Joel Walsh Reporter

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History overgrown in cemeteries
July 31, 2008
In a remote cemetery several miles west of Leavenworth city limits, a small crew of workers spent several days earlier this month cutting limbs, pulling brush and knocking down knee-high tufts of grass and weeds to uncover long-since neglected headstones dating to the mid-19th century.
William “Bill” Merkel candidate questionnaire responses
July 30, 2008
Bill Merkel is running for the 3rd District seat on the Leavenworth County Commission.
High-tech equipment could aid local law enforcement
July 30, 2008
Area law enforcement may be better able to track serious offenders following the approval of a $55,155 expenditure for Livescan fingerprinting equipment by the Leavenworth County Commission Monday.
Candidates make their cases for offices at forum
July 30, 2008
For nearly three hours Thursday, candidates for county, state and national offices met with area voters at the Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Home.
Candidate Profile: William “Bill” Merkel
July 30, 2008
Asked why he is running for the Leavenworth County Commission’s 3rd District seat, William “Bill” Merkel said, “I think it’s time to give the voters more say in what is done in Leavenworth County.”
Tony Klamm candidate questionnaire responses
July 30, 2008
Tony Klamm is running for the 3rd District seat on the Leavenworth County Commission.
Candidate Profile: Tony Klamm
July 30, 2008
Tony Klamm, one of seven Republicans vying for Leavenworth County’s 3rd District County Commission seat in an Aug. 5 primary election, says he has what it takes “to maintain current or improved county services while looking for ways to decrease cost to the taxpayers.”
Political pair
Truesdells highly involved at local government level
July 30, 2008
Some families may consider it rude to talk politics at the dinner table, but for Jim and Diane Truesdell, it’s become a fairly common occurrence.
Primaries to be contested Tuesday; advance voting ends at noon Monday
12:00 a.m., July 30, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Leavenworth and Wyandotte county residents don’t have to wait until Aug. 5 to cast their vote in upcoming primary elections, but undoubtedly many will.
County surveyor post to be kept in-house
July 23, 2008
It appears Leavenworth County won’t use an outside contractor for its survey work after all.

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Recent photos

Rick Joyce, the owner of Leavenworth-based Affordable Lawn and Cemetery Care, reads one of many headstones in the High Prairie Cemetery, west of Leavenworth on High Prairie Road. Joyce's company has contracted with several local cemetery and township boards to clean up forgotten or abandoned burial grounds that are at the point of disrepair.

Jim and Diane Truesdell have become regular fixtures in local government in Tonganoxie. Jim has served as a city council member since 2005, and Diane, who has been on the board since 2006, recently was elected as Tonganoxie School Board president for the 2008-09 school ye

John Flower, one of eight candidates for the Leavenworth County Commission's 3rd District seat, addresses Leavenworth County voters at a candidate forum held Thursday at the Tonganoxie VFW Post Home. National, state and county candidates for public office participated in the event.

Tonganoxie resident John Lenahan points out a newspaper clipping in his garage on Washington Street in Tonganoxie. Lenahan, who has written three books about Tonganoxie history, also built a "museum" in his garage of clippings and photos from years gone by.

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