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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Chief Tonganoxie: The man who shaped us
June 9, 2016
Years before the platting of Tonganoxie, the Delaware Indians were relocated to a new reservation in Northeastern Kansas that would become Leavenworth County. With them came a Councilor named Tonqua-Oxie. He built a small log cabin on the bank of a small creek in the early 1830s.
For the love of many games
Sports have long been in city’s intricate fabric
June 9, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century, baseball was a national pastime. Small towns across the Midwest fielded teams of adult men from the community. These men, who often worked 50 to 70 hours per week, managed to find the time to practice together for the sheer love of the game.
Welcome to Tonge-Noxie?
June 9, 2016
Tonganoxie, the town, was platted 150 years ago next month on July 21, 1866. The town was laid out on 40 acres of land donated to the town by Magdalena Bury and her husband, Christian Bury. Magdalena and Christian had come to the area that would be Tonganoxie just a few years earlier. When the Bury family reached the area, there was already a fledgling community. Early settlers included Henry Still, Archer Jones and James English (later the town’s first official Postmaster), all of whom settled near Tonganoxie’s lodge. William Fox had built a log cabin in 1862 on the land that would become Tonganoxie.
Join in for Tonganoxie’s big birthday bash
Visitors should take in all that sesquicentennial offers
June 9, 2016
Welcome to 150 years of Tonganoxie! If you’re in town for the big festival celebrating the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial — the city’s 150th anniversary — you’ll notice our community knows how to throw a party.
Tonganoxie again discussing ban on specific dog breeds
June 7, 2016
Tonganoxie again is revisiting its dog breed ban. City Council Member Kara Reed asked that the city again examine its breed-specific ban of pit bulls and Rottweilers.
Tonganoxie Public Library kicks off summer reading program
Other activities scheduled for this month
June 7, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library’s summer kickoff party drew quite the crowd last week. Interim director Nicole Holifield said about 300 people attended the event. Games, bounce houses and food were some of the offerings at the event Wednesday, June 1, in the library parking lot and its library’s land to the east of the parking area. Tonganoxie City Fire Department firefighters served hot dogs and other refreshments.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Katy Crookham
June 7, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Katy Crookham of Crookham Construction.
Tonganoxie church collecting shoes
June 3, 2016
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is collecting shoes and boots for a local drive. Residents are asked to gather any old, used and gently worn shoes from their closets and drop them off at the church, 1100 West St.
Youths encouraged to visit Tonganoxie Library to pick up sesquicentennial coloring sheet
June 3, 2016
Youths are encouraged to visit Tonganoxie Public Library to pick up sheets of paper for a sesquicentennial coloring activity.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission summer kickoff is Saturday
Many summer programs have started in school district
May 31, 2016
The school year has concluded, but there are many activities scheduled for the summer break months. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission will have its annual summer kickoff party 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Chieftain Park.
Tonganoxie scavenger hunt leading up to sesquicentennial starts Saturday
Train naming contest ends Friday
May 31, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library is celebrating the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial a few days early with a scavenger hunt. Library aide Bethany Hyde has put together clues for the hunt, which starts Saturday. People can stop by that day to pick up the first scavenger hunt clue.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Lori Wilson
May 30, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles on First State Bank’s Lori Wilson.
Tonganoxie Community Band to have practices next 2 weeks
Group inviting musicians to join in preparation for Sesquicentennial performance
May 26, 2016
The Tonganoxie Community Band will have rehearsals in the next couple weeks in preparation for the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial.
Boatwright gives keynote speech at Tonganoxie Chamber event
May 24, 2016
Danni Boatwright reminisced about her hometown, shared her continued pride for the community and even got a bit emotional talking about family and friends. The clothing store owner who has created a line of sports team attire gave the keynote speech at last week’s Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.