Leavenworth County

Chili can combat chilly weather in Tonganoxie this week
February 21, 2019
The bitter cold and snow and rain and drizzle — and even short-lived hail — we’ve seen it all this winter and there’s still more to come. On the bright side, there are two more chili feeds to warm your tummy and your soul and they’re coming up later this week.
Addressing expungement: County attorney to have informational presentation
February 20, 2019
Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson will be putting on a town hall to discuss the Leavenworth County Expungement Day next week in Leavenworth. The town hall will be 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St. The Expungement Day is March 8.
Tonganoxie City Council approves funding for Tonganoxie Business Association
February 20, 2019
The council unanimously gave the nod to a Tonganoxie Business Association request for $5,000 in 2019 at its March 4 meeting. The request continues previous policy of offering monetary support to organizations that promote businesses. When Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce was in operation, the council annually gave that amount to the organization. TBA formed when the chamber folded a few years ago. It formed as a merger between the chamber and Entrepreneuers Achieving Success Together.
Delaware Indians presentation is Tuesday at Tonganoxie Community Historical Sited
February 20, 2019
Wade Davis, independent scholar, will use his background in living history and interpretation to talk about the Delaware Indians who lived in the Tonganoxie on the Delaware Reservation before the founding of the town of Tonganoxie. He will talk about the day-to-day life of the Delaware, using historical objects and stories. Davis’ presentation, “The Grandfathers in Kansas: The Material Culture of the Delaware on the Frontier 1829-1867,” will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 201 W. Washington St.
Barn quilt event coming in March to Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
February 20, 2019
What can you put on your barn or shop to make it just a little bit special? A barn quilt. Six barn quilts were painted this past October at the Fairchild-Knox hay barn at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The barn quilt workshops take place twice a year at the barn, taught by Jean Pearson, with assistance from other members and friends of the historical society. Another quilt day will be offered in March.
Genesis Christian Academy cancels Wednesday classes
February 20, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy has canceled Wednesday classes. GCA officials posted on social media Tuesday night that they would make a decision on whether to cancel classes early this morning. Tonganoxie USD 464 and other area schools called off classes Tuesday night.
Tonganoxie USD 464 cancels classes due to inclement weather, will make it up in March
February 19, 2019
More snow, less school for Tonganoxie USD 464, though students now will have a makeup day next month. Tonganoxie administrators have called off classes for Wednesday due to more inclement weather. Because the district has exhausted its number of built-in snow days, students now will attend classes March 8, which previously was a vacation day on the calendar. The day was built into the calendar as an inclement weather makeup day if needed. Students still will be off the following week for spring break.
Public Works Department encouraging Tonganoxie residents to use off-street parking if possible
February 15, 2019
The Tonganoxie Public Works Department is asking city residents to use off-street parking as much as they can. Keeping the streets as clear as possible will benefit city workers as they work to keep clean streets as complete as they can. Snow started falling this morning. Tonganoxie is in a winter weather advisory as considerable snow is expected to fall today and tomorrow.
Tonganoxie poilce asking for assistance in auto burglary investigations
February 15, 2019
The Tonganoxie Police Department is reaching out to residents as it investigates a series of auto burglaries and a stolen vehicle.
For LOVE of pizza
February 13, 2019
Sawyer Vestal’s favorite menu item at Gambino’s is pepperoni pizza. His love of said food was on display this week at his Valentine party in Stephanie Lang’s third-grade class at Tonganoxie Elementary School. As the tradition of Valentine’s Day goes, elementary school children exchange V-Day cards.
My spare, with care: Tonganoxie man receives kidney just in time for Valentine’s Day
February 13, 2019
Michael Kelly has two Valentines this year in a February he likely never will forget. The Tonganoxie attorney, who has battled kidney problems much of his life, successfully accepted a donated kidney from Deb Simmons of Lawrence last week. Kelly, who had been on dialysis for years and had to have a hand amputated due to other health issues, said he felt like a new person after his five-hour surgery Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Fundraising under way for proposed field turf at Tonganoxie High
February 13, 2019
An ambitious funding campaign that would bring artificial turf to Tonganoxie High School’s Beatty Field already is gaining steam. Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board Member Kaija Baldock reported that $137,500 in pledges already have come in for field turf at THS. The total price tag for artificial turf is $700,000, $450,000 would come from donors. The school board has pledged up to $250,000 in capital outlay funds for the project if the anticipated donor money level is reached. If $250,000 is raised by March 1, per a recent school board vote, the project can proceed with turf being installed by August and ready for the 2019-20 school year. The donation levels include advertising on the field, banners at the stadium or other advertising opportunities at Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy cancel Thursday classes due to icy weather
February 6, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy will not have classes Thursday due to icy weather. This marks the third consecutive week that classes have been canceled due to inclement weather.
Lansing man dies in motorcycle accident
February 4, 2019
A Lansing man was killed in a motorcycle fatality Sunday near Tonganoxie. Officers were dispatched to the accident at 5:22 p.m. Sunday near 207th Street and Tonganoxie Drive. Curtis Franklin Haskins, 58, Lansing, was driving 1990 Honda GL 1500 motorcycle northeast on Tonganoxie Drive, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Leavenworth County investigating death of missing Basehor man found Saturday
February 3, 2019
Local authorities continue to investigate the death of a 27-year-old Basehor man who was last seen going for a run early Friday evening. Maj. James Sherley, spokesperson for the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, said that Jordan Kenne had been found about 5 p.m. Saturday outside the Basehor city limits.