A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Moments of thanks in Tonganoxie
Notes allow library patrons to count blessings
November 24, 2015
A November trip to the Tonganoxie Public Library brings the opportunity of scribing for what is most thankful. For some, that might be “food and trees and family,” or “for this planet not exploding.” Library staff have made notes available for patrons, whether elementary school students or adults, to post their thankful thoughts throughout the building.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie school nurse Heather DeMaranville
November 23, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie middle and high school nurse Heather DeMaranville.
Leighty grant funding awards largest single-year amount
Trust has now awarded $225,000 over six years
November 20, 2015
Nearly 20 recipients received more than $62,000 in grants through the Pete and Margaret Leighty Trust Fund during a reception Thursday at The Jewel on Main. It marked the largest amount awarded at a time to date. This is the sixth year money has been distributed through the fund. Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy, 4-H clubs and the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission were some of this year’s recipients.
About 25 residents attend initial Tonganoxie sesquicentennial planning meeting
Volunteers sign up for committees for 150th year celebration
November 20, 2015
Old-fashioned games, bed races, entertainment stages and sidewalk art. All of those ideas and several more were thrown out during a call-for-volunteers meeting Thursday for next year’s Tonganoxie sesquicentennial celebration. The sesquicentennial steering committee led brainstorming discussions with about 25 people in attendance Thursday in Tonganoxie City Council chambers.
Tonganoxie police station, City Hall discussion trudges on
Council approves appraisal bids, tentative budget
November 17, 2015
The Tonganoxie City Council approved the setting of a budget for an updated City Hall and police station, along with the appraisal bids for a church that could be the new home for the police department. About 20 people were in attendance, some voicing opposition to a police move to the current Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets.
Morey reflects on years of Tonganoxie library involvement
Retirement reception is Wednesday
November 17, 2015
Jim Morey’s relationship with the Tonganoxie Public Library started when he was just 8 years old. “I’ve had a profound love and interest since the time I was a little kid,” he said. “I can remember very clearly picking up my library card. I was 8 years old and was really proud of that.”
Carriage rides, music highlight tree lighting event Saturday
Library festivities, pancake feed also planned
November 17, 2015
Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward hopes weather will cooperate for Saturday’s holiday festivities. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is set for 3-6 p.m. that day in downtown Tonganoxie. Carriage rides will be offered for visitors attending the event, while vocalists from Tonganoxie elementary, middle and high schools will perform throughout the event. A DJ also will perform musical entertainment. Fourth and Delaware streets will be the hub of the event.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Carissa Welsh
November 17, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie United Methodist Church’s Carissa Welsh.
Tonganoxie sesquicentennial meeting scheduled for next week
November 12, 2015
Organizers for Tonganoxie’s sesquicentennial will have a call-for-volunteers meeting next week. Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can attend the meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in council chambers, 321 Delaware.
Library to honor retiring Morey next week
Bingo, ‘thankful’ cards, Santa’s workshop also planned
November 12, 2015
Longtime Tonganoxie Public Library employee Jim Morey will be recognized for his work at the library with a retirement reception. Patrons can stop by from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, to help Morey celebrate his retirement.
Tonganoxie city officials readying for Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting; police station continues to be hot topic
November 12, 2015
City officials are preparing for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting later this month. The event will run from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 21 in downtown Tonganoxie. Carriage rides and various entertainment are planned for this year’s event, along with the tree lighting as it gets dark that night.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie High School teacher Preston Troyer
November 11, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Preston Troyer, Tonganoxie High School technology and yearbook instructor.
Donations feed appetite for reading in Tonganoxie
Book donations help provide ‘Hunger Games’ copies for entire grade level
November 10, 2015
What started out as a casual discussion during parent-teacher conferences has turned into an outpouring of book donations nationwide to a Tonganoxie Middle School classroom. Debbie Holloway was having a discussion with Kara Reed, whose daughter, Bryn, is in Holloway’s eighth-grade literature class. Both Holloway and Reed are avid readers. Reed asked Holloway what an ideal book for students to read would be. Holloway mentioned “The Hunger Games.”
Information about Tonganoxie’s Gallagher Park personalized bricks to be available later this month
November 10, 2015
Tonganoxie’s newest park continues to take shape. Masonry work has been done at Gallagher Park, just south of Tonganoxie Water Park. “The initial benches and columns are almost completed,” said Kay Soetaert, park committee member. ‘There’s still some tweaking to do, some finessing to do.”
McLouth Happenings
November 9, 2015
Join in for a family evening of “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” music and fellowship at Tonganoxie Friends Church at 7 p.m. Friday. Bring your guitar, banjo or other instrument and share in the fun.