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What should the trackless children's train at the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial be called?

Response Percent
Chugga Chugga Chieftain
 
39%
Tongie Toot Toot
 
26%
T-Town Train
 
18%
Chieftain Choo Choo
 
13%
Chief Choo Choo
 
2%
Total 38
Note: This is not a scientific poll. Vote
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Face to Face: Tonganoxie High school’s Mary Welsh
May 3, 2016
This week’s Face to Face is Tonganoxie High School’s Mary Welsh.
The beetle hunter: KU entomologist on quest to identify insects of Peru
She’s also researched poison arrow beetles used by generations of Namibian bushmen
May 2, 2016
Caroline Chaboo clutches a small jar of what appears to be slimy, brownish-yellowish-blackish sludge, with a label indicating it’s from somewhere in Peru.
Rain puts damper on Tonganoxie softball game in 10-7 loss to Spring Hill
Chieftains to play second contest at later date
May 2, 2016
After being rained out for the previous week, the Tonganoxie High softball team was finally able to get back on the field on Friday. However, the weather wasn’t much better in the team’s 10-7 loss to the Spring Hill Broncos. With a constant rain for more than two hours, conditions were far from ideal for a softball game. The infield resembled a mud pit and there were multiple instances where the ball slipped through players’ hands.
Kansas Legislature narrowly passes unbalanced budget, ending 2016 session
May 2, 2016
Kansas lawmakers worked into the wee hours of the morning Monday to end the 2016 session after passing a $6.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a budget that is roughly $22 million out of balance.
Golfers place 5th at Hayden Invitational
April 27, 2016
Tonganoxie High golfers finished fifth out of nine teams at last week’s Hayden Invitational. THS shot a 361 as a team in finishing in the middle of the pack. Piper won the meet with low score of 323. Mill Valley placed second with 340, while Ottawa was third with the same score. Hayden placed fourth with 354. De Soto (370), Cornerstone (373), Basehor-Linwood (406) and Lansing (426) placed last.
Furious rally helps Chieftain baseball split with turner
April 27, 2016
The Tonganoxie High baseball team bounced back in exciting fashion Thursday in Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains, down 8-4 heading into the final inning, plated five runs in the top of the seventh and pulled ahead 9-8. THS held on in Turner’s half of the seventh for the 1-run victory. Tonganoxie’s thrilling comeback win came after a tough loss in game 1. It was almost a turnabout move after the first game.
Tonganoxie High track athletes holding their own
Members compete at track
April 27, 2016
Tonganoxie High athletes got a taste of the state track atmosphere with last weekend’s Kansas Relays. A handful of Tonganoxie track and field athletes qualified for the 89th annual Kansas Relays. Dylan Staatz had the highest finish for THS boys qualifiers. Staatz took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 6.25 inches.
Doubleheader sweep helps Tonganoxie High softball move to 8-2
April 27, 2016
The Tonganoxie High softball team just keeps rolling along. THS swept Turner on Thursday, 8-0 and 16-3, in games at Kansas City, Kan. The sweep helped Tonganoxie move to 8-2 on the season.
Patrons weigh in on Tonganoxie superintendent search process during stakeholder meeting
April 26, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464’s next superintendent should have a good relationship with faculty and staff and be heavily involved in the community. The new top administrator should also be a team player and trustworthy. Those were some of the qualities patrons said were important for a new superintendent to be successful. Roughly people attended the stakeholder meeting Thursday at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School east campus.
Tonganoxie FFA offers annual Day at the Farm for some 160 third-graders
April 26, 2016
Nearly 160 Tonganoxie Elementary School third-graders got a better glimpse of life on the farm, thanks to Tonganoxie High FFA students. The local chapter, which has been offering Day at the Farm for several years at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, had this year’s event on Friday.
Tonganoxie student finds giant morel mushroom after heavy rain
April 26, 2016
Heath Martin tries to go morel hunting every year near his family’s house in rural Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie High School senior started the activity about four years ago “I just went down in the woods and found them,” Martin recalled about his first hunt. He checked with his mother, Jennifer, whether the mushrooms were the kind that were safe to eat. His mother gave him the green light and he was on his way with a new hobby of gathering small morels. Last week, though, the soon-to-be THS graduate found a whopper.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Grant Watson
April 26, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile is Tonganoxie Planning Commission’s Grant Watson.
Souvenir buttons can also win residents prizes at Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial
April 20, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial is still about 2 1/2 months away, but a chance to have a memento of the festival — and possibly some cash in one’s pocket — is now available at a few locations around town. Sesquicentennial buttons are available at various venues throughout Tonganoxie: Community National Bank, First State Bank and Trust, Gambino’s Pizza, Flashbacks, Talette’s Cafe, The Downtown Drugstore, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and City Hall.
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.