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Historic society to meet
February 6, 2008
Much happened in Bonner Springs during World War II, and members of the Bonner Springs Historic Preservation Society will reflect on those days during their annual meeting on Thursday, March 13, at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Arrival of the mail was a special occasion
February 6, 2008
When I was a youngster on a western Kansas farm, the high point of the day was usually the arrival of the mail. We didn’t have television and we were a long way from stores. Since my parents subscribed to the “Hutchinson Herald,” news came at noon usually. My father didn’t read the newspaper with breakfast, but with dinner (which was for us at noon). My father grew up in Hutchinson and kept his ties to that city with its newspaper. The “Hutchinson Herald” wasn’t just hometown news, however. It was a daily and had a Sunday edition which we received on Monday. It was an important tie to the larger world. My father studied carefully the agricultural news and the prices of livestock and grain. If we children were lucky, he read the funny papers to us. Newspapers were important to us as was all the rest of the stuff delivered by our mailman.
News Briefs
February 6, 2008
News Briefs from Bonner Springs and Edwardsville
White chocolate’ a lasting figure for some
February 6, 2008
Every so often I am confronted by what I deem to be the tastiest cookie ever invented, which features hazelnuts and chunks of white chocolate as its main ingredients. Usually, this cookie appears in a display case as an alternative to the more pedestrian yet more popular milk chocolate chip cookie. And happily, the run on cookies made with milk chocolate chips usually means there’s an ample supply of my preferred cookie. Oddly, I had never baked hazelnut and white chocolate cookies because my immediate family members don’t like white chocolate. Then I realized that some of my students share my infatuation with this cookie and set about finding a recipe. This detailed recipe is from Judy Rosenberg’s “Rosie’s Bakery Chocolate-Packed, Jam-Filled, Butter-Rich, No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book.” Despite the cumbersome title and the overly complicated and exacting instructions in many of its recipes, this cookbook has yielded some impressive treats over the years. The following recipe is for a drop-style cookie, which may be a Valentine’s option for someone who doesn’t like darker chocolates.
Remember When
February 6, 2008
10 Years Ago February 5. 1998 Bonner Springs High School announced plans for its courtwarming celebration. King candidates were: Eric Fleenor, Scott Shannon, Justin Dame, Larry Bowline and Bernard Springsfield. Queen candidates were: Amber Still, Mandy Lehnen, Theresa Hauetter, Tiffany Frost and Jessica Gilliland. The USD 458 (Basehor-Linwood) Board of Education accepted the low bid of Harris Bank for 4.8002 percent for its $10 million facility expansion. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was planned for the new Mutual Savings Association in Bonner Springs. Basehor-Linwood Middle School cheerleaders were: Courtney Kirkpatrick, Ashley Thompson, Lindsay Kass, Megan Heffley, Ashley Huffman, Ashley Parsons, Jessica Kelley and Emily Befort. The City of Edwardsville received a $5,615 Solid Waste Implementation Grant from KDHE.
Panel seeks land
February 6, 2008
From identifying land for industrial uses to studying the feasibility of a regional county airport, Leavenworth County Port Authority committees are on the move. Committee members updated the agency’s board on their work at a meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30. After identifying seven potential sites for a new industrial park in September 2007, the The authority’s Land Search Committee will now assess the acquisition and infrastructure costs for each site and will report its findings back to the board of directors during a year- or two-year-long process.
Group seeks land for develpment
Port Authority committees on the lookout for potential sites
February 6, 2008

From identifying land for industrial uses to studying the feasibility of a regional county airport, Leavenworth County Port Authority committees are on the move.

One-day assignment turned out to be a dream job
February 6, 2008
It was the middle of the night and Andrew Cameron was in the car headed to the airport to pick up a late arrival. The sophomore at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., has been close to the center of a political hotbed since the Iowa caucuses grew nearer and now he was about to be closer then he ever imagined.
Leavenworth County increases tipping fees $1 a ton
February 6, 2008
Beginning April 1, users of the Leavenworth County Transfer Station will pay $1 more per ton to dispose of solid waste. On Monday, county commissioners approved, 3-0, the new tipping fees, which come on the heels of a rate increase, along with a monthly fuel surcharge, from Hamm Sanitary Landfill that went into effect Jan. 1. Hamm contracts with the county to haul waste from the transfer station to its facility in Perry.
