Leavenworth County

THS Auto Tech Class Car and Bike Show is Saturday at high school
October 19, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School Auto Tech Class Car and Bike Show is almost here. Students are organizing the event, which will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at THS. Registration is 8-10:30 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Pre-regisration cost is $12 for adults. There also will be food for sale and various booths. Proceeds from the event will benefit the auto tech class. For more information, email tmaurer@tong464.org or call 913-416-1400, ext. 2051.
Missing foster children found in Kansas City
01:29 p.m., October 18, 2017 Updated 01:29 p.m.
Tonganoxie police located three Tonganoxie youths who had been missing for six weeks from foster care. Local police found the girls with help from other area law enforcement agencies. Chief Jeff Brandau said Tuesday that Tonganoxie police had gotten information about the potential location of the three girls, who are 12, 14 and 15.
McLouth Happenings: Laughing Lunch next week at Gambino’s
October 11, 2017
The 1967 Class of McLouth High School will meet for its Laughing Lunch at noon Oct. 19 at Rice House in Tonganoxie. The restaurant is just off East U.S. Highway 24-40 next to Gambino’s. All classmates are invited to attend the regular gathering.
Linwood News: Bingo night Saturday; hydrant flushing reminder; breakout at library; fall garden exchange
October 11, 2017
Linwood Community Building will be the site for bingo Saturday. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Games will run 6-9 p.m. Cards are $10 each and concessions will be available. Proceeds will go toward maintaining the building.
Leavenworth woman convicted in rape case involving 16-month-old
October 11, 2017
A 41-year-old Leavenworth woman was convicted Thursday of one count rape of an 16-month-old girl. Mahogany Payne was convicted in Leavenworth County District court. For the purpose of this case, rape is defined as sexual intercourse with a victim younger than 14 when the offender is 18 or older. Sexual intercourse is defined as digital penetration of the female sex organ. Any penetration however slight, constitutes sexual intercourse.
Klemp back on Leavenworth County Commission with appointment
October 11, 2017
Louis Klemp is returning to the Leavenworth County Commission. Leavenworth County Republican Party officials selected Klemp from a field of three hopefuls. The appointment comes after longtime Commissioner Clyde Graeber announced last month he would be stepping down due to health issues. Klemp served previously on the Leavenworth County Commission. He takes over Graeber’s position serving the 2nd District, which covers Lansing and parts of Leavenworth.
This month’s Art Night Out is Thursday at Tonganoxie Public Library
October 11, 2017
Local artist Liz Daniel will lead her next Art Night Out later this month. The next program will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tonganoxie Public Library community room. During the classes, which take place the second Thursday of each month, Daniel leads attendees in creating art masterpieces.
Chieftain Cafe numbers continue to climb
October 11, 2017
Chieftain Cafe continues to be a hot spot for Tonganoxie youth while providing healthy food options after school. The Tonganoxie Public Library program started in January, growing to an average attendance of 50 youths by the end of the school year. The after-school program now is averaging 80-90 participants from 3:30-5 p.m. on weekdays.
Former Tonganoxie resident sentenced to 19 years in case involving KCK officer
October 11, 2017
A former Tonganoxie resident was sentenced last week to more than 19 years in prison for aggravated robbery and burglary in a case related to the death of a police officer in Kansas City, Kan. Curtis Ayers, 30, was sentenced Thursday in Leavenworth County District Court for events that transpired May 9, 2016. He was sentenced to 233 months for the aggravated robbery and 32 months for the aggravated burglary, which will run concurrently. He did run this case consecutively to his capitol murder case from the same day in Wyandotte County. Ayers pleaded guilty to these two counts Thursday. On May 9, 2016, Ayers was at the Hollywood Casino in Wyandotte County. Law enforcement officials were called to the scene. Detective Brad Lancaster attempted to stop Ayers from leaving, but Ayers pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired multiple shots into Lancaster’s car from about 8 feet away. Lancaster suffered seven gunshot wounds that would eventually kill him. Ayers then took Lancaster’s vehicle, but not before being rammed by another officer’s vehicle and engaging in a shootout in which that officer and Ayers were not hit. Ayers proceeded to 118th Street and State Avenue where he crashed Lancaster’s car into another vehicle driven by a woman with two children. Ayers pulled the woman out of her car, breaking her arm in the process. Ayers proceeded to drive that vehicle into Basehor at 141st Street, entering Leavenworth County in the process.
Happy Homecoming in Tonganoxie
October 11, 2017
Rain couldn’t put a damper on Tonganoxie Homecoming festivities Friday. With weather forecasts calling for severe weather Friday night, school officials moved up the coronation ceremony to 4:45 p.m. and the football game to 5:30 p.m. at Beatty Field. The 90-minute move in scheduling, it was hoped, would get everything out of the way before storms came. Though it was a rainy evening, the weather didn’t get to Tonganoxie until later. Gage Smith and Sierra Staatz were named Homecoming king and queen.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board accepts Kleidosty resignation, approves Tyson resolution
October 11, 2017
Chris Kleidosty will no longer be the superintendent at Tonganoxie USD 464. But when his resignation takes effect still is not clear. The board approved, 6-1, to accept Kleidosty’s resignation at the end of Monday’s meeting, with Phillip Welsh casting the dissenting vote. The full motion was to accept the Kleisdosty’s resignation, subject to the board’s discussion in executive session. Former school board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked the board more particulars about the resignation. Board President Bryan Kemp declined to answer. Instead he told Truesdell she could request information through an open meetings request.
Hollywood Homecoming in Tonganoxie; coronaton, kickoff being moved up due to weather
12:03 p.m., October 5, 2017 Updated 04:34 p.m.
The theme is Golden Hollywood; the opponent is the Golden Bears. Homecoming week is here for Tonganoxie High School, with the dance theme Saturday night being “Golden Hollywood.” The dance will run 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chieftain Room, with tickets being $7 for a single ticket and $10 for couples.
Tyson could be looking to build in Cornhusker State; Concordia reportedly showing interest
September 28, 2017
Kansas had the fourth lowest income growth of any state in the country during the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income grew by only 0.4 percent during the quarter, which ranked Kansas 47th among the states. The national average was 0.7 percent.
Graeber replacement would have to run in 2018
September 28, 2017
Clyde Graeber’s replacement on the Leavenworth County Commission will have to run for election in 2018 if the appointee wants to stay on the board beyond the resident’s appointment. Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski explained the timeline this week. Graeber, who announced Monday that he would be stepping down next week because of health concerns, was elected to another term this past November. His last meeting is Thursday.