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Organizers hope Feast for First Responders gains steam in Tonganoxie
March 22, 2016
A few Tonganoxie residents who made a meal for first-responders hope the gesture will become a regular occurrence. The first Feast with First Responders dinner took place Feb. 19 at the Tonganoxie City Fire Station. Roughly 20 people were present, with representatives from the Tonganoxie police and fire departments and Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service. Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office members also were invited to the gathering.
Residents brave elements for Tonganoxie Recreation Commission Easter Egg Hunt
March 22, 2016
Though the weather wasn’t the most ideal, youths and their families still turned out to collect 5,000 eggs at Saturday’s Tonganoxie Easter Egg Hunt. Brad Eccles, assistant Tonganoxie Recreation Commission director, said people still turned out for the annual event.
Kansas school aid debate raises tough issues for lawmakers
March 22, 2016
Under a court order to revamp the state’s education funding formula, Kansas legislators are raising issues they normally don’t discuss, such as the possibility of increasing property taxes statewide and consolidating local school districts.
Tonganoxie Middle School Science Olympiad prepares for state appearance
Team placed 13th in regional competition
March 21, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School Science Olympiad team has been making history with recent performances at regional competition. The team’s middle school counterpart is doing pretty well on the Science Olympiad circuit as well. Tonganoxie Middle School participated in regional competition last month and, like the THS squad, qualified for the state competition April 2 on the Wichita State University campus.
Former Johnson County election commissioner slammed in ethics audit
March 21, 2016
A top U.S. election official improperly claimed mileage and travel expenses, intentionally skirted oversight of government credit card expenses and wasted taxpayer funds while at his former job as an elections commissioner in Kansas, according to an audit released Thursday.
Kansas GOP lawmakers cite rising frustration, anger with Brownback
March 21, 2016
A rift between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his fellow Republicans in the Kansas Legislature was laid bare for all to see last week when the GOP-dominated Senate voted to override one of the governor’s vetoes and came within a single vote of overriding another.
Kansas private businesses could be exempt from local regulations under state bill
March 17, 2016
Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would prohibit local governments or city officials from regulating the work hours or wages of private employees.
Open-records advocates decry Kansas effort to curtail public access to police reports
March 17, 2016
Two years ago Kansas was the only state in the country that prohibited the public from seeing records that tell why police arrested someone or searched a house or business.
Tonganoxie High student follows in siblings’ footsteps, attends Alabama space camp
March 16, 2016
Rachel Maurer finds herself talking about international weather often these days. She’s participates in a group chat of fellow high school students from Australia, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, India, Switzerland and points across the United States.
GOP senators vent frustrations at Brownback, but veto override unlikely
March 15, 2016
Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate said after a heated caucus meeting Monday that they are no longer sure they have enough votes to override two of Gov. Sam Brownback’s recent vetoes.
Tonganoxie HIgh teammates sign to play volleyball on collegiate level
March 15, 2016
Tonganoxie High teammates Kassi Gratton and Lauren Jackson have accepted opportunities to continue their volleyball careers at the collegiate level, but they have selected considerably different options. Gratton is heading to Great Bend, about 220 miles from Tonganoxie, to play at Barton County Community College. A more than 3-hour drive is a bit of a jaunt, but Jackson will be playing some 600 miles away in Richmond, Ind.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Jamie Bowser
March 15, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Jamie Bowser.
For fourth straight year, school advocates march to Topeka, but stakes are higher than ever
March 14, 2016
Three years ago, Heather Ousley was just one frustrated mother in Johnson County who wanted to show her concern about conditions in her daughter’s school.
Kansas students report attack by man shouting racial slurs, ‘Trump’
March 14, 2016
Wichita police are investigating a report that two college students were attacked by a man shouting racial epithets and the name of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Zika virus confirmed in Kansas, officials say; now more than 200 cases nationwide
March 12, 2016
State health officials say an adult from southwest Kansas has the state’s first confirmed case of the Zika virus.
Kansas educators’ outcry over school finance measure stifles meeting
March 11, 2016
An outcry from educators has forced the Kansas Senate’s budget chief to cancel a hearing on a bill that would take control of school finance away from the state Department of Education.
Kansas senator seeks to end daylight saving time
March 11, 2016
When you get elected to the Kansas Legislature, you can introduce any bill you want. And when you’re the head of a powerful budget committee, you can be pretty confident that your bill will get a hearing.
Kansas bill to impeach top court judges advances in Senate; would allow impeachment of governor, too
March 10, 2016
The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill Thursday that spells out actions that could justify impeaching a Supreme Court justice or other constitutional officer, including attempting to usurp the power of another branch of government.
Kansas lawmakers vote to ban minors from indoor tanning
March 10, 2016
The Kansas House has approved a measure that would prohibit minors from using tanning devices such as sun lamps and tanning beds.
Suspect in custody after Kansas City killing spree that left five dead
Was in country illegally, federal agents say
March 9, 2016
A man suspected of fatally shooting four people at his neighbor’s home in Kansas before killing another man about 170 miles away in rural Missouri was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after an extensive manhunt, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.