Leavenworth County

Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 30, 2017
September 1, 2017
Sunflowers are in full bloom and fans don’t have to travel far to take in their beauty. Ted Grinter has 27 acres of row after row of sunflowers on his farm southwest of Tonganoxie. Sunflowers are known to track the movement of the sun across the sky when they are in the bud stage. Once the flower blooms, however, it faces east and that could be the flower’s efforts to avoid direct heat. Kansas ranks third in sunflower production after North Dakota and South Dakota.
Barn quilts adorn Tonganoxie Community Historic Site barn
September 1, 2017
Last week, the hay barn at Tonganoxie Community Historical Society museum took on a new look. Travelers on U.S. Highway 24-40 can look to the west to see the new look. Folks also can turn west onto Eighth Street and view the new feature near Vintage Park. Three barn quilts now adorn the north wall of the historic site’s barn. Since 2011, the north face of the barn was decorated with a canvas that celebrated the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Today, the barn celebrates the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail and becomes the centerpiece for the trail.
Embracing, bracing for Grinter sunflowers near Tonganoxie
August 31, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 24-40 has the potential for jubilation and anxiety all wrapped into a couple weekends. The popular Grinter Farms sunflower fields look to be on schedule for prime viewing Labor Day Weekend and into the following weekend. With the August weather looking to be mild this year, it’s shaping up to be another massive tourism time at Grinter Farms. Crowds have grown each year, with last year’s crowds thought to be pushing some 150,000 for the entire viewing period. That meant traffic troubles on U.S. 24-40, some fender benders and even message boards on Interstate 70 announcing the fields were closed to visitors for a time.
Still no decision on Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent; hirings and resignations approved
August 31, 2017
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board gave final approval to its 2017-18 budget, but members still have not made a decision on the future of Superintendent Chris Kleidosty. The board met this past Thursday in two special meetings, the first to have a budget hearing and the second to discuss non-elected personnel in executive session. The executive sessions last a total of 90 minutes, but no decisions were made after the board returned to the regular meeting.
Sunflower Stroll coming to Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The Sunflower Stroll is coming to Tonganoxie. Monica Gee with the Tonganoxie Business Association told the City Council on Monday of plans to entice visitors to the Grinter Farms sunflower fields to stop in Tonganoxie after their visit to the global attraction. Gee said the stroll was an effort to get something started in Tonganoxie around the time sunflowers are in bloom. She hopes the stroll grows into a festival or some time of event as time progresses.
Tonganoxie High soccer coming home
August 24, 2017
If the weather cooperates, the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team could start playing home games at Chieftain Park late next month. About a half dozen THS seniors spoke at Thursday’s Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board meeting about wanting to return to playing games at Chieftain Park.
Pathways to have open house Friday in Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The new Pathways learning center is ready to showcase its students in the coming weeks. Pathways is a new transition program for graduates 18-21 years of age. It opened this past Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. To celebrate the new tenant in the downtown district, the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony. It’s part of an open house from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the center. Cake and punch will be served. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Pathways transition program opening today in former Tonganoxie police station
August 17, 2017
More activity is coming to downtown Tonganoxie. Pathways, a new transition program for for graduates 18-21 years of age is set to open Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Kansas City man gets nearly 10 years in meth case
August 17, 2017
A 48-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced last month in Leavenworth County District Court to nearly 10 years in prison on methpamphetamine charges. George Dobbs was sentenced July 14 to 117 months to the Department of Corrections for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. A second count of possession of drug paraphernalia received a sentence of 11 months with the Department of Corrections. That case was ordered to run concurrently to the primary count.
Leavenworth woman sentenced in death of mother
August 17, 2017
A 60-year-old Leavenworth resident was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for killing her mother. Victoria Smith was sentenced last month in Leavenworth County District Court to 155 months for killing her mother, Anna Higgins. On July 3, 2016, the Leavenworth Police Department responded to a 911 call in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue in Leavenworth. When officers arrived they heard Smith screaming that she had killed someone. Smith, who lived alone but in a home owned by her mother, later admitted that she was surprised to be awaken by her mother. Smith then hit her mother with a flashlight outside her bedroom door. Upon realizing what she did, Smith then took her mother from the doorway to the main living room where she then proceeded to strike her several more times with a three-pound mallet, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson. Higgins was found dead on the scene.
Leavenworth County staff member marks 25 years
August 17, 2017
Attorney’s office and he hasn’t left since. Roger has built an incredible resume for himself in those 25 years doing everything from prosecuting cases, handling managerial duties, and developing the first ever paperless office in the state of Kansas.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital accepting grant applications for local wellness projects
August 17, 2017
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. Multiple grants may be awarded in each community, with a maximum of $2,500 per applicant. More than $10,000 in grants will be distributed starting in September, the news release said.
FAST times at Tonganoxie’s Chieftain Park
August 17, 2017
A core group of people again are getting active on Sunday nights at Chieftain Park. The latest session of Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie started Aug. 6, averaging 20 people the first two workouts. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission again has organized the workout program, which again is getting financial assistance through a Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association grant. FAST started in 2015 as a way to promote fitness for all families.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 16, 2017
August 17, 2017
Tonganoxie skate boarders can rejoice as they get one step closer to getting a new skate park. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to accept the proposed 2008 budget, which included $100,000 for the construction of a new skate park. Several patrons spoke in favor of the skate park.