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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Tonganoxie woman pleads no contest to 5 counts of felony theft from employer
June 29, 2016
A Tonganoxie resident entered a no contest plea Wednesday to five counts felony theft in a case involving an employer. Dorothy Kay Lean, 56, entered the plea in Leavenworth District Court.
The Mirror, Leavenworth County Humane Society team up for Cutest Pet Contest
June 29, 2016
The Mirror is bringing back its cutest pet contest, and this time, an organization will be partnering with the newspaper for the monthlong contest. The Leavenworth County Humane Society is joining with The Mirror for this year’s contest, which will run throughout July.
Tonganoxie residents gear up for fireworks; area communities offering displays
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie always is bustling with fireworks around Independence Day each year. Several fireworks stands dot the community for local residents to purchase supplies for their own personal fireworks shows. Fireworks can be lit from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 4, which this year is Thursday through Monday. City ordinance allows for those times to change based on the fire chief’s discretion. Tonganoxie Fire Chief Jack Holcom said Monday forecasts are encouraging, as there are chances for rain Wednesday and Thursday.
Tonganoxie’s new police station coming together
Officers anticipate August move into new digs
June 28, 2016
Tonganoxie’s new police station is coming together and could be finished next month, with the department to move in sometime in August. Chief Jeff Brandau said Monday the new campus will offer more capabilities — and substantially more space. The station itself, formerly Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets, will span 6,000 square feet over two levels. An additional building has been built northwest of the repurposed station and is 1,300 square feet. The current police station is in a 1,000 square-foot space in an office building at Fourth and Delaware streets across from City Hall.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Michael Graveman
June 28, 2016
This week’s Face to Face features current rural Tonganoxie resident and former McLouth Mayor Michael Graveman.
Jewel on Main to have Gospel music concert next week
June 24, 2016
The Jewel on Main will have a free gospel concert later this month. Roz will offer gospel music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Jewel on Main, 707 E. Fourth St. For more information about the event, go to thejewelonmain.com or 913-333-7274.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission play to be staged July 8-9
June 24, 2016
Tonganoxie youth are preparing to put on “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission-sponsored event will be next month. Youths will give performances at 6 p.m. July 8 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 9 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.
Work continues on Tonganoxie City Hall, police station
June 24, 2016
Repurposing of the former Tonganoxie Post Office and Cornerstone Family Worship into a new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Station, respectively, continue to be on schedule.
Government organization adopts out 13 horses, burros at Tonganoxie event
03:32 p.m., June 22, 2016 Updated 07:49 a.m.
Randy Billinger knows of many reasons why horse lovers should consider adopting wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management.
New children’s book about Jayhawks to be featured next week at Tonganoxie Public Library
Poster to be given away as part of author/illustrator’s visit
June 21, 2016
Youths attending the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial had the opportunity to see Big Jay, the University of Kansas mascot. Next week, youths again will have a chance to see a Jayhawk come to life — this time through a new children’s book.
Tonganoxie moves ahead in process to lift specific dog breed ban
June 21, 2016
Tonganoxie came a step closer to lifting its specific dog breed ban. About 35 people were in attendance at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting, with many speaking in favor of lifting the specific dog breed ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers. The City Council originally established the breed ban by adopting an ordinance in 1993, and following with an amendment ordinance later that year. At the request of a citizen who had dogs that fell under the breed ban, the council again looked at the issue in 2009. After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the council at the time opted to not take any further action. People in dog care professions again spoke in favor of lifting the ban, as pet groomer Monica Gee and pet boarder Jenny Worden both spoke in favor of lifting the ban.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie City Council’s Curtis Oroke
June 21, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie City Council Member Curtis Oroke.
Linwood woman sentenced to more than 9 years in prison in DUI-manslaughter case
June 17, 2016
A 37-year-old Linwood woman was sentenced Thursday to more than nine years in prison. Jaime Michelle Carter was sentenced in Leavenworth County District Court to 112 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections for convictions of DUI manslaughter and aggravated battery. Carter will serve 36 months of post-release supervision upon completion of her sentence.
Simons family selling Tonganoxie Mirror to Ogden Newspapers, Inc.
June 17, 2016
The Simons family of Lawrence, longtime owners of the Tonganoxie Mirror, on Friday announced the sale of the newspaper to Ogden Newspapers Inc., a family-owned company based in Wheeling, W.Va. Nearly 125 years of Lawrence newspaper history also will end later this year when the sale is completed.