Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2005

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City hires new police chief
Department captain elevated after chief resigns
09:48 p.m., January 27, 2005 Updated 10:44 a.m.
Chief John Simmons is leaving his post in Lansing for one in Fairway; taking the helm will be Police Capt. Steve Wayman, a 15-year veteran of the department.
Commissioners envision turnpike access south of Tonganoxie
January 27, 2005
Leavenworth County Commissioners say their top priority for spending money from the 1 percent sales tax is to build the support road needed to tie into the Kansas Turnpike south of Tonganoxie. But the money will come only if voters approve the tax in the April 5 voting.
Council, planners to meet tonight
12:00 a.m., January 27, 2005 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The Lansing City Council will meet in joint session tonight with the city’s Planning Commission to discuss planning issues.
Tax scofflaws face hold on licenses
January 27, 2005
Everyone from teachers to tattoo artists would feel a new squeeze from Kansas tax collectors under a proposal aimed at cracking down on tax delinquency among the state’s 350,000 holders of professional licenses.
Budding thespians direct one-acts
January 27, 2005
Talking to Elena Stephenson and Ashley Kings is easy. They’re not self-absorbed or self-obsessed; they’re just not self-conscious.
Prison twist: Inmates reform dogs
January 27, 2005
Toby Young went from watching “Cell Dogs” on television to starring in a real-life version in Lansing.
Church schedules pancake feed
January 27, 2005
Lansing United Methodist Church is celebrating Mardi Gras with a pre-Lenten pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Mandy E. Simmons
January 27, 2005
Air Force Airman Mandy E. Simmons has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Pinewood Derby 2005
January 27, 2005
The results of this year’s Pinewood Derby, plus a photo gallery and video clip.
Turkey federation banquet scheduled
January 27, 2005
Stranger Creek Limbhanger Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will play host to the first Hunting Heritage Banquet and Auction at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Father Quinlan Hall, 15438 Leavenworth Road in Basehor.
4-H notes
January 27, 2005
Notes from this week’s 4-H meeting.
Meeting to explore school decision
January 27, 2005
Kansas Association of School Boards will sponsor a presentation in Shawnee on the recent Kansas Supreme Court decision regarding the state’s funding of public schools.
Restoration of land to natural state earns recognition for farm owner
January 27, 2005
Mark Warnick is the recipient of the 2004 Conservation Banker Award for his farm located on Shawnee Road west of Leavenworth.
Cedars, Austrian pines dominate award-winning windbreak
January 27, 2005
Ron and Mindy Turney lucked out during the tornado of 2003.
Amy Theresa Lillard weds Paul Stanley Yuhas
January 27, 2005
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Lillard of Leavenworth announce the marriage of their daughter Amy Theresa Lillard to Paul Stanley Yuhas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Yuhas, on July 16, 2004.
Leavenworth lawmakers push for second enrollment count
January 27, 2005
Legislation aimed at helping school districts with large numbers of students whose parents are in the military, including the Lansing school district, has sailed through a House test vote.
Mission seeks cost of education
January 27, 2005
Facing a court order to fix school finance, Kansas’ No. 1 school funding guru is on a secret mission, apparently to find out how much a public school education costs.
Law enforcers deserve gratitude
January 27, 2005
Events last week in Greenwood County should serve as a reminder to all Kansans of the dangers law enforcement officials face daily in fighting crime. And they should remind us to thank them and other public servants for the work they do.
Boosters continue band fund-raising
January 27, 2005
Lansing Band Boosters are hitting the fund-raising trail hard this month to raise money for the band’s trip to Dallas in March.
Investigation leads to couple’s arrest
January 27, 2005
A Missouri couple was arrested Sunday after a report of criminal damage led to the discovery of more serious crimes.
Center to offer youth programs
January 27, 2005
Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth is offering a program designed to help young children develop social interaction while enjoying music.
