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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Tonganoxie mayor checking on potential conflict of interest with Tyson
September 14, 2017
As Tyson Foods seeks more than $1 million from the city of Tonganoxie for a controversial meatpacking plant, the city’s mayor has confirmed he works for a law firm that does business with Tyson. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward said he is now seeking legal advice on whether he has an official conflict of interest that would preclude him from taking part in decisions on Tyson’s proposal to build a $325 million chicken processing plant south of Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie writer pens children’s book that can help youths deal with loss due to suicide
September 13, 2017
Tonganoxie writer Lisa Scheller has published a picture book, “The Story of The Bear.” The book may be helpful for adult caregivers to open a conversation with a child who has lost a loved one to suicide. Scheller originally wrote the story in 1989 to help her then-young children understand their paternal grandfather’s suicide.
No Tyson In Tongie’ effort adding supporters by hundreds in Tonganoxie area
September 12, 2017
Jen Peak has watched a community mobilize for a common cause in the span of a week. She was in downtown Tonganoxie on Sept. 5 when Gov. Sam Brownback and officials from Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans for a massive $320 million chicken-processing plant on two properties along Leavenworth County Road 1 south of Tonganoxie. With opposition signs in tow, Peak and other members of Citizens Against Project Sunset were at the announcement.
Tyson plant opponents pack Leavenworth County Commission meeting
September 7, 2017
Bill Jones took to the podium, his voice cracking. The longtime Leavenworth County resident told the Leavenworth County Commission on Thursday that he has placed a “For Sale” sign on his property. He lives on land near an acreage south of Tonganoxie where Tyson Foods, Inc., plans to build a chicken production plant. Jones and others opposing the plant took their fight Thursday to the commissioners, less than 48 hours after the Arkansas-based company and Gov. Sam Brownback announced a planned $320 million project during an event Tuesday in downtown Tonganoxie.
Brownback announces Tyson planning $320M plant near Tonganoxie
September 5, 2017
A $320 million poultry complex — the first of its kind to be built in some 20 years — is expected to be up and running in 2019 south of Tognanoxie, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday in downtown Tonganoxie. Brownback announced that Tyson Foods, Inc., which already has six plants across the state, plans to build its largest near Tonganoxie.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 30, 2017
September 1, 2017
Sunflowers are in full bloom and fans don’t have to travel far to take in their beauty. Ted Grinter has 27 acres of row after row of sunflowers on his farm southwest of Tonganoxie. Sunflowers are known to track the movement of the sun across the sky when they are in the bud stage. Once the flower blooms, however, it faces east and that could be the flower’s efforts to avoid direct heat. Kansas ranks third in sunflower production after North Dakota and South Dakota.
Barn quilts adorn Tonganoxie Community Historic Site barn
September 1, 2017
Last week, the hay barn at Tonganoxie Community Historical Society museum took on a new look. Travelers on U.S. Highway 24-40 can look to the west to see the new look. Folks also can turn west onto Eighth Street and view the new feature near Vintage Park. Three barn quilts now adorn the north wall of the historic site’s barn. Since 2011, the north face of the barn was decorated with a canvas that celebrated the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Today, the barn celebrates the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail and becomes the centerpiece for the trail.
Embracing, bracing for Grinter sunflowers near Tonganoxie
August 31, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 24-40 has the potential for jubilation and anxiety all wrapped into a couple weekends. The popular Grinter Farms sunflower fields look to be on schedule for prime viewing Labor Day Weekend and into the following weekend. With the August weather looking to be mild this year, it’s shaping up to be another massive tourism time at Grinter Farms. Crowds have grown each year, with last year’s crowds thought to be pushing some 150,000 for the entire viewing period. That meant traffic troubles on U.S. 24-40, some fender benders and even message boards on Interstate 70 announcing the fields were closed to visitors for a time.
Sunflower Stroll coming to Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The Sunflower Stroll is coming to Tonganoxie. Monica Gee with the Tonganoxie Business Association told the City Council on Monday of plans to entice visitors to the Grinter Farms sunflower fields to stop in Tonganoxie after their visit to the global attraction. Gee said the stroll was an effort to get something started in Tonganoxie around the time sunflowers are in bloom. She hopes the stroll grows into a festival or some time of event as time progresses.
Pathways transition program opening today in former Tonganoxie police station
August 17, 2017
More activity is coming to downtown Tonganoxie. Pathways, a new transition program for for graduates 18-21 years of age is set to open Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Kansas City man gets nearly 10 years in meth case
August 17, 2017
A 48-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced last month in Leavenworth County District Court to nearly 10 years in prison on methpamphetamine charges. George Dobbs was sentenced July 14 to 117 months to the Department of Corrections for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A second count of possession of drug paraphernalia received a sentence of 11 months with the Department of Corrections. That case was ordered to run concurrently to the primary count.
Leavenworth woman sentenced in death of mother
August 17, 2017
A 60-year-old Leavenworth resident was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for killing her mother. Victoria Smith was sentenced last month in Leavenworth County District Court to 155 months for killing her mother, Anna Higgins. On July 3, 2016, the Leavenworth Police Department responded to a 911 call in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue in Leavenworth. When officers arrived they heard Smith screaming that she had killed someone. Smith, who lived alone but in a home owned by her mother, later admitted that she was surprised to be awaken by her mother. Smith then hit her mother with a flashlight outside her bedroom door. Upon realizing what she did, Smith then took her mother from the doorway to the main living room where she then proceeded to strike her several more times with a three-pound mallet, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. Higgins was found dead on the scene.
Leavenworth County staff member marks 25 years
August 17, 2017
Attorney’s office and he hasn’t left since. Roger has built an incredible resume for himself in those 25 years doing everything from prosecuting cases, handling managerial duties, and developing the first ever paperless office in the state of Kansas.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital accepting grant applications for local wellness projects
August 17, 2017
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. Multiple grants may be awarded in each community, with a maximum of $2,500 per applicant. More than $10,000 in grants will be distributed starting in September, the news release said.