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Tonganoxie author bringing fruits and veggies to life in new children’s book
August 17, 2018
Some doodling during a college course years ago has led to a Tonganoxie man’s latest accomplishment: published author. Jason Maslak said that when he did some drawing in a class at Kansas City Kansas Community College. “I was trying to do my own TV show with characters and came up with vegetable characters,” he said. The idea, though sat dormant for several years — until Maslak had children.
Sunflower farms near Lawrence, Topeka have sunflowers in peak bloom for the weekend
August 16, 2018
Grab your cameras and pick out just the right outfit. Sunflower season has arrived in the area. Hunsinger Farms Sunflower Patch will open Friday, according to owner George Hunsinger. Like many sunflower fields in the area, Labor Day Weekend has become prime bloom time. This year, visitors can hit sunflower fields different weekends.
Lawson named next Tonganoxie police chief
August 16, 2018
Greg Lawson is the next Tonganoxie police chief. City officials announced his hire last week. According to a pres release Lawson’s hire came after an extensive and competitive search that attracted 33 applicants. Lawson was the top choice of two finalists after a tiered interview process that included final interviews conducted by two Blue Ribbon Committees, one comprised of public safety personnel and the other of community representatives.
Leadership Southern Leavenworth County seeking applications for 2018-19
August 9, 2018
From high school seniors to former and current elected officials, Leadership Southern Leavenworth County has “graduated” many familiar faces with a wide range of backgrounds in this part of the county. Formerly known as Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development, the community leadership program got its start in 1990. The organization, which is seeking applicants for the 2018-19 class, gathers monthly starting the second Wednesday in September. The class meets the second Wednesday of the month through April and then gathers for a graduation luncheon May 1 at Magdalenas in Tonganoxie.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Kobach leads Colyer by 191 votes with all state precincts reporting; Karleskint, Dove advance
08:53 p.m., August 7, 2018 Updated 07:44 a.m.
Here is a look at unofficial election totals as they come in, first the county numbers and then statewide:
Leadership Southern Leavenworth County seeking applications for 2018-19
August 3, 2018
Our communities need leaders — people who care about the places and the people where they live and work, people who have something to offer and a desire to make a difference, people who are willing to take risks. Since 1990, Leadership Southern Leavenworth County (formerly known as Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development) has assembled people of various ages, experiences and backgrounds to learn from each other and develop leadership competencies for business, government and community service. You can join this elite group by participating in our 2018-19 “class,” which has monthly sessions September through May program. Some sessions take place at the Basehor Library, others in Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, Lawrence and Topeka. For more about the program, visit the LSLC Facebook page. The class usually has two seniors each from Basehor-Linwood, Lansing and Tonganoxie high schools, along with business professionals and retired residents. Applications are being accepted until Aug. 21. Emal SLCLDSec@gmail.com for an application.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 1, 2018
August 3, 2018
Family and friends gathered Thursday at VFW Park to honor Ron Starcher. Cars that Starcher had worked on, as well as other cars belonging to people he knew, were on display as part of a remembrance to him. His daughter, Lindsey, estimated that 700 people attended a visitation that was held Wednesday, July 23.
McLouth Happenings: Enrollment this week; Summer Nationals at Threshing Bee Grounds
August 2, 2018
McLouth USD 342 enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will be later this week. Enrollment is 1-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the McLouth School District Cafeteria.
Tonganoxie community member pitches future projects in final days
August 1, 2018
The community paid tribute to Larry Meadows on Thursday with services at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. Even in his final days, he was discussing ideas for community projects he would have liked to see become reality. Bill New spoke at Meadows’ funeral and told of conversations they had in Meadows’ final days. Meadows would like the city to have an archway as a welcoming entrance to the city. Ideally, Meadows wanted the archway at Fourth Street/Kansas Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 24-40. He also had hopes potentially for another at U.S. 24-40 and Main Street.
Mirror office closed; publication to continue with virtual space
August 1, 2018
The Tonganoxie Mirror has made changes to its office space to become more efficient. The Mirror has closed its office at 520 E. Fourth St. News Editor Shawn Linenberger will be working out of a virtual office. People can continue to contact Linenberger at 785-218-5300 and soon will be able to call regular office number, 913-845-2222. Readers with delivery questions can continue to call 785-843-1000. People can continue to place classified advertising by calling 866-823-8220. Readers can call what has been our office number for several years, 913-845-2222, will be a working option again in about a week.
Hoping for more rain: Sunflower fields trying to shine despite extremely dry conditions
12:15 a.m., August 1, 2018 Updated 10:09 a.m.
The sea of sunflowers at Grinter Farms has been a mainstay Labor Day Weekend in recent years. Right now, it’s a much different sight. Until Thursday, rain hasn’t been finding the farm just off U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Lawrence. Finally, there was rain.
Man in stolen vehicle killed in two-vehicle accident Thursday east of Tonganoxie
July 27, 2018
A 25-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who was riding in a reportedly stolen vehicle was killed in a two-vehicle accident involving the car Thursday evening east of Tonganoxie. The accident occurred just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 206th Street and Evans Road. A 28-year-old KCK man was driving a red 1999 Honda Civic north on 206th Street just south of Evans Road when a 2007 GMC Sierra 2500 truck with round-bale trailer in tow was headed west on Evans Road just east of 206th Street.
Goat clusters: Barnyard Weed Warriors snarf down plants for weed control in rural Tonganoxie
July 25, 2018
Bells clanging met the faint sound of rain trying to fall through a grove of trees Friday night near Fred and Lisa Scheller’s rural Tonganoxie home. The bells belonged to some of the 75 Barnyard Weed Warriors from Mary Powell’s fleet of hungry and adventurous goats. The rain, well, it didn’t seem to bother the hungry animals.
Little Town, Big Questions: An occasional series of brief interviews with people in the Tonganoxie community
July 20, 2018
Editor’s note: Former Kansas City Star reporter and current freelance writer David Frese has started a periodic series on his Facebook page, Today in Tonganoxie. His interviews occasionally will appear in The Mirror. You can follow his Facebook page and also look for @TodayinTonganoxie on Instagram and #TodayinTonganoxie. This week’s guest is Carissa Welsh. The 31-year-old director of youth and adult discipleship at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church has lived in Tonganoxie since 2011.