Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis join rest of Leavenworth County schools in canceling Wednesday classes
10:13 p.m., January 22, 2019 Updated 11:14 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy won’t have classes Wednesday due to inclement weather. USD 464 and GCA join the rest of Leavenworth County in canceling classes. Easton USD 449, Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Fort Leavenworth USD 207, Lansing USD 469 and Leavenworth USD 453 all will be closed Wednesday. McLouth USD 342 also has canceled classes. Other local schools that canceled classes are Lawrence USD 497, Bonner Springs USD 204, Piper USD 203 and Oskaloosa USD 341. Classes at the University of Kansas’ main campus in Lawrence also have been canceled.
Tonganoxie Elementary School teacher uses egg experiment to teach MLK lessons to children
January 21, 2019
It’s never too early to learn about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Tonganoxie Elementary School teacher Tiffany Parker used an exercise again this school year to educate her kindergarteners about what King meant to the country and what his message could mean to them. Parker brings in one typical white egg and then gets chicken or duck eggs donated for her “experiment,” with the more blemishes, size differences, colors and freckles the better.
Leavenworth County Commisssion candidates announced; more expected this week
January 17, 2019
The candidate field continues to take shape for the upcoming Leavenworth County Commission races. The new Fifth District, which includes Tonganoxie and Linwood, so far has two candidates and the new Fourth District, which includes the city of Lansing, Delaware Township and a portion of southeast Leavenworth, has one. Per state statute, Democratic and Republican conventions select party candidates for such a special election. Democrat selected Stuart Sweeney, rural Linwood, for the Fifth District and Troy Smith, Leavenworth, for the Fourth District candidate, at a special convention Thursday in Basehor. Tonganoxie freelance writer David Frese will be running in the Fifth District as an independent. He is running for the first time, but is heavily involved in the Tonganoxi community, as he serves on Tonganoxie Public Library and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission boards and is an assistant coach for the Tonganoxie High School boys soccer team.
Trophy time: Tonganoxie High debate team takes 3rd place at state
January 17, 2019
The tradition continues at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s group of debaters brought home another state trophy for the THS debate team. This year, the four-speaker team did its part to add to the trophy collection. The team of Lauren Lawson, Payton Lynn, Blake Phillps, Bryn Reed, Jakob Edholm and Katherine Wombwell placed third at the Class 4A championships in Fort Scott. THS placed third with an 11-3 record.
Tremendous trainer: Tonganoxie High’s Padfield wins 1 award, set to receive another
January 9, 2019
Tonganoxie High School athletic trainer Mark Padfield recently received a statewide award and is set to receive a regional award in March. Padfield won the 2018 Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society Athletic Trainer of the Year award this past November during the 12th annual KATS Symposium. Padfield, who serves a teacher at THS, also works for Lawrence Memorial Hospital as the athletic trainer assigned to the school. He is also a medical spotter for the NFL.
Tonganoxie High School student killed in KCK double shooting; classmate in critical condition
January 9, 2019
A Tonganoxie High School student was killed and another injured in a double shooting Monday night in Kansas City, Kan. Kansas City Kansas Police identified the victim as Bradley J. Samsel, 18, Tonganoxie. He was a senior at THS. The second person shot in the incident, also a senior at THS, was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in critical condition, according to KCK police.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board meets with architects regarding future bond issue; turf interviews todays
January 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board met Monday for a special meeting for interviews with architectural firms as the district pursues a bond issue for improvements to the high school. The board interviewed both DLR and HTK as prospective architectural firms for the future high school bond issue. Board members again will meet at 6 p.m. tonight for another special meeting again at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. This meeting will be to interview and review bids from three turf companies for potential artificial turf at Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie City Council approves business park landscape, Stone Creek addition and League of Kansas Municipalities agreements
January 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie City Council approved a landscape design agreement with GBA Architects for Tonganoxie Business Park. The agreement, approved by a 4-0 vote, with Curtis Oroke absent, will allow for several key factors, according to city staff, that will enhance the landscape design of the business park, including landscape architecture, irrigation, wetlands beautification and entrance monument signage.2
Moving forward into 2019: Tonganoxie options for healthy living in the new year
January 9, 2019
The celebrations, the presents, the scrumptious dressing and cookies and candy. Oh, and those beverages. The holidays often are a great time to celebrate with family and friends and indulge a bit or a lot. But now it’s time for a fresh start.
Accident sends two Leavenworth County residents to hospital with severe injuries
January 3, 2019
A one-vehicle rollover accident sent two Leavenworth County residents to a local hospital with severe injuries. Leavenworth County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday to a rollover accident at 214th Street and Hemphill Road
The loyal treatment: Tonganoxie lawyer’s multi-state quest to find kidney donor leads to match with Lawrence woman
08:58 a.m., December 27, 2018 Updated 09:29 a.m.
From Tonganoxie to Texas, Michael Kelly’s family spread the word to anyone who would listen — the longtime attorney was in dire need of a kidney. His wife, Keyta, and daughter Rachel got full-sized rear-window decals explaining of Michael’s need, information about his journey and ways to help. Other family members followed suit, and soon a handful of vehicles stretched from the Kansas City metro area west to the Topeka area and south to Chanute.
Remember When: A Community Review for Dec. 19, 2018
December 20, 2018
Around 120 people attended three performances at the Leavenworth County Courthouse during Friday’s Christmas Open House. 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. Leavenworth County 4-H Junior Leaders president, Nicki Gee, helped club leaders Michelle McIntyre and Karen Grammer transfer cookies from a pan to a container. Every year, the Junior Leaders bake cookies to give to families in need during the holiday season. On Monday, the group sent off 1,233 cookies to the Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Pantry in Tonganoxie to distribute.
Tonganoxie High debate headed to state after taking 3rd at 4A regional
December 20, 2018
Tonganoxie High School once again will be represented at the state debate championships. The THS four-speaker debate team placed third Saturday at the Class 4A Piper Regional in Kansas City, Kan. The top four teams from each regional advance to state. Piper went 9-1 and won the regional, while Bishop Miege took second with an 8-2 record. Tonganoxie also took third with an 8-2 record, 23 ballots and 158 points. Miege had 24 ballots and 167 points. Paola took the final state qualifying spot with a fourth-place finish and a 7-3 record. The state championships will take place in January.
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.