Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent’s court appearance moved to August
July 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Chris Kleidosty won’t appear in Linn County District Court again until the middle of August. Kleidosty was scheduled to appear last week for a motion to dismiss the case, but there was a continuation and the appearance was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in Mound City. The Tonganoxie school board placed Kleidosty on administrative leave with pay following his arrest back in February for alleged failure to report sex abuse at his former district, Prairie View. Kleidosty’s annual salary is $132,000.
Blooming business in Tonganoxie
July 19, 2017
Alissa Griffin likes to tszuj up a space and Tonganoxie has been without a floral shop the last few years. So, with the biggest holiday of the floral year approaching, Griffin opened Fun and Fabulous Floral and Gifts. She opened just a few days before Valentine’s Day earlier this year and continues to increase her business, especially with her flowers.
Tonganoxie turf talk
July 14, 2017
The grass could be greener year round at Beatty Field in the coming years. Michelle Kuhns with Hellas Construction spoke to the Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board during its regular meeting Monday about artificial turf.
Tonganoxie High Science Club, FCCLA join forces to offer first Science Camp
July 14, 2017
Tonganoxie youths received a summer dose of science last month, thanks to Tonganoxie High School students. Science Camp took place June 26-30 at the Tonganoxie Communty Historic Site campus.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board names new president, vice president
July 14, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district has board leadership for a new year. As is procedure each summer, the board votes for a new board president and vice president. The 2017-18 president is Bryan Kemp and vice president is Amelia Brusven. Both were voted by unanimous 7-0 votes. Brusven nominated Kemp for president and then Kemp nominated Brusven for vice president.
Solid as a rock in Tonganoxie
July 13, 2017
Think Pokémon without participants zeroed in on a smartphone screen. What started out as a fundraising effort to bring awareness to others about a disease has turned into a popular activity in Tonganoxie. Tammy Wagner, of Tonganoxie, who suffers from cavernous angioma, was looking for ways to raise money for research and awareness.
Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer. The offering, which started as an afterschool program during the 2016-17 school year, will run 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays at the library, with the exception of July 4. The Chieftain Cafe allows all youths to grab free healthy snacks and participate in a variety of activities. The program was averaging 70 youths daily later in the school year. For more information, visit tonganoxielibrary.org.
Tonganoxie Elementary School offering reading program
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Elementary School again is offering summer opportunities to keep youths reading. To help prevent reading loss, TES reading recovery staff Chris Coulter, Reann French and Janet Falk again are offering summer reading. The TES library will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Youths are encouraged to take advantage of the district’s free lunch program for youths and then check out books. And, participants don’t have to be in elementary school to check out books. The teachers have additional books available for everyone. Studies show that children who read and have access to books do not have summer reading loss. In fact, they can even grow during the summer, depending on how much they read. Studies show children who do not read during the summer experience a loss of reading levels, which often is cumulative. By the time youths get to middle school, students who do no summer reading could be as much as two years behind students who read over summer vacation.
Physicals to be offered this month at Tonganoxie High School
July 6, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students. Cost is $25, with half of that being donated back to the THS athletic training budget. Physicals will be provided by physicians affiliated with Family Medicine of Tonganoxie and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Connor Olson Leadership Fund also will provide some financial assistance to qualifying Tonganoxie families to offset the cost of these physicals.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Museum open 3 days each week during summer
July 6, 2017
The Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus is open to the public three days out of the week this time of year. The museum and other buildings are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays at 201 W. Washington St. Tours also can be arranged at other times by appointment. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except June and December) in the Reno Methodist Church building on the campus for a brief business meeting and a historical program. The meetings are open to the public and there is no charge. TCHS is a nonprofit organization, funded through dues, donations, memorials, building rentals, grants and fundraising activities.
Higbee named to dean’s list in Wisconsin
July 6, 2017
Elizabeth Higbee, from Tonganoxie, has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester. To make the list, students must attain a grade-point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester. “Making the dean’s list is a tremendous honor for our students,” said Susan Elrod, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It is a recognition for their hard work and commitment to success. We are proud of all of the students on the list and hope to see their names there again!” The Registrar’s Office reports 3,148 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the spring semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.
Linwood names contestant winners from festival
July 6, 2017
Residents and visitors celebrated Linwood’s 150th anniversary with the recent Pioneer Festival. Gracelyn Harrison was named Little Miss Linwood and Raylan Gabbard was named Little Mister Linwood. The event had 44 cars at the car show, 38 vendors for the vendor show and 23 participants for the 5K.
Officers arrest 4 in connection with 2 stolen vehicles between Tonganoxie and Basehor
July 6, 2017
Local authorities arrested four people in connection with two stolen vehicles Wednesday at a residence near 174th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Basehor. Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said the investigation was ongoing regarding additional charges relating to the thefts. More information about the case is expected today.
Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
July 3, 2017
The StoneLion Puppet Theatre will be present their show Reflections at 12:30 p.m. July 13 at the Linwood Library. The puppet show brings to life the Mekong Delta rainforest and presents rare animals in puppet form, including marionettes and rod puppets.