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Tonganoxie City Council hears concerns about sesquicentennial road closures
Organizers offer informational packets, meet with businesses to address potential issues
April 20, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial will be a two-day event throughout downtown Tonganoxie, a slight change from recent Tonganoxie Days, which historically has taken place on the second Saturday of June along Fourth Street. The change has brought up some concerns from downtown business owners and representatives, which were discussed at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. Rachel Kelly, who works at Kelly Law Office, voiced concern about the festival tying up the downtown area for three days.
THS girls soccer getting back in win column with home victories
April 19, 2016
The wins are starting to come for the Tonganoxie High girls soccer team. After playing their way through a loaded schedule and starting the season 1-7, the Chieftains have not lost in their last three competitions.
Tonganoxie softball uses walk-off homer, rout to sweep Bonner Springs
THS baseball drops games to Mill Valley after BSHS sweep
April 19, 2016
An exciting finish in the first game gave way to a rout in the second game for the Tonganoxie High softball team. The Chieftains were home to Bonner Springs on April 12 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and in the middle of nail-biter.
Tonganoxie bar owners ask city to revise food truck regulations
Contracts approved for asphalt work, security system
April 19, 2016
A couple who owns a new Tonganoxie bar are asking the Tonganoxie City Council to revisit its ordinances regarding food truck vendors in the community. Kate and Jess Brubacher, who operate the Myers Hotel Bar at Third and Main streets, said they’d like to offer some rotating food options at their bar, but said city regulations seem to be hindering those efforts. The couple spoke in open session at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Patron surveys available until May 3 for superintendent search
Position would be second administrative spot filled this spring
09:56 a.m., April 19, 2016 Updated 02:30 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are asking for assistance with their superintendent search. The district has posted a five-question Survey Monkey questionnaire on its website, tong464.org, for patrons to fill out. The stakeholder input form asks questions about the community and schools, issues a new superintendent should be aware of and attributes a superintendent should possess to be successful in Tonganoxie. The survey opened April 8 and will close May 3. The school board is looking to hire a new superintendent after Lyn Rantz announced that she would be leaving at the end of June to take an administrative position at Topeka Collegiate.
Some 300 students attend Tonganoxie High School prom
April 19, 2016
Tonganoxie High School juniors and seniors could be spotted here and there Saturday in Tonganoxie and Lawrence. With prom taking place Saturday night in Lawrence, students were gathering for photos in advance with their friends at various venues, including VFW Park in Tonganoxie, which traditionally has been a popular spot for prom attendees.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Steve Gumm
April 19, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Steve Gumm.
Tonganoxie High track teams take 3rd at home invitational
April 19, 2016
Tonganoxie High boys and girls track teams both finished with third-place finishes at their home meet Thursday at Beatty Field. Lansing won both titles, scoring 156 on the boys side and 165 in the girls standings.
Tonganoxie USD 464 sets superintendent meetings; principal hired; longtime ag/FFA adviser stepping down
April 15, 2016
The Tonganoxie School Board approved several special meetings at Monday’s regular monthly meeting as it continues its search for a new superintendent.
Tonganoxie USD 464 patrons encouraged to fill out superintendent stakeholder input form
April 14, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are asking for assistance with its superintendent search.
THS FCCLA members organize mock accident to bring safety awareness to Tonganoxie
April 12, 2016
Danielle Focht and Shannon Haufler, Tonganoxie High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, soon will be graduating. The THS seniors would have had another classmate graduating with them in May, Sierra Sommer, who died in an accident last summer near 166th Street and Evans Road when another vehicle didn’t see the the vehicle Sommer was in.
Yo-yo professional to have Thursday workshop at Linwood Community Library
April 12, 2016
Blake Freeman has performed in front of 30,000 people at Kauffman Stadium. On Thursday, he’ll perform at Linwood Community Library. Freeman, who is a professional yo-yo person, will conduct a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library. Freeman first took up the yo-yo when he was 12 and has been a yo-yoer for 20 years.
Chicks hatch at Tonganoxie Public Library
April 12, 2016
Some vocal visitors to the Tonganoxie Public Library have new homes. Library staff had a handful of eggs hatching in March as a new attraction for children at the library. On March 23, the chicks hatched and added more fun for youths visiting the library.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Melissa Collier Gepford
April 11, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Melissa Collier Gepford, director of children’s ministry at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.
Teeing off with Tonganoxie High golf
Chieftain golf team returns full squad for 2016 season
April 7, 2016
The winter weather spell came and went Easter weekend, but the snow spurt hasn’t hindered Tonganoxie High golf in the early going of the season. THS had been practicing the last few weeks and has gotten a good amount of work in on various area golf courses in preparation for the new season.
Tonganoxie High baseball splits with Jeff West, prepares for Lansing
April 7, 2016
The Tonganoxie High baseball team has played in some exciting games in the season’s early going. THS, which is preparing for a Thursday doubleheader on the road in Lansing, is 2-2 on the season. The Chieftains have scored 21 runs and allowed 20. Last Wednesday, March 30, Tonganoxie fell in eight innings to Jeff West on the road, 6-5, before bouncing back for an 8-5 victory in the nightcap. That contest followed a season-opening doubleheader in which the Chieftains fell, 8-5, to Bishop Ward in the first game and bounced back for victory in the second game, 3-1.
Plans for Tonganoxie’s Army Reserve center move forward
April 5, 2016
Plans for an Army Reserve center in Tonganoxie that would employ 11 and bring in 300 reservists are moving onward. Tonganoxie City Manager Nathan McCommon noted at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting that he recently received word from Army Reserve officials that construction of the center currently was up for bid and advertising would last until May 2.
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad team state champs in small-school division
April 5, 2016
The Tonganoxie Science Olympiad team continues to be a powerhouse in the state. It also was 3 measly points from showcasing that talent nationally. THS was crowned the small-school division champion at state Saturday on the Wichita State University.
Tonganoxie FAST group begins weekly workouts, encourages wide-ranging participation
April 5, 2016
The area was abuzz on a beautiful Sunday evening. But Royals baseball wasn’t the only thing folks were interested in that night. Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie community workouts also started Sunday night with 33 people in attendance.
Tonganoxie school board begins superintendent search groundwork
10:16 a.m., April 5, 2016 Updated 01:48 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board members made their first steps toward selecting its next superintendent. Chris Christman, consultant with McPherson and Jacobson, the firm the board selected the week before to perform its superintendent search, carved out plans for the superintendent search at a special meeting Monday. Board Members Kay Smith and Amelia Brusven were absent. Board clerk Audra Boone was in attendance with the board.