Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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Kind K-9 donation in Tonganoxie
January 19, 2017
Chief has some new threads and work space with the Tonganoxie Police Department. A Belgian Malinois, Chief is the department’s K-9 who was set to receive a bulletproof/stabproof vest, thanks to Going to the Dogs, a Leawood nonprofit organization that assists area K-9 units.
Upset special opportunity missed for Tonganoxie High boys
January 18, 2017
Tonganoxie High has faced the gauntlet in the early going this season. First-year coach David Hillmon has had to prepare for five of the top six teams in Class 4A Division I so far this season in No. 2 Ottawa, No. 3 Piper, No. 4 Wamego, No. 5 Eudora and No. 6 Basehor-Linwood.javascript:DateTimeShortcuts.handleCalendarQuickLink(0,%200); The Chieftains still were searching for their first victory of the season Monday entering the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Fourth Monday festivities are next week
January 18, 2017
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will start out the 2017 Fourth Tuesday Programs at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the historical site, 201 W. Washington. Carrie Ritchey will present the program, “Little Stranger Church: A Place in History.” Join us for an interesting look at the work involved in the restoration of a historical building. TCHS programs are always free and always followed by refreshments. We hope you will join us.r3ssss
National speaker to discuss bullying with Tonganoxie schools, community
January 18, 2017
National speaker coming to Tonganoxie to discuss bullying with community drate count for dinner, child care and seating. to register, go to or contact Tonya Phillips at or 913-416-1400. The community is encouraged to attend the evening presentation. Coles will finish up with more school interaction Jan. 27.
Chieftain Cafe at Tonganoxie Public Libray welcomes volunteers
January 18, 2017
Youths are utilizing a Tonganoxie Public Library after-school program that also is in need of more volunteers. The Chieftain Cafe, a program that provides food and other assistance, is open to youths 18 and younger 3:30-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the library’s community room. Library director Nicole Holifield said she started kicking around the idea after observing younger patrons at the library.
Tonganoxie wrestlers ready to return to mat; postseason sites announced
January 18, 2017
The Tonganoxie High wrestling team hopes Mother Nature is its friend this week. Potential for inclement weather this past weekend forced the cancellation of the Basehor-Linwood invitational, marking the second time this season weather has thrown a wrench in schedule plans. The first happened the weekend of what was supposed to be the Randy Starcher Memorial Wrestling Tournament in December at Tonganoxie High.
Tourney time in Tonganoxie and McLouth
January 17, 2017
The Tonganoxie Invitational got started Monday with the first night of boys competition. De Soto defeated Holton, 60-54, Eudora beat Jeff West, 54-44, and Wamego defeated Tonganoxie, 49-42. Tonganoxie and Holton will square off a
Tonganoxie USD 464 discusses mediation adviser
January 12, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 is exploring the use of a mediation service as it moves forward in collective bargaining between the school board and district teachers. Peggy A. McNeive with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service spoke at Monday’s school board meeting. McNeive said her office is in Kansas City, Mo., and that she is available to the district to for training in different types of bargaining methods, both for board members and teachers.
A perpetual time of need in Tonganoxie
January 12, 2017
The Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank helps families in need in both Leavenworth and Jefferson counties. That assistance continues because of the community’s purchasing of donated goods in the thrift store and food items for the pantry. During the holidays, the pantry shelves are full and plentiful.
Leavenworth County Council on Aging offering outreach in new year
January 4, 2017
The Leavenworth County Council on Aging will provide community outreach monthly at Tonganoxie Public Library starting in February.

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Recent photos

#MirrorPhotoOfTheDay: It's another Waffle Weekend in Tonganoxie. It's an occasional offering at The Myers Hotel Bar of waffles and such, as was the case Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

#MirrorPhotoOfTheDay: You never know what treasures you might find at Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank in Tonganoxie. Today's deal, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, erall for under $10: CrockPot, pet waterer, Spongebob Squarepants and a Houston Astros batting helmet.

#MirrorPhotoOfTheDay: Today's photo is a snow-laden city Christmas tree Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at the downtown pocket park. The tree didn't experience a white Christmas, but last night's snowfall enhance the festive scene.

#MirrorPhotoOfTheDay: Tonganoxie City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Council normally meets first and third Monday of each month. Meeting night fell on a Tuesday with city offices closed Monday.

#MirrorPhotoOfTheDay: A sign now adorns Gallagher Park in this photo on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. The first phase of the park has a water fountain and decorative limestone area. Read an upcoming issue of The Mirror for more about the park.

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