Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Ribbon cutting highlights new Tonganoxie Police Station
Event unveils latest municipal building
October 19, 2016
As about 30 people attended a ribbon cutting on a crisp and chilly fall morning this past Thursday at the new Tonganoxie Police Department, Mayor Jason Ward joked about the weather and said it was fitting because police Chief Jeff Brandau thought it would be “a cold day in hell before he had a new police station.”
Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt starts Friday; Spooktacular set for Oct. 28
October 19, 2016
Spooktacular scavenger hunt will get started Friday. Youths can get started on the Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt by gathering clues Friday in downtown Tonganoxie. The hunt will run through Oct. 27 and prizes will be given out, such as mini Gambinos pizzas, a $100 gift card and 15 $10 bills.
Ballot question debate moves along slowly; sign ordinance tabled; public hearing set
Public hearing set for Nov. 7
October 19, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council continues to determine what a ballot question might resemble as it looks to put the 3/4-cent sales tax extension to a public vote. A downsized council met Monday for its regular meeting, with Mayor Jason Ward and Council Members Chris Donnelly and Jim Truesdell absent.
Cook claims championship for Tonganoxie High
Boys 2nd, girls 3rd at Kaw Valley League cross country meet
October 19, 2016
The Tonganoxie High boys cross country team narrowly missed out on winning the league title, but the Chieftains did have the top individual runner.
Man makes running stop in Tonganoxie along 10-day statewide journey
October 14, 2016
Local residents might have seen an area man running Monday through Tonganoxie. The Johnson County resident has logged plenty of miles in his shoes in recent weeks. And on Monday, he made a stop near Tonganoxie. John Kohler has been involved in Run Across Kansas. It started from Kanorado at the Colorado line and made his way to mile 405 near the Tonganoxie city limits. He was greeted by family, friends and some school children at LIFE Child Care Center and Daycare.
Jenkins visits Tonganoxie High School to chat with juniors, seniors about DC
October 14, 2016
Longtime Tonganoxie High School teacher Andy Gilner has offered a unique extra credit to his students for more than 20 years. The American government instructor has encouraged students to write to their U.S. senators and representatives inviting them to visit THS and tell the senior class about their work in Washington, D.C. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, has visited in the past and did so again last week. Jenkins, the current representative for Kansas’ 2nd District, spoke to both juniors and seniors at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. School officials stressed to Jenkins that the discussion with students should be educational and not a campaign visit. Jenkins will face Democratic challenger Britani Potter, an Ottawa school board member, next month in the general election.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board picks new member; FTE enrollment up; library building discussed; contracts, resignations approved
October 14, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 has a new board member. Phillip Welsh, a local engineer, was selected by a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting. Amelia Brusven was absent. The board interviewed Welsh during the regular meeting, while another applicant, Doug Regehr, interviewed with the board through video chat.
Tonganoxie High soccer trying to break out of losing streak
October 12, 2016
The Tonganoxie High soccer team needs a new kind of streak. Tonganoxie assembled a seven-game winning streak, but a four-game slide has followed. Turner won, 4-2, Monday, with Logan Williams and Isaiah Frese scoring for the Chieftains. Soccer played Maur Hill after the Mirror’s deadline.
Tonganoxie High volleyball 8th at De Soto Spikefest
October 12, 2016
The THS volleyball team had a rough weekend in De Soto. The Chieftains finished with 1-5 record and eighth-place finish. THS lost to De Soto (25-17, 25-13), Gardner-Edgerton (25-18, 25-18), Lansing (25-19, 25-19), Mill Valley (25-18, 22-25, 25-20) and Basehor-Linwood (25-9, 18-25, 25-23).
Tonganoxie High runners keep up the pace
October 12, 2016
The season might be hitting its home stretch, but for the Tonganoxie High cross country team, it’s another chance to sweep the field. Tonganoxie’s boys and girls teams both won their respective meets Saturday near Easton at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational.

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Recent photos

Sunflowers continue to grow in Gallagher Park. The sunflowers are a few of many planted throughout Tonganoxie in an effort to entice visitors of the Grinter Farms sunflower fields to Tonganoxie.

Tonganoxie High football coach Al Troyer chats with his team after the first practice of the season Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at Beatty Field. THS opens the season Sept. 2 against Spring Hill at home.

Tara George, Tonganoxie High School counselor for juniors and seniors.

The new Tonganoxie Police Station at Sixth and Church streets is open. Department officials also are accepting items for school crisis kits that can be dropped off in the station's foyer, which is open 24 hours.

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