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Author shares colorful tales of Kansas towns and their attractions at packed Tonganoxie event
December 7, 2017
If you go exploring in Kansas, you’ll find a town of fewer than 200 people hosting an outhouse tour every year on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Marci Penner told of the unique town during a slide presentation about her journeys in creating the “Kansas Guidebook 2: For Explorers.”
Brains bring bank for Tonganoxie High School
December 7, 2017
Tonganoxie High School has $15,000 to use towards enhancing its science, technology, engineering and math departments. THS was a big winner Nov. 30 at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., at the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains award ceremony.
Unilock, city agree to contract to build at industrial park
December 7, 2017
Unilock Construction has agreed to build on the city’s industrial park along 222nd Street.
Tonganoxie City Council agrees to fund new library for $3.75 million; officials had asked for $5.1 million
05:30 p.m., December 6, 2017 Updated 10:22 a.m.
Tonganoxie is moving forward with plans for a new library, but the funding amount will likely require considerable compromise. Council Member Kara Reed, with a second from fellow Council Member Curtis Oroke, made a motion to earmark $3.75 million for a new library. That would cover building costs, along with land acquisition of a portion of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School land.
Battle of Brains: Online voting could net Tonganoxie High $50,000 for STEM classes
November 22, 2017
Some surprise news at Tonganoxie High School revealed a chance for THS to receive $50,000 for science, engineering, technology and math programs.— thanks to online voting. THS is a finalist for the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. The THS group is one of 20 elementary, middle and high school teams in the Kansas City metro to be named finalists.
Helping others in time of thanks
November 22, 2017
Tonganoxie-area families will join in with others across the nation in the annual tradition of getting stuffed on stuffing and all of the other Thanksgiving mainstays. Many in the community are doing their part to help those whose circumstances make it tough to get enough nourishment each day. Those efforts also are focusing on youths.
Ace has a new place for hardware in Tonganoxie
November 17, 2017
Frankie Walker and Ruth Robertson have been shopping at Brothers Market for years. They said they love the store and all the friendly workers. It would be fitting that two of the stores most loyal customers would be the first to purchase items at the new Ace Hardware, about 3,500 square feet on the north side of the Brothers Market building. The main entrance to the new store within a store is north of the grocery checkout lanes.
Kansas authors to give program in Tonganoxie later this month about state guidebook
November 16, 2017
Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, explorers with the Kansas Sampler Foundation, visited all 626 incorporated towns and other notable dots on the Sunflower State map during the course of four years. For folks who think there’s nothing to do in Kansas, Penner and Rowe have 452 pages that support the contrary with “The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.”
Tonganoxie High stages creepy, spooky musical with ‘Addams Family’
November 15, 2017
A cartoon, television and movie favorite about a quite quirky clan came to Tonganoxie in the form of a high school musical this past week. The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments presented “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” Thursday through Sunday.
Santa event Dec. 9 at Tonganoxie Middle School to benefit THS After-Prom
November 15, 2017
Youths can visit Kris Kringle next month in Tonganoxie. The annual Tonganoxie High School After Prom Breakfast with Santa Claus event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Tonganoxie Middle School Commons Area. Cost is $5 per person (adults and children) and it Includes a pancakes and sausage breakfast. The price also includes a photo with Santa and a craft table for children. There also will be a silent auction. For more information, go to Facebook.com and search for “Breakfast with Santa” or “ths.bws.” Proceeds will go toward THS after-prom festivities.
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie open house is Thursday
November 15, 2017
Family Medicine of Tonganoxie invites the community to an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony this week at its newly expanded office. The open house will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital primary care office, 410 Woodfield Drive in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie’s Victory Baptist Church open house to welcome new pastor Sunday
November 15, 2017
The Rev. Dean Fitzsimmons is the new pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Tonganoxie. Area residents are invited to get to know the new pastor during an open house this week. The event will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1302 West St. (U.S. Highway 24-40) in Tonganoxie. An event announcement can be found on the Victory Baptist Church Facebook page.
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.
Tonganoxie school board tours high school
November 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board, current and future, got an up-close look at some structural improvements and other challenges at Tonganoxie High School. The school board members, along with a handful of patrons toured Tonganoxie High School during the board’s regular meeting Monday. This month’s meeting took place at the Chieftain Room on the THS campus instead of the Tonganoxie Elementary School library so that the board could be at the campus to continue the meeting with the tour. Also on the tour were board members-elect Jim Bothwell, Chris Gratton and Karen K. Wake Bottary. The three won election this past week in the general election.

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