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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Cousins continue family tradition in Tonganoxie at Shrine Rodeo
May 25, 2017
Garrett Phillips and Bo Pursel will get some good family time in this week, and hope to win some money while they do it. The two men, both rodeo athletes, will be team roping together in the Aballah Shrine Rodeo May 25 and 26 in Tonganoxie. Phillips, Tonganoxie High School graduate as of Saturday, and his cousin Bo Pursel, a 2012 graduate of Lansing High School, pair up with their horses and their ropes and head to area rodeos to compete in the team roping. Phillips is the header: the cowboy who ropes the steer’s head. Pursel, his cousin on his dad’s side, is the heeler, the cowboy who ropes the steer’s back heels.
Abdallah Shrine Rodeo and Demolition Derby roars into Tonganoxie
May 25, 2017
Bulls, horses and other livestock will take center stage before cars smash their way through the arena later this week at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. The Abdallah Shrine Rodeo an Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. nightly Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rodeo events will be Thursday and Friday and the demolition derby will be staged Saturday.
Vehicle crashes Saturday into downtown Tonganoxie dance studio
May 13, 2017
A Ford Mustang took out a mailbox, clipped a parked vehicle and then crashed late Saturday morning into a downtown Tonganoxie storefront. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau. A 33-year-old Tonganoxie man was driving east on Fourth Street when his vehicle struck the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church mailbox, clipped a parked car and then drove into the front of Graves Talent Studio at the southeast corner of Fourth and Green streets.
Remember When: A Community Review for May 10, 2017
May 11, 2017
Local residents will meet in VFW Park on Sunday for a “Stand in for Peace” event. This is not a political gathering. The inspiration came from Sharon Mehdi’s children’s book, “The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering.” Susy Ross and Helene Miller are organizing the event, which also has some historical background. In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” proposed to hold an annual Mother’s Day for Peace, to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, and the great and general interests of peace.
McLouth Happenings
May 11, 2017
The Linwood Library will present a program called Water Gardening A to Z at 6:30 p.m. May 25. This free program will be presented by Karen Fiske from The Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City.
Linwood News
May 11, 2017
The Linwood Library will present a program called Water Gardening A to Z at 6:30 p.m. May 25. This free program will be presented by Karen Fiske from The Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City.
Jarbalo Jottings
May 10, 2017
Thanks to everyone who made the rummage sale at Jarbalo United Methodist Church a success: those who donated articles, baked goods and those who bought things.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development celebrates Class of 2017
May 10, 2017
Area residents ranging from high school seniors to retired citizens gathered last week in Tonganoxie to celebrate their graduation from Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development. SLCLD graduated 21 Wednesday, May 3, during a luncheon at Magdalenas Venue. Former state legislator and Kansas Board of Regents member Kenny Wilk was keynote speaker.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission gearing up for 50-year celebration in June
April 26, 2017
Tonganoxie celebrated a big milestone last year with a sesquicentennial celebration. For a third of that time, there also has been a Tonganoxie Recreation Commission. TRC will celebrate 50 years with its annual summer kickoff the first Saturday in June.
Undies drive and bingo at Tonganoxie Public Library
April 21, 2017
Folks were dropping their pants often this past month at Tonganoxie Public Library. Well, to be more specific, people were dropping off underwear at the local library. Don’t be alarmed. No one actually was disrobing March 15-April 15 at Third and Bury streets. Instead, it was the library’s Drop (off) Your Drawers drive.
State speaker to discuss communities and better involvement tonight in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
A staff member of Public Square Communities, Inc., who is part of numerous statewide initiatives will speak tonight in Tonganoxie. Liz Sosa of Garden City will lead a community discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Building activity up in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
There’s a lot of building activity these days in Tonganoxie. Assistant City Manager Jamie Shockley presented numbers at Monday’s City Council meeting. She noted that Tonganoxie leads the county in single-resident building permits being issued so far this year. Shockley said many numbers are encouraging so far this year, including 26 percent of budget estimates have been collected for sales tax. That’s up from 13 percent at this time in 2016. Shockley said she wanted to research why that number has doubled from last year.
Mayors for Meals in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
To help raise awareness of this service and its demand in the community, each year, the Council on Aging participates in Meals on Wheels of America’s “March for Meals” campaign. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward, as he has done often in recent years, helped deliver meals to homebound seniors last month in Tonganoxie as part of mayoral support acoss the country.
Leadership group bringing state speaker to Tonganoxie for regional event
April 3, 2017
A staff member of Public Square Communities, Inc., who is part of numerous statewide initiatives will speak later this month in Tonganoxie. Liz Sosa of Garden City will lead a community discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Sosa will provide perspectives on citizen-led civic engagement for community development and the connecting and engagement of young leaders with the civic and entrepreneurial fabric of their communities.
Tonganoxie citywide garage sale is Saturday
March 27, 2017
Bargain shoppers get ready — Tonganoxie’s spring citywide garage sale is almost here. This year’s spring sale is Saturday. To place a yard sale advertisement in The Mirror, call 866-823-8220. The citywide sale takes place the first Saturday in April and first Saturday in October.

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