Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie’s Kelly named master storyteller at state festival
June 19, 2019
Keyta Kelly is now a master storyteller — and the first woman to earn the distinction — after 26 years of the event at the Kansas Storytelling Festival. Kelly, a Tonganoxie attorney, won her third tall-tale storytelling state contest in late April. When a storyteller wins three times, they officially retire from the competition, but can return to tell more stories at future festivals, which always take place the fourth weekend in April in Downs, Kan.
Tonganoxie attorney wins statewide award from Kansas Sampler Foundation
June 19, 2019
Local residents and neighboring business owners rolled in unannounced Thursday afternoon to Kelly Law Office. But they were part of a big announcement. Walking in behind them were Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe with the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Penner and Rowe presented Kelly with a We Kan! award as part of a surprise presentation. Kansas Sampler Foundation, an Inman-based non-profit, has been choosing ten recipients a year since 1993 to show appreciation for dedicated work in helping preserve and sustain rural culture. Kelly’s award had the words “All about community” engraved on a round plate, which Elk Falls Potter created.
McLouth Happenings: Tarr reunion, Ryan anniversary, MHS alumni Laughing Lunch
June 14, 2019
Descendants of George and Grace Tarr will gather for a covered dish this weekend. The meal and reunion will start at noon at the McLouth Community Center. Please bring food to share, your photo albums and memories and your table service.
Linwood News: Donations for OWL, entertainment programs for youths, StoryWalk program, Alzheimer’s and dementia program
June 14, 2019
Operation Wildlife is in need of food donations for some of the animals taken in from the Linwood tornado. If you’d like to help, they could use Gerber baby foods, vegetable and meats (but only chicken and turkey). They are also accepting Wal-Mart gift cards in order to purchase the necessary fresh vegetables. You can contact them at 785-542-3625 for more information or drop off donations at their facility at 23375 Guthrie Road, Linwood, KS.
Family, friends and even strangers help clean up after Linwood tornado demolishes dairy
June 12, 2019
Lawrence firefighter Rob Leach spoke into a portable radio microphone, giving instructions to a group of volunteers to move from the pasture to a cornfield as they picked up debris Saturday morning at Lin-Crest Farm. “My fire department training has come in handy,” he said. Rob’s family dairy farm, 3 miles north of Linwood, was demolished on May 28 by the EF-4 tornado that cut a 32-mile path of destruction through Douglas County and Leavenworth counties. Eleven days after the life-changing storm, Rob and his wife, Lisa, coordinated Saturday’s cleanup, with the help of about 100 volunteers, including folks from the show-cattle circuit, colleagues from work, 4-H club members and even strangers.
Turf project on schedule at Tonganoxie High’s Beatty Field; personnel recommendations approved
June 12, 2019
Though rain halted progress on the turf project in recent weeks, better construction weather has helped the field turf project at Beatty Field. Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said the project should be back on schedule for completion at the end of July or early August. He said a layer of rock likely will be the next step for the project, likely later this week.
Tonganoxie couple to compete Saturday at Monster Jam in Arrowhead Stadium
June 12, 2019
A seasoned Tonganoxie husband and wife who are big stars in the monster truck circuit will be competing in their own back yard this weekend. Jimmy and Dawn Creten, known as drivers of monster trucks Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit, will be operating their giant trucks Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.
HIt-and-run driver arrested following Kansas Highway 16 accident
June 7, 2019
Officers eventually found a driver involved in a hit-and-run accident Thursday afternoon on Kansas Highway 16. The accident happened about 3:20 p.m. Thursday at 228th Street and K-16 west of Tonganoxie. The driver of a 1999 Ford F-250 truck struck a Dodge Ram 2500 van from behind, forcing the van off the road and into a guardrail, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports. The driver of the second vehicle, a 28-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man, was injured when he struck his head during the crash. He also suffered minor leg injuries, but declined Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service transportation to a hospital.
Festival fun: Tonganoxie Days returning Saturday to Gallagher Park area; library groundbreaking and a car show also planned
June 6, 2019
Music, beverages, inflatable games and rides, along with food and craft vendors will be the offerings for this year’s Tonganoxie Days, with some special Tonganoxie Public Library events and traditional events also planned for the day. Tonganoxie Days will run 3-11 p.m. Saturday in and around Gallagher Park. There will be food, craft and other vendors, inflatables and music, along with a liquor truck. Food trucks and vendors this year are Frog Hoppin BBQ, Cajun Nation, Kansas Citrus Crushers, Sweet 7th Heaven and KC Kettle Korn.
Communities come together to help tornado victims in Linwood area
June 5, 2019
Linwood and Basehor students have been going to school together since the 1980s when the communities combined to form one school district. The communities continued to be in it together this week with tornado relief following Tuesday’s EF-4 tornado that tore through parts of Douglas and Leavenworth counties.
Linwood area tries to rebound from massive tornado
June 5, 2019
Watching traffic pass by his decimated home from his insulation-coated chair, Linwood resident Tim Bunrein became emotional while reflecting on last week’s tornado. “I’m lucky,” Bunrein said. “This stuff, we can fix it.” A mile-wide tornado, which originally touched down in southwestern Douglas County, destroyed almost 20 homes in Linwood and Leavenworth county the evening of May 28, according to Leavenworth County Emergency Management. Only three minor injuries were reported.
Loaded fields set for Tonganoxie City Council, mayoral races; 1 USD 464 race contested
June 4, 2019
The filing deadline has passed and the candidate field now is set for Tonganoxie City Council and USD 464 School Board races. Voters will decide in November two City Council seats and the mayoral race. They also will decide three school board races, though only one is contested.
Tonganoxie Business Association rolls out decals encouraging local commerce
May 31, 2019
Residents might notice new stickers and signs popping up around Tonganoxie promoting the local economy and encouraging folks to shop here. Tonganoxie Business Association unveiled 4x6 stickers and bumper stickers at its regular meeting May 17. TBA is trying to distribute them throughout the community and encourage people to put them in their businesses, on their vehicles and elsewhere.
Organizations offer ways to help in aftermath of Linwood tornado
09:41 a.m., May 29, 2019 Updated 05:03 p.m.
Tornadoes did massive damage Tuesday, drawing national attention locally with the destruction in Linwood, as well as damage in Lawrence and Eudora. Free State Growers, the greenhouse on the north side of Kansas Highway 32 in Linwood, suffered massive damage, as did other structures in Linwood and homes near K-32. The tornado was determined to be an EF-4 tornado with estimated peak winds up to 170 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado made its way through parts of Douglas and Leavenworth counties and stayed on the ground for 31.82 miles, with peak winds of 170 mph and a maximum width of 1 mile. There were 18 injuries reported, but no fatalities.