Shawn Linenberger News editor

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

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Tonganoxie High continues band camp tradition
Weeklong event prepares group for fall season
August 25, 2015
Summer traditionally has been the time of year when athletes knock off the rust with weeklong camps for varying sports. It’s not the only activity in Tonganoxie with such a history. It’s been something longtime Tonganoxie High School band director Charles Van Middlesworth has done with his students with an annual band camp in the summer. This year’s camp took place the Aug. 10-14 on the THS football practice field.
Longtime educator, coach settles in as Tonganoxie High AD
Administrator served last 8 years in same position at Newton High
August 25, 2015
Brian Engelken did his student teaching in this area about 25 years ago in suburban Kansas City and always wanted to return to the area. He got that chance earlier this year. Engelken is Tonganoxie High School’s newest athletics director.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie deputy fire chief John Callaghan
August 25, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profiles John Callaghan, deputy fire chief with the Tonganoxie City Fire Department.
A new era begins in Tonganoxie
Classes start Thursday at state-of-art TES
August 19, 2015
It’s been a few years in the making, but the new, state-of-the-art Tonganoxie Elementary School — thought to be the largest in the state — is ready to be the new home for early education. The school, at 1180 S. East St., will have roughly 850 students in kindergarten through fifth grade with room to grow.
Tonganoxie’s midnight express
Some athletes celebrate early practice with breakfast run
August 19, 2015
The best part of running in the wee hours of the morning in Tonganoxie has to be the chocolate chip pancakes. That’s according to Tonganoxie High senior Leah Bartels, a member of this year’s THS cross country team.
Beware of the Flock
Fundraiser assisting Team Tongie
August 19, 2015
Some birds might be confusing the Sunshine State with the Sunflower State. Flamingos generally aren’t seen in these parts, but a flock of them — of the plastic variety — have been migrating from neighborhood to neighborhood in Tonganoxie. Team Tongie is “flocking” yards as a fundraiser throughout August. The process is simple.
School getting started in Tonganoxie
Genesis Christian Academy started last week; USD 464 starts Thursday
August 19, 2015
The bustle of children heading to school already has started in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie City Council gives final approval for 2016 budget
Architect selected for potential police plans
August 19, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council has given final approval for its 2016 budget. The council approved the budget Monday after a public hearing on the matter during the council’s regular meeting. Tonganoxie’s 2016 budget will come with a lower mill levy, but residents will see an increase in sewer rates in the new year.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, Free State Fitness teaming up for community fitness program
August 14, 2015
Free State Fitness and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission are teaming up to get families out and exercising. A community fitness program officially will start at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Chieftain Park. The weekly event is available to residents of all exercise levels and will start at the same time through the first Sunday of October. Free State instructors will lead the activities, which will be free to the public.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development seeking applicants for 2015-16
August 12, 2015
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development organization is seeking applicants for 2015-16. The group, which celebrated 25 years earlier this year, is taking applications through Sept. 2. Class members range from high school seniors to retired residents. Students learn about personality and leadership traits, as well as local and state government, communication, teambuilding and other skills during the nine-month class that meets monthly.

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John Callaghan, deputy chief for the Tonganoxie City Fire Department and Face to Face profile person for Aug. 26, 2015.

Tonganoxie Fire Chief Jack Holcom and Tonganoxie police Chief Jeff Brandau stand with equipment that will help with first-responder situations for officials in both departments. The departments had an event for media Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, to get an upclose look at the equipment.

Traffic makes its way for the first day of school Aug. 20, 2015, at the new Tonganoxie Elementary School.

Tonganoxie High School students participate in THS band camp earlier this month.

Leavenworth County Humane Society president Crystal Swann Blackdeer.

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