Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Brains bring bank for Tonganoxie High School
December 7, 2017
Tonganoxie High School has $15,000 to use towards enhancing its science, technology, engineering and math departments. THS was a big winner Nov. 30 at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., at the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains award ceremony.
Tonganoxie City Council agrees to fund new library for $3.75 million; officials had asked for $5.1 million
05:30 p.m., December 6, 2017 Updated 10:22 a.m.
Tonganoxie is moving forward with plans for a new library, but the funding amount will likely require considerable compromise. Council Member Kara Reed, with a second from fellow Council Member Curtis Oroke, made a motion to earmark $3.75 million for a new library. That would cover building costs, along with land acquisition of a portion of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School land.
Battle of Brains: Online voting could net Tonganoxie High $50,000 for STEM classes
November 22, 2017
Some surprise news at Tonganoxie High School revealed a chance for THS to receive $50,000 for science, engineering, technology and math programs.— thanks to online voting. THS is a finalist for the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. The THS group is one of 20 elementary, middle and high school teams in the Kansas City metro to be named finalists.
Helping others in time of thanks
November 22, 2017
Tonganoxie-area families will join in with others across the nation in the annual tradition of getting stuffed on stuffing and all of the other Thanksgiving mainstays. Many in the community are doing their part to help those whose circumstances make it tough to get enough nourishment each day. Those efforts also are focusing on youths.
Kansas authors to give program in Tonganoxie later this month about state guidebook
November 16, 2017
Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, explorers with the Kansas Sampler Foundation, visited all 626 incorporated towns and other notable dots on the Sunflower State map during the course of four years. For folks who think there’s nothing to do in Kansas, Penner and Rowe have 452 pages that support the contrary with “The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.”
Much love for Hutch with Tonganoxie High volleyball signing
November 16, 2017
Lauren Willson didn’t take much time contemplating the next step in her volleyball career. The Tonganoxie High senior signed a National Letter of Intent this last Thursday to play volleyball at Hutchinson Community College. “When I went for the campus visit, I just kind of fell in love with it,” she said. HCC also is just right in terms of distance — a three-hour drive is not too close to home, but not halfway across the country, either.
Tonganoxie High stages creepy, spooky musical with ‘Addams Family’
November 15, 2017
A cartoon, television and movie favorite about a quite quirky clan came to Tonganoxie in the form of a high school musical this past week. The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments presented “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” Thursday through Sunday.
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie open house is Thursday
November 15, 2017
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie invites the community to an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony this week at its newly expanded office. The open house will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital primary care office, 410 Woodfield Drive in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie High lands several on all-Kaw Valley League teams
November 15, 2017
Tonganoxie High had one of its most successful fall seasons in school history this year. THS football, soccer and cross country all were regional champs, while football and soccer also were league champions. The success translated into many individual selections for all-league teams.
Final election numbers for 2017 Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 School Board races
November 15, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (409), Loralee Stevens (325) and Rocky Himpel (247) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday. Incumbent Jim Truesdell did not advance out of the August primaries. And on Tuesday, fellow incumbents Chris Donnelly and Andy Gilner also were defeated.

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Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation will be giving a presentation on their latest book, a second guidebook on Kansas in which they visit all 600-plus communities in Kansas. The program will be noon Nov. 28 at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development, Tonganoxie Business Association and Tonganoxie Community Historical Society are sponsoring the event. A light lunch will be served and the event is free to the public.

Tonganoxie High landed several student-athletes on 2017 all-Kaw Valley League teams for fall sports.

Harrison York (Gomez Addams) speaks as Morticia (Allison Williams), Wednesday (Hannah Kobe), Lucas Beineke (Jack Duvall) and Alice Beineke (Gabby Crockett) look on.

Tonganoxie High football celebrates a victory against Basehor-Linwood, 10-3, Oct. 27, 2017. The victory gave THS its first undefeated regular season since 1962, an outright Kaw Valley League title in he final season of the conference and a district title.

Sierra Staatz and Gage Smith are THS Homecoming royalty for 2017. The two were crowned Friday at Beatty Field before the Tonganoxie-Turner game Oct. 6, 2017.

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