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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Celebration in July to mark National Day of American Cowboy
July 2, 2015
Tonganoxie will celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy with a parade, several country western music performances and vendors.
Cinderella’ to be staged later this month
July 2, 2015
This year’s summer youth theater production will be 6 p.m. July 17 and 11 a.m. July 18 Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Longtime Tonganoxie doctor dies after just celebrating 60 years of service
July 2, 2015
Dr. Phil Stevens, who just marked 60 years of service yesterday, died in his sleep overnight.
Public input needed for Tonganoxie mural work
July 1, 2015
Progress continues on the mural project at the new pocket park in downtown Tonganoxie, but the committee members are asking for input from the community to help determine what might go on the murals.
60 years strong: Tonganoxie physician marks milestone
July 1, 2015
When Dr. Phil Stevens opened his office in Tonganoxie, the office came with a General Electric refrigerator. The fridge still is going strong — and so is Stevens. That was exactly 60 years ago to the day today. Stevens started his practice on July 1, 1955, in the office at 605 E. Fourth St.
Tonganoxie City Council eyes former post office, to have public forum on police station July 13
July 1, 2015
Tonganoxie city officials will look into purchasing what once was the downtown post office for new city hall. The council met Monday in a special meeting to discuss the prospects of moving city offices to the former post office, which currently is Tan Time.
Tidal Waves open KVL championships
July 1, 2015
The Tongie Tidal Waves opened up Kaw Valley League championships with preliminary races Monday and Tuesday at Tonganoxie Water Park. Prelims took place Monday for youths in age divisions 12 and younger, 14 and younger and 18 and younger. Youths in younger divisions had prelims Tuesday.
Tonganoxie USD 464 voters say no to budget authority increase
June 30, 2015
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie reading specialist Janet Falk
June 30, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tongie Tidal Waves coach and local educator Janet Falk.
Tonganoxie celebrates new Good Shepherd building
Organization has grand opening Saturday
June 28, 2015
Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank has existed for nearly 30 years. It’s grown from temporary homes in its inception in 1987 to a long established building — the former Christian church — between Tonganoxie United Methodist Church and Tonganoxie Friends Church.
It’s always a day of sweat treats in Tonganoxie
Bakery opens shop to rave reviews downtown
June 23, 2015
Carlee Erickson has been baking for several years and had established a successful at-home business selling cakes for various celebrations, as well as other pastries. But there was a point when the business was starting to outgrow the home. With that success came the dream of one day opening a bakery.
Here’s to Kirby in Tonganoxie
Adventure walk, run attract roughly 50 participants
June 23, 2015
The Kirby McRill 5K Adventure Walk and Run brought in several participants for its second installment Saturday. More than 50 people participated in either the walk or run. Last year’s inaugural event had just the adventure walk, but a run was added this year.
Tonganoxie restaurant’s burger named one of top 11 in Kansas
June 23, 2015
A Tonganoxie restaurant makes one of the best burgers in the state, according to blogger Annie Sandmeier. Grandpa’s Burger Box has made her list of 11 burger joints across the state that “will make your taste buds explode.”
Off-duty Shawnee firefighter administers CPR to 4-year-old at Tonganoxie Water Park
June 22, 2015
An off-duty firefighter provided CPR to a near-drowning 4-year-old Monday afternoon at Tonganoxie Water Park. The child’s mother told police that she took another child to the park’s slide while family members watched her 4-year-old girl. She said she later noticed the child floating face down in the pool and pulled her out.
One for the books in Tonganoxie
Tonganoxie Library run raises more than $10,000
June 22, 2015
Organizers for this year’s Tonganoxie Library Run for the Books had an ambitious goal for the event — raise at least $10,000. It was a number library board president David Frese said almost was picked jokingly, as if there were a chance that much money could be raised.

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