A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Linenberger: Time is prime to strike sunflower gold in Tonganoxie area
September 6, 2016
As I took a friend Sunday to Lawrence, I decided to venture down U.S. Highway 24-40 so we could drive by the Grinter Farms sunflowers and see all of the activity that comes with it. As we got closer and traffic was at an almost standstill, I noticed cars coming from the east on Woodend Road, a gravel road. I thought there must have been a wreck and cars were being re-routed. Nope.
Traffic backups close down Grinter’s Sunflower Farm
September 5, 2016
Miles-long traffic backups shut down the popular Grinter Farms sunflower field Monday afternoon. A vehicle accident midday also contributed to the congestion, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley. He said traffic was backed up more than 5 miles from Grinter Farms. He said he was told traffic was backed up on U.S. Highways 24-40 as far west as the Teepee Junction near Lawrence.
Visitors to Grinter Farms near Tonganoxie encouraged to be a part of social media sunflower ‘guestbook’
September 2, 2016
It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and folks at Grinter Farms have been busy getting ready for all of their guests in the coming days. Many of the sunflowers are blooming and ready for photos.
Outstanding Leavenworth County 4-H member named last month
Several local residents win Leavenworth County Fair contests
August 31, 2016
Leavenworth County 4-H Council has created a new award for 2016 to recognize an outstanding senior 4-H member. This year’s award goes to Christina Wiley of the Reno Bobwhite 4-H Club. She received a plaque and a gift card. Christina Wiley is the daughter of Dan and Sonia Wiley. She is a 12-year 4-H member and now is attending Kansas State University.
Monthly musical event next week at Tonganoxie Friends Church
August 31, 2016
Residents are invited to gather for an evening of “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” music and fellowship next week in Tonganoxie. The event will be 7 p.m. Sept. 9. People are welcome to bring a guitar, fiddle, banjo or other musical instrument and share in the fun.
Cemetery stroll next month at Holy Angels with First City PAST group
August 31, 2016
Holy Angels Catholic Parish and Cemetery are celebrating 150 years in Leavenworth County. As part of that celebration, a local group will have a historical storytelling event.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Class applications due this week
August 31, 2016
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development organization is taking applications for its 2016-17 school year. Classes members range in age from high school seniors to retired residents. Classes generally are the second Wednesday of each month from September through April, with a graduation luncheon taking place in May. 4
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.