Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Tongaoxie still has 8 wrestlers competing entering Day 2 of 4A state
February 25, 2017
Tonganoxie High got off to a great start Friday in the first day of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at Salina’s Bicentennial Center. THS, which qualified a school-record 10 wrestlers for state this year, ran into a buzz saw Friday night. The Chieftains had three wrestlers in the state semifinals, but all three lost.
Suspect identified in case involving threatening message at Tonganoxie Elementary School
February 24, 2017
A second threatening note has been discovered in as many days in the Tonganoxie School District, this time at Tonganoxie Elementary School. But this time, a suspect has been identified. A student reported at 10:30 a.m. Friday that a threat was written in the boys’ bathroom at TES. Tonganoxie police were called to Tonganoxie Elementary School to investigate the threat and assess the credibility.
Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent suspended with pay after arrest
07:59 p.m., February 21, 2017 Updated 09:55 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464’s superintendent has been arrested on a warrant out of another county for failing to report abuse from an alleged incident that occurred while he was superintendent of a district there. The Tonganoxie Board of Education released a statement after a special meeting Tuesday night.
Tonganoxie man sentenced to more than 3 years for drugs, robbery charges
February 17, 2017
A Tonganoxie man was sentenced earlier this week to more than 3 years in prison for drug possession and other charges. Joshua H. Pearson, 39, was sentenced Wednesday on one count possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a severity level 5 drug felony, one count of robbery and one count of criminal threat. The defendant was sentenced to serve 41 months in Kansas Department of Corrections custody with 24 months of post-release supervision after completing his time. The defendant petitioned the court for probation but was denied.
Tonganoxie wrestlers are KVL co-kings
Chieftains tie for league crown
February 15, 2017
It’s a league championship season for Tonganoxie High wrestling. THS and Bonner Springs tied for the Kaw Valley League title Saturday at Turner. Tonganoxie and Bonner both scored 165 points, with Basehor-Linwood third with 156.5. THS had five gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze. THS also had two fourth-place finishes.
Tonganoxie boys’ shots at victory just miss mark
February 15, 2017
Tonganoxie High came so close to two more victories in the win column. Instead, Lansing swept THS in season series in a span of four days. The teams played their regularly scheduled game Friday in Lansing and then squared off Monday in Tonganoxie for a rescheduled contest.
Tonganoxie USD 464 eyes early start to track renovations
February 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 expects to have a new track at Beatty Field later this year. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty told the school board at Monday’s regular meeting that the district would be seeking bids in hopes of the project starting in May.
Tonganoxie High girls struggle against Lansing
February 15, 2017
Back-to-back contests against Lansing weren’t fruitful for the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team. The teams played in consecutive games thanks to one game being rescheduled because of inclement weather on the originally scheduled date.`
About 800 Tonganoxie ballots mailed backed so far
February 15, 2017
If Tonganoxie residents haven’t seen their ballots for the sales tax question come in the mail yet, they should contact Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. Informational meetings have taken place, but The Mirror continues to offer reminders about the mail-in election, which centers around whether to approve a 20-year 3/4-cent sales tax that would replace the current swimming pool sales tax of the same rate. A 3/4-cent sales tax was approved in 2007 to help pay for Tonganoxie Water Park.
Tonganoxie VFW celebrates winning essays from Tonganoxie students
February 9, 2017
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 and its Women’s Auxiliary sponsored a pizza dinner Thursday for its local Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy winners. Students then presented their winning essays after the dinner.

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The Tonganoxie HIgh track at Beatty Field is in need of replacing. School officials hope work can begin in May.

Registered Tonganoxie voters should have received ballots like this one in the mail. The mail-in ballot deadline is noon Feb. 28.

Tonganoxie City Council meeting, Jan. 3, 2017.

A ballot drop-off box stands near the Leavenworth County Courthouse on the south side. A similar box is at the Leavenworth County Annex in Tonganoxie. Tonganoxie voters can drop off their ballots at the annex, which County Clerk Janet Klasinski said actually would save the city of Tonganoxie on postal charges. Ballots are due back to the county at noon Feb. 28.

Phil Jeannin stands outside the late Dr. Phil Stevens’ medical office. Stevens served as Tonganoxie Phil for several years predicting the weather like Punxsutawney Phil. Another Phil from Tonganoxie assumed the role for this year.

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