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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


McLouth man killed in head-on collision
May 16, 2018
A two-vehicle head on collision claimed the life of a McLouth man Tuesday on Kansas Highway 16. Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the accident, which happened about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday on K-16 at Parallel Road.
Helping hands from Tonganoxie in Guatemala
May 16, 2018
Thanks to a group of local volunteers, Guatemalan villagers have healthier smiles and improved roofs over their heads. Tonganoxie resident Kay Soetaert led a group of 13 volunteers in February to San Juan la Laguna on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for medical and dental outreach, as well as home construction. Soetaert said she has gone to the Central American country some 15 times for mission work, many times with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church from Overland Park.
Battle of Badges blood drive this week throughout Leavenworth County
May 14, 2018
Leavenworth County Battle of the Badges is a blood drive taking place this week throughout the county that encourages residents to join with first responders in donating blood.
City OKs zoning for RV resort, retail development
May 9, 2018
Neighbors of a proposed luxury RV resort and retail development area just east of Tonganoxie spoke out at Monday’s council meeting against the project. But Council Members noted their also was support for the project. Discussion continued before the Council voted, 5-0, to approve rezoning and a special use permits to keep the project moving forward.
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.

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