-hour Academic Boot Camp in August.
Education focus: Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center prepares for fall push
July 22, 2015
The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center is preparing for a fall push of students enrolling in classes before its inaugural school year.
Education focus: JCCC partners with Clorox for on-site manufacturing courses
July 22, 2015
Johnson County Community College is working on-site with manufacturers, tailoring their classes to suit their needs.
Education focus: JCCC CDL training puts students in the driver’s seat for a new career
July 22, 2015
A shortage of truck drivers means the trucking industry is in need — and Johnson County Community College’s truck-driving program is there to help.