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A look at news in and around Leavenworth County


Work on new Tonganoxie City Hall starting on Fourth Street
Power washing started on exterior
May 10, 2016
The ruckus that folks in the downtown area might be hearing can be attributed to the new Tonganoxie City Hall.
Tonganoxie part of investigation in shooting death of KCK officer
May 10, 2016
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A Tonganoxie suspect in the fatal shooting of a police detective in Kansas City, Kan., and a subsequent string of carjackings remained in the hospital Tuesday after he was shot and wounded by police during his arrest in neighboring Missouri. Law agencies’ pursuit of the suspect also led them to Tonganoxie, causing road closures and lockdowns in Tonganoxie USD 464.
Downtown Tonganoxie gets splash of color thanks to EAST group, local businesses
May 10, 2016
Flowers are brightening up downtown Tonganoxie thanks to a local organization and Fourth Street business owners.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Public Library’s Bethany Daye
May 10, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Bethany Daye from the Tonganoxie Public Library.
Tonganoxie man sought in KCK detective shooting caught; officer killed
05:43 p.m., May 9, 2016 Updated 06:32 p.m.
A man sought for questioning in connection with a shooting that hospitalized a Kansas City, Kansas, police detective was later wounded after being shot by police in neighboring Missouri.
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.