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The Columnists: Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
August 11, 2017
A look at this week’s columns:
Linn County attorney dismisses case against Tonganoxie superintendent
August 7, 2017
The case against the Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent has been dismissed. Chris Kleidosty was scheduled to appear Monday in Linn County District Court, but James Brun, Linn County attorney, recently dismissed the case. Kleidosty was arrested in February on charges of alleged failure to report two sex abuse cases in the Prairie View school district, where he previously was that district’s top administrator. The Tonganoxie school board placed him on administrative leave with pay shortly after the arrest. He remains on leave with pay.
Challengers lead vote-getting, 1 incumbent ousted in Tonganoxie City Council primary
August 1, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Tuesday’s primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting.
Applications avaialable for 2017-18 Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development class
July 26, 2017
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development is taking applications for 2017-18. The organization, which is sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce and First State Bank and Trust, offers classes by academic year. The class generally meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through April, with a final project presentation in April and a graduation luncheon in May.
Leavenworth County Fair’s 92nd installment is this week in Tonganoxie
July 26, 2017
Fair Week has started in Tonganoxie. The Leavenworth County Fair started Tuesday, with the main event being the parade through downtown Tonganoxie. The horse pull at the Grandstand always is the main Tuesday night attraction at the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be buzzing with activities from morning until night each day through Saturday. For more information, go to leavenworthcountyfair.com.
Remember When: A Community Review for July 26, 2017
July 26, 2017
Some 600 motorcyclists made their way down Fourth Street in Tonganoxie on Saturday. The cyclists spent part of Saturday in Tonganoxie during the Kansas City Poker Run Rally. The rally raised money for the Urban Youth Strategies center in midtown Kansas City, Mo. Roughly $30,000 was raised.
Tonganoxie checkpoint turns into high-speed chase
10:36 a.m., July 24, 2017 Updated 12:29 p.m.
A standard Tonganoxie police checklane ended 45 minutes early Saturday morning and turned into high-speed chase after a vehicle failed to comply with law enforcement at the checklane.
Leavenworth County authorities searching for inmate worker who left jail Thursday night
July 21, 2017
Leavenworth County authorities are searching for an inmate worker who walked away from his duty assignment Thursday night. George Joseph Burgess Jr. walked away from his assignment at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Leavenworth County Jail in the Justice Center, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
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.
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 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.
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.
Remember When: A Community Review for July 5, 2017
July 3, 2017
The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2006 population estimate that showed Tonganoxie’s population increased 9.19 percent to 4,101, the biggest increase since the 2000 census. Tonganoxie had the third-highest percentage in growth in Kansas, following Westmoreland and Maize. The Historical Farmer’s Market will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Tonganoxie High School west campus parking lot. The market is spearheaded by Pete and Brenda Wood. The market will be open weekly from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through the third week in October.