More officials calling for resignation of area commissioner after ‘master race’ comment; administrator says phrase not used in ‘racist manner’
06:00 a.m., November 16, 2018 Updated 07:28 p.m.
More officials are publicly denouncing comments that a Leavenworth County commissioner made about being part of a master race. Commissioner Louis Klemp made the remarks during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting to Triveece Penelton, a black woman representing a firm conducting a study on the County Road 1 corridor south of Tonganoxie.
ELECTION CENTRAL 2018: Kelly defeats Kobach; Davids wins against Yoder; 5-person commission approved
07:43 p.m., November 6, 2018 Updated 11:11 p.m.
Here are results as they come in for the 2018 election.
Newcomer, political survivor contest for 42nd Kansas House District
October 31, 2018
The 42nd House District race pits incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, against Democrat Thea Perry, of rural Tonganoxie. The 42nd District includes Eudora and western Leavenworth County. Karleskint, 71, is seeking his second term in the 42nd District seat. Running as a moderate in 2016, he defeated conservative incumbent Connie O’Brien, of Tonganoxie, in the primary and survived against Democrat Kara Reed in the general election. He turned back a tough challenge in the August primary from conservative Lance Neelly.
Owner donating land to city of Tonganoxie
October 17, 2018
The city will be acquiring more land near its parks and swimming pool. The council approved, 4-0, a donation from Nancy Younger for property at 103 and 105 Pleasant St.
Animal control contract approved for Tonganoxie
October 17, 2018
Animal control will continue with the same contractor for Tongnoxie. The council approved, 4-0, annual agreement with Frank Robinson, the current contractor, not to exceed $17,300. The contract is the same as the previous agreement, which carries a base annual fee not to exceed $14,400, an annual vehicle allowance not to exceed $2,400 and an initial, one-time equipment stipend of $500. Tonganoxie’s contract with Robinson is for field services. The city still maintains an agreement with Leavenworth for its animal control for the impoundment and veterinary care of animals.
Applications still being accepted for Tonganoxie council position
October 17, 2018
With Kara Reed’s departure from the Tonganoxie City Council, her position is open for applications, which will be initially reviewed by the City Council at the Nov. 5 council meeting. Applications must be submitted by 10 a.m. Oct. 26.
Himpel leads Tonganoxie City Council meeting
October 17, 2018
With Mayor Jason Ward and council member Kara Reed both absent from Monday’s meeting, the council had to appoint one of its members to lead the meeting. Reed served as mayor pro tem, which means she assumed mayoral duties in the event of the mayor’s absence.
Tonganoxie City Council hears more plans for former TES land
October 17, 2018
Plans for the rest of the land at the former Tonganoxie Elementary School campus were discussed in more detail at Monday’s City Council meeting. The Tonganoxie City Council took steps forward at the last meeting with regards to the new library’s future on the south end of the former TES site.
Candidate forum is Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW Hall
October 12, 2018
Voters will have a chance to interact with candidates before the general election Saturday morning at the Tonganoxie VFW 9271 Post Home, 910 E. First St. Republican incumbent Willie Dove and Democratic challenger Stuart Sweeney in the 38th District race and Republican incumbent Jim Karleskint and Democratic challenger Thea Perry in the 42nd District race will be on hand. Any other candidates running for office are also welcome to speak at the event, which will run 9-10:30 a.m. First State Bank and Trust and Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 are co-sponsoring the event.
Election Day about a month away
October 11, 2018
Voters will have plenty of races and an initiative to decide in about a month. Election Day is Nov. 6, with polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., though advance voting also is an option. Voter registration still is open, but residents have until next Tuesday. Tonganoxie Public Library offers assistance for anyone needing to register to vote. More information also is available at or This is a much-anticipated midterm election at the federal level.
Tonganoxie City Council to make appointment without Reed
September 21, 2018
It appears outgoing council member Kara Reed, who served for five and half years on the Tonganoxie City Council, will not have a hand in selecting her successor. Reed announced at the Sept. 4 meeting that she would be resigning because she was moving outside the city limits. “It has been my great honor to serve alongside a dedicated staff and fellow elected officials on behalf of the city of Tonganoxie for the last five and a half years,” she wrote in a letter she read to citizens, city staff and fellow members of the governing body. “It is with regret that I must leave before my term has expired, but a move outside of city limits makes my resignation necessary.”
Tonganoxie City Council member stepping down because of move out of city
September 5, 2018
A Tonganoxie City Council member is stepping down because she is moving out of the city. Council President Kara Reed posted on her city council member Facebook page Tuesday that she was resigning. She posted an open letter to citizens, elected officials and city staff and also read the letter at Tuesday’s council meeting. “It has been my great honor to serve alongside a dedicated staff and fellow elected officials on behalf of the city of Tonganoxie for the last five and a half years,” she wrote. “It is with regret that I must leave before my term has expired, but a move outside of city limits makes my resignation necessary.”
Tonganoxie seeking animal control services proposals
September 5, 2018
Tonganoxie is looking for animal control service proposals. Inquiries about the request for proposals are due by 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and will be posted on the city’s website. Inquiries should be directed to Dan Porter, assistant city manager;; 913-845-2620, ext. 1040. Proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. Sept. 19. Full details on the scope of services and submission instructions are available in the 2018 Animal Control Services Request for Proposals.
Tonganoxie Water Park season finishing up Monday
August 29, 2018
Swim enthusiasts will get their last chances to visit Tonganoxie Water Park for the season. Tonganoxie Water Park is open Labor Day Weekend, but its final day of the season is Monday. The water park again will open up in May 2019.
Tonganoxie City Council meeting moved to Tuesday
August 29, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its first meeting of the month. The governing body normally meets the first and third Monday of each month, but Monday’s meeting was moved to Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.