New Leavenworth prison on president’s budget list
February 6, 2008
President Bush’s proposed budget includes funds to evaluate a site in Leavenworth for a new federal prison, Sen. Sam Brownback said Monday. Bush’s fiscal 2009 budget, which he submitted Monday to Congress, seeks approximately $1.4 million for the Bureau of Prisons to evaluate a site for construction of a new prison in Leavenworth, Brownback said.
The past and the future are linked for all time
February 6, 2008
As much as we would like to run from the past, it is the wheels of the cart upon which we ride.
The bravest went to the frontier
February 6, 2008
Despite the idealized version portrayed in the “oaters” of old, the West was a grim, tough place.
Reception planned for new administrator
February 6, 2008
The city of Edwardsville plans a “Welcome Aboard Reception” to introduce to the community newly appointed City Administrator Michael Webb. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Alexa’s law’ made for Leavenworth County case, legislator says
February 6, 2008
The shooting death of a pregnant woman last week in Lansing would be an ideal case on which to bring charges under the state’s new fetal homicide law, said a state legislator who pushed to get “Alexa’s law” on the books in Kansas. “That’s exactly what this law is for,” said Rep. Steven Brunk, R-Bel Aire. Leavenworth County prosecutors have charged Sedale Fox, 23, Lansing, with first-degree murder in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Olivia Jackson. Authorities have said Fox was Jackson’s boyfriend and the father of Jackson’s unborn daughter.
Our history with tobacco
Statewide ban topic of new bill
February 6, 2008

Our relationship with tobacco in this country beggars understanding.

Bobcats tame Lions for KVL win
February 6, 2008
After suffering their first loss of the season last week against Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood was determined to not let history repeat itself. So after struggling down the stretch and in overtime in defeat against the Chieftains, the Bobcats bounced back with a 47-45 win over Lansing. “I know every time we get into one of these games that our girls can finish it out,” coach Noah Simpson said. “I think last Friday shocked us-it’s the first time someone really came back on us late. We talked all week about learning from that experience. It is devastating to lose a game, but it might not be a bad thing. You learn lot from a loss.”
Top ‘Cats: Basehor beats Lansing
February 6, 2008
Basehor-Linwood went into Friday night’s game against Lansing knowing that a win would allow them to control their own destiny for a second consecutive Kaw Valley League title. It would also improve their sub-state positioning and extend a seven game winning streak. The red hot Bobcats were up to the challenge, sweeping their season series against Lansing with a 63-53 win.
Super Bowl capped excellent week of competition
February 6, 2008
Several good days of sports ended with the New York Giants upset win in the Super Bowl. The victory went over real well in my house because by wife is from New York. It was a well designed defensive plan for the Giants with their front four continually putting pressure on Tom Brady. The Giants sacked the Patriots quarterback five times.
Lombardino scores 1,000th point in team’s 27-point win
February 6, 2008
Cassie Lombardino scored 23 points and became the first Basehor-Linwood girls player to eclipse 1,000 points for her career Tuesday night as the Lady Bobcats beat Immaculata 63-36. Lombardino also moved into first place on the all-time BLHS girls scoring list.
Basehor boys discuss KVL, postseason play
February 6, 2008
The beginning of the season was a nightmare. Basehor-Linwood started 3-4, eliciting questions about the team’s strength even though the early season schedule was brutal. The Bobcats were beat up, notably in the Emporia Tournament, and it was fair to wonder whether the team was equipped to defend its Kaw Valley League title. Those concerns are a thing of the past. The team has won eight straight contests and is looking almost as impressive against the KVL as they did last year. “The streak isn’t as important as playing hard,” coach Mike McBride said. “We just have to get better for sub-state. We still haven’t had everyone come and play well. That is what we are talking about. Everybody has to bring it every night so we can play well at the end of the year.” The team has been playing so well that McBride at times has to nit-pick performances to critique his team. For instance, the coach said last week against Tonganoxie, a game BLHS comfortably won, that his team played flat. He has also lamented lackadaisical defensive effort or poor offensive execution after victories during the streak.
