Leavenworth County

A story and a stroll: Tonganoxie library, historical society team up for what’s hoped to be 1st in ongoing series of bookwalk events
September 16, 2020
A book came to life this past weekend at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. And it’s hoped more will do the same in the future. Tonganoxie Public Library and the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society recently collaborated to created Every Barn Tells a Storywalk on the TCHS campus.
Tours of new exhibit to start Saturday at Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
September 12, 2020
On three Saturday afternoons, from 3:30-6 p.m. the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society and Museum will hold the tours of a new exterior exhibit, “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” The exhibit showcases the remains of a spring that was used by travelers on the Leavenworth-Lawrence Road in the 1850s. The spring then became an integral part of a very successful dairy farm in Tonganoxie — The Frank Fairchild Dairy farm, where our museum is now located.
Tours of new exhibit to start Saturday at Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
September 10, 2020
On three Saturday afternoons, from 3:30-6 p.m. the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society and Museum will hold the tours of a new exterior exhibit, “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” The exhibit showcases the remains of a spring that was used by travelers on the Leavenworth-Lawrence Road in the 1850s. The spring then became an integral part of a very successful dairy farm in Tonganoxie — The Frank Fairchild Dairy farm, where our museum is now located.
Tonganoxie High School student tests positive for COVID-19
September 9, 2020
A Tonganoxie High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The Tonganoxie school district released a statement Wednesday afternoon that a student has tested positive for the virus. The Leavenworth County Health Department notified the school district about the positive case, according to the release.
Sunflower fun well done: Seasonal attraction near Tonganoxie draws big crowds again
September 9, 2020
Kris Grinter rings up merchandise at Sunflower General as a steady flow of customers — and tourists — make their way to the Grinter Farms a few miles south of Tonganoxie. A customer asks whether they have sunflower seeds for sale and whether they’re edible. For birds they’re great; for humans, they basically work as a laxative. “So save them for your enemies,” Kris joked.
Genesis Christian Academy reporting major jumps in enrollment; Tonganoxie USD 464 anticipates having more clear numbers report early next week
September 2, 2020
Genesis Christian Academy has been in session for just more than two weeks and is seeing a considerable jump in enrollment. Denise Bixby, who is in her second year as academy coordinator, said there are 43 students enrolled grades kindergarten through fifth grade, along with 25 in preschool.
Sisters bring ‘one-stop shop’ boutique to Tonganoxie
August 31, 2020
Just more than 200 square feet of space has transformed a dream into a reality for three Leavenworth County siblings, even in the face of a global pandemic. Owners and siblings Keeley Bailes, Taylor Noll and Malorie Volker opened Rustic Heifer Boutique + Custom Gifts in February, just weeks before COVID-19 restrictions forced temporary closures of many businesses. The new boutique still started strong.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 26, 2020
August 27, 2020
In what County Commissioner George Sprague termed a “substantial raise,” Sprague and the other commissioners have had to raise the mill levy collected in the county by just over four mills. Contributing factors included the need for construction of a new juvenile detention center, a 2.5 percent increase in the salaries of all county employees, and the need for a new solid waste management plant. Corky’s BBQ got a new roof this past week, changing the looks of that building. It’s a hip roof that should keep things dry on the inside.
Bow Wow Film Festival playing Saturday at Leavenworth County Humane Society
August 27, 2020
Short films featuring dogs in all their furry glory is coming this weekend to the Leavenworth County Humane Society.
Classes start next week for Tonganoxie USD 464 students; Genesis now in 2nd week of classes
August 27, 2020
Students in the Tonganoxie school district will begin classes Sept. 3. Students have the option to enroll in distance learning or in-person classes. Students enrolled in in-person classes will be in school the traditional five days each week.
Morgan stepping down from planning board after future applicant is appointed to post
August 26, 2020
John Morgan has seen many projects and developments come to fruition in Tonganoxie. From the Tonganoxie Business Park and the city’s parks and trails system to County Road 1 and the U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor study, he’s been involved in some capacity in the early stages. Morgan has served on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission for 14 years, so he’s read and heard his share of documentation and proposals for various projects in Tonganoxie. But Morgan soon will be stepping down.
Linwood News: Fire and circus variety show; Bluegrass music show; Tie dye mask progrm for youth
August 26, 2020
Entertainer extraordinaire Jason D’ Vaude will delight audience-goers during a performance later this week at the Linwood Community Library.
Rollover accident occurs Monday northeast of Tonganoxie near gas company
August 26, 2020
A one-vehicle rollover accident occurred Monday morning northeast of Tonganoxie near a gas company. Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an accident just before 7 a.m. Monday on 207th Street north of George Road.
Art on the Patio coming Friday to downtown district
August 26, 2020
There will be a fine arts event later this week in downtown Tonganoxie. Art on the Patio will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday at 420 E. Fourth St. in the patio area between Coffman ArtWorks and 1866 restaurant. The space recently was turned into outdoor picnic seating. The three-hour event will have fine art, live painting, music and food.
Tonganoxie USD 464 approves 2020-21 budget with 2-mill increase
August 26, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 budget for 2020-21 will see an increase of a little more than 2 mills. School board members approved the budget during a special meeting Monday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.

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