Leavenworth County

Conference shifting continues for high school leagues
De Soto joining KVL schools in yet-to-be-named league
July 3, 2017
The league merry-go-round continues in this part of the state. The 2017-18 school year will be the final year of the Kaw Valley League, which dates back 30 years. Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Ward, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Piper and Turner will compete in the league for a final time together starting in August.
Remember When: A Community Review for July 5, 2017
July 3, 2017
The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2006 population estimate that showed Tonganoxie’s population increased 9.19 percent to 4,101, the biggest increase since the 2000 census. Tonganoxie had the third-highest percentage in growth in Kansas, following Westmoreland and Maize. The Historical Farmer’s Market will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Tonganoxie High School west campus parking lot. The market is spearheaded by Pete and Brenda Wood. The market will be open weekly from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through the third week in October.
Love for longtime veteran
July 3, 2017
A parade of 30 motorcycles, many donned with large American flags, suddenly happened Saturday morning in Tonganoxie. The procession, which a Tonganoxie police car led, even had some spectators who stopped to wave at the cyclists while they winded through the community. This group of American Legion Riders, though, weren’t just out for a leisurely weekend ride. They were visiting a local veteran to honor his service. Dave Underwood has lived in Tonganoxie more than five decades.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s next court appearance is next week; administrator remains on administrative leave
July 3, 2017
Tonganoxie school district Superintendent Chris Kleidosty will be in court again next week, but he remains on administrative leave with pay. The judge approved bond modifications at Kleidosty’s last appearance to allow him to go back to work on the USD 464 campus with restrictions. The bond agreement previously prohibited him from being on Kansas accredited campuses and he could only attend school functions in which his children were involved.
Name changes, flooding, trees have shaped Linwood in 150 years
June 30, 2017
Arlene Pritchard remembers the centennial celebration for Linwood in 1967. The longtime Linwood resident perused through a local newspaper, the Eudora Enterprise, and all of its coverage of the milestone celebration at the Linwood Pioneer Festival. She recalled the Tonganoxie, Bonner Springs and De Soto newspapers covering the event also. And, an Army band from Fort Leavenworth even came down on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967 to celebrate the milestone. “What was amazing to me was how many people came back to their hometown,” Pritchard said. “Many in the 50s and 60s moved away.”
KSHSAA classes to change in 2018-19
June 28, 2017
Classifications will be shifting for Kansas high school sports starting with the 2018-19 school year. Kansas High School Activities Association schools recently voted whether to adopt reclassifications for football and all other sports. The two proposals passed with the required number of votes, 145 for football and 177 for the other sports. For football, 6A and 5A will stay with 32 teams, while 4A no longer will have divisions. That class also will go to 32 teams. The 3A members will be the next 48 largest schools, the same number of teams that will be in 2A. Previously, football had a Class 2-1A level, but moving forward 1A will have its own 11-man level. All remaining 11-man teams will compete in 1A.
Rural recycling currently possible through Leavenworth County bins in Tonganoxie
June 28, 2017
County residents are continuing their efforts to retain a recycling option for rural residents. Honey Creek Disposal had a community recycyling drop-off location for several years near Triple Creek Realty along U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Triple Creek wanted to utilize that property in a different manner earlier this year. In the spring, Honey Creek removed its recycling containers. The city and school district both looked at ways to offer recycling on their property, but officials determined it wouldn’t be practical.
Practicing procedure enhanced with simulator program at Tonganoxie Police Department
June 28, 2017
Tonganoxie Police Lt. Jarrod Gill watched Friday as one of his officers tried to stop an armed robbery in progress, handle a disgruntled driver and pursue a school shooter, all in a span of several minutes inside the police station’s conference room. Gill worked with Tonganoxie officers all of last week in simulating various situations officers could face. Midwest Public Risk, the city’s insurance provider, allowed the department to use its $30,000 Milo Range virtual program to help further train officers.
Tonganoxie Middle School’s Harrell named Kansas teacher of year
June 28, 2017
A Tonganoxie teacher has won a state award. Kathy Harrell, a teacher at Tonganoxie Middle School, has been named the 2017 Kansas History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.
Linwood to celebrate milestone with Saturday festival
June 22, 2017
Linwood just hit the sesquicentennial mark. The southern Leavenworth County town hit 150 years Wednesday and will commemorate it with the Linwood Pioneer Festival Celebration on Saturday. It opens with the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at the Linwood Community Center, Third and Main streets.
Name changes, flooding, trees have shaped Linwood in 150 years
June 22, 2017
Arlene Pritchard remembers the centennial celebration for Linwood in 1967. The longtime Linwood resident perused through a local newspaper, the Eudora Enterprise, and all of its coverage of the milestone celebration at the Linwood Pioneer Festival. She recalled the Tonganoxie, Bonner Springs and De Soto newspapers covering the event also. And, an Army band from Fort Leavenworth even came down on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967 to celebrate the milestone.
KC’s got the Beat, thanks to Tonganoxie High teacher
THS instructor’s informational video about Kansas City history goes viral
June 22, 2017
Matt Beat has written a song about every former U.S. president. In 2016, he unsuccessfully started a petition at whitehouse.gov to interview President Barack Obama for his song. Though his “signatures” fell well short of the required 100,000 mark, Beat’s latest YouTube video may well be on its way to that level in social media views.
Linwood to celebrate 150 years with festival June 24
June 14, 2017
Linwood has hit the sesquicentennial mark this year and soon will be having a celebration to commemorate it. The Linwood Pioneer Festival Celebration will honor 150 years of the southern Leavenworth County community June 24. It opens with the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at the Linwood Community Center, Third and Main streets. A 5K Fun Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. at the City Park Shelter, Fifth and Main streets. Pre-registration on race day starts at 6 a.m. for those who haven’t registered yet. The race will begin and end at the shelter.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 14, 2017
June 14, 2017
Kevin Freeman and his daughter Makayla were pictured as they worked to capture a swarm of 15,000 bees that settled on a dogwood in the Paul Mast home.