Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie author bringing fruits and veggies to life in new children’s book
August 17, 2018
Some doodling during a college course years ago has led to a Tonganoxie man’s latest accomplishment: published author. Jason Maslak said that when he did some drawing in a class at Kansas City Kansas Community College. “I was trying to do my own TV show with characters and came up with vegetable characters,” he said. The idea, though sat dormant for several years — until Maslak had children.
Basehor man arrested on second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing father
August 17, 2018
A 20-year-old Basehor man was arrested on charges of second-degree murder for allegedly killing his father. Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call just before 10 p.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 22000 block of 155th Street in rural Basehor.
Sunflower farms near Lawrence, Topeka have sunflowers in peak bloom for the weekend
August 16, 2018
Grab your cameras and pick out just the right outfit. Sunflower season has arrived in the area. Hunsinger Farms Sunflower Patch will open Friday, according to owner George Hunsinger. Like many sunflower fields in the area, Labor Day Weekend has become prime bloom time. This year, visitors can hit sunflower fields different weekends.
Lawson named next Tonganoxie police chief
August 16, 2018
Greg Lawson is the next Tonganoxie police chief. City officials announced his hire last week. According to a pres release Lawson’s hire came after an extensive and competitive search that attracted 33 applicants. Lawson was the top choice of two finalists after a tiered interview process that included final interviews conducted by two Blue Ribbon Committees, one comprised of public safety personnel and the other of community representatives.
Leadership Southern Leavenworth County seeking applications for 2018-19
August 9, 2018
From high school seniors to former and current elected officials, Leadership Southern Leavenworth County has “graduated” many familiar faces with a wide range of backgrounds in this part of the county. Formerly known as Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development, the community leadership program got its start in 1990. The organization, which is seeking applicants for the 2018-19 class, gathers monthly starting the second Wednesday in September. The class meets the second Wednesday of the month through April and then gathers for a graduation luncheon May 1 at Magdalenas in Tonganoxie.
Number speaks volumes for new Tonganoxie restaurant: 1866 Bar & Grill namesake a nod to town’s history
August 9, 2018
Tonganoxie’s newest restaurant almost celebrated on the date of the anniversary of its namesake a few weeks ago. The new business, 1866 Bar and Grill, pays tribute to the year Tonganoxie was established. In fact, the town got its official start July 21, 1866. The new restaurant opened July 16, nearly 152 years after the town got its start. Owner Alberto Yaluk took over the downtown space in mid-February. He could have opened much earlier, but he wanted to give the place a new look.
Late resident’s proposed projects laid out at Tonganoxie City Council meeting
August 9, 2018
Per Larry Meadows’ wishes, his wife, Lois Meadows, spoke before the City Council during open session about two projects Larry hoped could be done in the coming years. Larry Meadows, an involved community member for several years, died last month at the age of 76. In his final days, he worked with others in the community and his wife to pitch a couple ideas to the council.
Tonganoxie City Council approves budget; mill rate slightly lower
August 9, 2018
City officials are holding the line for the 2019 budget. The Tonganoxie City Council voted to approve the budget, which carries an estimated mill levy rate of 45.295. That is down slightly from 2017, when the city an actual tax rate of 45.326 mills. The 2017 rate was 44.84. The approval came after a 90-minute budget work session before the regular meeting Monday night in council chambers. No residents voiced opinion during the budget hearing, which is required for Kansas municipalities to do before giving final approval to a budget.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Kobach leads Colyer by 191 votes with all state precincts reporting; Karleskint, Dove advance
08:53 p.m., August 7, 2018 Updated 07:44 a.m.
Here is a look at unofficial election totals as they come in, first the county numbers and then statewide:
Leadership Southern Leavenworth County seeking applications for 2018-19
August 3, 2018
Our communities need leaders — people who care about the places and the people where they live and work, people who have something to offer and a desire to make a difference, people who are willing to take risks. Since 1990, Leadership Southern Leavenworth County (formerly known as Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development) has assembled people of various ages, experiences and backgrounds to learn from each other and develop leadership competencies for business, government and community service. You can join this elite group by participating in our 2018-19 “class,” which has monthly sessions September through May program. Some sessions take place at the Basehor Library, others in Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, Lawrence and Topeka. For more about the program, visit the LSLC Facebook page. The class usually has two seniors each from Basehor-Linwood, Lansing and Tonganoxie high schools, along with business professionals and retired residents. Applications are being accepted until Aug. 21. Emal SLCLDSec@gmail.com for an application.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 1, 2018
August 3, 2018
Family and friends gathered Thursday at VFW Park to honor Ron Starcher. Cars that Starcher had worked on, as well as other cars belonging to people he knew, were on display as part of a remembrance to him. His daughter, Lindsey, estimated that 700 people attended a visitation that was held Wednesday, July 23.
Leavenworth County Humane Society’s Go Dog Go! event is Saturday
August 2, 2018
Big dogs, little dogs, black dogs, white dogs, red dogs, blue dogs, yellow dogs and even green dogs (and their humans) invited to Leavenworth County Humane Society’s Sixth Annual Go Dog Go! on Aug. 4. “It’s Leavenworth County’s biggest dog party of the year,” according to organizers Kim Pearl and Laura Carroll. “But it’s a pawsome walk with or without a dog” said Crystal Swann Blackdeer, LCHS executive director.
McLouth Happenings: Enrollment this week; Summer Nationals at Threshing Bee Grounds
August 2, 2018
McLouth USD 342 enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will be later this week. Enrollment is 1-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the McLouth School District Cafeteria.
Linwood News: USD 458 $57.1 million bond issue informational meeting; Donations needed for Operation Wildlife
August 2, 2018
The Linwood Library welcomes USD 458 Superintendent David Howard for an informational meeting about a proposed $57.1 million mail-in ballot bond issue. Next week’s meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This meeting is an opportunity for find out what the district is asking patrons to vote on. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions and voice your opinion.
Tonganoxie community member pitches future projects in final days
August 1, 2018
The community paid tribute to Larry Meadows on Thursday with services at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. Even in his final days, he was discussing ideas for community projects he would have liked to see become reality. Bill New spoke at Meadows’ funeral and told of conversations they had in Meadows’ final days. Meadows would like the city to have an archway as a welcoming entrance to the city. Ideally, Meadows wanted the archway at Fourth Street/Kansas Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 24-40. He also had hopes potentially for another at U.S. 24-40 and Main Street.

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