Local news

About 800 Tonganoxie ballots mailed backed so far
February 15, 2017
If Tonganoxie residents haven’t seen their ballots for the sales tax question come in the mail yet, they should contact Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. Informational meetings have taken place, but The Mirror continues to offer reminders about the mail-in election, which centers around whether to approve a 20-year 3/4-cent sales tax that would replace the current swimming pool sales tax of the same rate. A 3/4-cent sales tax was approved in 2007 to help pay for Tonganoxie Water Park.
Picture perfect in Tonganoxie
February 15, 2017
Sumo suits, horse-drawn carriages and governmental meetings. An interesting hodge podge, but all have been captured so far in 2017. The Mirror has been striving to capture a photo for all 365 days of this year.
Pickin and Grinnin event Friday
February 9, 2017
Join Tonganoxie Friends Church for a good family evening of “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” music and fellowship. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo, whatever, and share in the fun. It starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the church.
Tonganoxie teacher to give presentation tonight on Great Backyard Bird Count
February 9, 2017
Interested in birds? Want to increase your knowledge about birds? If so, join Tonganoxie High School science teacher John Tollefson as he shares his knowledge about the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Remember When: A Community Review for Feb. 8, 2017
February 9, 2017
“Tonganoxie Phil” saw his shadow Friday morning, and predicted another six more weeks of winter. Stevens began his career as Tonganoxie Phil several years ago when a KBEQ radio disc jockey contacted him. Stevens said he thinks it started because Tonganoxie sounds a bit like Punxsutawney and perhaps the DJ picked up a phone book selecting the first Phil he came across.
Tonganoxie City Council denies church request in Urban Hess, cites zoning regulations
February 8, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council has denied a church from having a lot in the Urban Hess Business Center. The building, which is owned by Eric Finkbiner, once was a greenhouse and later a motorcycle shop. Finkbiner, who operated the pharmacy at the former B&J Country Mart, had plans for a business in the pharmaceutical company for his building in Urban Hess, but those plans fell through. Finkbiner said he hasn’t made much money off a previous tenant, so when the Kaw Valley Church of Christ wanted to come to an agreement on the building, he jumped at the chance.
Weller remembered for ‘biggest and most kind heart’
February 1, 2017
Marilyn Weller always had plenty of food available for her daughters’ friends when they came over or when the family would head out for a Sunday at the lake.
Kansas Turnpike encourages work zone safety with contest for students
January 26, 2017
In preparation for National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7, the Kansas Turnpike Authority is holding its second annual design contest for teen students in grades 8-12. The week aims to raise awareness about fatality prevention while traveling through work zones.
Blood drive is next week in Tonganoxie
January 26, 2017
Community Blood Drive will have its next Tongnanoxie drive from 2-7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Tonganoxie VFW Hall, 910 E. First St. Donors can book appointments at esavealifenow.org by entering sponsor code “tonganoxie.” For additional details, contact Dick Dean at 913-845-2164 or rdean420@sunflower.com.
Multiple celebrations planned for Kansas Day
January 26, 2017
The Sunflower State turns 156 on Sunday and various groups will be celebrating. Holy-Field Winery in Basehor will celebrate with cake, wine and music from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the winery, 18807 158th St. Kansas Day at the Capitol will start at 11 a.m. Friday at the Statehouse in Topeka on the first-floor rotunda. The Kansas Historical Society also will celebrate Friday with activities 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with Kansas Day at the Museum at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka. For more, go to kshs.org. Kansas became the 34th state when it was admitted to the Union on Jan. 29, 1861.
Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
January 26, 2017
Apologies for no news for a couple weeks. I have been down with a respiratory infection. I am better now. Due to the recent threatening ice storms, people didn’t get out unless they had to.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 25, 2017
January 26, 2017
John Taylor, editor of the Lansing Current newspaper, also will become editor of the Mirror and the Sentinel. Dorothy Korb’s farm has been named a 2006 soil conservation award winner. Ron and Barbara Ernzen and Brian Potter also were honored.
National speaker coming to Tonganoxie to discuss bullying with community
January 25, 2017
National speaker coming to Tonganoxie to discuss bullying with community A national speaker who specializes in addressing bullying will be in Tonganoxie this week for a community presentation. Joe Coles will come Thursday to Tonganoxie for a series of presentations. Coles will speak to students in all grades during the school day and then will give a presentation that evening for the public at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.
Kind K-9 donation in Tonganoxie
January 19, 2017
Chief has some new threads and work space with the Tonganoxie Police Department. A Belgian Malinois, Chief is the department’s K-9 who was set to receive a bulletproof/stabproof vest, thanks to Going to the Dogs, a Leawood nonprofit organization that assists area K-9 units.