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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Phillips to interview for superintendent position after all; new special meeting set for Monday
January 26, 2018
Tonya Phillips will be interviewing for the Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position after all. A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. this coming Monday to interview Phillips, the current interim superintendent. The board met Tuesday in a special meeting to craft interview questions for Phillips, as she initially was to be interviewed Wednesday for the position. But the meeting was canceled earlier that day because Phillips had withdrawn her name from consideration for the post.
Summer getaway’ for rural Tonganoxie resident on research trip to Antarctica
January 25, 2018
The winter solstice was Dec. 21, marking the start of winter and the shortest day and longest night of the year. For Emily Arnold, the next day basically was the longest of her life. The rural Tonganoxie resident, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas, was coming back from a month-long research visit to Antarctica. At first glance, it might appear to be the opposite. She left New Zealand at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 and got home about 8 p.m. that day.
Weekly briefs: Students earn honors at Cloud County, Concordia University; Chiefatin Cafe needs; Council on Aging outreach; KU weight-loss program offered
January 25, 2018
Local students have been named to the fall 2017 honors list at Cloud County Community College. Jeremy Ragsdale of Tonganoxie and Joradn Blackwood and Mason Hays, both of Basehor, are on the list. To be named to the honors list, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade-point average of 3.6-3.899.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 24, 2018
January 25, 2018
Chamber of Commerce Secretary Connie Torneden was selected “Member of the Year” at the chamber’s installation ceremony. In addition to her responsibilities as chamber secretary, Torneden has been the organizational hub of Tonganoxie Days since its inception eight years ago.
Fort Leavenworth Pet of the Week: Sylvester
January 25, 2018
Sylvester is the pet of the week for the week of Jan. 22. He is an adult male tuxedo cat available for adoption at the Fort Leavenworth Stray Facility, 510 Organ Ave., Fort Leavenworth. Neutering, vaccinations and microchipping are included in his adoption fee. See flsf.petfinder.com for the adoption application link, profiles of adoptable pets and updated hours. Call (913) 684-4939 or e-mail ftleavenworthstrayfacility@gmail.com for an appointment or more information.
Residential gunsmith and gun repair operation approved
January 24, 2018
The council approved, 4-0, a special-use permit for an in-home gun dealer and gunsmithing business. The permit was approved for Justin Barker at his residence, 2604 E. Sycamore St., which of course is zoned as residential. Barker told the council the permit allows him to make money through his business until he can move his business into a shop. He said his services will be provide by appointment only and on weekends and that it will be more a matter of buying or selling a single gun at a time with a customer.
Tonganoxie’s contribution to land-use study discussed at meeting
January 24, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council directed City Manager George Brajkovic to offer the county a maximum of $8,730 as a financial partner for a U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor land-use study. The county developed a scope of services for the study after putting out request for qualifications. Video proposed a fee of $58,203.
New fire chief introduced at Tonganoxie council meeting
January 24, 2018
New Tonganoxie City Fire Chief John Zimbelman attended Monday’s meeting. Zimbelman is retired as deputy fire chief from the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department. “I’m excited to be here … I’m looking forward to working with everybody,” Zimbelman said.
Tonganoxie City Council approves voluntary annexation of land west of 24-40
January 24, 2018
More property west of U.S. Highway 24-40 will become part of the city. Council members approved, 4-0, with Curtis Oroke absent, voluntary annexation of 1.3 acres, which is owned by the Evans Family Trust. The acreage is an area south of Kansas Highway 16 and west of U.S. 24-40 and is planned for commercial development.
Tonganoxie council meetings to continue streaming via Facebook Live
January 24, 2018
Council Member Rocky Himpel wanted staff to research options for technology with regards to recording council meetings during the last council meeting. City Manager George Brajkovic said staff consulted various area municipalities and found that some recorded, while others didn’t. For one city, the recording came with a cost of $20,000 annually and additional staff time. The city will continue to record the meetings on Facebook Live. Staff also will consult IT officials on possible archiving of the meetings through YouTube or on the city website. Assistant City Manager Dan Porter said the Jan. 8 meeting garnered 2,040 views on Facebook.
A place to call home in Tonganoxie at Cornerstone Family Worship
January 24, 2018
Cornerstone Family Worship had services for 329 Sundays at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Some church members would be there, sometimes before dawn, getting the space ready for services. To break down that number down even more, that’s a bit more than six years of the church’s congregation meeting there Sunday after Sunday. But who’s counting?
Tonganoxie USD 464 canceling classes for tomorrow due to anticpated low wind chills; tournament expected to be played as scheduled
January 15, 2018
Due to anticipated dangerous wind chills, Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have school tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Tonganoxie Invitational will go on as scheduled tomorrow as of now, but all TES and TMS activities for tomorrow are canceled.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter
January 4, 2018
This week’s Face to Face is Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter.
What might be in store for Tonganoxie in 2018?
January 1, 2018
For Tonganoxie, 2017 will be one looked back at as a monumental year. An announced plan for a $325 million Tyson chicken processing plant just after Labor Day weekend turned into a national story. A project that potentially would have brought 1,600 jobs to the area was not well-received by many in the community. An opposition group was formed. The heated topic eventually became a non-issue and Tyson announced that it would not build its state-of-the-art plant here.