Government

Kelly stresses mask-wearing as Kansas records nearly 3,500 new COVID-19 cases in two-week stretch
July 8, 2020
The state of Kansas should continue to remain in Phase 3 of the recommended reopening process as new cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. In the past two weeks, Kansas has seen nearly 3,500 new cases of the potentially deadly respiratory virus — by far the biggest increase the state has seen during the pandemic, Kelly said. Since Friday alone, the state confirmed over 980 COVID-19 cases, the statewide cumulative case total sits at nearly 17,000, and the virus has killed 280 Kansans.
Meet-the-candidates forum is Saturday
July 8, 2020
Voters will have the opportunity to pose questions to local candidates running in the 2020 primary elections.
Leavenworth County won’t follow governor’s mandatory mask order
July 2, 2020
Leavenworth County officials will continue to encourage and recommend that the county’s residents continue to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. But the county is opting out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order for mandatory mask-wearing, which is set to start Friday. County Commissioners voted, 5-0, to opt out of the order and follow recommendations from Leavenworth County Health Officer Jamie Miller during a special meeting Thursday night at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
Tonganoxie City Hall closed Friday for observance of Independence Day holiday Saturday
July 2, 2020
Many government offices in Leavenworth County will be closed Friday in observance of the national holiday Saturday.
Kansas to begin mandatory mask policy on Friday as COVID-19 cases in state trend upward
June 29, 2020
The state of Kansas, beginning on Friday, will require every person to wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday. The marked escalation in Kansas’ strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 came after the state confirmed over 900 new cases of the respiratory virus over the past weekend. Repeatedly on Monday, Kelly stressed that mask wearing is currently the only method available to slow the virus spread in any meaningful way until a vaccine is readily available.
Tonganoxie City Council begins budget season with work session: deadline to submit is Aug. 25
June 17, 2020
The Tonganoxie City Council had its first work session as it works to finalize the 2021 budget. Council members met virtually Monday through a Zoom meeting. The two-hour session came before the regular meeting.
Kansas plans protective poll measures; Schwab says mail election would create confusion
June 11, 2020
Kansas’ top election official argued Tuesday that going in person to the polls is “a community event” for many voters and that moving solely to mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic would create confusion.
Kelly condemns police brutality, institutional racism; state passes 10,000 cases of COVID-19, but data continues to improve
June 4, 2020
As protests continue across the country highlighting racial inequality and police brutality in the United States, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that Kansas should use the time of unrest to reflect on how it can operate in a more equitable way for all citizens.
Tonganoxie City Council continuing virtual meetings
June 4, 2020
The Tonganoxie City Council will continue to conduct virtual meetings for the time being. City Manager George Brajkovic presented potential precautions for resuming in-person council meetings moving forward, but council members eventually decided to continue with a virtual meeting for the June 15 meeting.
Kansas Senate rejects Gov. Kelly’s appeals court nominee, a Tonganoxie alum; ‘sounds like politics,’ Kelly says
June 4, 2020
The Kansas Senate did not confirm Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee for the Kansas Court of Appeals, a Lawrence resident and Tonganoxie High School alum, on Wednesday.
Leavenworth County Health Department plans to continue with Ad Astra Phase 2 guidelines for now
May 27, 2020
The Leavenworth County Health Department plans to follow Gov. Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra re-opening plan as a guideline while the county moves forward, though LCHD could make adjustments as time progresses. The announcement came Wednesday in light of Kelly’s decision Tuesday to shift responsibility to each county’s health officer.
Tonganoxie City Council approves pool closure for summer
May 21, 2020
Tonganoxie Water Park will not open this summer. City Council members voted to cancel activities this summer at the popular attraction. Tonganoxie joins several other local cities in closing their public swimming facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. City Manager George Brajkovic and Assistant City Manager Dan Porter presented various options for being open this summer in while adhering to social distancing regulations. But with many unknown variables and liability concerns, the council eventually voted against opening this summer.
Kansas begins processing retroactive $600 unemployment payments; state receives early childhood education federal grant
May 20, 2020
The state of Kansas has started processing retroactive claims for an additional $600 in weekly unemployment insurance, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday as the national unemployment rate surged to a level not seen since the Great Depression. Processing for those claims began Wednesday, Kelly said during a regularly scheduled COVID-19 press briefing. As the Journal-World previously reported, an error in the Kansas Department of Labor’s processing system resulted in several weeks where extra benefits claims were not being processed, until that problem was fixed in late April.
Kelly, Norman chart path to recovery from COVID-19; Norman says fall athletics may not start on time
May 15, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks at a COVID-19 press conference on Friday, May 15, 2020, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. If and when colleges are able to resume some sort of normal operations for the fall semester, Kansas’ top health official said Friday it likely wouldn’t be “business as usual.”
Kansas begins processing retroactive $600 unemployment payments: state receives early childhood education federal grant
May 13, 2020
The state of Kansas has started processing retroactive claims for an additional $600 in weekly unemployment insurance, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday as the national unemployment rate surged to a level not seen since the Great Depression.

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