A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie free community fitness program attracts nearly 90 at first official session
10:33 a.m., September 1, 2015 Updated 09:41 p.m.
Amy Myers, with megaphone in hand, belted out instructions and encouragement to nearly 90 people Sunday night at Chieftain Park. At one point, she told participants they could run, walk or jog around an area in the park, but the path couldn’t include a trip to the ice cream table — at least not until later.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Delia Rubio
September 1, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie Elementary School’s Delia Rubio.
KDHE continues to research soil following gas leak
05:04 p.m., August 31, 2015 Updated 06:17 p.m.
Scott Wogomon recently detected a strange smell outside his new home. He contacted Kansas Gas Service to investigate the leak. That was Aug. 18 and officials still are working to determine what the gas exactly is. Kansas Gas Service visited the Wogomon home in the Jackson Heights subdivision that day, tending to a gas meter on the property on North Hickory Street.
Leavenworth County liquor store allegedly sells to undercover 19-year-old
Tonganoxie, Basehor stores refuse sale in countywide operation
August 31, 2015
A Leavenworth County liquor store allegedly sold liquor to a minor during an undercover operation conducted by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and Alcohol Beverage Control. Between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Sheriff’s Office and ABC sent a 19-year-old into nine liquor stores in the county with the intent to purchase liquor.
Tonganoxie High continues band camp tradition
Weeklong event prepares group for fall season
August 25, 2015
Summer traditionally has been the time of year when athletes knock off the rust with weeklong camps for varying sports. It’s not the only activity in Tonganoxie with such a history. It’s been something longtime Tonganoxie High School band director Charles Van Middlesworth has done with his students with an annual band camp in the summer. This year’s camp took place the Aug. 10-14 on the THS football practice field.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie deputy fire chief John Callaghan
August 25, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profiles John Callaghan, deputy fire chief with the Tonganoxie City Fire Department.
Tonganoxie City Council gives final approval for 2016 budget
Architect selected for potential police plans
August 19, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council has given final approval for its 2016 budget. The council approved the budget Monday after a public hearing on the matter during the council’s regular meeting. Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, Free State Fitness teaming up for community fitness program
August 14, 2015
Free State Fitness and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission are teaming up to get families out and exercising. A community fitness program officially will start at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Chieftain Park. The weekly event is available to residents of all exercise levels and will start at the same time through the first Sunday of October. Free State instructors will lead the activities, which will be free to the public.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development seeking applicants for 2015-16
August 12, 2015
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development organization is seeking applicants for 2015-16. The group, which celebrated 25 years earlier this year, is taking applications through Sept. 2. Class members range from high school seniors to retired residents. Students learn about personality and leadership traits, as well as local and state government, communication, teambuilding and other skills during the nine-month class that meets monthly.
Latest Tonganoxie police station search part of multi-year saga
August 12, 2015
Discussions likely will continue at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council regarding a future site for the Tonganoxie police station. It’s a debate that has endured several peaks and valleys the last few years.
Lansing approves Leavenworth County Humane Society permit for future building
Plan for land near Tonganoxie rejected in 2013
August 12, 2015
The Leavenworth County Humane Society is a step closer to having its own building. Lansing City Council voted unanimously Aug. 6 to approve a conditional use permit for LCHS, Inc. The permit allows the organization to build and operate a no-kill pet animal shelter in the Lansing Business Center. The permit must be applied for and renewed in 2020. LCHS is the only organization working to build and operate a no-kill pet animal shelter serving all Leavenworth County residents.
Tonganoxie church takes another step toward new building
About 90 attend groundbreaking ceremony
August 11, 2015
As church and city officials got ready to break ground during a ceremony last week for the new Cornerstone Family Worship along U.S. Highway 24-40, one person found a penny as he began to shovel.
Tonganoxie police calls, Aug. 3-10, 2015
August 10, 2015
Tonganoxie police calls for Aug. 3-10, 2015.
LCHS shelter permit approved
August 7, 2015
The Leavenworth County Humane Society is moving forward with plans to build and operate a “no kill” pet animal shelter open to all Leavenworth County residents.