Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves plan to increase mill levy
Rate would go up about 2 mills
August 4, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board plans to increase the tax rate by about 2 mills for 2015-16. The board approved Superintendent Lyn Rantz’s budget proposal at Monday’s special meeting. If it gets final approval later this month, it would carry a mill rate of 60.4. That’s up from 58.443 in 2014-15. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in residential property valuation.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie educator Nichole Gurwell
August 4, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles TES and TMS instructional coach Nichole Gurwell.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board discusses traffic issues at new school
July 29, 2015
As Tonganoxie USD 464 moves forward with its new elementary school, it also prepares for what Superintendent Lyn Rantz said could take some patience — traffic dropping off and picking up students at Tonganoxie elementary and middle schools.
New Tonganoxie Elementary School creates ‘excitement and pride’
July 28, 2015
There were no official counts of how many people visited Tonganoxie Elementary School on Saturday for the new school’s open house. But Parent Teacher Club members handed out 504 cookies and bottled water to visitors — and then handed out packaged cookies because they ran out of the original allotment. Volunteers had to make two visits to Brothers Market for more cookies.
Face to Face: LCHS president Crystal Swann Blackdeer
July 28, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Leavenworth County Humane Society president Crystal Swann Blackdeer.
Jarbalo Jottings
July 22, 2015
Local residents celebrated Kaleb Siefkas’ third birthday July 11. His parents, Ryan and Rhiannon Siefkas, hosted the party.
Busting moves, winning awards
July 22, 2015
The Tonganoxie High cheer and dance teams won several awards at a spirit camp last month in Salina. THS teams attended spirit camp June 16-19 at Kansas Wesleyan University. The Chieftain Stars dance team earned blue ribbons for its home routine and fight song performances, along with the overall camp leadership award. The team also earned 27 individual blue ribbons for individual dance routines and the Camp Drill Down Award.
Dedication, open house Saturday at new Tonganoxie Elementary School
Movie night will be later that day outside TES
July 22, 2015
The community will get an up-close look at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School this weekend. A dedication of the new TES will start at 10 a.m. at the school, 1180 East St. There will be a scavenger hunt tour, maps for self-guided tours and refreshments at the school, which is southeast of Tonganoxie Middle School off Washington Street.
Cowboy event moseying in this weekend into Tonganoxie
July 22, 2015
Organizer Charley Green hopes Saturday’s event in downtown Tonganoxie and the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds rustles up some big crowds. Tonganoxie will celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy with a parade, several country western music performances and vendors.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Steve Christensen
July 22, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president Steve Christensen.
Leavenworth County Fair: Bring on the exhibits, cotton candy and carnival
July 22, 2015
Tonganoxie will be bustling more than usual starting Tuesday. The annual Leavenworth County Fair starts Tuesday with some new attractions at the fairgrounds off Kansas Highway 16. Returning are the mainstays: the parade at 6:30 p.m. and the draft horse pull at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The parade will roll through downtown Tonganoxie along Fourth Street, while the draft horse pull will take place at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds grandstand.
Tonganoxie man in court on suspicion of child endangerment, alcohol charges
July 22, 2015
A Tonganoxie man whose apartment was the scene of an alleged sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl is expected to appear today in Leavenworth County District Court. Warren P. Thompson, 53, faces two counts aggravated endangerment, three counts endangerment and one count hosting of minors where alcohol is present.
Tonganoxie City Council OKs proposed 2016 budget
Mill levy is lower, but sewer rates will increase
12:30 p.m., July 21, 2015 Updated 05:43 p.m.
Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year. The Tonganoxie City Council discussed the budget for a final time before the budget is published in The Mirror for the public’s review.
Tonganoxie trainer warns of heat illnesses, urges proper hydration
July 20, 2015
Local high school athletes are getting outside for various summer camps this summer. That activity will be accelerated when fall sports begin practicing in the traditionally blazing hot month of August. Tonganoxie High athletic trainer Mark Padfield reminds athletes of all ages to be prepared for outdoor activity when the heat and humidity are at high levels.
Learning about leadership in Leavenworth County
4-H group receives crash course on various careers at recent camp
July 16, 2015
Local professionals gave some 4-H members glimpses into their careers recently at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Leavenworth County 4-H Youth Leaders spent a day camp with guest speakers from the community speaking to the youths about their career experiences and what paths they took to their respective careers.

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