A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie checkpoint turns into high-speed chase
10:36 a.m., July 24, 2017 Updated 12:29 p.m.
A standard Tonganoxie police checklane ended 45 minutes early Saturday morning and turned into high-speed chase after a vehicle failed to comply with law enforcement at the checklane.
Leavenworth County authorities searching for inmate worker who left jail Thursday night
July 21, 2017
Leavenworth County authorities are searching for an inmate worker who walked away from his duty assignment Thursday night. George Joseph Burgess Jr. walked away from his assignment at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Leavenworth County Jail in the Justice Center, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Blooming business in Tonganoxie
July 19, 2017
Alissa Griffin likes to tszuj up a space and Tonganoxie has been without a floral shop the last few years. So, with the biggest holiday of the floral year approaching, Griffin opened Fun and Fabulous Floral and Gifts. She opened just a few days before Valentine’s Day earlier this year and continues to increase her business, especially with her flowers.
Tonganoxie High Science Club, FCCLA join forces to offer first Science Camp
July 14, 2017
Tonganoxie youths received a summer dose of science last month, thanks to Tonganoxie High School students. Science Camp took place June 26-30 at the Tonganoxie Communty Historic Site campus.
Solid as a rock in Tonganoxie
July 13, 2017
Think Pokémon without participants zeroed in on a smartphone screen. What started out as a fundraising effort to bring awareness to others about a disease has turned into a popular activity in Tonganoxie. Tammy Wagner, of Tonganoxie, who suffers from cavernous angioma, was looking for ways to raise money for research and awareness.
Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer. The offering, which started as an afterschool program during the 2016-17 school year, will run 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays at the library, with the exception of July 4. The Chieftain Cafe allows all youths to grab free healthy snacks and participate in a variety of activities. The program was averaging 70 youths daily later in the school year. For more information, visit
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Museum open 3 days each week during summer
July 6, 2017
The Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus is open to the public three days out of the week this time of year. The museum and other buildings are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays at 201 W. Washington St. Tours also can be arranged at other times by appointment. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except June and December) in the Reno Methodist Church building on the campus for a brief business meeting and a historical program. The meetings are open to the public and there is no charge. TCHS is a nonprofit organization, funded through dues, donations, memorials, building rentals, grants and fundraising activities.
Linwood names contestant winners from festival
July 6, 2017
Residents and visitors celebrated Linwood’s 150th anniversary with the recent Pioneer Festival. Gracelyn Harrison was named Little Miss Linwood and Raylan Gabbard was named Little Mister Linwood. The event had 44 cars at the car show, 38 vendors for the vendor show and 23 participants for the 5K.
Officers arrest 4 in connection with 2 stolen vehicles between Tonganoxie and Basehor
July 6, 2017
Local authorities arrested four people in connection with two stolen vehicles Wednesday at a residence near 174th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Basehor. Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said the investigation was ongoing regarding additional charges relating to the thefts. More information about the case is expected today.
Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
July 3, 2017
The StoneLion Puppet Theatre will be present their show Reflections at 12:30 p.m. July 13 at the Linwood Library. The puppet show brings to life the Mekong Delta rainforest and presents rare animals in puppet form, including marionettes and rod puppets.
Remember When: A Community Review for July 5, 2017
July 3, 2017
The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2006 population estimate that showed Tonganoxie’s population increased 9.19 percent to 4,101, the biggest increase since the 2000 census. Tonganoxie had the third-highest percentage in growth in Kansas, following Westmoreland and Maize. The Historical Farmer’s Market will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Tonganoxie High School west campus parking lot. The market is spearheaded by Pete and Brenda Wood. The market will be open weekly from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through the third week in October.
Love for longtime veteran
July 3, 2017
A parade of 30 motorcycles, many donned with large American flags, suddenly happened Saturday morning in Tonganoxie. The procession, which a Tonganoxie police car led, even had some spectators who stopped to wave at the cyclists while they winded through the community. This group of American Legion Riders, though, weren’t just out for a leisurely weekend ride. They were visiting a local veteran to honor his service. Dave Underwood has lived in Tonganoxie more than five decades.
Name changes, flooding, trees have shaped Linwood in 150 years
June 30, 2017
Arlene Pritchard remembers the centennial celebration for Linwood in 1967. The longtime Linwood resident perused through a local newspaper, the Eudora Enterprise, and all of its coverage of the milestone celebration at the Linwood Pioneer Festival. She recalled the Tonganoxie, Bonner Springs and De Soto newspapers covering the event also. And, an Army band from Fort Leavenworth even came down on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967 to celebrate the milestone. “What was amazing to me was how many people came back to their hometown,” Pritchard said. “Many in the 50s and 60s moved away.”
Rural recycling currently possible through Leavenworth County bins in Tonganoxie
June 28, 2017
County residents are continuing their efforts to retain a recycling option for rural residents. Honey Creek Disposal had a community recycyling drop-off location for several years near Triple Creek Realty along U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Triple Creek wanted to utilize that property in a different manner earlier this year. In the spring, Honey Creek removed its recycling containers. The city and school district both looked at ways to offer recycling on their property, but officials determined it wouldn’t be practical.