Leavenworth County

Linn County attorney dismisses case against Tonganoxie superintendent
August 7, 2017
The case against the Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent has been dismissed. Chris Kleidosty was scheduled to appear Monday in Linn County District Court, but James Brun, Linn County attorney, recently dismissed the case. Kleidosty was arrested in February on charges of alleged failure to report two sex abuse cases in the Prairie View school district, where he previously was that district’s top administrator. The Tonganoxie school board placed him on administrative leave with pay shortly after the arrest. He remains on leave with pay.
Tonganoxie USD 464 in-person enrollment ends today; online deadline Aug. 11
August 3, 2017
USD 464 in-person enrollment concludes Thursday; online concludes Aug. 11 Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment was Tuesday and continues 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Thursday.
Tonganoxie Summer Lunch Crew reports successful free youth lunch program
August 3, 2017
The Summer Lunch Crew grew in participation this summer at Tonganoxie Elementary School. The program, which is in its second year, offered free lunches to any youths 18 and younger. The United States Department of Agriculture sponsors the lunch program, which can be found in many school districts. However, Tonganoxie added other components to its midday offerings aside from the meals.
New THS activities director taking over in Tonganoxie
AD, also a 2nd assistant principal, settling in before school year
07:57 a.m., August 2, 2017 Updated 12:02 a.m.
Mr. Random is in his first month as activities director/assistant principal at Tonganoxie High School. Actually his name is Brandon Mellen, but he jokingly refers to himself as Mr. Random because he has a variety of interests and experiences. Mellen, who started July 1 in the Tonganoxie school district, played basketball at Emporia State, coached college basketball at Fort Scott Community College and Baker University, served as a “ball boy” on the sideline for Kansas football games in Lawrence and officiated high school basketball.
Challengers lead vote-getting, 1 incumbent ousted in Tonganoxie City Council primary
August 1, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Tuesday’s primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting.
Tonganoxie USD 464 online enrollment open through Aug. 11; in-person enrollment is next week
July 26, 2017
Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment is noon-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Aug. 3.
Applications avaialable for 2017-18 Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development class
July 26, 2017
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development is taking applications for 2017-18. The organization, which is sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce and First State Bank and Trust, offers classes by academic year. The class generally meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through April, with a final project presentation in April and a graduation luncheon in May.
Leavenworth County Fair’s 92nd installment is this week in Tonganoxie
July 26, 2017
Fair Week has started in Tonganoxie. The Leavenworth County Fair started Tuesday, with the main event being the parade through downtown Tonganoxie. The horse pull at the Grandstand always is the main Tuesday night attraction at the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be buzzing with activities from morning until night each day through Saturday. For more information, go to leavenworthcountyfair.com.
Remember When: A Community Review for July 26, 2017
July 26, 2017
Some 600 motorcyclists made their way down Fourth Street in Tonganoxie on Saturday. The cyclists spent part of Saturday in Tonganoxie during the Kansas City Poker Run Rally. The rally raised money for the Urban Youth Strategies center in midtown Kansas City, Mo. Roughly $30,000 was raised.
Tonganoxie checkpoint turns into high-speed chase
10:36 a.m., July 24, 2017 Updated 12:29 p.m.
A standard Tonganoxie police checklane ended 45 minutes early Saturday morning and turned into high-speed chase after a vehicle failed to comply with law enforcement at the checklane.
Leavenworth County authorities searching for inmate worker who left jail Thursday night
July 21, 2017
Leavenworth County authorities are searching for an inmate worker who walked away from his duty assignment Thursday night. George Joseph Burgess Jr. walked away from his assignment at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Leavenworth County Jail in the Justice Center, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Chieftain softball lands 2 Tonganoxie players on Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Team
09:09 a.m., July 19, 2017 Updated 09:20 a.m.
Tonganoxie again made the regional finals in softball under Stephanie Wittman. The team reached the championship after an uncanny seven-run rally for the 7-6 victory against archrival Basehor-Linwood before dropping a heartbreaker to Piper in the championship.
Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent’s court appearance moved to August
July 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Chris Kleidosty won’t appear in Linn County District Court again until the middle of August. Kleidosty was scheduled to appear last week for a motion to dismiss the case, but there was a continuation and the appearance was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in Mound City. The Tonganoxie school board placed Kleidosty on administrative leave with pay following his arrest back in February for alleged failure to report sex abuse at his former district, Prairie View. Kleidosty’s annual salary is $132,000.
Blooming business in Tonganoxie
July 19, 2017
Alissa Griffin likes to tszuj up a space and Tonganoxie has been without a floral shop the last few years. So, with the biggest holiday of the floral year approaching, Griffin opened Fun and Fabulous Floral and Gifts. She opened just a few days before Valentine’s Day earlier this year and continues to increase her business, especially with her flowers.