Shawn Linenberger News editor

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

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Tonganoxie High wrestlers competing on Day 2 of state tournament
February 28, 2015
Tonganoxie High still has four wrestlers competing on Day 2 of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament in Salina. Gad Huseman, Dalton Tavis, Aiden McClellan and Patterson Starcher all are competing in the consolation bracket Saturday.
Tonganoxie Live social is Thursday
February 25, 2015
The Tonganoxie Live social is an event organizers hope will bring various local organizations, businesses and groups together Thursday.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Patrick Budy
February 24, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie’s Patrick Budy
Leavenworth County treasurer hopes to avoid postcard notifications for vehicle tag renewals
Official awaits result of proposed bill
February 24, 2015
The state of Kansas plans to change the way it notifies motorists that they need to renew vehicle tags. It’s a move that Leavenworth County Treasurer Janice Van Parys said could be a major adjustment for some taxpayers. Residents will receive postcards, rather than letters, from the Kansas Division of Vehicles. The move is designed to save the state money.
Another viable senior living option in Tonganoxie?
TES buildings future could include apartments, rec commission home
February 23, 2015
What has been a hub of activity for Tonganoxie children for several years could become a prime locale for senior citizens. The current Tonganoxie Elementary School campus, which takes up two city blocks from Second to Fourth streets near downtown, will be moving to a new building later this year near Tonganoxie Middle School.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society soup and chili feed today at Methodist church
February 19, 2015
The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society is having its soup and chili feed until 7 p.m. today at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.
Tonganoxie vigil pays tribute to 21-year-old killed in Thursday morning wreck
06:00 a.m., February 19, 2015 Updated 08:28 p.m.
As more than 100 people gathered on a frigid Thursday night along Leavenworth County Road 5 in Tonganoxie, a family member spoke glowingly about Colin Bennett. Darren Bennett, an uncle, told the crowd that no one ever had “anything negative to say about Colin Bennett.”
Linenberger: Brownback’s decision on LGBT protections should trigger public action
February 17, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded nine executive orders last week that Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson originally signed. The one causing the largest stir is one that now ends legal protection against discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered workers in state government.
Police were on scene when Tonganoxie principal left campus; sheriff’s office conducting investigation
Chief says law enforcement presence common procedure
February 17, 2015
Tonganoxie police were at Tonganoxie High School to assist with former principal Jamie Carlisle’s departure. But Chief Jeff Brandau said that oftentimes is standard protocol for government agencies to have law enforcement present in such cases. Brandau referred to it as “civil standby,” something some officers also do for private businesses when off duty.
Wanted: Mural ideas for Tonganoxie
February 13, 2015
Temperatures climbed into the 60s Sunday and residents responded. Folks were out and about at Chieftain Park enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures. A trip to the car wash came with a waiting period.

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Tonganoxie High's Aiden McClellan competes in a consolation match Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Class 4A state tournament. McClellan won the match in overtime.

Local residents gather for a prayer vigil Thursday evening to honor Colin Bennett, a 2012 Tonganoxie High School graduate who died in a vehicle accident early Thursday.

Items form a makeshift memorial near the crash site of an accident that claimed the life of a 2012 Tonganoxie High School graduate.

Tonganoxie High's David Walker.

The Tonganoxie City Fire Department decorates the city's Christmas tree Wednesday in the pocket park where the police department previously stood. The tree officially will be lit up for the first time Saturday as part of the the Mayor's Christmas Tree ceremony.

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