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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


New children’s book about Jayhawks to be featured next week at Tonganoxie Public Library
Poster to be given away as part of author/illustrator’s visit
June 21, 2016
Youths attending the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial had the opportunity to see Big Jay, the University of Kansas mascot. Next week, youths again will have a chance to see a Jayhawk come to life — this time through a new children’s book.
Tonganoxie moves ahead in process to lift specific dog breed ban
June 21, 2016
Tonganoxie came a step closer to lifting its specific dog breed ban. About 35 people were in attendance at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting, with many speaking in favor of lifting the specific dog breed ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers. The City Council originally established the breed ban by adopting an ordinance in 1993, and following with an amendment ordinance later that year. At the request of a citizen who had dogs that fell under the breed ban, the council again looked at the issue in 2009. After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the council at the time opted to not take any further action. People in dog care professions again spoke in favor of lifting the ban, as pet groomer Monica Gee and pet boarder Jenny Worden both spoke in favor of lifting the ban.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie City Council’s Curtis Oroke
June 21, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie City Council Member Curtis Oroke.
Linwood woman sentenced to more than 9 years in prison in DUI-manslaughter case
June 17, 2016
A 37-year-old Linwood woman was sentenced Thursday to more than nine years in prison. Jaime Michelle Carter was sentenced in Leavenworth County District Court to 112 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for convictions of DUI manslaughter and aggravated battery. Carter will serve 36 months of post-release supervision upon completion of her sentence.
Simons family selling Tonganoxie Mirror to Ogden Newspapers, Inc.
June 17, 2016
The Simons family of Lawrence, longtime owners of the Tonganoxie Mirror, on Friday announced the sale of the newspaper to Ogden Newspapers Inc., a family-owned company based in Wheeling, W.Va. Nearly 125 years of Lawrence newspaper history also will end later this year when the sale is completed.
Dog breed ban, vendor trucks likely topics for City Council
04:53 p.m., June 15, 2016 Updated 10:53 a.m.
Dog breeds and water drainage likely will be two topics discussed at this Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The council is looking at lifting specific bans on Rottweilers and pit bulls in city limits, as it has discussions at its last meeting. A veterinarian, dog handler and Humane Society representative all spoke in favor of lifting the ban, saying that the public needs to be better educated on animals and that dogs can become more aggressive based on how they’re treated by owners.
Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
June 15, 2016
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary. According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races. In the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District race, incumbent Dennis Bixby of Tonganoxie has three challengers in the Republican primary. John M. Matthews, of Basehor, as well as Doug Smith and Bev Hill of Tonganoxie are running in the primary. The Third District covers much of the southern portion of the county, including Basehor, Tonganoxie and Linwood. In the 2nd District race, Republican incumbent Clyde Graeber faces opposition from Louis Klemp Jr., also of Leavenworth. That district covers Leavenworth and Lansing.
Sesquicentennial gets high marks as community celebrates 150 years of Tonganoxie
June 14, 2016
A sesquicentennial lasts a year, but organizers packed a bevy of entertainment and activities into a two-day event Friday and Saturday. After several months of planning, the event came together and the community joined together to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary milestone. Tonganoxie’s first plat was made official in 1866. Co-chair for the event and Council Member Curtis Oroke said feedback was positive during the festival, which covered three blocks along Fourth Street and two blocks along Main Street.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Ginny Reischman
June 14, 2016
This week’ Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie’s Ginny Reischman.
Operation WildLife overwhelmed after mild winter, recent storms
June 11, 2016
The heavy storms that hit the area this spring did more than flood basements, knock down tree limbs and lead to the frequent mowing of lawns.
Tonganoxie hoping TV celebrity will make surprise visit for this weekend’s sesquicentennial celebration
June 10, 2016
Tonganoxie is celebrating 150 years of existence today and Saturday. Organizers have been pulling out all the stops to spread the word. They’re even trying to get a TV actor to make an appearance.
Downtown murals tell by showing
From Magadelna Bury to Tonganoxie Phil
June 9, 2016
A quick look at Tonganoxie’s history can be seen through its downtown murals. And, if you have some additional time, check out other artwork in the community.
Chief Tonganoxie: The man who shaped us
June 9, 2016
Years before the platting of Tonganoxie, the Delaware Indians were relocated to a new reservation in Northeastern Kansas that would become Leavenworth County. With them came a Councilor named Tonqua-Oxie. He built a small log cabin on the bank of a small creek in the early 1830s.
For the love of many games
Sports have long been in city’s intricate fabric
June 9, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century, baseball was a national pastime. Small towns across the Midwest fielded teams of adult men from the community. These men, who often worked 50 to 70 hours per week, managed to find the time to practice together for the sheer love of the game.