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Sheriff’s Office adds deputies to patrol division
June 4, 2020
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office added six deputies to its patrol division. New deputies are John Dunlap, Emily Whitehead, Bradley Brandon, Alex Hancock, Matthew Haugh and Adam Turner. Patrol deputies are responsible for law enforcement activities, traffic enforcement, investigations, assisting other law enforcement agencies, service of court papers and other duties relating to public safety and service. Although each deputy is certified, they will spend the next few months in a field training officer program before being released to independent patrol duties.
Kansas Senate rejects Gov. Kelly’s appeals court nominee, a Tonganoxie alum; ‘sounds like politics,’ Kelly says
June 4, 2020
The Kansas Senate did not confirm Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee for the Kansas Court of Appeals, a Lawrence resident and Tonganoxie High School alum, on Wednesday.
Lansing prison reports 3rd COVID-19 related death
May 4, 2020
A Lansing Correctional Facility resident who died Monday had tested positive for COVID-19. It marked the prison’s third death related to COVID-19.
State officials report 1st COVID-19 death at Lansing Correctional Facility
April 27, 2020
A Lansing Correctional Facility resident who died Sunday had tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was a male older than 50 with underlying medical conditions who tested positive for the virus on April 19, according to release from the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Leavenworth County reports 1st death related to COVID-19 pandemic
April 3, 2020
A Leavenworth County woman has died from the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Friday that a woman in her 50s was the first person to die from the virus. She had been taken to a local hospital emergency room, according to an LCHD release. The woman had no history of travel. She had underlying health conditions. The county currently has 29 positive cases of coronavirus, including this death.
Lansing Correctional Facility has 3 confirmed COVID-19 cases
March 31, 2020
Three staff members working at Lansing Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda announced Tuesday. These are the first positive cases within a KDOC facility.
Community Blood Center cancels Tonganoxie drive
March 27, 2020
Community Blood Center’s Friday blood drive at the Tonganoxie VFW Post Home has been canceled. CBC canceled all blood drives through the end of April. This is a loss of more than 8,000 blood products due to COVID-19 concerns. CBC is urging healthy donors to make an appointment to donate at one of its seven donor centers instead. Appointments are required. In order to maintain safe and controlled environments at donor centers, CBC will not be accepting walk-ins at this time.
Kansas state agencies recommend voluntary reduction in burning
March 26, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently impacting all states, including Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture strongly encourage all land owners and managers to voluntarily reduce the number of acres that they intend to burn this spring. “With the potential for this pandemic overwhelming the state’s medical facilities, any additional respiratory concerns that could be produced from breathing smoke from prescribed fire need to be mitigated,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary.
Kansas Attorney General proposes rules for remote meetings
March 26, 2020
As many official meetings move online due to help stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the Kansas attorney general’s office has proposed formal rules for state and local governments to ensure their meetings remain open to the public. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a recent news release that following the Kansas Open Meetings Act during a declared emergency, when many people are apprehensive and rumors can run rampant, is of even greater important than usual to ensure openness and transparency in the government decision-making process.
Mirror to be delivered late this week
March 25, 2020
Due to a printing press issue, The Mirror was not available to be delivered on Wednesday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. The Mirror will be delivered to all subscribers and newsstand locations on Thursday morning. Again, we apologize for this delay.

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