A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Face to Face: Tonganoxie Public Library’s Liz Wilson
September 15, 2016
This week’s Face to Face focuses on Liz Wilson from the Tonganoxie Public Library:
Tonganoxie’s hometown celebration
Crowning, parade, inductions part of homecoming festivities
September 15, 2016
When you wish upon a star, it usually doesn’t matter who you are, but this week it will be all Disney most of the time at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s theme is The Wonderful World of Tongie, as Monday was Monster Monday and Tuesday Lion King Tuesday. Today is Disney Duo Day and there is a special event this evening.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Dasha Frank
September 7, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie Public Library’s Dasha Frank.
McLouth Happenings
September 7, 2016
Heart of America Antique Steam Engine & Model Association will present McLouth’s 59th Annual Threshing Bee on Sept. 16-18 at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. Allis Chalmers will be featured this year. All tractors and equipment are welcome. Antique & working truck display. All trucks are welcome.
Linwood News
September 7, 2016
The Rosetta Sisters will bring their acrobatic show to the Linwood Library on Thursday the 8th at 6:30 p.m. The program will showcase circus skills including acrobalance. Audience members will have a chance to learn some neat tricks following the show. This is an outdoor program behind the library. There will be seating, but you can also bring your own.
Jarbalo Jottings
September 7, 2016
Rosie Oelschlaeger went Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Holton to help her brother, Gene Sawyer, celebrate his 94th birthday. Others there, joining them at Sac and Fox Casino near Holton were Linda Blanton of Highland and Teri Morris and Mary Mora of Holton.
United Way of Leavenworth County embarks on 2016 campaign
September 7, 2016
Leavenworth County United Way launched its 2016 campaign Thursday in Leavenworth. Hallmark once again sponsored the event at its Leavenworth Production Center. Some 75 people attended. Invitations were extended to government and business leaders as well as organizations working to make a difference throughout Leavenworth County. Members of the community are also welcome to come hear about United Way’s efforts.
Linenberger: Time is prime to strike sunflower gold in Tonganoxie area
September 6, 2016
As I took a friend Sunday to Lawrence, I decided to venture down U.S. Highway 24-40 so we could drive by the Grinter Farms sunflowers and see all of the activity that comes with it. As we got closer and traffic was at an almost standstill, I noticed cars coming from the east on Woodend Road, a gravel road. I thought there must have been a wreck and cars were being re-routed. Nope.
Traffic backups close down Grinter’s Sunflower Farm
September 5, 2016
Miles-long traffic backups shut down the popular Grinter Farms sunflower field Monday afternoon. A vehicle accident midday also contributed to the congestion, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley. He said traffic was backed up more than 5 miles from Grinter Farms. He said he was told traffic was backed up on U.S. Highways 24-40 as far west as the Teepee Junction near Lawrence.
Visitors to Grinter Farms near Tonganoxie encouraged to be a part of social media sunflower ‘guestbook’
September 2, 2016
It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and folks at Grinter Farms have been busy getting ready for all of their guests in the coming days. Many of the sunflowers are blooming and ready for photos.
Outstanding Leavenworth County 4-H member named last month
Several local residents win Leavenworth County Fair contests
August 31, 2016
Leavenworth County 4-H Council has created a new award for 2016 to recognize an outstanding senior 4-H member. This year’s award goes to Christina Wiley of the Reno Bobwhite 4-H Club. She received a plaque and a gift card. Christina Wiley is the daughter of Dan and Sonia Wiley. She is a 12-year 4-H member and now is attending Kansas State University.
Monthly musical event next week at Tonganoxie Friends Church
August 31, 2016
Residents are invited to gather for an evening of “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” music and fellowship next week in Tonganoxie. The event will be 7 p.m. Sept. 9. People are welcome to bring a guitar, fiddle, banjo or other musical instrument and share in the fun.
Cemetery stroll next month at Holy Angels with First City PAST group
August 31, 2016
Holy Angels Catholic Parish and Cemetery are celebrating 150 years in Leavenworth County. As part of that celebration, a local group will have a historical storytelling event.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Class applications due this week
August 31, 2016
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development organization is taking applications for its 2016-17 school year. Classes members range in age from high school seniors to retired residents. Classes generally are the second Wednesday of each month from September through April, with a graduation luncheon taking place in May. 4