A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie tree lighting Saturday
Festivities will include snow machine inside downtown business, new locale for tree
02:23 p.m., November 19, 2014 Updated 09:50 a.m.
A cold spell has cast its bone-chilling temperatures on the area, but temperatures are supposed to reach the low 50s Saturday, just in time for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities.
Bali Ha’i’ at Tonganoxie High
November 18, 2014
It was “Some Enchanted Evening” again and again last weekend at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments staged the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific” Thursday through Sunday at TPAC.
Tonganoxie florist returning to retail world
Former shop now a vintage store
November 18, 2014
Sandy and Ray Bichelmeyer have lofty hopes for downtown Tonganoxie.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie City Council’s Andy Gilner
November 18, 2014
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie City Council member and longtime Tonganoxie High School teacher Andy Gilner.
Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI case file remains sealed
November 17, 2014
For the first few years, Harold and Alberta Leach kept hoping their missing son, Randy, would come home. Twenty-six years have passed since the high school senior and the family car vanished from a graduation party, but the Linwood parents still want to find their only child. They’re desperate to know whether law enforcement left no stone unturned in the search for Randy, in part because they’ve felt for years that investigators were secretive, refusing to keep them abreast of developments. But law enforcement agencies refuse to release the records, citing an ongoing investigation, even the broad outlines of which they decline to reveal.
Tonganoxie thrift store preparing for season
Good Shepherd offers help with holiday meals
November 13, 2014
Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank volunteers and others are continuing to get the organization’s new home ready for business. With the holidays approaching, officials also are working to ensure local families in need get a helping hand this time of year.
New Tonganoxie city staffer settling into post
Assistant city administrator formerly served as public information officer in Olathe
November 13, 2014
Jamie Shockley was working on a bachelor’s degree in political science and had aspirations of law school. Then she took public administration and municipal administration classes as part of her political science requirements.
Face to face: Sandra Wentz-Hall
November 11, 2014
This year’s Face to Face
Grinch coming to Tonganoxie for tree lighting
November 10, 2014
The Grinch won’t be able to pass up the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting. Downtown Tonganoxie will be decorated as Whoville for this year’s tree lighting. Festivities are expected to start at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 in downtown Tonganoxie. Carriage rides will begin at 3 p.m. and story time is expected to start at the library about 3:30 p.m.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Shannon Reischman
November 4, 2014
This week’s Face to Face focuses on Shannon Reischman
Leavenworth Veterans Day Parade marks 95 years
November 3, 2014
The nation’s oldest regional Veterans Day observance will hold its 95th annual event at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in downtown Leavenworth.
Linwood Community Library offering final satellite voting opportunity today in southern Leavenworth County
October 30, 2014
Satellite voting is being offered today in Linwood.
Past residents coming to life tonight at Tonganoxie Community Historical Society
October 28, 2014
A former governor is one character expected to come alive next week at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The historical society will have First City Performers And Story Tellers members at its October meeting. The public is welcome to attend the performance, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the historic site, 201 W. Washington St. in Tonganoxie.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie USD 464 board clerk Audra Boone
October 28, 2014
This week’s Face to Face focuses on Tonganoxie USD 464 board clerk Audra Boone.