A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

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.
Tonganoxie Public Library bingo has several winners
November 6, 2015
The Tonganoxie Public Library had 22 people show up Monday for its Bingo time. Patros played 18 games, including two blackout games.
Second downtown mural coming to life this week
Artist returning to create another ode to Tonganoxie
November 3, 2015
A second mural in Tonganoxie will be changing the downtown landscape a bit more. Kelly Poling, a muralist from Chillicothe, Mo., painted a mural featuring books and an image of the late Dr. Phil Stevens in September on the west side of the Stevens physician’s office building. That mural creates part of a border in the downtown pocket park.
Tonganoxie police calls, Oct. 15-22, 2015
November 3, 2015
Tonganoxie police calls for Oct. 15-22, 2015
Tonganoxie police asking for help in finding missing resident
October 29, 2015
Tonganoxie police are asking for the public’s assistance in a missing-person case. Law enforcement officials are trying to find Loretta J. Jewell, 57, a Tonganoxie resident who has been missing nearly two weeks.