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Local food drives provide boost for Good Shepherd; some wishlists remain for Tonganoxie organization
November 27, 2019
Thanks to Tonganoxie students, the food pantry at Good Shepherd has 11,000 more canned goods to help feed those in need. Tonganoxie Middle School accumulated 4,000 cans during a recent drive, while Tonganoxie Elementary School amassed nearly 7,500 cans. As part of Mayor Jason Ward’s annual food drive challenge, the TES class to gather the most canned goods gets to help Ward turn on Christmas tree lights during the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony festivities in the downtown pocket park.
Tonganoxie Library Foundation starting capital campaign for furniture, furnishings
November 27, 2019
Tonganoxie Public Library is embarking on a capital giving campaign to fund furniture and furnishings at its new location. The drive, which is starting this week, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Tonganoxie High School students successfully stage ‘Seussical’
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie High School Drama and Music Departments presented three performances of “Seussical” this past week. Students performed Thursday and Saturday nights, with a matinee on Sunday. Cast members for the THS fall production were Casey Snyder as the Cat in the Hat, Joseph Fletcher as Jojo, Jacob Howell as Horton the Elephant, Lauren Lawson as Gertrude McFuzz, Emilie Crowley as Mayzie La Bird, Andrea Zesati as Sour Kangaroo, Chloe Ferguson as Young Kangraroo, Caden Phillips as Mayor of Who, Ashtin Barnes as Mrs. Mayor, James Works as the Grinch, Hunter Calovich as Vlad Vladikoff, Payton Lynn as Judge Yertle and Keira Bevelry and Sara Celeen as Things 1 and 2.
Farm Bureau presents quilts to Tonganoxie veterans
November 21, 2019
Farm Bureau Financial Services employees recognized their veteran colleagues for their military service, presenting them with handcrafted quilts. Kirk Pederson and Michael Wehmeyer, both of Tonganoxie, were among the employees who were presented with quilts during an event at the company’s regional office. The quilts, which were made by fellow employees, were given to veterans in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “These quilts are a token of our admiration and appreciation for your service,” said CEO Jim Brannen. “We thank you for defending the freedom of this great nation. “Words can never truly express how grateful we are, but I hope that each time you use these beautiful quilts, you remember that your sacrifices and your service have not gone unnoticed. It is an honor to call you my colleagues.”
Tonganoxie High ACT scores all above state average for 2019 grads
November 21, 2019
ACT scores have been released and 2019 Tonganoxie High School graduates tested above the state average across the board. The 2019 class had 84 seniors take the test. The 2015 class had 74, 2016 had 70 and then 2017 had the highest in the five-year period with 94. The 2018 class had 93 participants. State statistics show the number of seniors taking the ACT has steadily increased from 2015 (23,708) to 2019 (25,684).
Personnel, girls wrestling approved at Tonganoxie USD 464 meeting
November 21, 2019
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved various personnel moves at its Nov. 12 meeting. Contract and work agreements were approved for Melissa Starr, Tonganoxie Middle School paraprofessional; Tiffany Trent, Tonganoxie High School paraprofessional; Susan Gieber, THS-West cashier/kitchen utility; Andrea Putthoff, transportation para; Margaret Estes, van driver; Malissa Selene, bus driver; and Christina Jeanin, assistant THS girls basketball coach. A new position, Tonganoxie Elementary School early childhood special education teacher starting in January, also was approved.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting festivities Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 21, 2019
Children will get to see Santa and watch as the downtown Christmas tree lights up Saturday in Tonganoxie. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will be 4:30-8 p.m. at the downtown pocket park, Fourth and Delaware streets, along with nearby spots. Santa’s helpers again are decorating the City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware St., for a visit with Santa Claus. This year’s theme is Letters to Santa.
Tonganoxie Middle School among 20 finalists in Battle of the Brains
November 20, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School is a finalist in the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters to advance to the next round. TMS is one of 20 schools selected as finalists this past week. Online voters can pick their favorite proposal through this Friday. Anyone with a valid email address can vote daily.
Bennett resigns from Tonganoxie City Council position
November 20, 2019
A Tonganoxie City Council member announced his resignation effective immediately at Monday’s regular meeting, but how he will be replaced — and when — still is in limbo. Dave Bennett made his announcement at the beginning of Monday’s meeting. Bennett said “certain developments in my personal life” in the last two weeks regrettably forced him to submit his resignation, effective immediately. A former Tonganoxie City fire chief, Bennett was appointed to the City Council in April 2018 to fill a vacancy after Jamie Lawson stepped down.
Tonganoxie Middle School finalist for Battle of Brains; students need help from community for online votes
November 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School has a chance to make the next round of the 2019 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, but it needs help from online voters.
Tonganoxie High debate team gets season started
November 13, 2019
Tonganoxie High School debate season is already going strong. THS opened with team members medaling at the Frontier League Debate Tournament. The four-speaker team of Monika Hoffman/Lauren Lawson (negative) and Bryn Reed/Payton Lynn (affirmative) placed second.
Officers seize drugs, money south of Tonganoxie
04:00 p.m., November 7, 2019 Updated 11:00 p.m.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office found drugs and $500 cash during a search Thursday afternoon south of Tonganoxie. Officers served a narcotics search warrant about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Paradise Mobile Home Park near 222nd Street and Kansas Avenue just east of U.S. Highway 24-40.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Patterson, Dale win council seats; Frese new mayor; Baldock defeats O’Brien
10:52 p.m., November 5, 2019 Updated 11:17 a.m.
The Tonganoxie City Council will have new faces, while an incumbent won re-election in a USD 464 school board race against a political mainstay. Current council member Lisa Patterson, along with challenger Jake Dale were top vote-getters in the Tonganoxie City Council race.
Thursday wreck on 24-40 southwest of Tonganoxie claims life of 21-year-old Lawrence man
12:59 p.m., October 25, 2019 Updated 03:38 p.m.
A two-vehicle fatality accident Thursday afternoon between Tonganoxie and Lawrence claimed the life of a 21-year-old Lawrence man. The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Loring Road, which is about 8 miles southwest of Tonganoxie, or 4 miles northeast of Lawrence. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, a Ford F250 truck driven by Hunter Ford, 22, Tonganoxie, was traveling north toward Tonganoxie on U.S. Highway 24-40, while a 2018 Kia Soul driven by Jawuan Smoot, 21, Lawrence, was traveling south. Ford’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Smoot’s Kia Soul. Ford’s truck then rolled and left the road to the the left, while the Kia Soul overturned and left the road to the right. Smoot was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KHP reports. He was wearing a safety restraint. MIlitary personnel notified Smoot’s family of his death. Ford, who was not wearing a safety restraint, reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Remember When: A Community Review for Oct. 23, 2019
October 24, 2019
City leaders and area developers want to stay competitive when it comes to attracting new homeowners, but for now, they are waiting word from the Kansas Attorney General’s office before offering any tax incentives. During a work session Monday night, city leaders continued their discussion on a plan that would rebate a percentage of its portion of property taxes on new home construction. The Tonganoxie City Council is awaiting an opinion from Kansas Attorney General Steve Six on what kind of areas the city would be able to define as a revitalization district.

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