A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

Final election numbers for 2017 Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 School Board races
November 15, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (409), Loralee Stevens (325) and Rocky Himpel (247) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday. Incumbent Jim Truesdell did not advance out of the August primaries. And on Tuesday, fellow incumbents Chris Donnelly and Andy Gilner also were defeated.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 15, 2017
Downtown Tonganoxie will be the place to be for a festive Saturday. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting will take place 4-6 p.m. along Fourth Street. Musical performances, carriage rides, a DJ, food, youth activities and more are planned for this year’s event. The City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware, again will be transformed into a winter wonderland, as Santa will make a visit for children eager to see Kris Kringle and get their photos taken with the jolly elf.
Challengers sweep Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 races
November 7, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (405), Loralee Stevens (324) and Rocky Himpel (245) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday.
Chamber dissolves, merges with Tonganoxie Business Association
November 2, 2017
Tonganoxie Business Association and Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce have officially merged. Monica Gee, president of TBA, announced Monday during an informational meeting that the two entities had agreed to the consolidation. “We are now fully together,” she said. “One entity. One board. One everything.” The two groups decided to merge because in many ways the two organizations were working to accomplish related results for the community.
Pop-up craft mall next week at Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
October 27, 2017
A pop-up craft mall that includes an early bird sale soon will be coming to the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site.
Special Tonganoxie Business Assocation, Tonganoxie Chamber meeting Monday at Chieftain Room
October 27, 2017
The Tonganoxie Business Association and the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce will have a meeting next week for some announcements and discussion.
Tonganoxie Ace Hardware grand opening ceremony Wednesday at Brothers Market
October 27, 2017
Ace Hardware will have a grand opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. The new business is situated in the northwest corner of Brothers Market grocery store in Tonganoxie. Tonganoxie Business Association will be coordinating the grand opening.
Tonganoxie High After Prom fundraiser tonight at Sonic
October 27, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School junior class will be serving food Friday at Sonic to raise money for THS After Prom 2018. Students will be serving from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Tonganoxie Sonic. During that time, 100 percent of tips and 10 percent of total food sales will go to After Prom.
Genesis Christian Academy, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission receive Lawrence Memorial Hospital grants
October 27, 2017
Genesis Christian Academy and the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission together have been awarded health and wellness grants from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. Funds were raised for the grant through the Summer Spray 5K this past summer.
McLouth Happenings: Halloween festivities, church chili supper and tree lighting information
October 26, 2017
Enjoy the ride of your life on the Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride on Saturday at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. The hayrides are 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 per person; $5 for children ages 6 and younger.
Linwood News: Hayride, early childhood screening, movie night and Bluegrass show
October 26, 2017
The city of Linwood is hosting its annual hayride and costume contest this weekend. It will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the city park. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact City Hall.
Spooky spots in Tonganoxie area for Halloween celebrations
October 26, 2017
Halloween festivities are nearly here. Whether it’s Spooktacular on Friday in Tonganoxie or haunted hayrides Saturday in McLouth, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday in the area.
Tyson narrows list to three potential sites
October 26, 2017
TOPEKA — Local officials have confirmed that three Kansas counties are finalists for a new Tyson Foods Inc. chicken-processing plant. The sites are in Cloud County in north-central Kansas, Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas and Sedgwick County in south-central Kansas. Montgomery County proposed a site in Coffeyville. State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne said last week that 16 communities in Kansas pursued the project, and Tyson narrowed the list to three.
Linwood News: Adult fairy gardens
October 19, 2017
The Linwood Library is bringing fairy gardens to an adult audience with its fairy garden workshop, which starts at noon Saturday. Registration is required for the event. Participants will need to bring their own container, but the library will supply dirt, some plants, and guidance. Participants may bring any extras they desire. Admission is free.