Leavenworth County

Students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
December 14, 2018
Phi Kappa Phi recently initiated two Leavenworth County students into its honor society, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic principles. Kara Fort of Leavenworth was initiated at the University of Kansas and Jaime Weible of Basehor was initiated at Washburn University. The residents are among about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Tonganoxie Public Library input encouraged in coming weeks
December 14, 2018
Community members can provide input about the new Tonganoxie Public Library in the coming weeks at various locations in Tonganoxie. Boards showing potential designs for the library have been on display since Monday at the Leavenworth County Annex. Residents can share opinions with post-it notes on the boards, which Sapp Design Architects created.
Remember When: A Community Review for Dec. 12, 2018
December 14, 2018
Around 120 people attended three performances at the County Courthouse during Friday’s Christmas Open House at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. County employees and residents took on historical roles to teach guests about the county’s history. Historical figures included Carrie Hall, a Leavenworth seamstress, a 1950-60 prison guard at the Kansas State Penitentiary, and Mother Xavier Ross, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.
Tonganoxie school board honors outgoing business manager; personnel approved, RFPs for turf companies
December 12, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 had a special presentation during Monday’s regular school board meeting. The board recognized Ann Clark, who is retiring from her post as district business manager. Board President Jim Bothwell presented Clark with a plaque. They also celebrated with a cake for Clark. Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Loren Feldkamp, who came to Tonganoxie this past July, thanked Clark for her service. He appreciated her staying longer with the district to help with training.
Tonganoxie Madrigal Feaste: Fit for a king (and queen)
December 12, 2018
Longtime Madrigal Feaste organizer/volunteer Carolyn Day recalls the inaugural year for what has become a popular Tonganoxie tradition. Some 65 people attended the first Madrigal Feaste in 2002 for dinner and entertainment provided by 15 Chieftain Singers and 25 concert choir members. Roughly 120 Tonganoxie students performed and participated in this year’s Madrigal Feaste for some 400 guests total Friday and Saturday. Day crunched the numbers over the weekend and found that 1,358 students have served right at 5,000 guests since the event’s inception. The event “kind of gets in your blood,” as Day described it.
Holiday happenings: Breakfast with Santa; letters to Santa; silent auction wrapping up; Wreaths Across America; Elf breakout game; Linwood lighting contest
December 12, 2018
Youths will get a chance to have breakfast with Santa in December at Tonganoxie Middle School. The event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the TMS commons area. Cost is $5 per person for both adults and children. The fee covers a pancake and sausage breakfast, photo with Santa Claus, craft tables for the children and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Tonganoxie High School After Prom.
Leavenworth County students initiated into collegiate honor society
December 6, 2018
Phi Kappa Phi recently initiated two Leavenworth County students into its honor society, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic principles. Kara Fort of Leavenworth was initiated at the University of Kansas and Jaime Weible of Basehor was initiated at Washburn University.
Patterson joins Tonganoxie City Council
07:58 p.m., December 5, 2018 Updated 11:36 a.m.
Lisa Patterson officially joined the Tonganoxie City Council on Monday. She also might have a future government official in the family. Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter swore Patterson in at the beginning of Monday’s regular council meeting.
Tonganoxie school board approves personnel
December 1, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board approved personnel recommendations at its Nov. 13 meeting. Work agreements were approved for Deboarh Vinzant, student nutrition employee at the Tonganoxie High School west campus; Deborah Schmalz, custodial employee at THS west campus; and Lesley Harden, custodial employee at Tonganoxie Middle School.
Madrigal Feaste is Dec. 7 and 8 at TMS Commons Area
December 1, 2018
The return of merriment, wassail and the Boar’s Head is coming. This year’s Madrigal Feaste will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Tonganoxie Middle School Commons Area.
Proposed Leavenworth County Commission map splits Tonganoxie and Basehor into separate districts
December 1, 2018
Leavenworth County officials have posted a proposed 5-district commission map. Residents can visit the Leavenworth County website to see a proposed 5-district map for future county commissions. Voters approved by roughly a 2-to-1 margin increasing the number county commissioners from the current three commissioners to five.
Beard contest tonight at Ryan’s Public House to benefit youths at Children’s Mercy
November 30, 2018
Anyone participating in No Shave November or someone who simply is a beard enthusiast should visit Ryan’s Public House tonight.
Tonganoxie Public Library to have community forum tonight to discuss new home
November 28, 2018
Tonganoxie Public Library officials will have a community forum at 7 p.m. today to discuss plans for the new building, to be built at Fourth and Shawnee streets on the southern end of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School campus. Michelle Burdick Kaiser with Benson Method and SAPP Design architects and Curtis Golba with JE Dunn will be at the forum to also answer questions at the event, which will go until 8:30 p.m. at the Tonganoxie VFW 9271 Post Home. Building officials will be seeking feedback from the community to help in developing the new library. All library users are welcome to attend the event.
Leighty grant distributes $75,000 to local groups
November 28, 2018
Local organizations, departments and groups received more than $75,000 in grant funding this year thanks to another generous distribution from the Pete and Margaret Leighty scholarship. This marks the ninth year that the grant program has distributed funds through a committee of community members that selects the grant recipients. In total, the program has given out $441,000 in grants through the past nine years.
Snow Day activity option in Tonganoxie: Write your letter to Santa
November 26, 2018
Beginning today, parents (and youths) can drop letters to Santa off at the front desk of the Tonganoxie Post Office. 1610 E. Woodfield Drive. The letters must be turned in by Dec. 14 to receive a response from Santa Claus. Be sure to include a return address with the letters. In addition, some of the letters may be shared with The Mirror newspaper and published in an upcoming edition or at tonganoxiemirror.com. The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission and Tonganoxie Public Library co-sponsor the Santa letters. Some letters may be shared in the The (Tonganoxie) Mirror.

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