Government

Unilock, city agree to contract to build at industrial park
December 7, 2017
Unilock Construction has agreed to build on the city’s industrial park along 222nd Street.
Final election numbers for 2017 Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 School Board races
November 15, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (409), Loralee Stevens (325) and Rocky Himpel (247) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday. Incumbent Jim Truesdell did not advance out of the August primaries. And on Tuesday, fellow incumbents Chris Donnelly and Andy Gilner also were defeated.
Challengers sweep Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 races
November 7, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (405), Loralee Stevens (324) and Rocky Himpel (245) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday.
Klemp back on Leavenworth County Commission with appointment
October 11, 2017
Louis Klemp is returning to the Leavenworth County Commission. Leavenworth County Republican Party officials selected Klemp from a field of three hopefuls. The appointment comes after longtime Commissioner Clyde Graeber announced last month he would be stepping down due to health issues. Klemp served previously on the Leavenworth County Commission. He takes over Graeber’s position serving the 2nd District, which covers Lansing and parts of Leavenworth.
Tonganoxie candidate forum is Oct. 18
October 11, 2017
A candidate forum for local races will be next week at VFW Hall. The forum, which will feature candidates running for Tonganoxie city council and school board candidates, will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the hall. Local races for school board and city council will be decided next month. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 7.
Graeber replacement would have to run in 2018
September 28, 2017
Clyde Graeber’s replacement on the Leavenworth County Commission will have to run for election in 2018 if the appointee wants to stay on the board beyond the resident’s appointment. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski explained the timeline this week. Graeber, who announced Monday that he would be stepping down next week because of health concerns, was elected to another term this past November. His last meeting is Thursday.
Leavenworth County commissioner’s replacement would have to run for re-election in 2018
02:56 p.m., September 21, 2017 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Clyde Graeber’s replacement on the Leavenworth County Commission will have to run for election in 2018 if the appointee wants to stay on the board beyond the resident’s appointment. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski explained the timeline this week.
Tonganoxie mayor recuses himself from future Tyson discussions
September 19, 2017
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward will not involve himself with any future discussion about the proposed Tyson chicken-processing plant south of Tonganoxie. Questions were raised last week about a potential conflict of interest between Tyson and the mayor because the firm for which he works, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, lists the Arkansas-based company as one of its clients. Ward addressed his employment with the firm.
Tyson plant opponents pack Leavenworth County Commission meeting
September 7, 2017
Bill Jones took to the podium, his voice cracking. The longtime Leavenworth County resident told the Leavenworth County Commission on Thursday that he has placed a “For Sale” sign on his property. He lives on land near an acreage south of Tonganoxie where Tyson Foods, Inc., plans to build a chicken production plant. Jones and others opposing the plant took their fight Thursday to the commissioners, less than 48 hours after the Arkansas-based company and Gov. Sam Brownback announced a planned $320 million project during an event Tuesday in downtown Tonganoxie.
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.
Challengers lead vote-getting, 1 incumbent ousted in Tonganoxie City Council primary
August 1, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Tuesday’s 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.
Tonganoxie City Council primary election voter’s guide
July 27, 2017
Editor’s note: The Mirror emailed questionnaires to all active candidates in this year’s Tonganoxie City Council primary. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Additional candidate responses appear on page 4A. Rachell I. Rowand has dropped out of the race, she told The Mirror last week, as her residence likely won’t be annexed into the city anytime soon. Ballots already have been created, so her name will still appear.
Tonganoxie City Council candidate forum today
July 22, 2017
Tonganoxie City Council candidates will be available for a forum from 1-3 p.m. today at the VFW Post Home. Candidates are Chris R. Donnelly (incumbent), Andrew T. Gilner (incumbent), AW (Rocky) Himpel, Ryan Keltner, Jennifer Kohl, Jamie Lawson, Rachell I. Rowand, Loralee D. Stevens, Michael Towle and Jim Truesdell (incumbent). The candidates are vying for three seats. The Aug. 1 primary will shave that number down to six for the general election, which is in November. School board positions also will be decided in the general election.
Rural recycling currently possible through Leavenworth County bins in Tonganoxie
June 28, 2017
County residents are continuing their efforts to retain a recycling option for rural residents. Honey Creek Disposal had a community recycyling drop-off location for several years near Triple Creek Realty along U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Triple Creek wanted to utilize that property in a different manner earlier this year. In the spring, Honey Creek removed its recycling containers. The city and school district both looked at ways to offer recycling on their property, but officials determined it wouldn’t be practical.

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