Linenberger: Repurposing former Tonganoxie Elementary School worth a look
October 21, 2015
A building that in some capacity has stood for a century was full of life for years. Now it stands there alone and deserted, its fate to be decided in the coming months. Residents again will celebrate the bustling, beautiful and active new Tonganoxie Elementary School on South East Street with events Saturday. The new TES opened its doors in August to rave reviews. Across town, the former TES, a longtime anchor in the downtown district, now could be sunk.
Linenberger: Brownback’s decision on LGBT protections should trigger public action
February 17, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded nine executive orders last week that Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson originally signed. The one causing the largest stir is one that now ends legal protection against discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered workers in state government.
Wanted: Mural ideas for Tonganoxie
February 13, 2015
Temperatures climbed into the 60s Sunday and residents responded. Folks were out and about at Chieftain Park enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures. A trip to the car wash came with a waiting period.
Legislative update
February 2, 2015
Three weeks into the legislative session, and very little (so far) has been done to address the over $757 million in projected budgetary deficits affecting both the current fiscal year 2015 and next year’s FY 2016 budgets. The deficits are there because of one reason – Gov. Sam Brownback’s uber-business friendly tax policies.
Linenberger: Greet others with warmth this holiday season
December 25, 2014
Santa Claus made a visit to Tonganoxie Elementary School last week for a little reading session with the entire kindergarten class. Children intently listened as Santa read a book about, well, Santa, of course. After a lively question-and-answer session, students filed out of the classroom where Kris Kringle was visiting. As each teacher’s class moseyed out of the room, children waved at Santa, walked up to give him a hug or asked on which of his lists were they currently.
Basehor, Linwood and Tonganoxie groups give back through Prison Garden Project
July 30, 2014
One day per week in Linwood, Tonganoxie and Basehor, residents have the pick of free farm produce at a not-so-typical farmers market.
Linwood’s Operation WildLife aiding animals despite challenges
July 2, 2014
Operation WildLife’s 20 years in operation helping injured and sick animals is often tested by financial struggles and the constant influx on animals, but that’s not stopping the organization’s founder or its volunteers.
Tranckino twins recover from reconstructive brain surgery
April 23, 2014
Blake and Lance Tranckino had successful reconstructive surgery on their skulls earlier this month and are well on their way to recovery.
Local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is not only digging up history, they’re making it
March 26, 2014
The Ephraim Basehor Chapter of the DAR, consisting of 25 members from Basehor, Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie, is starting its second year full year as a chapter. In 2013, 3,906 women joined DAR chapters across the country, making it the biggest year for new membership in the 123-year history of the organization. Kansas now has 60 of its own chapters.
Kansas Supreme Court: State’s public school funding levels are unconstitutional
10:12 a.m., March 7, 2014 Updated 05:10 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
Letter to the editor: Snow shoveling help appreciated
February 18, 2014
I am writing this letter so that the nicest man in the world might read it.
Car fire sparks Sunday brush fire, closes State Avenue
08:48 p.m., January 28, 2014 Updated 08:48 p.m.
A car fire Sunday at about 12:53 p.m. forced a brief closure of the westbound lanes of State Avenue while emergency crews responded to put out the flames.
Kansas delegation splits on spending bill with NBAF funding
12:00 p.m., January 17, 2014 Updated 12:00 p.m.
The Kansas congressional delegation split evenly this week on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built at Kansas State University. That money was part of a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund federal government operations through the rest of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Linenberger: Mirror welcoming readers’ photos for new features
January 14, 2014
Whenever a season changes or a big snow falls, I can count on readers to send in their photos of the local sights.
Linenberger: Tonganoxie should roll out red carpet for statewide retreat
January 9, 2014
It was about two years ago that Cheryl Hanback, Keyta Kelly and I headed to Newton for the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Big Rural Brainstorm.