Government

Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 school board conducting Zoom meetings tonight
April 6, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Tonganoxie City Council will be meeting tonight through Zoom virtual meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons and residents will be able to watch or listen to the public meetings.
COVID-19 updates, statewide and Leavenworth County for April 5
April 6, 2020
Leavenworth County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment release daily statistics about COVID-19 cases in the county and state. Here are statistics released April 5. Previous days’ numbers are shown in parentheses. Leavenworth County has 38 (33) confirmed cases through LCHD. and 103 (103) total between confirmed and self-reporting probable cases.
COVID-19 updates, statewide and Leavenworth County for April 4
April 5, 2020
Leavenworth County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment release daily statistics about COVID-19 cases in the county and state. Here are statistics released April 4. Previous days’ numbers are shown in parentheses. Leavenworth County has 33 confirmed cases through LCHD. and 103 total between confirmed and self-reporting probable cases. LCHD now is posting a county map with numbers for cities or multiple townships. Tonganoxie now has eight of those total cases.
COVID-19 updates, statewide and Leavenworth County for April 3
April 4, 2020
The Leavenworth County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment release daily statistics about COVID-19 cases in the county and state. Here are statistics released April 3. Previous days’ numbers are shown in parentheses. Leavenworth County has 33 confirmed cases through LCHD. and 103 total between confirmed and self-reporting probable cases.
COVID-19 updates, statewide and Leavenworth County for April 2
April 3, 2020
The Leavenworth County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment release daily statistics about COVID-19 cases in the county and state. Here are statistics released April 1. Leavenworth County has 28 confirmed cases through LCHD. and 102 total between confirmed and self-reporting probable cases.
Kansas Supreme Court: State courts to conduct emergency operations only; cases won’t be dismissed
March 19, 2020
All district and appellate courts in Kansas are to conduct only emergency operations “until further order,” the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, and “no action will be dismissed for lack of prosecution.” The directive comes amid growing concerns about the coronavirus disease. Only jury trials that are currently underway are an exception, but no other criminal or civil trials will be scheduled until further notice, according to a Wednesday news release about the order.
Kansas Supreme Court asks local courts for plans to continue operations amid COVID-19 outbreak
March 13, 2020
By close of business Monday, all Kansas district courts must have a plan to keep critical functions running, according to a Thursday order from the Kansas Supreme Court. If a Kansas district court is forced to close because of an infectious disease outbreak and that closure is approved by one of the justices, the day will count as a “legal holiday” for the purposes of statutes of limitations, according to the order.
Kansas Supreme Court to conduct special evening session in Concordia
February 7, 2020
The Kansas Supreme Court will conduct a special evening session April 7 in Concordia as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize people with the Kansas judiciary. The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Concordia High School auditorium, 436 W. 10th St. It will be the Supreme Court’s first visit to Concordia in the court’s 159-year history, and it will be only the 12th time that the court will hear cases in the evening.
New Tonganoxie City Council appoints former member to fill vacant spot
January 8, 2020
A former Tonganoxie City Council member is returning to the governing body. Tonganoxie’s new council — Mayor David Frese and Council Member Jake Dale were sworn in at the beginning of Monday’s meeting — selected Chris Donnelly to finish out the unexpired term of Dave Bennett, who stepped down this past November. Donnelly served on the council for eight years before losing a re-election bid in 2017. That race required a primary for a crowded field. Donnelly advanced past the primary, but did not finish high enough for another term.
New Tonganoxie City Council to appoint new member from field of 8 candidates
January 2, 2020
A vacant Tonganoxie City Council member position has attracted eight applicants. The interested residents all submitted their applications by Friday’s deadline at City Hall. The position became vacant with Dave Bennett’s announced resignation Nov. 18. The City Council likely will review applications at and make a decision at the Jan. 6 meeting, which also will be the first meeting for the new council.
Ward serves on Tonganoxie City Council in final meeting as mayor
December 18, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council made its way through agenda items Monday as it usually does, but the meeting was bookmarked with recognition of someone who’s been on the governing body the past 14 years. Jason Ward, who started as a council member before being appointed mayor and then serving two full terms, oversaw his final meeting Monday. Ward opted not to seek another term. And with that, Mayor-elect David Frese will be sworn in Jan. 6.
City of Tonganoxie accepting applications for city council, planning commission
December 12, 2019
A Tonganoxie City Council member position on the Tonganoxie City Council is currently vacant with Dave Bennett’s announced resignation Nov. 18. The position is open for applications, which will be reviewed by the City Council at a future council meeting.
Bennett resigns from Tonganoxie City Council position
November 20, 2019
A Tonganoxie City Council member announced his resignation effective immediately at Monday’s regular meeting, but how he will be replaced — and when — still is in limbo. Dave Bennett made his announcement at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Bennett said “certain developments in my personal life” in the last two weeks regrettably forced him to submit his resignation, effective immediately. A former Tonganoxie City fire chief, Bennett was appointed to the City Council in April 2018 to fill a vacancy after Jamie Lawson stepped down.
Baldock defeats O’Brien in Tonganoxie USD 464 re-election bid
November 14, 2019
Local races were decided last week, as was a Constitutional Amendment for the state. The question on the back side of the ballot was for a potential amendment to the Kansas Constitution. The question, asked whet
ELECTION CENTRAL: Patterson, Dale win council seats; Frese new mayor; Baldock defeats O’Brien
10:52 p.m., November 5, 2019 Updated 11:17 a.m.
The Tonganoxie City Council will have new faces, while an incumbent won re-election in a USD 464 school board race against a political mainstay. Current council member Lisa Patterson, along with challenger Jake Dale were top vote-getters in the Tonganoxie City Council race.

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