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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


City OKs sale of former shop to Midwest Carpet
April 25, 2018
The former maintenance shop near Third and Main streets will have a new life. The Tonganoxie City Council earlier this month approved the sale of the 4,320-square-foot building to Midwest Carpet for $65,000.
Marathon man: Tonganoxie resident completes 2nd Boston Marathon
April 25, 2018
A marathon can be a nerve-racking experience even for the most experienced runner. The preparation, the grueling 26.2 miles itself. For Jack Angell, he most feared a bite from the flu bug— especially with the recent Boston Marathon. After all, running is an investment. The travel, the lodging and the registration in the marathon itself. And, despite the cruddy weather April 16 in Massachusetts — rain, sleet and all — Angell was able to complete the Boston Marathon.
Tonganoxie City Council approves alcohol permits for library, festival; Bennett sworn in; roof repairs approved
April 21, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council approved alcoholic beverage license for Tonganoxie Days and for the Tonganoxie Public Library for its monthly art nights. As was the case for the Sesquicentennial celebration in 2016 and last year’s Tonganoxie Days, the city will have a beer tent just north of the water park. Folks attending again, like last year, will be able to roam the grounds with their beverages. The grounds again will run from Fourth and Main to Second and Main and will include Gallagher Park and Third Street from Main to Delaware. That measure passed, 5-0, while the library issue passed, 4-1.
Tonganoxie school board names Valley Falls superintendent to USD 464 post; Phillips to be assistant superintendent
April 17, 2018
An administrator with nearly 40 years in education has been named the next superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464. The school board approved, 5-1, the hire of Loren Feldkamp as the district’s next superintendent. The contract is for two years starting July 1. The board also approved, 6-0, to hire Tonya Phillips as assistant superintendent for a one-year contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to meet again tonight at District Administrative Office
April 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board again will meet tonight in executive session at the USD 464 District Administrative Office, 330 E U.S. Highway 24-40 near the high school following last week’s interviews with superintendent candidates.
Leadership development class events Saturday in Tonganoxie, throughout county
April 13, 2018
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development class members have organized two events scheduled for this weekend: The Community Proud beautification project for local school districts and Pet Health Day. Here’s a closer look at both events:
Basehor Beat: Community Garden plots available
April 13, 2018
Plots at the Basehor Community Garden, in its seventh year of existence, are now available for the 2018 growing season. Last year, organizers started to convert the 10x21 ground plots into new 5x10 raised beds. Officials plan to do the same this spring. Plot sizes in 2018 will be 1-4x8 for $15 or 2-5x10 raised beds for $25. The garden still will have a few 10x21 ground plots, but they have already been reserved for the people who had them last year.
Mural work inside Tonganoxie business continues this weekend
April 12, 2018
With the help of an industrial lift, Elizabeth Daniel moved back and forth, up and down Saturday and Sunday at Ryan’s Public House in downtown Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie artist turned the avocado-colored wall into an ever-growing mural, scene by scene.
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad team wins 4th straight small-school state title
10:59 a.m., April 11, 2018 Updated 12:01 a.m.
Tonganoxie Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips joked at Monday’s USD 464 school board meeting that some Tonganoxie High School students were a bit late to prom Saturday, but it was for good reason. Those THS students brought home a fourth straight state title in Science Olympiad in the small-school division.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission approves recommendations on large projects
April 11, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission approved recommendations for a handful of notable projects at its meeting Thursday. The rezone request and special use permit for the proposed luxury RV resort and retail development passed.
Public invited to see Tonganoxie artist create mural inside local business this weekend
April 5, 2018
A local artist will be painting a mural inside a Tonganoxie business and the public is invited to view the process. Tonganoxie artist Elizabeth Daniel will be painting a mural on the west interior wall of Ryan’s Public House, 622 E. Fourth St. in downtown Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission to hear proposals today for luxury RV, new Casey’s store
April 5, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission will decide whether to approve plans for two projects that could have major implications on the Tonganoxie landscape. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to decide whether to approve plans for a proposed luxury RV resort just east of Tonganoxie and a new Casey’s General Store south of the U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16 intersection. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, along with Red Circle Development are proposing the luxury RV resort and adjacent retail development, respectively.
Area educator appointed to Tonganoxie school board
April 5, 2018
A local educator has been appointed to the Tonganoxie School Board, but members will need to appoint another, as the board president also resigned this past week. The Tonganoxie school board selected Stephanie Shupe on Thursday to finish out the unexpired term of Bryan Kemp.
Former fire chief appointed to Tonganoxie City Council
April 5, 2018
Dave Bennett is the newest member of the Tonganoxie City Council. The council voted, 3-2, to appoint Bennett to Jamie Lawson’s unexpired term. Curtis Oroke, Rocky Himpel and Loralee Stevens all voted in favor of Bennett, while fellow Council Member Kara Reed and Mayor Jason Ward voted against. Because of the type of vote it was for an appointment, Ward had the option to vote. Normally the mayor does not vote unless a tiebreaker is necessary or a super majority is required.
City Council discusses potential Tonganoxie road improvements
March 28, 2018
Public works director Kent Heskett addressed the council about potential road improvementt plans in the city for 2018.

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