Shawn Linenberger News Editor

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

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City gives intiial approval of contract for Tonganoxie Public Library land
July 18, 2018
Tonganoxie is one step closer to having a new library. The City Council approved Monday a resolution of the first amendment to the contract between Tongie 5, LLC and the city on 2 acres of land where the elementary school campus once was. The sale and price is expected to be final with a closing next month. Plans call for the library to be built on the south end of the property. The remaining 2.5 acres is expected to be developed, but there are no specific plans as of yet.
Divine cheers for Croatia from Tonganoxie
July 14, 2018
The Rev. Mark Goldasich said he might need an iPad at the altar for his Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. After all, Croatia — the Goldasich family’s homeland — plays at 10 a.m. Sunday for the World Cup soccer championship.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board to meet later this month to hash out budget
July 11, 2018
Board members will discuss a proposed budget with new Superintendent Loren Feldkamp at a special meeting later this month. The board scheduled the special session for 6 p.m. July 30 at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. The meeting is open to the public. Board members will decide whether to approve the proposed budget. A budget hearing will take place next month before the board gives final approval of the budget for 2018-19.
Leavenworth couple faces charges after allegeldy fleeing officers
July 11, 2018
Charges have been filed in Leavenworth County District Court against two Leavenworth residents alleged to have shot at and fled law enforcement officials last week. Anthony Robertson, 33, and Shauntel Cornelius, 29, had their first court appearance Monday at the Leavenworth County Justice Center.
Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 Magazine
July 11, 2018
Two Tonganoxie farms are gaining more notoriety near and far. Grinter Farms, known globally for their sunflower fields, have been named the No. 2 best sunflower field in the country. Country Living magazine, in a July 2 story, named the farm to its list. Next to Nature Farms, meanwhile recently was featured in 435 Magazine, which is a Kansas City publication.
Be New Youth Center unveils plans for Tonganoxie
July 4, 2018
The northeast corner of Fourth and Main streets in Tonganoxie has been home to a variety of things through the years. The last quarter-century, it’s been a music venue. Glen’s Opry House opened in 1994 before it became Annie’s Country Jubilee in 2003. For years the venue brought weekend crowds to downtown Tonganoxie for country music. In 2011, Annie’s closed. It didn’t reopen until 2014 when Roz McCommon opened The Jewel on Main, expanding the venues offerings to more music genres, comedies and other arts.
Communities celebrating Independence Day
July 4, 2018
Fireworks stands dot U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Though the community doesn’t have its own official Independence Day celebration, there is plenty of enthusiasm for the holiday with the many stands and, subsequently, the many residents shooting off fireworks for displays of their own.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission summer youth theater production of ‘Peter Pan’ to be staged tonight, Saturday morning
June 29, 2018
This year’s youth Tonganoxie youth summer theater production is “Peter Pan” and will be staged at 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. The event is a Tonganoxie Recreation Commission program. Those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good item that can be donated to Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank. Bob Linebarger adapted the play by JM Barrie and is directing the local version. Assistant director/stage manager is Jacob Brents.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018
More than 300 plainsmen, fur traders and backwoodsmen traveling from 12 different states across the Midwest peddled wares, held rifle and pistol matches, and dressed in period clothing last week in an annual pre-1840s-style encampment, held for the first time five miles north west of McLouth. Teepees and lean-tos began popping up for this year’s festival June 12 on Bill Karl’s property. Among the 135 campsites in the encampment Friday, men, women and children were found practicing archery and fashioning colonial and pre-Civil War era crafts.
Kicking off the summer in Tonganoxie
June 27, 2018
The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission celebrated the start of summer with its annual Summer Kickoff Party on Saturday at Chieftain Park. Food and refreshments were served and youths got to make their way through an inflatable obstacle course. Some youths from the cast of “Peter Pan” performed a sneak peek of the play, which will be 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. The play is this year’s TRC summer theater production.

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The Rev. Mark Goldasich holds a small version of the Croatian flag Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. The longtime Tonganoxie priest, who grew up in the Strawberry Hill district of Kansas City, Kan., is of Croatian descent. Goldasich has caught World Cup fever in rooting for the homeland, as have many in Strawberry Hill.

Tonganoxie High senior Timothy Peel pitches in relief against Bishop Miege during the Class 4A Division I state semifinals. THS lost to Miege, but finished fourth overall at state.

Tonganoxie High bats against Independence in the Class 4A Division I semifinals in Emporia. THS (19-5) couldn't rally against Independence and lost, 5-3. THS finished with a thrid-place trophy.

Jeff Brandau, outgoing Tonganoxie police chief, stands with a banner celebrating his retirement Friday during a reception at Cornerstone Family Worship

Several members of the local group that went in February to Guatemala gather for a photo. Pictured, from left, are Scotty Vick, Grant Ritchey, Diane, Heather DeMaranVille, Misty Vick, Asfar Emery and David Emery. Group members not pictured are Scott Vick, Kay Soetaert, Anna Soetaert and Emily Soetaert.

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