Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Art Night Out again next month at Tonganoxie Public Library
January 24, 2019
Art Night Out is coming Feb. 7 to Tonganoxie Public Library. The February art project will be bottlecap resin art 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the library’s community room. Cost is $20, with Myers Hotel providing drinks.
LCDC appoints new board president at annual meeting
January 24, 2019
The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has a new president. Harland Russell was appointed president of the LCDC Board of Directors at Friday’s annual membership meeting. Russell previously was serving as vice president. His appointment is for a two-year term. He also takes over for David Schroe-der, who was completing his two-year term as president for the nonprofit economic development organization. LCDC also has three full-time employees: executive director Steve Jack, economic development director Lisa Haack and office manager Mary Mack.
Washburn announces president’s list honorees
January 24, 2019
Washburn University has announced its President’s List honorees for the fall 2018 semester. To qualify for the President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of graded credits and earn a semester grade point average of 4.0. The latest list includes several students hailing from Leavenworth County.
University of Saint Mary celebrating Lincoln Event with Civil War historian on Presidents Day next month
January 24, 2019
The University of Saint Mary will host a renowned Civil War historian for its 21st annual Lincoln Event next month in Leavenworth. Ginette Aley will present “The Challenges on the Home Front: Burdens Facing Women and Families During the Civil War” at 7 p.m. Feb.18 at the Xavier Theatre, 4100 S. Fourth St., on the USM campus. Admission is free for this Presidents Day event. Seating is limited and there will be a reception after the program.
Tonganoxie High School senior 1st chair for state band
January 24, 2019
A Tonganoxie High School senior will perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Band Concert next month. Lucas Porterfield earned 1st Chair All-State Class 4-3-2-1A for his playing of the baritone euphonium on Jan. 5 during state band auditions. Porterfield will perform in the KMEA state concert Feb. 23 in Wichita at the Century II Convention Center.
Leavenworth County Commission race now at 3; filing deadline for independents is Friday
January 23, 2019
The field is much clearer in the new district race in southern Leavenworth County after Saturday’s Republican appointment, though there are still a few days for more independents to get on the ballot. A convention of county Republican voters selected Mike Stieben as its nominee for the new Leavenworth County Commission’s Fifth District.
Kansas Day festivities coming up at winery
January 23, 2019
If you’re wanting to get a head start on Kansas Day festivities, make your way Sunday to Basehor. Holy-Field Winery will have its Kansas Day Celebration from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the winery, 18807 158th St.
Wrestlers take 2nd at De Soto Duals; Baldwin Invitational next on the schedule
January 23, 2019
Tonganoxie High wrestlers had a good showing in De Soto. THS placed second at this year’s De Soto Duals tournament on Saturday. Tonganoxie opened with a 51-16 victory against Shawnee Mission South and then defeated Wyandotte, 57-12. In Match 3, Tonganoxie outlasted De Soto, 54-30, before winning the fourth match, 48-33, against Blue Valley Southwest. Tonganoxie went undefeated in pool play, which set up a championship dual against Olathe North.
Tonganoxie teams stumble at home invitational; Bonner Springs boys, Wamego girls take home crowns
January 23, 2019
The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team was clicking in its semifinal game this past week at the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament. The defense was solid and the offense was opportunistic. There was an Elijah Tyner and-1 play in which the junior got fouled and then his highlight-reel quality shot somehow made its way through the hoop.
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis join rest of Leavenworth County schools in canceling Wednesday classes
10:13 p.m., January 22, 2019 Updated 11:14 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy won’t have classes Wednesday due to inclement weather. USD 464 and GCA join the rest of Leavenworth County in canceling classes. Easton USD 449, Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Fort Leavenworth USD 207, Lansing USD 469 and Leavenworth USD 453 all will be closed Wednesday. McLouth USD 342 also has canceled classes. Other local schools that canceled classes are Lawrence USD 497, Bonner Springs USD 204, Piper USD 203 and Oskaloosa USD 341. Classes at the University of Kansas’ main campus in Lawrence also have been canceled.

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Sgt. Jerry Jarrett is congratulated after being presented a Quilt of Valor during the inaugural Tonganoxie USD 464 Veterans Day Program at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus this past November.

From Tonganoxie to Texas, Michael Kelly’s family spread the word to anyone who would listen — the longtime attorney was in dire need of a kidney. His wife, Keyta, and daughter Rachel got full-sized rear-window decals explaining of the Mike’s need, information about his journey and ways to help. Other family members followed suit, and soon a handful of vehicles stretched from the Kansas City metro area west to the Topeka area and south to Chanute.

Tim and Teresa Burge's house at Rawlings and Joles drives in Tonganoxie has a slew of attractions, all set to music.

Gene and Debbie Becker's house on Washington Street is hard to miss from U.S. Highway 24-40. The house sits at the base of Hubbel Hill west of West Haven Baptist Church.

The Burge family stands oustide their festive home. Pictured, from left, are Teresa with Betsey, 7, and Jakob, 8, and then Tim with Trent, 9, and Lilly, 10.

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