Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie City Council revokes interlocal agreement following AG opinion; work session, liquor license approved; brush dump site discussed
March 24, 2017
Tonganoxie plans to continue with improvements at its undeveloped business park, but it will have a new partner in an intelocal agreement. The city had approved an interlocal agreement with the Leavenworth County Port Authority for development of the business park. The county also has pledged $5 million to the park.
League meetings appoaching for Tonganoxie
March 23, 2017
Meetings scheduled for the coming weeks could help decide Tonganoxie’s future league membership. Kaw Valley League superintendents and athletics directors are set to meet Wednesday, March 29, to “discuss where each school stands,” THS athletics director Brian Engelken told the school board at its March meeting. He said THS and other schools would then visit with Frontier League officials to discuss a possible fit in that league.
Taking the stage: Tonganoxie band SnakeDog to perform Friday
March 22, 2017
A local band with a unique name loves music. Members hope their sound makes others happy, too. SnakeDog, a band of Tonganoxie High students Adrian Cullen, Sammy Sigourney, Grayson Gilbert and Gage Smith, will have its major public debut later this week with a 6:30 p.m. spring break show Friday at VFW Park. The band formed last May and has played for friends and family at various venues, but Friday marks the band’s first truly public performance.
Tonganoxie superintendent pleads not guilty to alleged failure to report sex abuse at former school
March 22, 2017
Tonganoxie public school Supt. Chris Kleidosty pled not guilty Wednesday in Linn County Court to charges of failure to report abuse while at a previous school district. Kleidosty also will be allowed to attend Tonganoxie school events in which his three children are participating, but otherwise cannot be at accredited Kansas schools while court proceedings continue, Judge Valorie LeBlanc ruled.
Miles for Marilyn School to School 5K Run/Walk is April 1 in Tonganoxie
06:17 a.m., March 22, 2017 Updated 06:17 a.m.
A 5K run/walk created in memory of a longtime Leavenworth County educator is coming this spring. The Tonganoxie High School cross country program is hosting the Miles for Marilyn School 2 School Memorial 5K in honor of Marilyn Weller, who recently died after a battle with cancer.
Shots fired during vehicle pursuit early Monday in Leavenworth, Wyandotte counties
March 20, 2017
Shots were fired at a Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office vehicle during an early Monday pursuit that eventually ended in Wyandotte County. The pursuit started about 1:15 a.m. at 153rd Street and Kansas Highway 32 about 2 miles west of Bonner Springs. A deputy tried to stop a car for suspicious activity near a small neighborhood there when the car, a 1985 Mercury, headed east toward Bonner Springs, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley.
Kaw Valley League’s future in limbo; Tonganoxie could be headed to Frontier League
March 17, 2017
A 35-year-old Kansas high school league could be seeing its final years. Tonganoxie High School athletics director Brian Engelken spoke at Monday’s School Board meeting about the future of the Kaw Valley League, a conference THS has been in since the KVL’s modern formation in 1982. Current member Bishop Ward will head to the Crossroads League starting with the 2018-19 school year, reducing the league to six teams — Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Piper, Turner and Tonganoxie. Engelken said Lansing wants to create a new league that would contain all or some combination of THS, BLHS, Bonner Springs, Blue Valley Southwest, De Soto, Leavenworth, Ottawa, Piper, Spring Hill, Turner and Topeka schools Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka West.
Remember When: A Community Review for March 15, 2017
March 17, 2017
Roofers worked under blue skies Monday afternoon on the south side of Tonganoxie Evangelical Friends Church. The 114-year-old church building at Fourth and Shawnee was struck by lightning June 30, 2005. However, the lightning didn’t damage the inside of the church. Tonganoxie resident Tim Tice will compete this weekend at the Kansas Special Olympics state basketball tournament in Hays. This past weekend, he helped his team, the Elites, win gold in Johnson County.
Irish fun despite lack of sun in Tonganoxie
March 17, 2017
A light snow couldn’t dull the green Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie. The annual St. Patrick’s Parade made its way through downtown Saturday morning. The overall parade winner was Ladies with Libations and Literacy. Youth winners were the Tonganoxie High School Marching Band and the Happy Helpers 4-H Club.
Tonganoxie USD 464 selects Iowa company for nearly $178,000 in track upgrades
March 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 is moving forward with track improvements at Beatty Field. The board approved a contract with Fisher Tracks for nearly $178,000 to upgrade the district’s track and runways just west of the stadium. The Boone, Iowa, company will begin work in May to revamp the track, including converting it to a 400-meter track. It was determined that the track previously wasn’t quite at 400 meters. In addition to the track work, the runway for jumping events and pole vault will be upgraded.
Tonganoxie residents face marijuana charges
March 8, 2017
Tonganoxie residents who face alleged marijuana charges are to appear in the coming weeks in Leavenworth County District Court. Jason Hinds, 44, and Karri Williamson, 30, face charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute and no drug tax stamp.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s first court appearance is later this month in Linn County
March 8, 2017
A Tonganoxie USD 464 administrator will appear in court later this month for suspicion of failure to report abuse. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty is set for a first appearance at 9 a.m. March 22 in Linn County Court in Mound City.
Gallagher Park progress in Tonganoxie
March 8, 2017
A sign and a brick-laden gathering spot have helped Gallagher Park take shape, but more upgrades are planned for the Tonganoxie landmark. Kay Soetaert, part of the park’s citizen task force, said a kiosk and flagpole are in future plans, as are park benches. She said workers also will “level off some of the ground where it slopes and keep it open green space for events.”
Irish time in Tonganoxie with St. Pat’s Parade on tap Saturday
March 8, 2017
Tonganoxie eyes of all shades will be smiling Saturday. The community’s St. Patrick’s Parade returns with an 11 a.m. start time. The parade will take the traditional downtown route, starting at Main and Fourth streets and moving west along Fourth Street. A traveling trophy will be given out for the best overall float, while bobble head trophies will be given for the best boys and girls youth entries.