Leavenworth County

Irish fun despite lack of sun in Tonganoxie
March 17, 2017
A light snow couldn’t dull the green Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie. The annual St. Patrick’s Parade made its way through downtown Saturday morning. The overall parade winner was Ladies with Libations and Literacy. Youth winners were the Tonganoxie High School Marching Band and the Happy Helpers 4-H Club.
Tonganoxie USD 464 selects Iowa company for nearly $178,000 in track upgrades
March 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 is moving forward with track improvements at Beatty Field. The board approved a contract with Fisher Tracks for nearly $178,000 to upgrade the district’s track and runways just west of the stadium. The Boone, Iowa, company will begin work in May to revamp the track, including converting it to a 400-meter track. It was determined that the track previously wasn’t quite at 400 meters. In addition to the track work, the runway for jumping events and pole vault will be upgraded.
Tonganoxie residents face marijuana charges
March 8, 2017
Tonganoxie residents who face alleged marijuana charges are to appear in the coming weeks in Leavenworth County District Court. Jason Hinds, 44, and Karri Williamson, 30, face charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s first court appearance is later this month in Linn County
March 8, 2017
A Tonganoxie USD 464 administrator will appear in court later this month for suspicion of failure to report abuse. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty is set for a first appearance at 9 a.m. March 22 in Linn County Court in Mound City.
Gallagher Park progress in Tonganoxie
March 8, 2017
A sign and a brick-laden gathering spot have helped Gallagher Park take shape, but more upgrades are planned for the Tonganoxie landmark. Kay Soetaert, part of the park’s citizen task force, said a kiosk and flagpole are in future plans, as are park benches. She said workers also will “level off some of the ground where it slopes and keep it open green space for events.”
Irish time in Tonganoxie with St. Pat’s Parade on tap Saturday
March 8, 2017
Tonganoxie eyes of all shades will be smiling Saturday. The community’s St. Patrick’s Parade returns with an 11 a.m. start time. The parade will take the traditional downtown route, starting at Main and Fourth streets and moving west along Fourth Street. A traveling trophy will be given out for the best overall float, while bobble head trophies will be given for the best boys and girls youth entries.
Leavenworth County under tornado watch; red flag warning set for Tuesday
March 6, 2017
Tonganoxie is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Monday, while a wind advisory is set to end at 6 p.m. Monday.
Super science for Tonganoxie Olympiad
March 3, 2017
Tonganoxie High has another regional medal to its credit for Science Olympiad. This year’s team placed third at its regional this past Saturday at Johnson County Community College. There were 20 teams that competed, with the top six in each event medaling. Here’s a list of THS teams and their placings:
Suspect linked to threatening note at Tonganoxie school
March 2, 2017
Threatening notes were discovered on consecutive days at Tonganoxie Middle School and then Tonganoxie Elementary School last week. Authorities still are investigating the TMS note, but the issue has been resolved at TES, according to interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips.
Remember When: A Community Review for March 1, 2017
March 2, 2017
Weather has stalled the construction of Chieftain Trail in Tonganoxie. But once the ground thaws, work on the trail will begin in full force. The half-mile trail will extend from Fourth and Main streets to Chieftain Park and also will tie in with VFW Park. The new branch of First State Bank and Trust is open at 15506 Pinehurst Drive in Basehor. (10 years ago)
The Columnists: Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
March 2, 2017
The upcoming pancake supper was discussed. It will be 5-7 p.m. March 18. It was decided to add fruit to the menu. Marilyn Oxley filled in for Rosie as program leader and Nila Denholm served as hostess and served ice cream sandwiches to members Elaine Gnasch, Marilyn Oxley, Faye Cleavinger, Frances Jeannin, Thamar Barnett and the Rev. Larry Grove. The next meeting will be March 17 and the group will set up tables and chairs for the supper.
Kathy’s Kottage offers cozy craft opportunities in Tonganoxie
March 1, 2017
Kathy’s Kottage offers visitors the chance to buy or create crafts and gifts, but the Tonganoxie business also has an international feel. Kathy Link, who taught second grade at Genesis Christian Academy for nine years, retired from the school in June 2016. A longtime craft enthusiast, Link wanted to share her craft love with the community. This past October, Kathy’s Kottage opened at 120 Hatchell Road nestled near her home. Link’s husband, Bob, built the cozy building.
Tonganoxie school board member addresses events surrounding superintendent; attorney who filed charges is former USD 464 administrator
March 1, 2017
As Tonganoxie’s top administrator awaits his time in court for allegedly failing to report abuse at his previous school, a Tonganoxie School Board member explains the district’s timeline with hiring the administrator. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kleidosty on Tuesday on a warrant out of Linn County where he previously was superintendent at Prairie View USD 362.
Tonganoxie voters approve 20-year sales tax; Tonganoxie Days entertainment agreement approved; VFW Park news
March 1, 2017
A 3/4-cent sales tax will fund a new Tonganoxie Public Library. Tonganoxie residents voted, 776-429, to replace the current 3/4-cent sales tax with a new 20-year sales tax at the same rate, according to Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. She noted voter turnout was nearly 42 percent. The “yes” votes won with about 64 percent of the vote.