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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Tonganoxie City Council approves voluntary annexation of land west of 24-40
January 24, 2018
More property west of U.S. Highway 24-40 will become part of the city. Council members approved, 4-0, with Curtis Oroke absent, voluntary annexation of 1.3 acres, which is owned by the Evans Family Trust. The acreage is an area south of Kansas Highway 16 and west of U.S. 24-40 and is planned for commercial development.
Tonganoxie council meetings to continue streaming via Facebook Live
January 24, 2018
Council Member Rocky Himpel wanted staff to research options for technology with regards to recording council meetings during the last council meeting. City Manager George Brajkovic said staff consulted various area municipalities and found that some recorded, while others didn’t. For one city, the recording came with a cost of $20,000 annually and additional staff time. The city will continue to record the meetings on Facebook Live. Staff also will consult IT officials on possible archiving of the meetings through YouTube or on the city website. Assistant City Manager Dan Porter said the Jan. 8 meeting garnered 2,040 views on Facebook.
A place to call home in Tonganoxie at Cornerstone Family Worship
January 24, 2018
Cornerstone Family Worship had services for 329 Sundays at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Some church members would be there, sometimes before dawn, getting the space ready for services. To break down that number down even more, that’s a bit more than six years of the church’s congregation meeting there Sunday after Sunday. But who’s counting?
Tonganoxie USD 464 canceling classes for tomorrow due to anticpated low wind chills; tournament expected to be played as scheduled
January 15, 2018
Due to anticipated dangerous wind chills, Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have school tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Tonganoxie Invitational will go on as scheduled tomorrow as of now, but all TES and TMS activities for tomorrow are canceled.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter
January 4, 2018
This week’s Face to Face is Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter.
What might be in store for Tonganoxie in 2018?
January 1, 2018
For Tonganoxie, 2017 will be one looked back at as a monumental year. An announced plan for a $325 million Tyson chicken processing plant just after Labor Day weekend turned into a national story. A project that potentially would have brought 1,600 jobs to the area was not well-received by many in the community. An opposition group was formed. The heated topic eventually became a non-issue and Tyson announced that it would not build its state-of-the-art plant here.
Duchess of Cambridge seen wearing hat from Tonganoxie-based clothing company on Christmas Day
December 27, 2017
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas Day wardrobe featured a touch of Tonganoxie. Yes, Kate Middleton wore a Vallnord alpaca fur hat from Tonganoxie-based Peruvian Connection on Monday.
Sharing the love for others in Tonganoxie area with Good Shepherd donations
December 27, 2017
As families celebrated Christmas with loved ones, area residents again worked to make the holidays a bit brighter for neighbors in need. Janet Stuke, volunteer for Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank, said area residents have been generous.
Tonganoxie City Council reflects on outgoing members’ service
December 27, 2017
As the calendar turns to 2018, the landscape of local government also will be changing. For both Tonganoxie City Council and Tonganoxie USD 464 school board, three new faces each will be at meetings. On the city council, Rocky Himpel, Jamie Lawson and Loralee Stevens will be sworn in at a special 7 p.m. meeting Jan. 8 at council chambers.
Donnelly given nod to join Port Authority board
December 20, 2017
Mayor Jason Ward told the council that Bill New was stepping down from the Leavenworth County Port Authority and a replacement was needed. Ward suggested Donnelly fill the role, as he has been involved with the organization in the past and served on the Leavenworth County Development Corporation board.
January meetings being moved for Tonganoxie City Council
December 20, 2017
The council voted to move meetings back a week because of the change in when newly elected officials are to take office. With the Legislature voting to move the local elections away from their normal cycle to state and national race schedules, it was mandated that the new officers take office Jan. 8.
Tonganoxie City Council members serve in final meeting
December 20, 2017
It’s become customary for Andy Gilner to make a motion to adjourn the Tonganoxie City Council. On Monday, he made the motion for the final time.
City OK’s method for funding library
December 20, 2017
General obligation sales tax bonds will be issued to fund a new Tonganoxie Public Library. The council voted, 5-0, to approve the bond issuance of $3.85 million. The council approved $3.75 million in funds for the library at the last meeting. City Manager George Brajkovic said the additional $100,000 was to cover issuers fees and other costs associated with issuing the bonds.
Tonganoxie library Art Night Out, charitable opportunities coming this week
December 13, 2017
This month’s Tonganoxie Public Library Art Night Out is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the library community room. Participants will create their own Christmas cards, gift tags and wrapping paper. Folks will make their own stamps, with 10 blank cards/envelopes being provided. People can bring more of their own if they want.