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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
No, I don’t recycle. Trash is trash
Yes, I have a Tonganoxie curbside bin and you should opt in, too
Yes, but I live in the county and want to opt in for curbside service
Yes, I have a Tonganoxie curbside bin, but it should be mandatory for all city households
Yes, but I live in the county and think it should be mandatory in the county
Total 18
Leavenworth woman convicted in rape case involving 16-month-old
October 11, 2017
A 41-year-old Leavenworth woman was convicted Thursday of one count rape of an 16-month-old girl. Mahogany Payne was convicted in Leavenworth County District court. For the purpose of this case, rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a victim younger than 14 when the offender is 18 or older. Sexual intercourse is defined as digital penetration of the female sex organ. Any penetration however slight, constitutes sexual intercourse.
Klemp back on Leavenworth County Commission with appointment
October 11, 2017
Louis Klemp is returning to the Leavenworth County Commission. Leavenworth County Republican Party officials selected Klemp from a field of three hopefuls. The appointment comes after longtime Commissioner Clyde Graeber announced last month he would be stepping down due to health issues. Klemp served previously on the Leavenworth County Commission. He takes over Graeber’s position serving the 2nd District, which covers Lansing and parts of Leavenworth.
This month’s Art Night Out is Thursday at Tonganoxie Public Library
October 11, 2017
Local artist Liz Daniel will lead her next Art Night Out later this month. The next program will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tonganoxie Public Library community room. During the classes, which take place the second Thursday of each month, Daniel leads attendees in creating art masterpieces.
Tonganoxie candidate forum is Oct. 18
October 11, 2017
A candidate forum for local races will be next week at VFW Hall. The forum, which will feature candidates running for Tonganoxie city council and school board candidates, will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the hall. Local races for school board and city council will be decided next month. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 7.
Chieftain Cafe numbers continue to climb
October 11, 2017
Chieftain Cafe continues to be a hot spot for Tonganoxie youth while providing healthy food options after school. The Tonganoxie Public Library program started in January, growing to an average attendance of 50 youths by the end of the school year. The after-school program now is averaging 80-90 participants from 3:30-5 p.m. on weekdays.
Former Tonganoxie resident sentenced to 19 years in case involving KCK officer
October 11, 2017
A former Tonganoxie resident was sentenced last week to more than 19 years in prison for aggravated robbery and burglary in a case related to the death of a police officer in Kansas City, Kan. Curtis Ayers, 30, was sentenced Thursday in Leavenworth County District Court for events that transpired May 9, 2016. He was sentenced to 233 months for the aggravated robbery and 32 months for the aggravated burglary, which will run concurrently. He did run this case consecutively to his capitol murder case from the same day in Wyandotte County. Ayers pleaded guilty to these two counts Thursday. On May 9, 2016, Ayers was at the Hollywood Casino in Wyandotte County. Law enforcement officials were called to the scene. Detective Brad Lancaster attempted to stop Ayers from leaving, but Ayers pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired multiple shots into Lancaster’s car from about 8 feet away. Lancaster suffered seven gunshot wounds that would eventually kill him. Ayers then took Lancaster’s vehicle, but not before being rammed by another officer’s vehicle and engaging in a shootout in which that officer and Ayers were not hit. Ayers proceeded to 118th Street and State Avenue where he crashed Lancaster’s car into another vehicle driven by a woman with two children. Ayers pulled the woman out of her car, breaking her arm in the process. Ayers proceeded to drive that vehicle into Basehor at 141st Street, entering Leavenworth County in the process.
Happy Homecoming in Tonganoxie
October 11, 2017
Rain couldn’t put a damper on Tonganoxie Homecoming festivities Friday. With weather forecasts calling for severe weather Friday night, school officials moved up the coronation ceremony to 4:45 p.m. and the football game to 5:30 p.m. at Beatty Field. The 90-minute move in scheduling, it was hoped, would get everything out of the way before storms came. Though it was a rainy evening, the weather didn’t get to Tonganoxie until later. Gage Smith and Sierra Staatz were named Homecoming king and queen.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board accepts Kleidosty resignation, approves Tyson resolution
October 11, 2017
Chris Kleidosty will no longer be the superintendent at Tonganoxie USD 464. But when his resignation takes effect still is not clear. The board approved, 6-1, to accept Kleidosty’s resignation at the end of Monday’s meeting, with Phillip Welsh casting the dissenting vote. The full motion was to accept the Kleisdosty’s resignation, subject to the board’s discussion in executive session. Former school board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked the board more particulars about the resignation. Board President Bryan Kemp declined to answer. Instead he told Truesdell she could request information through an open meetings request.
Tonganoxie High football stays perfect, now leads KVL
October 5, 2017
Tonganoxie football keeps rolling as district play gets ever closer. Along with a playoff berth, a conference title in the final year of Kaw Valley League could be icing on the cake. THS rolled Friday to a 37-3 road victory against KVL foe Lansing. The victory moved the Chieftains to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the league, but some other happenings in the league made the league race more interesting.
