A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie USD 464 ballot deadline is June 30
June 18, 2015
Tonganoxie voters have about two weeks left to cast their mail-in ballots in the special Tonganoxie USD 464 local option budget election. Voters will decide whether to give the school board authority to increase the local option budget from 30 percent to 33 percent. Ballots were sent out last week and are due back to the Leavenworth County Courthouse by noon June 30.
Tonganoxie Days festival shines through
June 18, 2015
An overcast Saturday didn’t seem to hinder folks from getting out for the 30th annual Tonganoxie Days on Saturday. “Despite a shower here and there, I thought it went pretty good,” said Connie Torneden, longtime organizer. “It seemed like there were people looking at the booths consistently throughout the day, so that was pretty good.”
Tonganoxie’s Kirby McRill Aventure Walk/Run is Saturday
June 18, 2015
A unique 5K walk that pays homage to a not-so-ordinary namesake is back for its second year Saturday and organizers are hoping several teams sign up in the coming days. The Kirby McRill Adventure Walk and 5K run will start with registration at 7 a.m. Saturday at The Jewel on Main at Fourth and Main streets in the downtown Tonganoxie area.
Basehor ‘gaining traction’ in push for EMS expansion
June 18, 2015
After three years of asking the county to expand its EMS services in Basehor, city officials believe they are finally gaining traction.
Tonganoxie police investigating sexual assault case involving 13-year-old
June 17, 2015
Tonganoxie police continue to investigate an alleged sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl at an underage party.
Frese: Push for Tonganoxie Public Libary expansion starts with Saturday run
June 11, 2015
For several years now, those of us on the Tonganoxie Public Library Board of Trustees have talked about building a new library. It has just never seemed like the right time.
Sand volleyball tourney Saturday in Tonganoxie
June 10, 2015
A sand volleyball tournament is planned for Saturday in Chieftain Park.
Hello to summer in Tonganoxie
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission offering many programs
June 10, 2015
The rain is staying away just long enough for the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds to begin bustling with youth baseball and softball for the summer. The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission officially started the summer off with its kickoff party May 29 and plenty more programs are being offered in the summer.
Tonganoxie group hopes for ‘yes’ vote in mail ballot election
June 10, 2015
About 10 Tonganoxie area residents gathered at a local residence Friday night to discuss politics. The discussion centered at times on what’s happening in Topeka, but the focus for this group was and continues to be hyperlocal — the state of school funding.
Tonganoxie’s Kirby McRill Walk and Run coming June 20
June 10, 2015
The Kirby McRill 5K Adeventure Walk and 5K Run will be later this month. The inaugural walk was last summer when teams walked a course trough Tonganoxie that included various challenges along the way.
Tonganoxie Days: Focusing on the festival
June 10, 2015
Saturday marks the 30th annual Tonganoxie Days festival and longtime organizer Connie Torneden has one thing on her mind to celebrate the milestone. She just wants the rain to stay away for a day.
Tonganoxie event in July to mark National Day of Cowboy
June 10, 2015
Tonganoxie will celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy with a parade, several country western music performances and vendors.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Connie Torneden
June 9, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie Days organizer Connie Torneden.
Tonganoxie youth remembered for ‘lighting up a room’
12:43 p.m., June 8, 2015 Updated 10:36 a.m.
Sierra Sommer was known for lighting up a room. She, also, as others noted, was a bit of a chameleon at Tonganoxie High School in that she had the knack for fitting into various circles. She had a diverse group of friends.