A look at news in and around Leavenworth County

2016 Leavenworth County Fair Schedule
July 27, 2016
Here’s a look at the remaining schedule for the 2016 Leavenworth County Fair.
Mid Star Lab brings growing business to Tonganoxie
July 26, 2016
A local business has come full circle in its own right. Mid Star Labs had a ribbon cutting last month at its new site in the Urban Hess Business with help from the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce.
Incumbent Bixby hopes for another term as crowded primary looms Tuesday
July 26, 2016
Dennis Bixby is seeking a second term as the Leavenworth County Commission’s Third District representative because there is more he’d like to accomplish. “I got a lot of stuff done, but that four years went really really quick,” Bixby said.
Tonganoxie celebrates official anniversary of first plat with downtown ceremony
July 26, 2016
Tonganoxie found several ways to celebrate its sesquicentennial with a two-day festival last month. Historical re-enactors of characters from Tonganoxie’s past, a commemorative newspaper, musical entertainment, vendors, a food court, children’s games, visits from Big Jay and Willie the Wildcat, a barbecue contest, a car show and a beer garden all complemented the main stage area.
Face to Face: Kelly Shoemaker, owner of Wirenuts in Tonganoxie
July 26, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Kelly Shoemaker.
Tonganoxie man pleads no contest to aggravated battery, criminal threat
July 20, 2016
A 40-year-old Tonganoxie resident has pled no contest to aggravated battery and criminal threat. Timothy Ryan Detrick entered the plea during a recent court appearance in Leavenworth County District Court.
Tonganoxie police track down escaped prisoner
July 20, 2016
Tonganoxie police were involved in a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning that led to the apprehension of an escaped prisoner.
Pokémon Go craze thriving in Tonganoxie
July 19, 2016
Jonathan Ferris lives near Tonganoxie’s VFW Park, which has made it easy to collect many Pokemon. The Pokemon Go phone application has become the latest pop culture sensation, and Tonganoxie is no different.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Jenny Worden
July 19, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Jenny Worden.
Accident south of Tonganoxie sends youth to hospital
July 15, 2016
An accident Thursday night south of Tonganoxie sent a 7-year-old to an area hospital. A 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Steven A. Waite, 43, Tonganoxie, was headed south on U.S. Highway 24-40 and stopped to make a left-hand turn when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2006 Scion driven by Sabrina K. Hiatt, 18, Leavenworth, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Leavenworth County Fair going strong after 90 years
July 13, 2016
It’s been 90 years since the first installment of the Leavenworth County Fair. The first year, 1926, it was a celebration of a bumper crop of corn in downtown Tonganoxie and the next year corn and apples. The event officially was known as the Leavenworth County Fair in 1928 and in 1938 moved from downtown to its current site along Kansas Highway 16 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. For fair board president Mike Johnson, the event has been a part of his life for more than 50 years.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital 5K Run/Walk Tonganoxie race Saturday
July 12, 2016
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s annual Summer Spray 5K Run/Walk Series is coming Saturday to Tonganoxie.
Fundraiser set for family violence group
July 12, 2016
Alliance against Family Violence will have its Night of Empowerment to help raise money for the local organization. The event will be 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Schwinn Produce Farm, Leavenworth. Proceeds will benefit Alliance Against Family Violence victim service programs and operational funds. For reservations and ticket information, contact 913-682-8979.
Tonganoxie city buildings continue to progress in repurposing efforts
Sesquicentennial event expected to end in the black
July 12, 2016
The landscape of two buildings in Tonganoxie continues to change. Interior work continues on the new City Hall and Tonganoxie Police Department, which are the results of repurposing projects.