Leavenworth County

KSHSAA classes to change in 2018-19
June 28, 2017
Classifications will be shifting for Kansas high school sports starting with the 2018-19 school year. Kansas High School Activities Association schools recently voted whether to adopt reclassifications for football and all other sports. The two proposals passed with the required number of votes, 145 for football and 177 for the other sports. For football, 6A and 5A will stay with 32 teams, while 4A no longer will have divisions. That class also will go to 32 teams. The 3A members will be the next 48 largest schools, the same number of teams that will be in 2A. Previously, football had a Class 2-1A level, but moving forward 1A will have its own 11-man level. All remaining 11-man teams will compete in 1A.
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.
Practicing procedure enhanced with simulator program at Tonganoxie Police Department
June 28, 2017
Tonganoxie Police Lt. Jarrod Gill watched Friday as one of his officers tried to stop an armed robbery in progress, handle a disgruntled driver and pursue a school shooter, all in a span of several minutes inside the police station’s conference room. Gill worked with Tonganoxie officers all of last week in simulating various situations officers could face. Midwest Public Risk, the city’s insurance provider, allowed the department to use its $30,000 Milo Range virtual program to help further train officers.
Tonganoxie Middle School’s Harrell named Kansas teacher of year
June 28, 2017
A Tonganoxie teacher has won a state award. Kathy Harrell, a teacher at Tonganoxie Middle School, has been named the 2017 Kansas History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
Linwood to celebrate milestone with Saturday festival
June 22, 2017
Linwood just hit the sesquicentennial mark. The southern Leavenworth County town hit 150 years Wednesday and will commemorate it with the Linwood Pioneer Festival Celebration on Saturday. It opens with the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at the Linwood Community Center, Third and Main streets.
Name changes, flooding, trees have shaped Linwood in 150 years
June 22, 2017
Arlene Pritchard remembers the centennial celebration for Linwood in 1967. The longtime Linwood resident perused through a local newspaper, the Eudora Enterprise, and all of its coverage of the milestone celebration at the Linwood Pioneer Festival. She recalled the Tonganoxie, Bonner Springs and De Soto newspapers covering the event also. And, an Army band from Fort Leavenworth even came down on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967 to celebrate the milestone.
KC’s got the Beat, thanks to Tonganoxie High teacher
THS instructor’s informational video about Kansas City history goes viral
June 22, 2017
Matt Beat has written a song about every former U.S. president. In 2016, he unsuccessfully started a petition at whitehouse.gov to interview President Barack Obama for his song. Though his “signatures” fell well short of the required 100,000 mark, Beat’s latest YouTube video may well be on its way to that level in social media views.
Linwood to celebrate 150 years with festival June 24
June 14, 2017
Linwood has hit the sesquicentennial mark this year and soon will be having a celebration to commemorate it. The Linwood Pioneer Festival Celebration will honor 150 years of the southern Leavenworth County community June 24. It opens with the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at the Linwood Community Center, Third and Main streets. A 5K Fun Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. at the City Park Shelter, Fifth and Main streets. Pre-registration on race day starts at 6 a.m. for those who haven’t registered yet. The race will begin and end at the shelter.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 14, 2017
June 14, 2017
Kevin Freeman and his daughter Makayla were pictured as they worked to capture a swarm of 15,000 bees that settled on a dogwood in the Paul Mast home.
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to fill high number of resignations
June 14, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to have a full staff when the 2017-18 school year begins in August. Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips said the district continues to receive resignations. She said at Monday’s regular school board meeting that the district has filled or is trying to fill 37 positions that have been open. She said that is unusually large group of new staff.
Big bike boom in Tonganoxie
State cycling tour to bring 850 riders to town Friday
June 14, 2017
The 43rd year of the longest-running bicycling event in Kansas history — a 522-mile ride across the Sunflower State — will be stopping for a big night in Tonganoxie. Biking Across Kansas started June 10 at the Colorado line west of Tribune and will make an overnight stop Friday in Tonganoxie. About 850 cyclists are expected to stay in Tonganoxie, with many spending the night at Tonganoxie High School. Other overnight stops on the eight-day tour are Dighton, WaKenney, Plainville, Lincoln, Chapman and Rossville. The cyclist will finish up the tour Saturday in Leavenworth.
Leadership group, local realtors partner to bring SAFE benefits to Leavenworth County emergency responders
June 7, 2017
Leavenworth County has roughly 630 public safety officers. Thanks to donations from two local Realtors and others, they all now have Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund coverage.
Tonganoxie school physical night scheduled for July
June 7, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students.
Tonganoxie Public LIbrary’s Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
June 7, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer.
Tonganoxie High classmates headed to Washington, D.C.
June 7, 2017
Allison Williams and Sierra Staatz, both seniors-to-be at Tonganoxie High School, will tour the nation’s capitol with 38 other students from Kansas and Hawaii for KEC’s 57th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, June 8-15 in Washington, D.C. FreeState Electric Cooperative selected Williams and Staatz from a group of high school students. To win this trip, students were asked to compose an essay about cooperative engagement, as well as go through a personal interview.

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