Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie school board to conduct superintendent search with Phillips as finalist; Kemp stepping down
January 30, 2018
The search for a new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent continues while a board member resigns from his post. During a special meeting Monday, the board interviewed interim superintendent Tonya Phillips for the position. But after executive session, a series of motions eventually led to a divided board approving a candidate search. The board interviewed Phillips for 75 minutes during the closed-door meeting. Board Member Amelia Brusven participated in the executive session via teleconference. The board then met for another 25 minutes in executive session without Phillips.
Phillips to interview for superintendent position after all; new special meeting set for Monday
January 26, 2018
Tonya Phillips will be interviewing for the Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position after all. A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. this coming Monday to interview Phillips, the current interim superintendent. The board met Tuesday in a special meeting to craft interview questions for Phillips, as she initially was to be interviewed Wednesday for the position. But the meeting was canceled earlier that day because Phillips had withdrawn her name from consideration for the post.
Summer getaway’ for rural Tonganoxie resident on research trip to Antarctica
January 25, 2018
The winter solstice was Dec. 21, marking the start of winter and the shortest day and longest night of the year. For Emily Arnold, the next day basically was the longest of her life. The rural Tonganoxie resident, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas, was coming back from a month-long research visit to Antarctica. At first glance, it might appear to be the opposite. She left New Zealand at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 and got home about 8 p.m. that day.
Weekly briefs: Students earn honors at Cloud County, Concordia University; Chiefatin Cafe needs; Council on Aging outreach; KU weight-loss program offered
January 25, 2018
Local students have been named to the fall 2017 honors list at Cloud County Community College. Jeremy Ragsdale of Tonganoxie and Joradn Blackwood and Mason Hays, both of Basehor, are on the list. To be named to the honors list, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade-point average of 3.6-3.899.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 24, 2018
January 25, 2018
Chamber of Commerce Secretary Connie Torneden was selected “Member of the Year” at the chamber’s installation ceremony. In addition to her responsibilities as chamber secretary, Torneden has been the organizational hub of Tonganoxie Days since its inception eight years ago.
Fort Leavenworth Pet of the Week: Sylvester
January 25, 2018
Sylvester is the pet of the week for the week of Jan. 22. He is an adult male tuxedo cat available for adoption at the Fort Leavenworth Stray Facility, 510 Organ Ave., Fort Leavenworth. Neutering, vaccinations and microchipping are included in his adoption fee. See flsf.petfinder.com for the adoption application link, profiles of adoptable pets and updated hours. Call (913) 684-4939 or e-mail ftleavenworthstrayfacility@gmail.com for an appointment or more information.
Phillips withdraws self from consideration for Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position
January 24, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464’s interim superintendent has withdrawn herself from consideration for the top post in the district. The school board was to meet later today for a special meeting to interview Tonya Phillips for the superintendent position, but the meeting was canceled.
Residential gunsmith and gun repair operation approved
January 24, 2018
The council approved, 4-0, a special-use permit for an in-home gun dealer and gunsmithing business. The permit was approved for Justin Barker at his residence, 2604 E. Sycamore St., which of course is zoned as residential. Barker told the council the permit allows him to make money through his business until he can move his business into a shop. He said his services will be provide by appointment only and on weekends and that it will be more a matter of buying or selling a single gun at a time with a customer.
Tonganoxie’s contribution to land-use study discussed at meeting
January 24, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council directed City Manager George Brajkovic to offer the county a maximum of $8,730 as a financial partner for a U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor land-use study. The county developed a scope of services for the study after putting out request for qualifications. Video proposed a fee of $58,203.
New fire chief introduced at Tonganoxie council meeting
January 24, 2018
New Tonganoxie City Fire Chief John Zimbelman attended Monday’s meeting. Zimbelman is retired as deputy fire chief from the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department. “I’m excited to be here … I’m looking forward to working with everybody,” Zimbelman said.
Tonganoxie City Council approves voluntary annexation of land west of 24-40
January 24, 2018
More property west of U.S. Highway 24-40 will become part of the city. Council members approved, 4-0, with Curtis Oroke absent, voluntary annexation of 1.3 acres, which is owned by the Evans Family Trust. The acreage is an area south of Kansas Highway 16 and west of U.S. 24-40 and is planned for commercial development.
Tonganoxie council meetings to continue streaming via Facebook Live
January 24, 2018
Council Member Rocky Himpel wanted staff to research options for technology with regards to recording council meetings during the last council meeting. City Manager George Brajkovic said staff consulted various area municipalities and found that some recorded, while others didn’t. For one city, the recording came with a cost of $20,000 annually and additional staff time. The city will continue to record the meetings on Facebook Live. Staff also will consult IT officials on possible archiving of the meetings through YouTube or on the city website. Assistant City Manager Dan Porter said the Jan. 8 meeting garnered 2,040 views on Facebook.
A place to call home in Tonganoxie at Cornerstone Family Worship
January 24, 2018
Cornerstone Family Worship had services for 329 Sundays at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Some church members would be there, sometimes before dawn, getting the space ready for services. To break down that number down even more, that’s a bit more than six years of the church’s congregation meeting there Sunday after Sunday. But who’s counting?
Tonganoxie school board to interview Phillips for superintendent position
January 20, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board will interview interim superintendent Tonya Phillips for its superintendent position. The board voted, 6-1, Thursday during a special meeting at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. Members went into executive session for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes in executive session to discuss the superintendent matter regarding non-elected personnel.