Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Tongie Tidal Waves outlast Bonner Springs at home dual
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie got back in the win column with the Tongie Tidal Waves’ dual meet this past Friday at Tonganoxie Water Park. Tonganoxie defeated Bonner Springs, 260-144, in the meet.
Tonganoxie High assistant takes over helm for boys basketball team
June 29, 2016
A Tonganoxie assistant is getting an opportunity to lead his own program. David Hillmon, who was a THS boys basketball assistant, was hired earlier this month as the school’s new boys basketball coach.
Tonganoxie woman pleads no contest to 5 counts of felony theft from employer
June 29, 2016
A Tonganoxie resident entered a no contest plea Wednesday to five counts felony theft in a case involving an employer. Dorothy Kay Lean, 56, entered the plea in Leavenworth District Court.
The Mirror, Leavenworth County Humane Society team up for Cutest Pet Contest
June 29, 2016
The Mirror is bringing back its cutest pet contest, and this time, an organization will be partnering with the newspaper for the monthlong contest. The Leavenworth County Humane Society is joining with The Mirror for this year’s contest, which will run throughout July.
Tonganoxie residents gear up for fireworks; area communities offering displays
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie always is bustling with fireworks around Independence Day each year. Several fireworks stands dot the community for local residents to purchase supplies for their own personal fireworks shows. Fireworks can be lit from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 4, which this year is Thursday through Monday. City ordinance allows for those times to change based on the fire chief’s discretion. Tonganoxie Fire Chief Jack Holcom said Monday forecasts are encouraging, as there are chances for rain Wednesday and Thursday.
Tonganoxie’s new police station coming together
Officers anticipate August move into new digs
June 28, 2016
Tonganoxie’s new police station is coming together and could be finished next month, with the department to move in sometime in August. Chief Jeff Brandau said Monday the new campus will offer more capabilities — and substantially more space. The station itself, formerly Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets, will span 6,000 square feet over two levels. An additional building has been built northwest of the repurposed station and is 1,300 square feet. The current police station is in a 1,000 square-foot space in an office building at Fourth and Delaware streets across from City Hall.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Michael Graveman
June 28, 2016
This week’s Face to Face features current rural Tonganoxie resident and former McLouth Mayor Michael Graveman.
Work continues on Tonganoxie City Hall, police station
June 24, 2016
Repurposing of the former Tonganoxie Post Office and Cornerstone Family Worship into a new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Station, respectively, continue to be on schedule.
New children’s book about Jayhawks to be featured next week at Tonganoxie Public Library
Poster to be given away as part of author/illustrator’s visit
June 21, 2016
Youths attending the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial had the opportunity to see Big Jay, the University of Kansas mascot. Next week, youths again will have a chance to see a Jayhawk come to life — this time through a new children’s book.
Tonganoxie moves ahead in process to lift specific dog breed ban
June 21, 2016
Tonganoxie came a step closer to lifting its specific dog breed ban. About 35 people were in attendance at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting, with many speaking in favor of lifting the specific dog breed ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers. The City Council originally established the breed ban by adopting an ordinance in 1993, and following with an amendment ordinance later that year. At the request of a citizen who had dogs that fell under the breed ban, the council again looked at the issue in 2009. After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the council at the time opted to not take any further action. People in dog care professions again spoke in favor of lifting the ban, as pet groomer Monica Gee and pet boarder Jenny Worden both spoke in favor of lifting the ban.

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Recent photos

A spectator dances as the Big Time Grain Company performs a song Saturday night in Gallagher Park as part of the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial celebration.

Harpist Calvin Arsenia performs Friday on the acoustic stage in the downtown pocket park for the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial. Musicians and other performers took to three stages during the two-day event.

The skyview of the Gallagher Park stage and beer tent during Saturday's festivities.

Gretchen Meitler, left, presents the grand champion trophy to Smokeaholics team members at Sunday's Tonganoxie Days Barbecue Contest as part of the sesquicentennial celebration. Pictured, next to Meitler, from left, are Smokeaholics team members Troy Burkhart and Aaron Salem from Hays. Calvin Burchett of the reserve champion team Burnt at Both Endz, Freeeman, Mo., is at right.

Tonganoxie High volleyball players participate in drills Monday at the THS gymnasium. The squad is in the middle of summer camp as it prepares for the fall schedule.

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