Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office joining with other agencies statewide for ‘You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.’
August 7, 2020
The You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. program will be starting soon. Starting Aug. 20 and continuing through Labor Day (Sept. 7), deputies of the Leavenworth County Sheriffs Office will join other local and state police agencies across Kansas in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk and other impaired drivers from roadways during You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. It is illegal to drive while impaired, yet, in 2018, one person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes in the United States.
Full speed ahead at critical time: New Tonganoxie High athletics director settling in at pivotal point
August 6, 2020
Educators and administrators are getting ready for an unprecedented school year. Cody Witte is doing so at new school. Witte is the new activities director at Tonganoxie High School. He also serves as a new assistant principal, taking over for Brandon Mellen, who stepped down to take on another job at an American academy in Peru. Witte comes to THS from Jackson Heights, a Class 2A school near Holton. He was there three years and served as high school and middle school athletics director at Jackson Heights.
Tonganoxie to evaluate possible public mask requirements in city
August 6, 2020
Tonganoxie city leaders plan to discuss the possibility of requiring residents to wear masks in public. Mayor David Frese brought up the topic during Monday’s regular Tonganoxie City Council meeting, which was a virtual Zoom meeting available to residents by calling into the meeting, as many have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frese wanted to discuss the idea as cases climb and youths soon will be going back to school in some fashion.
Woman injured in motorcycle-vehicle accident near Linwood
August 6, 2020
One person was taken to an area hospital after a motorcycle-vehicle accident early Wednesday evening near the Leavenworth-Douglas county line.
Two Tonganoxie teens shot during early morning incident; injuries not life-threatening
04:33 p.m., August 5, 2020 Updated 06:30 p.m.
Two Tonganoxie teens were shot during an incident early Wednesday morning about 3 miles west of Tonganoxie near Kansas Highway 16, but the wounds were not life-threatening. Early Wednesday, two 17-year-old Tonganoxie girls were parked in the parking lot at Helen’s Hilltop, 19611 McLouth Rd., planning to meet an 18-year-old Tonganoxie woman, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.
ELECTION 2020: Stieben wins re-election bid in Leavenworth County Commission race
August 5, 2020
Leavenworth County Commissioner Mike Stieben won re-election Tuesday with a commanding victory against challenger Curtis Oroke. Stieben won the Republican primary in the Fifth District race with nearly 77 percent of the vote. Stieben had 1,553 votes to Oroke’s 469.
Traveling exhibit celebrating 100 years of women voting at Tonganoxie library through Saturday
July 29, 2020
A traveling exhibit that brings to life the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Kansas will visit towns across the state during the next 14 months in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. One of those stops is Tonganoxie.
Polls open Tuesday for primaries
July 29, 2020
The primary for the 2020 election is next week. Primaries are Tuesday, with polling sites set to be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. that day. Local voters also can utilize advance ballot voting by making an appointment at the Leavenworth County Courthouse with the office of County Clerk Janet Klasinski at 913-684-0421.
McLouth High grads earn scholarships, awards
July 29, 2020
Here’s a list of scholarships and awards announced during commencement exercises Saturday for the McLouth High School Class of 2020 at Stan Barksick Sports Complex in McLouth. Most of the scholarships already have been distributed to students.
A night to finally celebrate: McLouth Class of 2020 now officially graduates
July 29, 2020
It happened more than two months later than any of the 33 members of the McLouth High School Class of 2020 could have imagined, but those classmates now officially are MHS alumni. McLouth USD 342 officially held commencement exercises Saturday at Stan Braksick Sports Complex on a night when various speakers uttered a common theme: be kind.

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Cody Witte is the new activities director at Tonganoxie High School. He started the new post July 1. He comes to THS from Jackson Heights near Holton.

Tonganoxie High School football coach Matt Thierolf leads a drill during football camp Monday at Beatty Field. The Kansas State High School Activities Association board approved sticking with the first day of fall sports practices Aug. 17, but some sports may start their competition schedules later than originally planned.

McLouth High School senior class president Katie Kuglin gestures while givin an emotional welcome at Saturday's MHS commencement exercises in McLouth. There were 33 Bulldogs who officially graduated Saturday night.

Dakota Schupp makes his way into Saturday's McLouth High School graduation ceremony at Stan Braksick Sports Complex in style with colorful socks and yellow Crocs. Schupp was one of three co-valedictorians in the MHS Class of 2020.

The Tonganoxie HIgh softball team returned a huge senior class with high hopes for the 2020 season, but the COVID-19 pandemic thwarted those aspirations with the cancellation of spring sports. Pictured, front row, from left, are Sam Reynolds, Ally Sparks, manager Alex Hartpence, Haley Robinette and Cadence Cole; back row, from left, Erin Gallagher, Bridge Knipp and Lauren Gray.

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