Government

Still aging: Kansas wine industry without key designation
August 22, 2016
The first of this season’s grapes in the vineyards of local wineries were picked in recent days and the rest will be harvested in the busy weeks ahead.
Current, retired educators from Tonganoxie square off in general election
Reed, Karleskint prepare for November showdown
August 18, 2016
With the primary elections behind them, local candidates in Kansas House races are now turning their attention to the general election ahead. Two members of the Lawrence-area delegation, Democratic Reps. John Wilson and Boog Highberger, can relax through November. They had no challengers in either the primary or general elections. But the remaining candidates will have to work for their seats in a year when, based on the primary election results, many voters are saying they want state government to move in a different direction.
Tonganoxie’s 2007 budget gets final OK
No residents speak during public hearing
August 17, 2016
Tonganoxie has approved its 2017 budget. No residents spoke during the budget hearing at Monday’s City Council meeting, so the council voted, 5-0, shortly later. The 2017 rate is .62 of a mill higher than the current 2016 rate (44.179) to accommodate Tonganoxie Public Library’s proposed .62 increase for employee benefits.
Tonganoxie department buildings open
Officials open new City Hall, police station locations
August 10, 2016
The new Tonganoxie City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Station are open for business. Both departments opened Monday, with City Hall in the former Post Office (most recently Tan Time) in the 500 block of Fourth Street.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Smith takes primary in County Commission race
08:45 p.m., August 2, 2016 Updated 01:57 a.m.
Here’s a look at local races in the Aug. 2, 2016, primary:
O’Brien, Karleskint squaring off Tuesday in Republican primary in Kansas House District 42 race
July 26, 2016
An established Republican incumbent or a new challenger will advance from Tuesday’s Kansas House District 42 race to take on a Democrat in the primary.
Incumbent Bixby hopes for another term as crowded primary looms Tuesday
July 26, 2016
Dennis Bixby is seeking a second term as the Leavenworth County Commission’s Third District representative because there is more he’d like to accomplish. “I got a lot of stuff done, but that four years went really really quick,” Bixby said.
Candidates to be at forum Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW Post
July 12, 2016
Area candidates will be on hand for a meet-the-candidates forum at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie VFW Post Home.
Tonganoxie city buildings continue to progress in repurposing efforts
Sesquicentennial event expected to end in the black
July 12, 2016
The landscape of two buildings in Tonganoxie continues to change. Interior work continues on the new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Department, which are the results of repurposing projects.
Longtime Leavenworth County employee seeks commission seat in crowded Third District primary race
Smith pushing for transparency, efficiency whlie on campaign trail
July 5, 2016
Doug Smith has worked for Leavenworth County for 34 years. It’s those more than three decades of employment and experience that have led the county’s current roads and bridges superintendent to seek a seat on the Leavenworth County Commission. Smith, 54, is running in the Third District Republican primary race against incumbent Dennis Bixby and fellow challengers John Matthews and Bev Hill.
Tonganoxie’s new police station coming together
Officers anticipate August move into new digs
June 28, 2016
Tonganoxie’s new police station is coming together and could be finished next month, with the department to move in sometime in August. Chief Jeff Brandau said Monday the new campus will offer more capabilities — and substantially more space. The station itself, formerly Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets, will span 6,000 square feet over two levels. An additional building has been built northwest of the repurposed station and is 1,300 square feet. The current police station is in a 1,000 square-foot space in an office building at Fourth and Delaware streets across from City Hall.
Work continues on Tonganoxie City Hall, police station
June 24, 2016
Repurposing of the former Tonganoxie Post Office and Cornerstone Family Worship into a new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Station, respectively, continue to be on schedule.
Tonganoxie moves ahead in process to lift specific dog breed ban
June 21, 2016
Tonganoxie came a step closer to lifting its specific dog breed ban. About 35 people were in attendance at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting, with many speaking in favor of lifting the specific dog breed ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers. The City Council originally established the breed ban by adopting an ordinance in 1993, and following with an amendment ordinance later that year. At the request of a citizen who had dogs that fell under the breed ban, the council again looked at the issue in 2009. After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the council at the time opted to not take any further action. People in dog care professions again spoke in favor of lifting the ban, as pet groomer Monica Gee and pet boarder Jenny Worden both spoke in favor of lifting the ban.
Dog breed ban, vendor trucks likely topics for City Council
04:53 p.m., June 15, 2016 Updated 10:53 a.m.
Dog breeds and water drainage likely will be two topics discussed at this Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The council is looking at lifting specific bans on Rottweilers and pit bulls in city limits, as it has discussions at its last meeting. A veterinarian, dog handler and Humane Society representative all spoke in favor of lifting the ban, saying that the public needs to be better educated on animals and that dogs can become more aggressive based on how they’re treated by owners.
Leavenworth County Commission race highlights local election season
June 15, 2016
Several candidates will be running for county positions in the August primary. According to Janet Klasinski, Leavenworth County clerk, there are many contested races. In the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District race, incumbent Dennis Bixby of Tonganoxie has three challengers in the Republican primary. John M. Matthews, of Basehor, as well as Doug Smith and Bev Hill of Tonganoxie are running in the primary. The Third District covers much of the southern portion of the county, including Basehor, Tonganoxie and Linwood. In the 2nd District race, Republican incumbent Clyde Graeber faces opposition from Louis Klemp Jr., also of Leavenworth. That district covers Leavenworth and Lansing.

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