A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Sideline Chic moves into downtown Bonner Springs
August 5, 2015
A growing business is staying true to its small town roots by moving to downtown Bonner Springs.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie educator Nichole Gurwell
August 4, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles TES and TMS instructional coach Nichole Gurwell.
Face to Face: LCHS president Crystal Swann Blackdeer
July 28, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Leavenworth County Humane Society president Crystal Swann Blackdeer.
Jarbalo Jottings
July 22, 2015
Local residents celebrated Kaleb Siefkas’ third birthday July 11. His parents, Ryan and Rhiannon Siefkas, hosted the party.
Dedication, open house Saturday at new Tonganoxie Elementary School
Movie night will be later that day outside TES
July 22, 2015
The community will get an up-close look at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School this weekend. A dedication of the new TES will start at 10 a.m. at the school, 1180 East St. There will be a scavenger hunt tour, maps for self-guided tours and refreshments at the school, which is southeast of Tonganoxie Middle School off Washington Street.
Cowboy event moseying in this weekend into Tonganoxie
July 22, 2015
Organizer Charley Green hopes Saturday’s event in downtown Tonganoxie and the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds rustles up some big crowds. Tonganoxie will celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy with a parade, several country western music performances and vendors.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Steve Christensen
July 22, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Steve Christensen.
Leavenworth County Fair: Bring on the exhibits, cotton candy and carnival
July 22, 2015
Tonganoxie will be bustling more than usual starting Tuesday. The annual Leavenworth County Fair starts Tuesday with some new attractions at the fairgrounds off Kansas Highway 16. Returning are the mainstays: the parade at 6:30 p.m. and the draft horse pull at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The parade will roll through downtown Tonganoxie along Fourth Street, while the draft horse pull will take place at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds grandstand.
Tonganoxie man in court on suspicion of child endangerment, alcohol charges
July 22, 2015
A Tonganoxie man whose apartment was the scene of an alleged sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl is expected to appear today in Leavenworth County District Court. Warren P. Thompson, 53, faces two counts aggravated endangerment, three counts endangerment and one count hosting of minors where alcohol is present.
Tonganoxie City Council OKs proposed 2016 budget
Mill levy is lower, but sewer rates will increase
12:30 p.m., July 21, 2015 Updated 05:43 p.m.
Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year. The Tonganoxie City Council discussed the budget for a final time before the budget is published in The Mirror for the public’s review.
Tonganoxie trainer warns of heat illnesses, urges proper hydration
July 20, 2015
Local high school athletes are getting outside for various summer camps this summer. That activity will be accelerated when fall sports begin practicing in the traditionally blazing hot month of August. Tonganoxie High athletic trainer Mark Padfield reminds athletes of all ages to be prepared for outdoor activity when the heat and humidity are at high levels.
Learning about leadership in Leavenworth County
4-H group receives crash course on various careers at recent camp
July 16, 2015
Local professionals gave some 4-H members glimpses into their careers recently at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Leavenworth County 4-H Youth Leaders spent a day camp with guest speakers from the community speaking to the youths about their career experiences and what paths they took to their respective careers.
Errors on Tonganoxie Elementary School murals a concern at meeting
July 16, 2015
Tonganoxie USD 464 has events planned for an open house July 25 at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School, but school board members are concerned about some corrections to murals throughout the school not being finished before the open house.
LMH Summer Spray 5K coming Saturday to Tonganoxie
July 16, 2015
With the heat wave that has hit the area, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Summer Spray 5K event Saturday in Tonganoxie might be coming at just the right time. The event will begin with registration at 6:30 a.m. July 18 at Family Medicine of Tonganoxie, 410 Woodfield Drive. The race will start at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for youths 12 and younger, Adult pre-registration is $25, while adult registration is $30. Team registration (up three people) is $50. Participants can register online at by clicking on the event. Online registration must be complete 48 hours before the 5K.