BLMS basketball teams win games
February 6, 2008
Colin Murphy scored 16 points and led the Basehor-Linwood Middle School eighth grade basketball team to a 52-31 win over Piper on Monday. Sklyar Barnes scored eight points in the game. The team’s other scorers were Dalton Mellies, three, Kyle Cole, three and Russ Clark, two. In junior varsity play, Basehor-Linwood Middle School lost to Piper Middle School 32-30.
Basehor boys defeat Immaculata
February 6, 2008
Basehor-Linwood beat Immaculata 66-57 Tuesday night to improve to 11-4. “We have some sickness and injuries but we got through it,” coach Mike McBride said. “Our effort was good.” The team was without Mark Vaca, who is out with a foot infection. He is expected to miss one week. The team has now won eight straight games.
Recruiting services often miss mark on ascending programs
February 6, 2008
I love Signing Day, which took place on Wednesday, for completely nonsensical reasons. I only sporadically follow recruiting throughout the year, mostly to check on whom the Jayhawks are pursuing. The vast majority of players, anonymous high school students from around the country, I have never heard of. And the biggest reason that I, and everyone else, should pay no heed to this day is the mountain of evidence that the rankings are a guessing game. Look no further than Lawrence, where the Jayhawks had recruiting classes ranked nationally of 50, 38, 48 and 51 over the last four years, according to Rivals.com. Those classes made up a team that won 12 games and the Orange Bowl. Mark Mangino has always bypassed normal modes of evaluation, large recruiting bases such as Rivals and Scout.com, and trusted the ability of his coaching staff to spot talented players that have fallen through the cracks. Mangino’s 2004 class, for instance, was ranked 51st nationally. Those players were the backbone of the Orange Bowl team, including these “2-star recruits:” Aqib Talib, Anthony Collins, Joe Mortensen, Dexton Fields and Ryan Cantrell.
National signing day has snowy feel
With school cancelled local players make arrangements to send commitments
February 6, 2008
On a day when school was cancelled and tests were postponed, local football players realized their dreams of playing college football. A little snow wasn’t going to stop them from signing.
Classes called off
February 6, 2008
Overnight snow forced cancellation of school today in Lansing.
Classes canceled Wednesday for local schools
February 6, 2008
Winter weather once again has forced school officials to cancel classes.
County mostly mum on hiring
Commissioners meet behind closed doors about administrator
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
As the search for the first-ever Leavenworth County administrator continues, one commissioner says a hiring could occur soon but no final decision has been made.
Area experiences slow start to flu season
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
The flu season seems to be a mild one this year in southern Leavenworth County.
County eyes luring Sampler Festival
Two-day event could bring thousands to Leavenworth in 2010, 2011
12:00 a.m., February 6, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A2
If a meeting Thursday between a dozen government, civic and business leaders throughout Leavenworth County was any indication, communities soon might collaborate in trying to bring an annual festival that celebrates everything Kansas to the area.
Open Mike: Pruning and buying trees
February 6, 2008
I’ve already had a few calls this month about whether or not it is too early to prune trees, so I decided to discuss pruning now, before we get any further into the year.
Tonganoxie student 2nd at spelling bee
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
For Rachel Koone, a seventh-grader at Lansing Middle School, winning this year’s Leavenworth County Spelling Bee was a simple p-r-o-c-e-d-u-r-e.
Lawmakers need to ‘get it right’
February 6, 2008
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee postponed working and reporting out HB 2617, a bill that would require drug testing at any traffic accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured. Several committee members said more work was needed on the proposal.
Vehicle purchase approved
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Sheriff David Zoellner rode out of Thursday’s Leavenworth County Commission meeting with 11 new vehicles for his department.
Longtime farmers win Buffer Award
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Goldie Carpenter farm has been named the 2007 winner of the annual Buffer Award presented by the Leavenworth County Conservation District.
Bucklin man honored for conservation efforts
February 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
For Robert Barnhardt, the quest for soil conservation is about maintaining the land that has been in his family since the 1870s when his great grandfather bought 320 acres in Leavenworth County.