Shawn Linenberger News Editor

Shawn has been with The Mirror since 2001 and is the news editor.

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Judge OKs Tonganoxie superintendent’s return to campus during court proceedings
No move yet from board to lift paid-leave suspension
May 23, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district superintendent can return to work under certain court stipulations as his court proceedings continue, a Linn County District Court judge determined Tuesday. Judge Terri L. Johnson granted a bond modification request from Alan Fogleman for his client, Tonganoxie Supt. Chris Kleidosty.
Postseason begins today for some Tonganoxie High teams
May 15, 2017
The postseason starts today for some Tonganoxie High teams. Tonganoxie golf opened its Class 4A regional at 8:30 a.m. in Atchison against Atchison, Baldwin, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Miege, Bonner Springs, Jeff West, Ottawa, Piper and Spring Hill at Village Greens Golf Course in Ozawkie.
Tonganoxie High grad Ben Johnson wins Missouri Valley Conference decathlon title for Wichita State
May 13, 2017
Ben Johnson is the new Missouri Valley Conference decathlon champion. The Wichita State sophomore scored 7,053 points in the decathlon, winning the event at the MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at WSU’s Cessna Stadium.
Vehicle crashes Saturday into downtown Tonganoxie dance studio
May 13, 2017
A Ford Mustang took out a mailbox, clipped a parked vehicle and then crashed late Saturday morning into a downtown Tonganoxie storefront. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Tonganoxie Police Chief Jeff Brandau. A 33-year-old Tonganoxie man was driving east on Fourth Street when his vehicle struck the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church mailbox, clipped a parked car and then drove into the front of Graves Talent Studio at the southeast corner of Fourth and Green streets.
Masterful day for Tonganoxie High golf as Chieftains win 1st KVL title since 2012
May 11, 2017
Tonganoxie High has a league title in 2017. The THS golf team won Monday’s Kaw Valley League Tournament at Falcon Lakes in Basehor. The Chieftains won the event with a low score of 329, 34 strokes ahead of runner-up Basehor-Linwood (363).
Tonganoxie’s Johnson breaks record again, now in Top 25 in nation
May 11, 2017
LeeRoi Johnson continues to amend the record books this season. The THS junior broke his own school record in the discus by some 15 feet Wednesday, May 3, at Piper. He broke his own record with a throw of 191 feet, 4 inches, which currently puts him in the top 25 in the country among high school throwers. His throw was 40 feet ahead of Ottawa senior Brock Reed’s throw of 151-4 for second place. Tonganoxie junior Kyle Snyder took third with a 145-6 throw.
Tonganoxie USD 464 bond reissuance to save nearly $1.14 million; candidate filing deadline June 1; more hires, resignations, new positions
09:46 a.m., May 10, 2017 Updated 05:08 p.m.
Tonganoxie school board members approved refinancing of bonds that will save the district on average about $126,000 annually over the next decade, though those larger savings won’t start for a couple years.
Tonganoxie High sweeps Paola in softball
May 10, 2017
Doubleheaders against future Frontier League foes Spring Hill and Paola provided an interesting outcome among the three teams. Paola swept Tonganoxie on Thursday, 12-2 and 14-7 in Tonganoxie. The next day, the Chieftains had to face Spring Hill, a team that had swept PHS earlier in the week.
Tonganoxie High softball improves to 10-2 after doubleheader splits
May 3, 2017
Stephanie Wittman’s Tonganoxie High softball team no longer is undefeated, but a doubleheader split is the next best thing. The Chieftains are 10-2 after splits the last two weeks. Turner blanked THS, 5-0, in the first game April 20, but Tonganoxie won the second game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.
Tonganoxie tough at Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic, reaches title game for first time in school history
May 3, 2017
Tonganoxie High has participated in the Butch Foster Memorial Classic for several years. It’s been a chance for THS to play in an actual stadium, as the tournament always takes place down the road at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains historically have done OK at the event, a victory here or there, but never a big tournament run. This year, THS was a No. 8 seed at 1-8 entering the tournament, so on paper THS wasn’t a favorite. That mattered little once the Chieftains took the field this year.

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LeeRoi Johnson, a Tonganoxie High junior, has been breaking records in field events this spring. Johnson is in the Top 25 in the nation in high school discus this year.

This year's SLCLD graduates are, front row, from left, Savanah Reynolds, Ken Freemyer, Lea Ann Shearer, Linda Sattelhon, Kalie Hileman, Nicole Holifield, Howie Lucas and Teresa Bastron; back row, from left, Rachel Long, Kody Nehl, Glenda Briscoe, Patrick Bircher, Heather Woodyard, Tim Anderson, Alexis Shanks, Dustin Barker, Dawn Carver and Gabi Westrich. Not pictured are Steve Skeet, Britney Smith and Michael McEvoy. SLCLD students were honored Wednesday, May 3, at a graduation luncheon at Magadelnas Venue in Tonganoxie.

Tonganoxie High students gather after returning home from a successful day at Highland Art Day on April 27 at Highland Community College.

Interim Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Tonya Phillips, far right, speaks about various retirees during a reception Sunday at the commons area in Tonganoxie Middle School. Pictured, from left, are Donna Workman, Andy Gilner, Kathy Powell, Kathy Nolan, Mona Dibble, Ursula Kissinger, Menhusen and Phillips. Retiree not at Sunday's festivities was Phil Neal.

SnakeDog, from left, Sammy Sigourney, Grayson Gilbert, Adrian Cullen and Gage Smith, gather Monday, March 20, 2017, at VFW Park. The group will perform a free concert Friday, March, 24.

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