Leavenworth County

No school Friday for Tonganoxie, McLouth or Genesis Christian Academy
January 24, 2020
Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of Friday classes for the second consecutive week in Tonganoxie and McLouth. There will be no school Friday for Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342 or Genesis Christian Academy. Other area school districts canceling classes are Basehor-Linwood, Lansing, Pleasant Ridge, PIper and Bonner Springs.
Residential projects, upgraded high school expected to dominate city’s landscape in 2020
January 22, 2020
The calendar has turned, and with it a new year. But what might we expect in Tonganoixe moving forward into 2020? Officials have been promoting the Tonganoxie Business Park as the city grows to the south. Unilock is the lone occupant, but city officials hope that more companies will look to make it their business’ home.
Area schools cancel Friday classes due to anticipated inclement weather
January 16, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy and McLouth USD 342 are among many area schools canceling Friday classes due to anticipated inclement weather. All Leavenworth County public schools have canceled Friday classes, as have Lawrence, Eudora, Piper and Bonner Springs districts.
Tonganoxie High basketball games moving up to today due to anticipated inclement weather
January 16, 2020
Tonganoxie High boys and basketball games scheduled for Friday against Spring Hill at home now will be played today. Times for all games will be the same, but games were moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather expected to hit the area starting Friday evening.
Impending weather forces cancellation of Tonganoxie High athletics events
January 10, 2020
The winter weather expected to hit the area starting Friday evening has forced school officials to cancel weekend activities. Tonganoxie High boys and girls basketball games that were to be played tonight have been postponed. Wrestling meets Saturday at Bonner Springs and Blue Valley Southwest also have been canceled, as has Saturday’s powerlifting meet in Lansing.
Seminar on human trafficking will be next week at Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center
January 8, 2020
Chieftain watch and community organizations are coming together to offer a seminar about human trafficking. The seminar, which is open to all adults, will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
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.
Looking back at 2019 in the Tonganoxie community
January 2, 2020
There were notable moments throughout 2019 for the Tonganoxie area, but many seemed to happen in the final months of the year. Here’s a look at a few of those top stories:
Named-giving donors step up as furnishings drive continues for Tonganoxie Public Library
December 18, 2019
A combination of generous donations have pushed funds for furniture and furnishings at the new Tonganoxie Public Library site near its goal mark. The drive, which started around Thanksgiving, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Leavenworth man sentenced for aggravated battery
December 18, 2019
Robert Green, 23, Leavenworth was sentenced recently to 86 months with the Department of Corrections for two separate counts of aggravated battery. Green had pleaded as charged to two separate counts of aggravated battery on Oct. 25, 2019. The charges were based on injuries sustained by his 3-month-old, who had been left in his care while the child’s mother was working.
Leavenworth man sentenced in burglary case
December 18, 2019
Patrick James Whimley, 32, Leavenworth, was sentenced Dec. 10 in Leavenworth County District Court to 30 months with the Department of Corrections for the a home burglary on Dec. 7, 2018. On that morning, Leavenworth Police were called to a residence because the homeowner reported seeing a man lurking around the house and she saw him attempting to open a window in the back of her house. When police arrived they saw Whimley on the porch of the adjacent house taking items. A Leavenworth police officer then proceeded to watch as Whimley opened the window and climbed into the house. At that time the officer told Whimley to lie on the ground. Whimley was then arrested for the burglary.
Leavenworth County inmate sentenced in escape case
December 18, 2019
Cal Green, 37, was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 11, to 122 months in prison for charges of aggravated escape from custody, felony theft and burglary of a motor vehicle. The crimes occurred Jan. 7, 2019, when Green was an inmate at the Lansing Correctional Facility. Green stole a dump truck belonging to Kansas Correctional industries and used it to leave the grounds of the facility.
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.
Genesis Christian Academy joins Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, other area public schools in canceling Monday classes
06:34 p.m., December 15, 2019 Updated 05:25 a.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 teachers and students have their first snow day of the school year. And now, Genesis Christian Academy will have a snow day also. Tonganoxie school district officials called off Monday classes early Sunday evening. GCA made its decision early Monday morning. McLouth USD 342 also canceled Monday classes due to inclement weather. Tonganoxie joined all other Leavenworth County school districts (Basehor-Linwood, Pleasant Ridge, Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth) and McLouth in calling off Monday classes Sunday. The cancellations were consistent throughout the region. Baldwin, Lawrence, Oskaloosa, Piper and Bonner Springs school districts also canceled Monday classses.