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Keeping in touch: Tonganoxie Public Library staff member checking in on partons during pandemic
April 8, 2020
Tonganoxie Public Library’s new location hadn’t been open even a week when director Nicole Holifield made the decision to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons miss the physical library for various programs and resources, but there’s also the social connection.
Leavenworth County reports 1st death related to COVID-19 pandemic
April 3, 2020
A Leavenworth County woman has died from the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Friday that a woman in her 50s was the first person to die from the virus. She had been taken to a local hospital emergency room, according to an LCHD release. The woman had no history of travel. She had underlying health conditions. The county currently has 29 positive cases of coronavirus, including this death.
Tonganoxie school district postponing sack lunch program after confirmed COVID-19 case determined among food prep personnel
March 29, 2020
Someone involved with Tonganoxie USD 464’s drive-through sack lunch program has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement the school district posted on its websites and social media pages Sunday evening. The district is placing staff members who came in contact with the fellow worker in a 14-day quarantine and following all infection control protocols, including thoroughly sanitizing the meal preparation area before and after meal preparations, according to the release.
Kansas governor issues statewide stay-at-home order
March 28, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state’s residents were already facing such directives. Kansas joins nearly two dozen states in ordering residents to stay at home. The Kansas order is effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday through April 19.
Mirror to be delivered late this week
March 25, 2020
Due to a printing press issue, The Mirror was not available to be delivered on Wednesday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. The Mirror will be delivered to all subscribers and newsstand locations on Thursday morning. Again, we apologize for this delay.
Leavenworth County now with 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including a Tonganoxie case; 3 have had no travel history correlation, health department says
March 22, 2020
Leavenworth County now has five confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least one in each of the county’s largest communities. The Leavenworth County Health Department reported that at least one case has been found in Tonganoxie, Basehor, Lansing and Leavenworth.
Leavenworth County Health Department to join other KC metro counties in enacting stay-at-home order starting Tuesday
March 22, 2020
Leavenworth County has joined other Kansas City metro counties in enacting a public health order limiting residents’ time away from their homes to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Leavenworth County Health Department announced the public order issuance Saturday, with the stay-at-home order set to start Tuesday.
Leavenworth County officials confirm 2 coronavirus cases
March 18, 2020
Leavenworth County has its first two confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the county’s health department announced Wednesday. The first affected individual is in their 40s and had recent international travel history, while the second is a female in her 20s with no recent travel history, accruing to a release from the Leavenworth County Health Department. LCHD is working to identify any close contacts with the individuals and will be contacting anyone exposed as soon as possible.
Kansas governor orders K-12 buildings closed for remainder of the school year
March 17, 2020
All Kansas K-12 schools will close their buildings for the remainder of the academic year, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday in the strongest move yet to combat the growing spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Tonganoxie schools, Genesis announce cancellations in light of coronavirus outbreak; library joins closure list
March 13, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy have joined many schools and districts in the area in suspending classes and activities next week in response to health concerns about the coronavirus. In a statement posted on the Tonganoxie school district’s website and social media accounts, USD 464 is suspending “all school classes, athletics and activities effective immediately” in the district through March 22.
Organizers cancel Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade, citing similar cancellations in the area, and weather
05:01 p.m., March 12, 2020 Updated 05:03 p.m.
Friday’s Movie in the Park and Saturday’s Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade have been canceled due to similar cancellations in the area and anticipated inclement weather.
Tonganoxie Business Association to begin Gallagher Park movie series with ‘Little Giants’ on Friday
March 11, 2020
As the calendar makes its way to spring and summer, so begins another Tonganoxie Business Association Movies in the Park series. The 2020 schedule will start Friday evening with a showing of “Little Giants” starring Ed O’Neill and Rick Moranis at Gallagher Park just south of Tonganoxie Water Park near Third and Main streets.
Tonganoxie Public Library closing Thursday night; new site opens March 9
February 26, 2020
Tonganoxie Public Library will open the doors to its much-anticipated new space soon, but visitors will have to be without the library’s services for just more than a week as staff makes the transition to the new space The new library opens March 9 at Fourth and Shawnee streets, but the current library at Third and Bury streets closes its doors for good later this week. The current library will close for good at 8 p.m. Thursday at Third and Bury streets and reopen March 9 with expanded hours at the new site.
Boatwright voted off in 2nd episode of ‘Survivor,’ still has chance on Edge of Extinction island
February 26, 2020
Danni Boatwright made it all the way to the final night of “Survivor: Guatemala” and became the winning competitor of that season. But in the all-star 40th season, she will have some work to do to replicate that victory. Boatwright was the third person voted off the island after the most recent episode Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Tonganoxie High graduate was voted off the island and her torch extinguished at the end of the second episode of “Survivor 40: Winners at War.”
Tonganoxie Public Library announces latest bingo winners
February 26, 2020
Tonganoxie Public Library had its latest adult bingo day Feb. 17. Winners this past week were Dorothy Resco (3), Patty Choate (2), Marilyn Oxley (3), Lois Covey (2), Sharon Faherty (2), Sandra Redding (1), Patty Szini (2), Kay Bundy (3), Rosie Oelschlaeger (1), Ella Whitworth (1), Margot Gilham (1), Teresa Burge (1), Lilly Burge (2), Jakob Burge (2) and Don Fuhlhage (3). Adult bingo normally takes place 1-3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at Tonganoxie Public Library. The library will be closed this coming Monday, which is the first Monday of March, but will be open March 9 at the new location on Fourth Street.

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