Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Late bloomers still can enter sunflower growing contest for youth; families also encouraged to plant sunflower to celebarte festival
July 10, 2019
The sunflower growing contest for the Sunflower Stroll has started, but there are still a few days to get involved in the fun. Youth up to the age of 14 are invited to participate in a sunflower growing contest. The rules are simple, but your strategies can be whatever you can dream up.
Top honors for Tonganoxie High FCCLA
July 10, 2019
Tonganoxie High School graduated seniors and current THS students brought home various awards last week at the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Convention in Anaheim, Calif.
Tonganoxie USD 464 scheduling informational open houses for proposed new high school campus
July 10, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 will be offering informational meetings about the proposed $51.4 million bond issue that would fund an overhaul of the Tonganoxie High School campus. Stephanie Meyer with DLR Group spoke to the school board at Monday’s regular meeting about some plans for meetings and tours at THS for patrons, along with a series of mailers to educate the public on the proposed project.
Tonganoxie Business Association movie nights at park scheduled for 3 more nights this summer
July 3, 2019
Tonganoxie Business Association will continue its Movie Night at the Park with the showing of “Homeward Bound” next week.
Petting zoo coming to Tonganoxie Public Library
July 3, 2019
Children will get to see a variety of animals and ask questions about them next week at the Tonganoxie Public Library. Local 4-H members will present a variety of animals starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will be a horse, sheep, goat, rabbits, calf and chickens at the petting zoo.
Tonganoxie population hits estimated 5,500 mark
July 3, 2019
Every incorporated city in Leavenworth County has seen an increase in population since the 2010 U.S. Census, according to population estimates released earlier this month. The estimates are from July 2018.
Tidal Waves finish season against Eudora
July 3, 2019
The Tongie Tidal Waves finished up the season with Friday’s meet against Eudora at Tonganoxie Water Park. Tonganoxie had three meets this season, though the team was suppposed to compete in four. Inclement weather June 21 forced the cancellation of that meet. The Tidal Waves had 136 swimmers on the team this season.
Area communities ready for bang-up Thursday for Fourth of July celebrations
July 3, 2019
Tonganoxie residents will continue to light up the sky this week with fireworks. Though there is no official Independence Day celebration, residents can enjoy a fireworks display thanks to their neighbors throughout the town shooting off fireworks. Fireworks can be discharged until 11 p.m. today and Thursday.
Residents urge emphasis on city code enforcements
June 26, 2019
Some Tonganoxie residents are asking the city to continue to look at ways to improve blighted properties and other areas that might need addressed. Former Tonganoxie City Council member Jamie Lawson gave a presentation in front of the council and roughly 50 other residents at the June 3 council meeting that discussed concern about residences in the community that could be cleaned up, including properties that have been repeat offenders when it comes to ordinance violations.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to hear final word from state on election soon
June 26, 2019
The timeline for a mail-in ballot has been set for a proposed $51.4 million bond issue that would substantially upgrade the current Tonganoxie High School campus. The final step before that is final approval from the State Board of Education to move forward, which is expected early next week.

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Local residents gather with WenDee Rowe and Mari Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation for a surprise We Kan! award presentation to Keyta Kelly on Thursday at Kelly Law Office.

Keyta Kelly gathers with WenDee Rowe, left, and Mari Penner, right, with the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Penner and Rowe presented Kelly with a We Kan! Award on Thursday in Tonganoxie.

Tonganoxie Days has attracted bands from across the area to perform at the event in recent years. The event is the second Saturday of June each year.

Tonganoxie Business Association unveils new stickers that encourage and remind residents to shop locally in Tonganoxie. TBA has made the stickers available for businesses and residents. For more information about how to get the stickers, email

Tonganoxie High and Nickerson line up for lineup announcements Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina.The game was called with the game still scoreless in the second inning due to lightning and then rain. The game will resume and the tournament will continue, but when that will be is still to be determined.

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