A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Sunflower Stroll coming to Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The Sunflower Stroll is coming to Tonganoxie. Monica Gee with the Tonganoxie Business Association told the City Council on Monday of plans to entice visitors to the Grinter Farms sunflower fields to stop in Tonganoxie after their visit to the global attraction. Gee said the stroll was an effort to get something started in Tonganoxie around the time sunflowers are in bloom. She hopes the stroll grows into a festival or some time of event as time progresses.
Cornerstone Family Worship closer to new home’s completion
August 23, 2017
What started out as a vision along U.S. Highway 24-40 continues to inch closer to a completed picture. It just happens to have a different landscape along the highway.
Pathways transition program opening today in former Tonganoxie police station
August 17, 2017
More activity is coming to downtown Tonganoxie. Pathways, a new transition program for for graduates 18-21 years of age is set to open Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Kansas City man gets nearly 10 years in meth case
August 17, 2017
A 48-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced last month in Leavenworth County District Court to nearly 10 years in prison on methpamphetamine charges. George Dobbs was sentenced July 14 to 117 months to the Department of Corrections for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A second count of possession of drug paraphernalia received a sentence of 11 months with the Department of Corrections. That case was ordered to run concurrently to the primary count.
Leavenworth woman sentenced in death of mother
August 17, 2017
A 60-year-old Leavenworth resident was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for killing her mother. Victoria Smith was sentenced last month in Leavenworth County District Court to 155 months for killing her mother, Anna Higgins. On July 3, 2016, the Leavenworth Police Department responded to a 911 call in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue in Leavenworth. When officers arrived they heard Smith screaming that she had killed someone. Smith, who lived alone but in a home owned by her mother, later admitted that she was surprised to be awaken by her mother. Smith then hit her mother with a flashlight outside her bedroom door. Upon realizing what she did, Smith then took her mother from the doorway to the main living room where she then proceeded to strike her several more times with a three-pound mallet, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. Higgins was found dead on the scene.
Leavenworth County staff member marks 25 years
August 17, 2017
Attorney’s office and he hasn’t left since. Roger has built an incredible resume for himself in those 25 years doing everything from prosecuting cases, handling managerial duties, and developing the first ever paperless office in the state of Kansas.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital accepting grant applications for local wellness projects
August 17, 2017
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. Multiple grants may be awarded in each community, with a maximum of $2,500 per applicant. More than $10,000 in grants will be distributed starting in September, the news release said.
FAST times at Tonganoxie’s Chieftain Park
August 17, 2017
A core group of people again are getting active on Sunday nights at Chieftain Park. The latest session of Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie started Aug. 6, averaging 20 people the first two workouts. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission again has organized the workout program, which again is getting financial assistance through a Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association grant. FAST started in 2015 as a way to promote fitness for all families.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 16, 2017
August 17, 2017
Tonganoxie skate boarders can rejoice as they get one step closer to getting a new skate park. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to accept the proposed 2008 budget, which included $100,000 for the construction of a new skate park. Several patrons spoke in favor of the skate park.
Eyes toward skies in Tonganoxie, across nation as folks await rare solar eclipse
August 16, 2017
Umbraphiles have been waiting decades to witness Monday’s anticipated spectacular totality. Translation: Super solar eclipse enthusiasts are quite eager to see Monday’s much ballyhooed solar eclipse. From coast to coast, Americans are abuzz with solar eclipse talk, which makes sense if you think about the frequency of such an event. According to Tonganoxie High School teacher Matt Beat, on average, a total solar eclipse occurs in one location every 375 years, while other spots might go thousands of years between solar eclipses.
The Columnists: Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
August 11, 2017
A look at this week’s columns:
City approves slight mill jump; USD 464 proposal slightly down
August 11, 2017
Tonganoxie’s mill levy will have a slight increase for 2018. The Tonganoxie City Council had its budget hearing Monday before adoption of the 2018 budget, which carries a mill rate of 45.144. That’s a slight jump from the 2017 rate of 44.84 and nearly a 1-mill increase from 2016’s rate of 44.179. No residents spoke during the public hearing. The council then voted to give final approval to make the budget official. The Tonganoxie school board will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Tonganoxie Elementary School library to give initial approval to its 2017-18 budget.
Voter turnout low for primary as two challengers lead vote-getting
August 8, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Aug. 1 primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting. Challenger Jamie Lawson had the most votes with 209, while fellow challenger Loralee Stevens had 138 votes. Donnelly placed third with 120 votes, AW Rocky Himpel fourth with 115 and Gilner fifth with 99. Ryan Keltner nabbed the final general election spot with 90 votes.
Linn County attorney dismisses case against Tonganoxie superintendent
August 7, 2017
The case against the Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent has been dismissed. Chris Kleidosty was scheduled to appear Monday in Linn County District Court, but James Brun, Linn County attorney, recently dismissed the case. Kleidosty was arrested in February on charges of alleged failure to report two sex abuse cases in the Prairie View school district, where he previously was that district’s top administrator. The Tonganoxie school board placed him on administrative leave with pay shortly after the arrest. He remains on leave with pay.