Tonganoxie Living

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.
Kansas Gov. Kelly reissues ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures
August 20, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday announced she was reinstating a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that are caused by tenants and owners being unable to pay their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures in Kansas expired in June, but Kelly said that as federal unemployment benefits have expired in recent weeks, Kansas is no longer in a place where it can wait and hope that the country’s leaders can agree on another economic stimulus package.
Kansas City mayor spot-checks social distancing at local bars
August 20, 2020
The mayor of Missouri’s largest city has been getting plenty of messages about people not following social distancing guidelines at bars, so he decided to check for himself. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas told the Kansas City Star that on Saturday night, he spent two hours dropping by or looking into eight businesses in the city. His decision to spot check came after a video circulated online showing more than 100 people — most without masks — at an event in the Power & Light District.
Kansas sees biggest 7-day jump in reported coronavirus cases
August 19, 2020
Kansas on Monday reported its biggest seven-day increase in novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as the total number exceeded 35,000. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 1,282 confirmed and probable cases since Friday, an increase of 3.8%, for a total of 35,167.
Tonganoxie City Council will not pursue mask ordinance after discussion of mandate draft
07:56 p.m., August 17, 2020 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The City of Tonganoxie will not pursue a mask ordinance. City Council members heard from city staff about an ordinance draft they drew up after Mayor David Frese brought up the issue at the last meeting Aug. 3.`
Consideration of mask ordinance highlights tonight’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting
August 17, 2020
Discussion about a mask mandate ordinance highlights tonight’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and again will be a virtual meeting, as has been the case for the governing body during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the public may attend the meeting virtually via the Zoom dial-in information posted below. The The city is not livestreaming the meetings on Facebook Live during the pandemic.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to offer distance learning, full in-person options
August 12, 2020
Students in Tonganoxie USD 464 can either enroll in distance learning or on-site schooling that will take place five days each week with various precautions and protocols being implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USD 464 school board members approved the plan Monday during their regular meeting at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Tonganoxie to evaluate possible public mask requirements in city
August 6, 2020
Tonganoxie city leaders plan to discuss the possibility of requiring residents to wear masks in public. Mayor David Frese brought up the topic during Monday’s regular Tonganoxie City Council meeting, which was a virtual Zoom meeting available to residents by calling into the meeting, as many have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frese wanted to discuss the idea as cases climb and youths soon will be going back to school in some fashion.
Leavenworth sees COVID-19 active-case jump of 18, Basehor 12 in span of 1 week
July 29, 2020
Tonganoxie has six new COVID-19 cases in the past week, and now has three more active cases during that time. From July 20 to Monday, Tonganoxie went from 31 positive COVID-19 cases to 37, according to Leavenworth County Health Department statistics. Tonganoxie also was at 14 active cases as of July 20 and was at 17 a week later, as of this Monday’s numbers.
Tonganoxie school board to meet again Tuesday to decide updated district calendar
July 24, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will meet again Tuesday to approve an updated district calendar for 2020-21, with school now potentially starting after Labor Day as districts statewide determine how to move forward as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Board members met Thursday to hear from administrators about potential plans for the fall semester.