A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Second downtown mural coming to life this week
Artist returning to create another ode to Tonganoxie
November 3, 2015
A second mural in Tonganoxie will be changing the downtown landscape a bit more. Kelly Poling, a muralist from Chillicothe, Mo., painted a mural featuring books and an image of the late Dr. Phil Stevens in September on the west side of the Stevens physician’s office building. That mural creates part of a border in the downtown pocket park.
Tonganoxie police calls, Oct. 15-22, 2015
November 3, 2015
Tonganoxie police calls for Oct. 15-22, 2015
Tonganoxie police asking for help in finding missing resident
October 29, 2015
Tonganoxie police are asking for the public’s assistance in a missing-person case. Law enforcement officials are trying to find Loretta J. Jewell, 57, a Tonganoxie resident who has been missing nearly two weeks.
District celebrates new TES with handful of ceremonies
October 28, 2015
It was a busy morning Saturday at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Tonganoxie USD 464 had a celebration, complete with ribbon cutting, dedication of an American flag, a time capsule and other activities. The TES Chorusters sang to the crowd, while the Daughters of the American Revolution donated a crabapple tree to be planted on the new campus.
Process continues with Tonganoxie charter ordinance
October 28, 2015
The process for the city’s latest charter ordinance continues with a second legal publication today. Tonganoxie City Council approved a charter ordinance changing its form of government at the Oct. 19 regular meeting after another vote.
Township firefighters add EMS equipment
October 28, 2015
The Reno and Sherman township fire departments in Leavenworth County have implemented a new medical program in their response areas.
Tonganoxie Public Library bingo offerings providing afternoon fun
Officials look to add more programs for retired residents
October 28, 2015
Bingo has gained some popularity in its early offerings at Tonganoxie Public Library. The game is being offered from 1 to 3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month. October was the first month for bingo at the library. Nicole Holifield, who handles children’s programming and other duties at the library, said four people showed up for the first day of bingo. Last week, 12 people gathered for games.
Cool runnings for Tonganoxie cross country
THS girls qualify as team for second straight year; Phillips competing as individusa
October 27, 2015
The Tonganoxie High girls and boys teams will have representation at the state cross country meet this Saturday in Wamego. The girls finished third at a Class 4A regional this past Saturday in Baldwin City, good for their second straight team appearance at state. THS won its regional last year. On the boys side, Tonganoxie placed fifth as a team. Though only the top three teams advance to state. Tonganoxie senior Ethan Phillips did qualify individually for the state meet.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Public Library’s Nicole Holifield
October 26, 2015
This week’s Face to Face focuses on Tonganoxie Public Library’s Nicole Holifield.
Organizers planning many activities for Spooktacular
October 21, 2015
Several creatures will be lurking through downtown Tonganoxie on Oct. 30. But don’t worry, the invasion once again is for fun. Spooktacular will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 along Fourth Street. The event, which Tonganoxie Entrepreneurs Achieving Success Together is sponsoring with Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, will offer several activities.
Mayor’s vote helps pass Tonganoxie charter ordinance
October 21, 2015
After another vote, the Tonganoxie City Council has approved a charter ordinance changing its form of government. The Tonganoxie City Council voted, 3-2, to approve a charter ordinance earlier this month changing the city’s form of government.
Tonganoxie police chief commended for actions at scene of motorcycle accident
October 20, 2015
Caicey Jones doesn’t remember much about the time she spent May 6 in Tonganoxie. But she said she’s alive today because of Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau. Jones was riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle with Che Martinez. The couple was heading back to St. Joseph, Mo., from a photo shoot in Wellsville.
Work begins on Tonganoxie’s Gallagher Park
October 14, 2015
The new Gallagher Park just south of Tonganoxie Water Park is starting to take shape. Footings have been poured for a circular area that will have brick pavers and a water fountain.
Charter ordinance does not pass council
Measure required super majority
October 14, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council voted, by a slim margin, to approve a charter ordinance last week changing the city’s form of government. Though initially reported that the ordinance passed, it actually required a 2/3 vote or super majority. The vote was 3-2, with Council Members Jim Truesdell and Curtis Oroke voting against the measure. The charter ordinance required four votes to pass.