Shawn Linenberger News editor

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

Recent stories

Tonganoxie dismisses case against green stripe ‘leprechaun’
April 16, 2014
The case of the green stripe appears to be closed.
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials warn of phone scam
March 28, 2014
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are warning businesses to be aware of someone trying to sell advertising for a school-related activity calendar.
National Weather Service issues tornado watch, other advisories
March 27, 2014
In like a lion and out like a lion?
Tonganoxie hit with another green stripe Wednesday
12:26 p.m., March 19, 2014 Updated 02:24 p.m.
Another green line magically has appeared in downtown Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie man cited for painting traditional green stripe down Fourth Street
March 17, 2014
A green stripe has been painted down Fourth Street all but one year of the St. Patrick’s Parade through downtown Tonganoxie.
Wind advisory in effect for local counties
February 20, 2014
Much of the area is under a wind advisory as a wintry mix of precipitation also is expected.
Tonganoxie Phil: Early spring is on its way
February 4, 2014
Longtime physician by day, weather prognosticator by morning. Dr. Phil Stevens has been practicing medicine at the same office in downtown Tonganoxie for more than 58 years.
Fans flock to KCK for soccer, baseball
February 27, 2013
Empty seats were a rarity at Sporting Kansas City games in 2012.
Five questions: Tonganoxie Phil
February 5, 2013
Longtime Leavenworth County physician Dr. Phil Stevens also is known as Tonganoxie Phil. Stevens explains how he got the name, which he’s known for each February with Groundhog Day.
5 questions: Dog days
Tips for caring for animals during hot summer weather
August 10, 2012
People aren’t the only ones who need to be careful while out in the excessive heat. Here are tips from the Humane Society about pet care.

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Recent photos

Tonganoxie Phil (Dr. Phil Stevens) could see his shadow Monday afternoon, but the day before — Groundhog Day 2014 — the local weather prognosticator didn't see his shadow. And thus, an early spring should be on its way.

Christmas is a joyous time for many, but after the holidays come putting away decorations — and finding room for all those new gadgets and other items people receive for Christmas. Sometimes putting away those decorations and new items can be done with a bit more organization.

A youth interacts with a goat during the Leavenworth County Fair a few years ago. Several local fairs will get under way later this month.

Butterfly gardening attracts flittering bursts of color to homes, as well as provides an important habitat for the creatures.

Garage sale season is starting, as evidenced by this sign posted Saturday in Tonganoxie. Cynthia Ewer, editor of, has some pointers for folks thinking about having a yard sale.

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