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Crews clean up hydraulic spill in Tonganoxie subdivision
September 20, 2017
Crews worked to clean up a hydraulic line spill Wednesday afternoon in a Tonganoxie subdivision. Tonganoxie City Fire Department members were told of a spill in the South Park subdivision about 2:30 p.m., according to Fire Chief Jack Holcom.
Tyson putting hold on proposed chicken plant plans near Tonganoxie
04:51 p.m., September 19, 2017 Updated 04:59 p.m.
Tyson Foods, Inc., is putting a proposed $320 million project near Tonganoxie on hold. In an open letter from Tyson to the Leavenworth County community emailed Tuesday, group president of poultry Doug Ramsey wrote that the company is delaying the process in light of Monday’s Leavenworth County Commission decision to rescind intent to issue $500 million in industrialized bonds for the project. The letter talks about Tyson’s 5,700 “team members” who are proud to live and work in Kansas and an annual economic impact of $2.4 billion in the state and reasons Tyson thought Leavenworth County was a good fit. But the letter eventually explained the status of the project.
Leavenworth County commissioners revoke bond support for proposed Tyson chicken plant near Tonganoxie
11:23 a.m., September 18, 2017 Updated 05:37 p.m.
Leavenworth County commissioners at their meeting this morning said they no longer are prepared to issue a key set of bonds for a controversial meatpacking plant proposed for a site south of Tonganoxie.
Legislators pledge to join Tonganoxie fight against Tyson plant
September 16, 2017
Residents pressed local legislators repeatedly about their stances on a proposed $320 million Tyson chicken processing plant during a town hall meeting Friday in Tonganoxie. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Reps. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie and Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, all said during the meeting at Chieftain Park that they had numerous concerns about the proposed project, but they wanted more information before landing on either side of the issue.
Tonganoxie mayor checking on potential conflict of interest with Tyson
September 14, 2017
As Tyson Foods seeks more than $1 million from the city of Tonganoxie for a controversial meatpacking plant, the city’s mayor has confirmed he works for a law firm that does business with Tyson. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward said he is now seeking legal advice on whether he has an official conflict of interest that would preclude him from taking part in decisions on Tyson’s proposal to build a $325 million chicken processing plant south of Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie writer pens children’s book that can help youths deal with loss due to suicide
September 13, 2017
Tonganoxie writer Lisa Scheller has published a picture book, “The Story of The Bear.” The book may be helpful for adult caregivers to open a conversation with a child who has lost a loved one to suicide. Scheller originally wrote the story in 1989 to help her then-young children understand their paternal grandfather’s suicide.
No Tyson In Tongie’ effort adding supporters by hundreds in Tonganoxie area
September 12, 2017
Jen Peak has watched a community mobilize for a common cause in the span of a week. She was in downtown Tonganoxie on Sept. 5 when Gov. Sam Brownback and officials from Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans for a massive $320 million chicken-processing plant on two properties along Leavenworth County Road 1 south of Tonganoxie. With opposition signs in tow, Peak and other members of Citizens Against Project Sunset were at the announcement.
Brownback announces Tyson planning $320M plant near Tonganoxie
September 5, 2017
A $320 million poultry complex — the first of its kind to be built in some 20 years — is expected to be up and running in 2019 south of Tognanoxie, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday in downtown Tonganoxie. Brownback announced that Tyson Foods, Inc., which already has six plants across the state, plans to build its largest near Tonganoxie.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 30, 2017
September 1, 2017
Sunflowers are in full bloom and fans don’t have to travel far to take in their beauty. Ted Grinter has 27 acres of row after row of sunflowers on his farm southwest of Tonganoxie. Sunflowers are known to track the movement of the sun across the sky when they are in the bud stage. Once the flower blooms, however, it faces east and that could be the flower’s efforts to avoid direct heat. Kansas ranks third in sunflower production after North Dakota and South Dakota.
Barn quilts adorn Tonganoxie Community Historic Site barn
September 1, 2017
Last week, the hay barn at Tonganoxie Community Historical Society museum took on a new look. Travelers on U.S. Highway 24-40 can look to the west to see the new look. Folks also can turn west onto Eighth Street and view the new feature near Vintage Park. Three barn quilts now adorn the north wall of the historic site’s barn. Since 2011, the north face of the barn was decorated with a canvas that celebrated the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Today, the barn celebrates the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail and becomes the centerpiece for the trail.
Embracing, bracing for Grinter sunflowers near Tonganoxie
August 31, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 24-40 has the potential for jubilation and anxiety all wrapped into a couple weekends. The popular Grinter Farms sunflower fields look to be on schedule for prime viewing Labor Day Weekend and into the following weekend. With the August weather looking to be mild this year, it’s shaping up to be another massive tourism time at Grinter Farms. Crowds have grown each year, with last year’s crowds thought to be pushing some 150,000 for the entire viewing period. That meant traffic troubles on U.S. 24-40, some fender benders and even message boards on Interstate 70 announcing the fields were closed to visitors for a time.
Sunflower Stroll coming to Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The Sunflower Stroll is coming to Tonganoxie. Monica Gee with the Tonganoxie Business Association told the City Council on Monday of plans to entice visitors to the Grinter Farms sunflower fields to stop in Tonganoxie after their visit to the global attraction. Gee said the stroll was an effort to get something started in Tonganoxie around the time sunflowers are in bloom. She hopes the stroll grows into a festival or some time of event as time progresses.
Pathways transition program opening today in former Tonganoxie police station
August 17, 2017
More activity is coming to downtown Tonganoxie. Pathways, a new transition program for for graduates 18-21 years of age is set to open Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital accepting grant applications for local wellness projects
August 17, 2017
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. Multiple grants may be awarded in each community, with a maximum of $2,500 per applicant. More than $10,000 in grants will be distributed starting in September, the news release said.
FAST times at Tonganoxie’s Chieftain Park
August 17, 2017
A core group of people again are getting active on Sunday nights at Chieftain Park. The latest session of Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie started Aug. 6, averaging 20 people the first two workouts. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission again has organized the workout program, which again is getting financial assistance through a Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association grant. FAST started in 2015 as a way to promote fitness for all families.

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