The Nine-Mile 4-H Club
January 27, 2005
Gene Young recalls an earlier 4-H club in the Lansing area.
Averill shares day with rival coach
January 27, 2005
The search is on at the Kansas Wrestling Coaches’ Assn. to find out who is the winningest wrestling coach in Kansas high school history.
Sharpshooters advance in contest
January 27, 2005
The Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church Knights of Columbus council’s annual free-throw contest Sunday at Lansing Activity Center provided boys and girls ages 10-14 the opportunity to test their skill from the free-throw line.
Grants available to curb alcohol abuse
January 27, 2005
Programs aimed at curbing alcoholism and drug abuse can apply for grant funds available from a county agency.
Capitol report
January 27, 2005
A weekly look at area legislators’ votes on key issues in the Kansas Legislature.
City lists priorities in sales tax renewal bid
January 27, 2005
The Lansing City Council is putting its promises in writing in hopes the public will approve extension of the 1 percent countywide sales tax this spring.
Basehor crash victims mourned
January 27, 2005
When 3-year-old Katie Brandenburg heard news that her great-grandfather, Joseph Brandenburg Sr. of Basehor, had died, she told family members that she knew her grandfather was living happily in heaven.
Tough enough at Tongie
Lansing boys kick four-game skid during busy week
January 27, 2005
After the Lansing High boys’ basketball team’s disappointing loss to Pleasant Ridge last week, LHS junior Cody Mohan predicted the next stretch of games would be telling about the Lions.
Defendant in rape faces arraignment
January 27, 2005
The 25-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man accused of robbing a Lansing convenience store and raping a clerk there pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.
LHS girls looking for answers on defense, at free-throw line
January 27, 2005
So what if the Lansing High girls’ basketball team lost big to Tonganoxie? That’s not what concerns Lions coach Keith Andrews.
Grass buffer strips help farmer withstand Stranger Creek’s floods
January 27, 2005
Albert Joe Doege knows all too well the challenges - and the rewards - of farming along Stranger Creek.
Middle Schoolers sing in District choir
January 27, 2005
Just before sunrise Saturday morning, Lansing music teacher Sherri Schwanz was passing out Krispy Kreme doughnuts and juice boxes to 13 sleepy seventh- and eighth-graders. A short time later the children were on the way to Shawnee Mission Northwest High School for the day to perform in the District Choir.
Students start business club
January 27, 2005
Thirty years ago, when Sue Lednicky was a sophomore in high school in Brush, Colo., she saw the need for a Future Business Leaders of America chapter.
Filing deadline finds two incumbents sitting out race for School Board
January 27, 2005
At least two new members will be elected to the Lansing School Board in the April 5 elections.
Mayor wants to earn another 4-year term
January 27, 2005
Kenneth Bernard has been mayor of the city of Lansing for 20 years, but he still has some business he’d like to finish.
Two to vie for mayor’s post; incumbents face no opposition in ward elections
January 27, 2005
Four incumbents on the Lansing City Council won’t be challenged on the ballot in this spring’s council elections. But the city’s top elective post - mayor - will pit the longtime incumbent against a nine-year council veteran.
8th-grade listing of honor roll rerun
January 27, 2005
An incomplete list of Lansing Middle School eighth-graders on the school’s Red Honor Roll appeared in last week’s Current. Here is the full list:
Lions march through gauntlet stretch, continue winning
January 27, 2005
If you’ve noticed the Lansing High wrestlers have looked a bit weary this week, there’s a good reason for it.
Chamber taps mayor for award
12:00 a.m., January 27, 2005 Updated 03:13 p.m.
Mayor Kenneth Bernard has a new title to add to his long resume: Citizen of the Year.
At home in the lumberyard
January 27, 2005
The Peterson family tree is rich with lumber. If you are a relative of Pete Peterson, it’s likely that you have spent some time in a lumberyard.
Police and Fire reports for Jan. 27
January 27, 2005
Police and fire reports for Jan. 27, 2005.