Hollywood Homecoming in Tonganoxie; coronaton, kickoff being moved up due to weather
12:03 p.m., October 5, 2017 Updated 04:34 p.m.
The theme is Golden Hollywood; the opponent is the Golden Bears. Homecoming week is here for Tonganoxie High School, with the dance theme Saturday night being “Golden Hollywood.” The dance will run 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chieftain Room, with tickets being $7 for a single ticket and $10 for couples.
Locked in and focused: Tonganoxie High soccer prepares for playoffs
October 5, 2017
Tonganoxie registered its third shutout of the season and moved one step closer to a Kaw Valley League title Monday. THS blanked Lansing, 5-0, at Lansing. The victory moved Tonganoxie to 12-0-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play. Tonganoxie’s final conference game is Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., against Bishop Ward. A victory against the Cyclones would make Tonganoxie the league champions. Heading into this week, a handful of KVL teams had one conference loss. But THS has the tiebreaker over them.
Letter to the editor: Response to Tyson
September 28, 2017
(Dear Tyson,) On behalf of the citizens from Tonganoxie and surrounding areas who have flocked together by the thousands to oppose your proposed $320 million poultry processing plant, I’d personally like to apologize if we have ruffled any feathers. It’s just that we don’t appreciate back-door politics and non-disclosure agreements. They’ll drop our property values, irreversibly pollute our waterways and air, impact the future of our children and substantially increase our taxes, to your benefit.
Tyson could be looking to build in Cornhusker State; Concordia reportedly showing interest
September 28, 2017
Kansas had the fourth lowest income growth of any state in the country during the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income grew by only 0.4 percent during the quarter, which ranked Kansas 47th among the states. The national average was 0.7 percent.
Graeber replacement would have to run in 2018
September 28, 2017
Clyde Graeber’s replacement on the Leavenworth County Commission will have to run for election in 2018 if the appointee wants to stay on the board beyond the resident’s appointment. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski explained the timeline this week. Graeber, who announced Monday that he would be stepping down next week because of health concerns, was elected to another term this past November. His last meeting is Thursday.
Tonganoxie community shows support for family of fallen soldier
September 28, 2017
Tonganoxie came out earlier this month to pay tribute to a fallen soldier. Private services took place Sept. 16 at Quisenberry Funeral Home for Chief Petty Officer Charles Nathan Findley, who died Aug. 21 while serving his country aboard the USS John S. McCain. Tonganoxie resident Kay Soetaert was Findley’s grandmother.
Tonganoxie volleyball bounces back after tough tourney
September 27, 2017
The Tonganoxie High volleyball team keeps plugging away. The Chieftains had a rough showing at the Tonganoxie Invitational on Saturday, as the squad went 1-3 on the day at its home meet. The tourney performance dropped the Chieftains to 7-10 on the season, but THS turned right around Monday with a couple of victories on the road.
Hot (pink) shot for Tonganoxie High golfer
September 27, 2017
Brenn Shryock checked off a golf rarity Monday in Ozawkie, something no one in the Tonganoxie High boys program has done in some 15 years of existence. And Shryock has only been golfing for a couple months. The THS junior made a hole-in-one at Village Greens Golf Course during a tournament Jeff West was hosting. It was No. 16. Par 3 at 78 yards.
THS runners sweep at home invite
September 27, 2017
Tonganoxie swept the varsity races at its home invitational last week. The boys had the winning low score of 35, while the girls scored a 26 on Sept. 19 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. In the boys meet, Manhattan took second (60), Topeka West third (92), Wyandotte fourth (108), Atchison fifth (109) and Bishop Seabury sixth (109).
Tonganoxie soccer wins overtime thriller, stays unbeaten
September 27, 2017
Whether by rout or rally, the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team has found various ways to win. On Friday, the Chieftains had arguably their most exciting match of the season. Playing against Maranatha in Shawnee, Tonganoxie played catch up much of the night. Although THS led, 1-0, in the first half, the Chieftains trailed, 3-1, at one point in the second half. But once again, Tonganoxie battled back.
Tonganoxie football stays undefeated with victory against Bonner Springs
September 27, 2017
Last year, Tonganoxie was rolling heading into its game against Bonner Springs. Then BSHS tripped up the visiting Chieftains, 21-12, handing them their first loss of the season. Key injuries started to mount and THS went 2-4 after the 3-0 start. This year is different. Tonganoxie held on for a 28-18 victory Friday, improving to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Kaw Valley League. Tonganoxie got on the board first and led, 14-6, after the first quarter. The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter and didn’t score in the third quarter. Tonganoxie outscored Bonner, 8-6, in the fourth quarter and held on for the victory. Bonner Springs fell to 2-2 with the loss.