Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Tonganoxie Middle School finalist for Battle of Brains; students need help from community for online votes
November 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School has a chance to make the next round of the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters.
Linenberger: Tonganoxie football has opportunity of lifetime
November 15, 2019
It’s time to talk about the large male deer in the room. Yes, instead of discussing the elephant in your living room, I’m referring to the Stags, the Bishop Miege mascot that will be figuratively standing in the middle of Tonganoxie’s living room. And by living room, I mean Beatty Field. Tonganoxie High will play its biggest game in the school’s long football history against one of the most decorated programs in the state.
Baldock defeats O’Brien in Tonganoxie USD 464 re-election bid
November 14, 2019
Local races were decided last week, as was a Constitutional Amendment for the state. The question on the back side of the ballot was for a potential amendment to the Kansas Constitution. The question, asked whet
Tonganoxie High Football History 101
November 14, 2019
Tonganoxie High hopes to keep moving forward in a season of firsts for the Chieftains. With the Chieftains’ regional championship this past Friday against Spring Hill, this year’s installment of THS football accomplished two things for the first time in program history — Tonganoxie won a second playoff game in a season and notched 10 wins in a single season.
Tonganoxie High debate team gets season started
November 13, 2019
Tonganoxie High School debate season is already going strong. THS opened with team members medaling at the Frontier League Debate Tournament. The four-speaker team of Monika Hoffman/Lauren Lawson (negative) and Bryn Reed/Payton Lynn (affirmative) placed second.
Tonganoxie’s monumental milestone
November 13, 2019
The Tonganoxie-Spring Hill game had the makings of a wild night in the first quarter Friday in a Class 4A regional game. The teams combined for 35 points, with THS holding a 21-14 lead heading into the second quarter. Defenses settled in during the second quarter and THS had a 24-14 lead heading into the half. THS took advantage of some opportunities in the second half and eventually secured a 45-24 victory. The Chieftains also made history in the process. THS improved to 10-0 on the season, marking the first time the Chieftains registered double-digit victories in a fall.
Officers seize drugs, money south of Tonganoxie
04:00 p.m., November 7, 2019 Updated 11:00 p.m.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office found drugs and $500 cash during a search Thursday afternoon south of Tonganoxie. Officers served a narcotics search warrant about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Paradise Mobile Home Park near 222nd Street and Kansas Avenue just east of U.S. Highway 24-40.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Patterson, Dale win council seats; Frese new mayor; Baldock defeats O’Brien
10:52 p.m., November 5, 2019 Updated 11:17 a.m.
The Tonganoxie City Council will have new faces, while an incumbent won re-election in a USD 464 school board race against a political mainstay. Current council member Lisa Patterson, along with challenger Jake Dale were top vote-getters in the Tonganoxie City Council race.
Election Day is Tuesday; polls open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
November 4, 2019
Local elections for city council and school board are Tuesday. For the City Council races, the two incumbents will run to remain on the governing body. Curtis Oroke is seeking a second term, while Lisa Patterson will seek a full term. Patterson was appointed earlier this year to take over Kara Reed’s seat, as the former council member stepped down with her move out of city limits. This year’s council race has two challengers with experience on a municipal board. Jake Dale and Zachary Stoltenberg both currently serve on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission board.
Tonganoxie High blanks Baldwin, to face Spring Hill in regional round
November 2, 2019
Tonganoxie High will face Spring Hill in a Class 4A football regional matchup next week at Beatty Field. THS moved to 9-0 with a 49-0 victory against Baldwin (0-9) on Friday. The Chieftains will have a rematch with the Broncos, who defeated the Pittsburg Purple Dragons, 17-13, Friday in Pittsburg. Pittsburg, the No. 8 seed in the 4A playoffs, finished its season at 4-5. No. 9 Spring Hill improved to 5-4. Tonganoxie defeated Spring Hill, 41-0, in Week 6. In its last four games, THS has only given up one touchdown, and that was last week against Ottawa. THS has outscored opponents, 207-7, during that time.

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Tonganoxie High football players celebrate after defeating Spring Hill on Friday and becoming district champions. The 10-0 Chieftains now gear up for a clash with five-time defending state champion Bishop Miege this Friday at Beatty Field.

This pumpkin is one of many pieces of decoration along Fourth Street. Spooktacular is Friday in the downtown area.

2Xtreme Monster Truck Series

The 2Xtreme Monster Truck Series will be the main event Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.

The new Casey's General Store in Tonganoxie is set to open at 6 a.m. Oct. 17. The new store is on the west side of U.S. Highway 24-40 near the Kansas Highway 16 and U.S. 24-40 intersection.

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