Students pass on tutors in favor of peer coaches for academic help
January 27, 2005
When basketball players want to improve their shot, they can ask their basketball coach for help.
LHS alumni receive scholarships
January 27, 2005
The University of Kansas announced the names of scholarship recipients for the fall 2004 semester who are either from Lansing or who attended Lansing High School.
Commissioner, sister lauded for practices
January 27, 2005
Leavenworth County Commissioner Don Navinsky has a pretty realistic outlook on life.
Move to country offers alternatives to lawns
January 27, 2005
Moving to a 10-acre site in the country may have its charm.
Miscues guide Bobcats to eighth-place finish
January 27, 2005
The BLHS boys basketball team found itself playing for pride, and playing Holton, in the seventh place game of their own Bobcat Invitational tournament last Friday night.
7th heaven?
Lady Bobcats salvage home tourney showing with win
January 27, 2005
After losing in the first two rounds of the Bobcat Invitational, the Basehor-Linwood Lady Bobcats got the monkey off their backs and managed to stay out of last place in the tournament in which they hosted with a victory over Kansas City’s Northeast in the seventh-place game.
Opinion: Why not in our area?
January 27, 2005
Think back, for a minute, to the last time you were incredibly proud to tell people that you were a fan of Kansas City-area sports.
Basehor police calls increased by almost 64 percent in 2004
January 27, 2005
A statistical breakdown indicates the Basehor Police Department received nearly 450 more calls for service last year than it did in 2003, according to figures the department released this week.
Basehor, county in agreement
January 27, 2005
Pending minor changes, an interlocal agreement has been finalized between the city of Basehor and Leavenworth County regarding the city’s acceptance of sewage from Sewer District No. 7.
Modular home catches fire in transit
January 27, 2005
Firefighters from Sherman and Fairmount Townships battled a stubborn, smoky fire inside a modular home that was being transported along Highway 24/40 Friday morning.
Council declines to annex 2 areas
January 27, 2005
The Basehor City Council voted against annexing the Cedar Lakes and Briarwood development Monday, but that does not mean the issue will not come up again. With Council President Julian Espinoza acting as mayor in Joseph Scherer’s place, the Council voted 5-0 against the annexation.
Turnpike interchange up for discussion again
January 27, 2005
Leavenworth County could begin work in the next few years building a road that would link to an interchange on the Kansas Turnpike south of Tonganoxie. Of course, many components of a puzzle must fall into place, including voter approval of the extension of the county’s one-cent sales tax.
Engagement: Chaffin-Bray
January 27, 2005
Principal’s departure a surprise
January 27, 2005
The Basehor-Linwood School Board voted Monday night to accept the resignation of Glenwood Ridge Elementary School principal Linda McFarlane. A week ago, McFarlane submitted her resignation letter, which indicated she would remain as principal for the remainder of the school year.
Firefighters’ injuries only the beginning
January 27, 2005
A Fairmount Township firefighter broke his leg during a fall from a roof as he battled a house fire Saturday night south of Basehor.
City sales tax receipts increase by 63 percent
January 27, 2005
Revenue derived from sales tax receipts in the city of Basehor increased by more than 60 percent for fiscal year 2005, according to statistics released by the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Silver-Haired Legislature will press for issues vital for senior citizens
January 27, 2005
Many Kansas seniors know that municipal and school board elections are not the only important races that will be decided this spring. They know they will have their own election to send representatives to Topeka to lobby state legislators about concerns they face.
Candidates seek city, school board posts
January 27, 2005
The filing deadline for the April election has come and gone, and Basehor residents now have a complete list of candidates for the Basehor City Council and Basehor-Linwood School Board.
Athletic director hits a home run
January 27, 2005
Several years ago, before Joe Keeler was a household name in Basehor, the Bobcats’ current athletic director stepped up and made a promise to then-Basehor-Linwood High School principal Don Swartz.