Leavenworth County

More officials calling for resignation of area commissioner after ‘master race’ comment; administrator says phrase not used in ‘racist manner’
06:00 a.m., November 16, 2018 Updated 07:28 p.m.
More officials are publicly denouncing comments that a Leavenworth County commissioner made about being part of a master race. Commissioner Louis Klemp made the remarks during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting to Triveece Penelton, a black woman representing a firm conducting a study on the County Road 1 corridor south of Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie High freshmen named to state choir
November 15, 2018
Tonganoxie will continue to offer Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but they now will start at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at First Congregational Church at Fourth and Shawnee streets in Tonganoxie.
Time change made for AA meetings in Tonganoxie
November 15, 2018
Tonganoxie will continue to offer Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but they now will start at 6 p.m. Meetings take place at First Congregational Church at Fourth and Shawnee streets in Tonganoxie.
Nerd Night returning Saturday to Myers Hotel
November 15, 2018
The latest Nerd Nite is Saturday at Myers Hotel. The event, which the Tonganoxie Public Library helps sponsor, will have three 20-minute topics and will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Myers Hotel Bar, Third and Main streets. Cost is $5. The three topics will be beer brewing (with free samples), Muslim culture and then fear and child psychology. No RSVP is required.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities Saturday; library event at future site also planned in Tonganoxie
November 15, 2018
Downtown Tonganoxie soon will be getting festive for the holiday season and also denoting work on a new landmark. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will start about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the downtown pocket park, Fourth and Delaware streets. At 5:35 p.m., there will be a THS Jazz Band performance. At 6 p.m., there will be a children’s choir performance. Santa and Mayor Jason Ward will arrive about 6:30 p.m. before Ward reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The tree lighting then is planned to happen at 6:40 p.m.
Tonganoxie High performs ‘School of Rock’
November 15, 2018
Anyone wanting to get nostalgic about high school or college in the 1980s or early 1990s got their fill of rock songs — and even some love ballads — last week at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. THS students performed Samuel French’s “Rock of Ages” (High School Edition) Thursday through Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. The musical is based on the Broadway version that also became a 2012 motion picture featuring an all-star cast of Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and more. The show takes place on Southern California’s famed Sunset Strip during the Reagan Era, home to Dupree’s Bourbon Room and The Venus a Go-Go.
Latest Mexican restaurant opens in Tonganoxie
November 9, 2018
Rebecca Mier is excited about her family’s newest restaurant. Ajuua! Mexican Grill and Cantina opened Oct. 22 at 300 N. Village Terrace just off East U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie High staging ‘Rock of Ages’ this week
November 8, 2018
Anyone wanting to jam to some classic rock songs — and even a few love ballads — from the 1980s and early 1990s should head this week to the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. THS students will be performing Samuel French’s “Rock of Ages (High School Edition) at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at TPAC.
Tonganoxie, Paola to meet in football for first time in 35 years
November 2, 2018
Once upon a local high school league, Tonganoxie and Paola were conference foes and played often. Both THS and Paola were members of the Pioneer League for 13 years, but the last time the teams played was in 1982. The two teams now are in the same conference again with Tonganoxie joining the Frontier League this year, but Paola was the only league Tonganoxie did not face during the regular season.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board discusses fundraising for possible field turf
October 31, 2018
Tonganoxie school district officials are continuing to look into the practicality of installing artificial turf at Beatty Field. USD 464 board members met with Superintendent Loren Feldkamp and Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips and school administrators during a special meeting Monday in the Tonganoxie High School library. After a lengthy discussion about the merits of turf and how it should be handled as a priority with improving district facilities, the board agreed to look at the possibility of fundraising and the forming of a committee.
New U.S. 24-40 businesses open in Tonganoxie
October 31, 2018
Balloons, barbecue and a giant inflatable replica Blue Rhino propane tank all part of a celebration Friday for a new business center in Tonganoxie. Jeff Brandau, representing Tonganoxie Business Association, was on hand to help with a ribbon cutting for the new Lynch Real Estate and Ferrellgas offices in the business center, which is the former Sutton-Kolman Automotive building.
Third and strong: Tonganoxie High boys cap cross country season with bronze finish as team
October 27, 2018
Tonganoxie High cross country has a state trophy in 2018. The boys team placed third at Saturday’s Class 4A state cross country meet in Wamego. Tonganoxie scored 85 points, just behind second-place Towanda-Circle, which scored 81. Buhler won the meet with a low score of 47.
Tonganoxie trash truck driver backs over woman in Shawnee
October 24, 2018
A 69-year-old Shawnee woman was rushed to an area hospital after she was run over by a trash truck driven by a Tonganoxie man about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 6500 block of Halsey Street in Shawnee. The incident happened in the Tanglewood Estates neighborhood of Shawnee. In a news release, Sgt. Steve Walsh of the Shawnee Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit said “a 37-year-old Tonganoxie driver was backing after collecting trash in a dead-end street when he collided with a pedestrian.”
Ribbon cutting, open house for new business center in Tonganoxie is Friday
October 24, 2018
Lynch Real Estate and Ferrellgas will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a remodeled business center later this week in Tonganoxie. The refurbished center, in the former Sutton-Kolman Automotive building, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the center on the south side of East U.S. Highway 24-40. An open house will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the new center.
First quarter concludes for Tonganoxie schools
October 24, 2018
Tonganoxie schools concluded the first quarter of the school year earlier this month. The end of the first quarter was Oct. 12. Parent-teacher conferences were Wednesday and Thursday, so students were off those days. There was no school on Friday also.

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