Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie mural provides new attraction downtown
September 23, 2015
A mural in the downtown Tonganoxie pocket park drew many passersby last week. Kelly Poling, a muralist from Chillicothe, Mo., painted the mural much of last week on the west side of the Dr. Phil Stevens medical office. The mural, which Poling started Sept. 15, shows “books” with various titles depicting people and things that are part of Tonganoxie’s history.
Tonganoxie’s curbside recycling growing
Drop-off site still popular with residents
September 23, 2015
Tonganoxie will be completing its first year of curbside recycling later this fall. The city approved opt-in recycling about a year ago and services through Honey Creek Disposal started last November. Randy Sheldon with Honey Creek said about 250 Tonganoxie households utilize the service, which costs $4 monthly. That’s charge is on top of the base trash service fee for Tonganoxie residents, as the company is the city’s trash service provider.
Tonganoxie homecoming parade postponed due to bad weather
September 18, 2015
The Tonganoxie High School homecoming parade has been postponed due to inclement weather.
Tonganoxie USD 464 addresses cyberbullying at meeting
02:30 p.m., September 15, 2015 Updated 02:31 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 took the proper steps, per its policies involving cyberbullying, in a case in which one student shared a photo of another, according to Superintendent Lyn Rantz. The superintendent also apologized for comments she made to a Kansas City, Mo., television station about the situation, and said that the comments did not reflect her entire email to the station about the incident.
Tonganoxie Grandparents Day festivities draw huge crowds again
September 15, 2015
The grandparents outnumbered the grandchildren Friday at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Enrollment at the school is 838 students for grades kindergarten through fifth, but some 854 family members visited for the annual Grandparents Day festivities. Cars were parked everywhere as grandparents visited students at both Tonganoxie Middle School and Tonganoxie Elementary School.
Visitors flock to see sunflower sensation south of Tonganoxie
September 6, 2015
A row of cars is parked in a grassy strip near green soybeans at Grinter Farms. Ted Grinter planted the grassy area for a makeshift parking lot of sorts. Some 25 cars are parked on the grass Friday afternoon. Many bear Kansas license plates, but there are others. One vehicle is from Texas. Another has Oklahoma tags. California even has representation, as does Virginia.
Showcase of sunflowers at Grinter Farms near Tonganoxie should be in peak bloom in coming days
September 3, 2015
A local landmark that fills the countryside with a sea of yellow for a short spell each year soon should be buzzing again. Grinter Farms again has planted its crop — roughly 1 million sunflower seeds — and the radiant colors of thousands of sunflowers soon will be on display.
Bonner boutique combines shopping with day at the salon
September 2, 2015
Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is known for its high-end stores, and a new salon and boutique in Bonner Springs is looking to put the “ro-dee-oh” in “ro-day-oh.”
Tonganoxie free community fitness program attracts nearly 90 at first official session
10:33 a.m., September 1, 2015 Updated 09:41 p.m.
Amy Myers, with megaphone in hand, belted out instructions and encouragement to nearly 90 people Sunday night at Chieftain Park. At one point, she told participants they could run, walk or jog around an area in the park, but the path couldn’t include a trip to the ice cream table — at least not until later.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Delia Rubio
September 1, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie Elementary School’s Delia Rubio.
KDHE continues to research soil following gas leak
05:04 p.m., August 31, 2015 Updated 06:17 p.m.
Scott Wogomon recently detected a strange smell outside his new home. He contacted Kansas Gas Service to investigate the leak. That was Aug. 18 and officials still are working to determine what the gas exactly is. Kansas Gas Service visited the Wogomon home in the Jackson Heights subdivision that day, tending to a gas meter on the property on North Hickory Street.
Leavenworth County liquor store allegedly sells to undercover 19-year-old
Tonganoxie, Basehor stores refuse sale in countywide operation
August 31, 2015
A Leavenworth County liquor store allegedly sold liquor to a minor during an undercover operation conducted by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and Alcohol Beverage Control. Between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Sheriff’s Office and ABC sent a 19-year-old into nine liquor stores in the county with the intent to purchase liquor.
Tonganoxie High continues band camp tradition
Weeklong event prepares group for fall season
August 25, 2015
Summer traditionally has been the time of year when athletes knock off the rust with weeklong camps for varying sports. It’s not the only activity in Tonganoxie with such a history. It’s been something longtime Tonganoxie High School band director Charles Van Middlesworth has done with his students with an annual band camp in the summer. This year’s camp took place the Aug. 10-14 on the THS football practice field.
Longtime educator, coach settles in as Tonganoxie High AD
Administrator served last 8 years in same position at Newton High
August 25, 2015
Brian Engelken did his student teaching in this area about 25 years ago in suburban Kansas City and always wanted to return to the area. He got that chance earlier this year. Engelken is Tonganoxie High School’s newest athletics director.