A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie wrestling tough on the road
December 16, 2015
Tonganoxie kept on plugging away in tournament competition this past Friday and Saturday at the Eudora Tournament of Champions. Several wrestlers turned in third-place finishes as THS placed sixth out of 23 teams. Rossville, the top-ranked team in Class 3A, won the meet with 287 points. THS had 170 in sixth. “They wrestled tough,” THS coach Ross Starcher said about his team. “A lot of them had seven, eight matches. They just kept going and going.”
Tonganoxie police calls, Nov. 6-Dec. 1, 2015
December 16, 2015
Tonganoxie police calls, Nov. 6-Dec. 1, 2015:
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office warns of peak time for deer accidents
December 15, 2015
It’s heavy traffic season, what with big crowds heading to shopping centers for holiday shopping. While drivers should be mindful of the increased traffic, they also should be on the lookout for more deer potentially joining vehicles on the roads.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Recreation Commission’s Lisa Large
December 15, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board member Lisa Large.
Numbers at Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange on the rise
Transactions at toll up in 2015
December 8, 2015
The latest traffic numbers indicate that the Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange is a popular stop for motorists along Kansas Turnpike/Interstate 70. According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s latest annual report, the Tongaonxie/Eudora interchange also, known as KTA interchange No. 212, increased its number of cash transactions by nearly 28,000 from 2014 (146,197) to 2015 (174,157).
University of Saint Mary to present ‘Babes in Toyland’
December 4, 2015
The University of Saint Mary theater program will spotlight a magical production and entertain a few thousand theatergoers next week with “Babes in Toyland.” The play is the 2015 edition of the university’s annual Christmas season theater production.
Leavenworth County Democrats to have holiday party Saturday in Tonganoxie
December 4, 2015
The Leavenworth County Democrats will have a holiday dinner party this weekend.
Tonganoxie High debate team heading to four meets this weekend
Squad had representation at five tournaments Nov. 21
December 4, 2015
The THS debate squad maximized its travel opportunities this just before Thanksgiving by competing at five area events Nov. 21. Sophomores Gage Smith and Jacob Derzinski earned a sixth seed in elims with their 4-1 preliminary record in competition at Topeka High. They dropped to Blue Valley in the quarterfinals and finished fourth. Others debating at Topeka were seniors Spencer Finkbiner, Emma DeMaranville and Hunter York; juniors Michael Mast, Scott Kirk and Austin Ballard.
Jarbalo Jottings and McLouth Happenings
December 4, 2015
Jarbalo United Methodist Women met Nov. 13 at Talette’s Cafe in Tonganoxie for dinner and a meeting. The group opted to give money to three families to help with their Thanksgiving dinners. Those attending were Ron and Peachez Joles, their granddaughter Ryan Workman, Marilyn Oxley, Rosie Oelschlaeger, Faye Cleavinger , Frances Jeannin, Thamar Barnett and the Rev. Larry Grove and his wife, Mary Lou.
Tonganoxie Public Library starts new bear-naming contest
Winning name-giver to receive miniature plush bear
December 4, 2015
Tonganoxie Public Library has a new inhabitant, but the library needs help in naming the furry friend. Someone recently donated a giant stuffed teddy bear to the library. The bear is residing in the children’s section of the library, but it currently has no name.
Tonganoxie High graduate Fatherley vying for Ford honor
Distinction requires social media voting through Dec. 20
December 4, 2015
A Tonganoxie High School graduate could be one of 30 Ford employees to receive an opportunity to partner with a nonprofit organization. To get that opportunity, she needs some assistance on social media. Lindsey Fatherley, a 2010 THS graduate, works as a team leader over customer service and lease terminations for Ford Motor Credit Company. She is one of roughly 50 Ford employees vying to be one of the “Thirty under 30” selections.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Derek Sparks
December 4, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie’s Derek Sparks.
Tonganoxie High Eco Meet places fourth at state
November 30, 2015
Tonganoxie High School is known for its state prowess in debate and more recently, Science Olympiad. Now, the THS Eco-Meet team is one of the top squads in the state. THS placed fourth at state Nov. 5 at Camp Wood YMCA, which is about 30 miles west of Emporia. It marked Tonganoxie’s highest finish in school history. There were 21 teams that competed this year at the state event.
Moments of thanks in Tonganoxie
Notes allow library patrons to count blessings
November 24, 2015
A November trip to the Tonganoxie Public Library brings the opportunity of scribing for what is most thankful. For some, that might be “food and trees and family,” or “for this planet not exploding.” Library staff have made notes available for patrons, whether elementary school students or adults, to post their thankful thoughts throughout the building.