Tonganoxie Living

Kansas health officials, political leaders reflect on lessons learned from COVID-19
January 4, 2021
As 2021 begins, health officials and elected leaders in Kansas are reflecting on the lessons learned so far about the coronavirus pandemic.
Not a Cookie Drive event garners more than 700 items for Good Shepherd
December 23, 2020
COVID-19 wasn’t going to stop the Leavenworth County Youth Leaders this year. In years past this group of Youth Leaders has baked and packaged cookies for the holiday season. In the current situation the world is in, the Youth Leaders needed to come up with something new to help out the community.
Light show opportunities aplenty this holiday season
December 16, 2020
If you’re still planning some field trips to look at Christmas lights, we have another spot you might want to check out. The George family has a light show this year on North Oak Terrace in the Jackson Heights subdivision. It’s also down the street from another light show that gained notoriety earlier this year when the Chiefs made their Super Bowl run. The Masur family again has a display this year for the holidays as well.
3 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Leavenworth County
December 8, 2020
Leavenworth County had 119 new positive community cases between Monday and this past Wednesday, Dec. 2. There also have been a new U.S. Penitentiary positive case and two Lansing Correctional Facility case and another case transferred to another jurisdiction. There also were 115 community recoveries during that time. As of Monday’s Leavenworth County Health Department report, LCHD was monitoring 304 active cases, with three currently being hospitalized.
Mirror crafting holiday lighting directory
December 3, 2020
If you or your neighbors have gone all Clark Griswold this season, The Mirror wants to share your yuletide masterpieces.
McLouth Festival of Trees kicks off Saturday
December 2, 2020
Many of the traditional festivities that have been a mainstay at the McLouth Festival of Trees won’t be on tap this year, but a socially distant celebration still is being planned for Saturday.
From a festive distance: Tonganoxie celebrates tree lighting in new way; food challenge brings in more than 6,000 cans for Good Shepherd
November 25, 2020
One particular vehicle had to make a second trip through the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting route Saturday night. A passenger remembered what she wanted to ask Santa Claus for Christmas, so a second trip was made. Rain and frigid conditions couldn’t keep a steady string of cars from rolling through the Winter Wonderland in downtown Tonganoxie. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional tree lighting in the pocket park at Fourth and Delaware streets, the event turned into a drive-by event.
2nd coronavirus vaccine shows overwhelming success in U.S. tests
November 20, 2020
Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.
Halloween spirit still strong this year despite pandemic
October 29, 2020
Halloween celebrations will look a bit different this year, but Tonganoxie still will be offering ways to celebrate while socially distancing and following pandemic recommendations. Tonganoxie Christian Church and Tonganoxie United Methodist Church will have Trunk or Treat celebrations for local youths on Halloween this Saturday.
Kansas Gov. Kelly says it’s time to tone down ‘anti-mask rhetoric’
October 21, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has said it’s time to tone down “the anti-science, anti-mask rhetoric,” after a retired firefighter who was upset about Wichita’s mask ordinance was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor. “This is serious, and we all need to get on the same page and work together,” Kelly said Monday. Police have said the man could face a charge of criminal threat. He was arrested Friday and prosecutors said he could be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Some resources still available to senior residents despite pandemic challenges
October 21, 2020
In-person activities aren’t as readily available to senior citizens during the pandemic, but the Leavenworth County Council on Aging and Tonganoxie Public Library still are among organizations and entities still providing resources and opportunities.
Tonganoxie businesses approved for CARES Act funding plan
October 14, 2020
Tonganoxie business will be receiving a total of more than $387,000 through the CARES Act spending plan. The Tonganoxie City Council approved the funding during its regular meeting Oct. 5. Applications were submitted from Sept. 1-9 and then on Sept. 17, the Allocation Review Committee, comprised of City Council members Lisa Patterson and Jake Dale and Tonganoxie Business Association President Monica Gee reviewed and made recommendations for the funding. The council established the spending plan through an ordinance July 20 and the Leavenworth County Commission then approved it Aug. 12.
Tonganoxie High School student tests positive for COVID-19
September 9, 2020
A Tonganoxie High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The Tonganoxie school district released a statement Wednesday afternoon that a student has tested positive for the virus. The Leavenworth County Health Department notified the school district about the positive case, according to the release.
Saliva is making it possible to quickly test tens of thousands of Kansans for coronavirus
August 30, 2020
One lab has helped seven Kansas universities test tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 for the fall semester. And all anyone needed to do was spit. Saliva lab work has the potential to dramatically increase testing of asymptomatic Kansans with no known COVID-19 exposure, state health officials say. That’s a critical ingredient for stopping the pandemic. Last week, Kansas health secretary Lee Norman suggested the state partner with labs such as Lenexa-based Clinical Reference Laboratory and a second Lenexa company that does saliva and other COVID-19 testing for major hospitals, MAWD Pathology Group.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to reduce service through Kansas
August 26, 2020
Amtrak riders in Kansas will encounter reduced service starting in October as part of the rail passenger service’s nationwide cutback in routes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Southwest Chief, which runs through Kansas from Chicago to Los Angeles, will reduce its service beginning Oct. 12, Amtrak said on its website. Nearly every Amtrak route across the country has been or will be reduced because of a “dramatic drop” in passengers during the pandemic, the company said. Currently, the Southwest Chief operates seven days a week.