Area

A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Power washing to start on outside of new Tonganoxie City Hall
May 9, 2016
Power washing will be done to the front of the new Tonganoxie City Hall in the 500 block of Fourth Street. Benjamin Cunningham, superintendent with The Osborne Company, said power washing would be taking place from roughly 8 a.m-4 p.m. during the coming days, with a midday break from roughly 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Power washing also will be done to the west side of the building.
Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial organizers seek volunteers; meeting set for Tuesday
May 6, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial steering committee is asking for help in the volunteer department for this year’s 150th anniversary celebration, which will be June 10-11 in downtown Tonganoxie and surrounding areas.
Police seek help in burglary case involving Tonganoxie High School
May 3, 2016
Tonganoxie Police responded Thursday to a burglary from the maintenance shop behind the Tonganoxie High School. The theft is thought to have occurred between the hours of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, and 6 a.m. the next morning.dvc v
Tonganoxie City Council’s Reed to challenge O’Brien for Kansas House seat
KCKCC instructor looks to unseat local incumbent first elected in 2008
May 3, 2016
A Tonganoxie City Council member will be challenging a long-standing incumbent at the state level. Democrat Kara Reed filed April 22 to challenge incumbent Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, in House District 42 in the November election.
Moratorium continues for certain land south of Tonganoxie
May 3, 2016
Leavenworth County’s moratorium on development south of Tonganoxie continues. Tonganoxie City Manager Nathan McCommon said the county commissioners opted to continue the status at a recent commission meeting McCommon attended.
Tonganoxie woman best tall-tale teller in Kansas
May 3, 2016
A story about her daughter’s lost cat helped Keyta Kelly become the best tall tale story teller in the state. Kelly, a Tonganoxie attorney, won the Tall Tales Contest at the Kansas Storytelling Festival on April 23 in Downs. The event usually draws about 250 people from across Kansas, Iowa, Colorado and Oklahoma. Kelly and another member of First City’s Performers and StoryTellers, Laura Elkins were two of four finalists who competed for the tall-tale title.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie High school’s Mary Welsh
May 3, 2016
This week’s Face to Face is Tonganoxie High School’s Mary Welsh.
Tonganoxie student finds giant morel mushroom after heavy rain
April 26, 2016
Heath Martin tries to go morel hunting every year near his family’s house in rural Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie High School senior started the activity about four years ago “I just went down in the woods and found them,” Martin recalled about his first hunt. He checked with his mother, Jennifer, whether the mushrooms were the kind that were safe to eat. His mother gave him the green light and he was on his way with a new hobby of gathering small morels. Last week, though, the soon-to-be THS graduate found a whopper.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Grant Watson
April 26, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile is Tonganoxie Planning Commission’s Grant Watson.
Souvenir buttons can also win residents prizes at Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial
April 20, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial is still about 2 1/2 months away, but a chance to have a memento of the festival — and possibly some cash in one’s pocket — is now available at a few locations around town. Sesquicentennial buttons are available at various venues throughout Tonganoxie: Community National Bank, First State Bank and Trust, Gambino’s Pizza, Flashbacks, Talette’s Cafe, The Downtown Drugstore, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and City Hall.
Tonganoxie City Council hears concerns about sesquicentennial road closures
Organizers offer informational packets, meet with businesses to address potential issues
April 20, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial will be a two-day event throughout downtown Tonganoxie, a slight change from recent Tonganoxie Days, which historically has taken place on the second Saturday of June along Fourth Street. The change has brought up some concerns from downtown business owners and representatives, which were discussed at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. Rachel Kelly, who works at Kelly Law Office, voiced concern about the festival tying up the downtown area for three days.
Tonganoxie bar owners ask city to revise food truck regulations
Contracts approved for asphalt work, security system
April 19, 2016
A couple who owns a new Tonganoxie bar are asking the Tonganoxie City Council to revisit its ordinances regarding food truck vendors in the community. Kate and Jess Brubacher, who operate the Myers Hotel Bar at Third and Main streets, said they’d like to offer some rotating food options at their bar, but said city regulations seem to be hindering those efforts. The couple spoke in open session at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Steve Gumm
April 19, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Steve Gumm.
Yo-yo professional to have Thursday workshop at Linwood Community Library
April 12, 2016
Blake Freeman has performed in front of 30,000 people at Kauffman Stadium. On Thursday, he’ll perform at Linwood Community Library. Freeman, who is a professional yo-yo person, will conduct a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library. Freeman first took up the yo-yo when he was 12 and has been a yo-yoer for 20 years.