A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie Public Library offering online survey
August 31, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library is conducting an online survey and it wants its patrons to participate. Library officials are gearing up for a private fundraising campaign and public vote on a library expansion.
Lesbian pastor takes involuntary leave
August 31, 2016
A lesbian pastor has agreed to go on involuntary leave from her United Methodist Church in Edgerton to avoid a church trial over her sexual orientation. Cynthia Meyer and Methodist officials agreed in early August that her leave will begin Thursday. Her final sermon in Edgerton was Sunday.
Sunflower success near Tonganoxie
Grinter Farms’ display leading to other opportunities in area
August 30, 2016
The main event of 40 acres covered in yellow and green is expected to be on full display — weather permitting — for Labor Day Weekend. The Grinter Farms sunflowers, a growing draw for visitors near and far, are expected to be ready for photo opportunities this weekend, according to Kris Grinter, whose husband has been planting the photogenic crop for some 30 years.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie High School counselor Tara George
August 28, 2016
This week’s Face to Face takes a closer look at Tonganoxie High School counselor Tara George:
Letter to editor: Trainer praised for stance on treatment
August 28, 2016
I am writing to commend Mr. Mark Padfield on his attitude and practice regarding cupping (Mirror 8/17). This “ancient Chinese therapy” has been popularized by recent Olympic events, but is worthless as a performance enhancer and has many possible negative effects, including potentially serious infections as well as looking like the victim of a squid attack.
Police teaming up with USD 464, GCA on crisis kits
Officials asking for donations to fill 400 buckets
August 28, 2016
Tonganoxie police have been working with local educators on a crisis plan for Tonganoxie schools. It’s a plan that, with enough donations, could provide kits for 400 classrooms in Tonganoxie USD 464 and at Genesis Christian Academy.
Tonganoxie’s 2007 budget gets final OK
No residents speak during public hearing
August 17, 2016
Tonganoxie has approved its 2017 budget. No residents spoke during the budget hearing at Monday’s City Council meeting, so the council voted, 5-0, shortly later. The 2017 rate is .62 of a mill higher than the current 2016 rate (44.179) to accommodate Tonganoxie Public Library’s proposed .62 increase for employee benefits.
Festival to continue after Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial celebration
August 17, 2016
The city will continue to be involved in an annual Tonganoxie festival. Council members said they favored the city’s involvement in whatever is decided moving forward. The city earmarked $31,500 for the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial, which took place in June the traditional weekend of Tonganoxie Days.
Make Art, Not War’ coming to Tonganoxie Community Historical Society
August 17, 2016
Through the years, Kansans have used art to convey opinions on war. Next week, some of those actions will be brought to life at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host “Make Art, Not War,” a presentation and discussion by Erika Nelson, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the historic site, 201 W. Washington St.
Soles for souls: Tonganoxie church collects shoes to raise money for religious studies
August 17, 2016
Boots and many other types of shoes donated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church were made for walking. It turns out those shoes also were made to raise a good chunk of change for education programs at the church. Several volunteers helped religious education coordinators Nancy Lanza and Jennifer Eastes on Saturday with loading those donated shoes — about 175 bags to be exact — for Funds2Orgs, a company that trades shoes for money in group’s fundraising campaigns.
Linwood News, Jarbalo Jottings and McLouth Happenings
August 10, 2016
Read the latest from Linwood, Jarbalo and McLouth:
Tonganoxie department buildings open
Officials open new City Hall, police station locations
August 10, 2016
The new Tonganoxie City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Station are open for business. Both departments opened Monday, with City Hall in the former Post Office (most recently Tan Time) in the 500 block of Fourth Street.
Incumbents ousted in primaries
Voter turnout low in Leavenworth County
August 10, 2016
Tonganoxie will have new representation on the county and state levels. Longtime county employee Doug Smith won the Leavenworth County Commission Third District primary, while Jim Karleskint won the Kansas House District 42 race in the Aug. 2 primary.
Bernie wins Mirror/LCHS Cutest Pet Contest
August 9, 2016
The votes have been counted and Bernie is the winner. Well, not that Bernie. The Mirror and Leavenworth County Humane Society teamed up for a Cutest Pet Contest that ran throughout July. People could “vote” for what they deemed the cutest pet, with each “like” counting as a vote. Identical photo albums on The Mirror and LCHS Facebook pages meant one person could give a maximum of two votes to an animal.