Government

Gov. Kelly appoints former hospital executive as health secretary
December 2, 2021
Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday appointed a former Topeka hospital executive as the new secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Janet Stanek has most recently been director of the state employee health benefits program.
Tonganoxie City Council OKs land sale for new store
November 17, 2021
A Dollar General Market is expected to come to Tonganoxie after the Tonganoxie City Council finalized the purchase of land along U.S. Highway 24-40 at its Monday meeting. Council members approved the sale of 2.4 acres near the U.S. 24-40 curve for $220,000 to Colby 2021 LLC. The company plans to build a 12,460 square-foot Dollar General Market on the tract of land.
Incumbents win re-election in Tonganoxie
November 10, 2021
All Tonganoxie City Council and USD 464 school board incumbents successfully won re-election in the general election. In the school board races, current board president Jim Bothwell easily won his reelection bid for Position 4 with just more than 50% of the votes (642).
Active COVID-19 cases down in Leavenworth County
October 21, 2021
Leavenworth County had another death related to COVID-19 since the health department’s last report, according to information released Monday afternoon. New statistics normally are released on Mondays, but the this past week’s information came out on Wednesday, Oct. 13 due to the Columbus Day holiday on Oct. 11.
Topeka man sentenced on various charges
October 21, 2021
A Topeka man was sentenced to more than 2 1/2 years for aggravated battery, driving while habitual violator and transporting an open container Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. Judge Gerald Kuckelman determined sentencing and ran the driving while habitual violator and transporting open container counts concurrent to the aggravated battery for Dean Edward Conner, 37, who was sentenced to 32 months.
Tonganoxie City Council to have work session, regular meeting tonight
October 18, 2021
The Tonganoxie City Council will have a work session before tonight’s regular meeting.
Former KCK Mayor Mark Holland making bid for U.S. Senate
October 8, 2021
Mark Holland, who served as mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County from 2013 to 2017, will launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate on Monday, sources told KCUR.
Candidate forum is Saturday at VFW Hall in Tonganoxie
October 6, 2021
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 and First State Bank and Trust again will be sponsoring a candidate forum in advance of an upcoming election. The forum will be 9-10:30 a.m. Oct. 9 and will feature candidates running for Tonganoxie City Council and Tonganoxie USD 464 school board positions.
Candidate forum set for Oct. 9 at Tonganoxie VFW Hall
September 29, 2021
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 and First State Bank and Trust again will be sponsoring a candidate forum in advance of an upcoming election.
Leavenworth County Health Department reports 229 active COVID-19 cases as of Monday
September 22, 2021
Leavenworth County had 173 new positive community COVID-19 cases since Sept. 13, the Leavenworth County Health Department announced Monday afternoon as part of its weekly statistics. Of those cases, 155 involved unvaccinated people and 18 vaccinated. There also were two Lansing Correctional Facility cases and another case transferred to a different jurisdiction.
Rural Leavenworth, Inc., to host volunteer festival
September 1, 2021
Rural Leavenworth, Inc. is having a volunteer festival this month. The event will be noon-2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Leavenworth County Fire District 1’s Station No. 2 at 25115 187th St., Leavenworth.
Active COVID-19 cases mostly down throughout Leavenworth County
September 1, 2021
Leavenworth County is seeing a drop in active cases by about 50 from the previous week’s numbers, the health department reported Monday. LCHD reported that there were 189 active cases as of Monday afternoon, a drop from 240 cases as of the previous weekly report released Aug. 23.
Next Tonganoxie City Council meeting to fall on a Tuesday
August 25, 2021
Tonganoxie City Council next will meet on Sept. 7. The Council normally meets the first and third Monday of each month, but the governing body will meet on a Tuesday next month because the first Monday is Labor Day and city offices are closed that day.
Leavenworth County setting at 222 active COVID-19 cases
August 25, 2021
The Leavenworth County Health Department is monitoring 240 active cases as of Monday. There were 244 new positive cases and 222 community recoveries from Aug. 16 to Monday, according to LCHD statistics.
For now, Kansas can enforce COVID-inspired limits on officials’ power, court rules
August 25, 2021
People who oppose mask requirements or restrictions on public gatherings imposed by Kansas counties can challenge them in court and obtain a ruling within 10 days — at least for now — because of a decision Tuesday by the state’s highest court.

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