A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

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.
Author shares colorful tales of Kansas towns and their attractions at packed Tonganoxie event
December 7, 2017
If you go exploring in Kansas, you’ll find a town of fewer than 200 people hosting an outhouse tour every year on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Marci Penner told of the unique town during a slide presentation about her journeys in creating the “Kansas Guidebook 2: For Explorers.”
Unilock, city agree to contract to build at industrial park
December 7, 2017
Unilock Construction has agreed to build on the city’s industrial park along 222nd Street.
Tonganoxie City Council agrees to fund new library for $3.75 million; officials had asked for $5.1 million
05:30 p.m., December 6, 2017 Updated 10:22 a.m.
Tonganoxie is moving forward with plans for a new library, but the funding amount will likely require considerable compromise. Council Member Kara Reed, with a second from fellow Council Member Curtis Oroke, made a motion to earmark $3.75 million for a new library. That would cover building costs, along with land acquisition of a portion of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School land.
Battle of Brains: Online voting could net Tonganoxie High $50,000 for STEM classes
November 22, 2017
Some surprise news at Tonganoxie High School revealed a chance for THS to receive $50,000 for science, engineering, technology and math programs.— thanks to online voting. THS is a finalist for the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. The THS group is one of 20 elementary, middle and high school teams in the Kansas City metro to be named finalists.
Ace has a new place for hardware in Tonganoxie
November 17, 2017
Frankie Walker and Ruth Robertson have been shopping at Brothers Market for years. They said they love the store and all the friendly workers. It would be fitting that two of the stores most loyal customers would be the first to purchase items at the new Ace Hardware, about 3,500 square feet on the north side of the Brothers Market building. The main entrance to the new store within a store is north of the grocery checkout lanes.
Kansas authors to give program in Tonganoxie later this month about state guidebook
November 16, 2017
Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, explorers with the Kansas Sampler Foundation, visited all 626 incorporated towns and other notable dots on the Sunflower State map during the course of four years. For folks who think there’s nothing to do in Kansas, Penner and Rowe have 452 pages that support the contrary with “The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.”
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie open house is Thursday
November 15, 2017
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie invites the community to an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony this week at its newly expanded office. The open house will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital primary care office, 410 Woodfield Drive in Tonganoxie.