Leavenworth County

Motorcyclist dies from injuries sustained in crash with Tonganoxie Police vehicle
10:19 p.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 04:23 a.m.
A motorcyclist died Friday night following an accident involving a Tonganoxie Police officer. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Village Street in Tonganoxie. Tonganoxie police officer Nicholas Ontiveros, 33, Lansing, was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer west on U.S. 24-40 when he activated his emergency lights and made a U-turn in attempt to stop a vehicle traveling east on the highway, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Weapon found in Tonganoxie Middle School locker deemed ‘unfortunate accident’
07:41 a.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 05:19 p.m.
A weapon was found early Thursday evening in a Tonganoxie Middle School locker, but authorities determined it was an unfortunate accident and no malice or threat was intended. Tonganoxie Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips explained in a press release that Tonganoxie Police were called to investigate the incident.
Tonganoxie City Council OKs plans for Casey’s final plat, approves industrial bond issuance, delays decision on daycare zoning
August 23, 2018
A new Casey’s General Store cleared a notable benchmark. The Tonganoxie City Council approved, 4-0, a final plat for a new project for the convenience store chain. The store is to be built in the area generally between Fifth and Sixth streets on the west side of U.S. Highway 24-40.
Tonganoxie USD 464 budget approved; raises and personnel recommendations OK’d
August 23, 2018
The 2018-19 Tonganoxie USD 464 budget has been approved. Board members met for a public hearing in a special meeting Monday and then approved the budget, which calls for a mill levy that will be just a bit lower than the district’s 2017-18 rate and about the same rate as 2016-17. The school board approved the budget at a special meeting Monday night.
Meet-and-greet for new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent, administrative team, is Friday at football scirimmage tailgate
August 23, 2018
A meet-and-greet with new Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Loren Feldkamp and other members of the district’s administrative team will take place Friday as a part of a tailgate celebration before the Tonganoxie High football Red-White Scrimmage. The event, which will feature door prizes and free food for the first 300 guests, will be 6-7 p.m. Friday near Beatty Field. Tonganoxie City firefighters will be serving the meal. Guests must be present to win the prizes. Members of the Tonganoxie High School Marching Band and the band’s drumline also are scheduled to perform.
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.
Accident near Basehor sends occupants to Children’s Mercy
August 15, 2018
A two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 24-40 near Basehor sent three involved to Children’s Mercy Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The accident happened at 7:55 a.m. Aug. 6 at U.S. Highway 24-40 and 166th Street, just west of Basehor.
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.