Local news

Open house for Tonganoxie youth activity center is Saturday
June 25, 2018
There will be an open house Saturday for the new Tonganoxie Youth Activity Center. The open house will be 10-11 a.m. June 30 at the center, which is in the former Jewel on Main building on the northeast corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown Tonganoxie.
City Council appoints Bretthauer to rec commission board
June 20, 2018
John Bretthauer will be the newest member of the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board. The City Council approved, 2-1, to appoint Bretthauer to the TRC board. Curtis Oroke made the motion and Dave Bennett the second.
Early morning vehicle accident claims life of May Tonganoxie High graduate
June 15, 2018
An 18-year-old who graduated last month from Tonganoxie High School died in an overnight vehicle accident early Friday morning. Dalton Richard Hull, who has a Lawrence address, was driving about 2:25 a.m. Friday west on Loring Road in southern Leavenworth County when his Ford Mustang struck a parked vehicle on the side of the road. Hull’s Mustang flipped over on its top after impact.
Speaker to discuss LGTBQ issues today with ‘Ask a Lesbrarian” at Tonganoxie Public Library
June 13, 2018
Marilyn Kearney will be the speaker for the program “Ask a Lesbrarian” from 1:30-3 p.m. today at the Tonganoxie Public Library.
Tonganoxie communty sends off police chief at retirement reception
June 6, 2018
Tonganoxie Business Association members gave Jeff Brandau some good-natured ribbing Friday during the organization’s weekly breakfast meeting at Brothers Market. Members reminded the retiring police chief that it also was National Doughnut Day and that it was fitting that was his last day on the job.
Tonganoxie Days, library run, VFW car show coming Saturday
June 6, 2018
One of Tonganoxie’s bigger Saturdays is almost here. Tonganoxie Days will be Saturday, which means the Gallagher Park and the surrounding area will be bustling with music entertainment, children’s inflatables, food vendors and adult beverages.
Helping hands from Tonganoxie in Guatemala
May 16, 2018
Thanks to a group of local volunteers, Guatemalan villagers have healthier smiles and improved roofs over their heads. Tonganoxie resident Kay Soetaert led a group of 13 volunteers in February to San Juan la Laguna on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for medical and dental outreach, as well as home construction. Soetaert said she has gone to the Central American country some 15 times for mission work, many times with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church from Overland Park.
Battle of Badges blood drive this week throughout Leavenworth County
May 14, 2018
Leavenworth County Battle of the Badges is a blood drive taking place this week throughout the county that encourages residents to join with first responders in donating blood.
Marathon man: Tonganoxie resident completes 2nd Boston Marathon
April 25, 2018
A marathon can be a nerve-racking experience even for the most experienced runner. The preparation, the grueling 26.2 miles itself. For Jack Angell, he most feared a bite from the flu bug— especially with the recent Boston Marathon. After all, running is an investment. The travel, the lodging and the registration in the marathon itself. And, despite the cruddy weather April 16 in Massachusetts — rain, sleet and all — Angell was able to complete the Boston Marathon.
Tonganoxie school board names Valley Falls superintendent to USD 464 post; Phillips to be assistant superintendent
April 17, 2018
An administrator with nearly 40 years in education has been named the next superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464. The school board approved, 5-1, the hire of Loren Feldkamp as the district’s next superintendent. The contract is for two years starting July 1. The board also approved, 6-0, to hire Tonya Phillips as assistant superintendent for a one-year contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to meet again tonight at District Administrative Office
April 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board again will meet tonight in executive session at the USD 464 District Administrative Office, 330 E U.S. Highway 24-40 near the high school following last week’s interviews with superintendent candidates.
Leadership development class events Saturday in Tonganoxie, throughout county
April 13, 2018
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development class members have organized two events scheduled for this weekend: The Community Proud beautification project for local school districts and Pet Health Day. Here’s a closer look at both events:
Mural work inside Tonganoxie business continues this weekend
April 12, 2018
With the help of an industrial lift, Elizabeth Daniel moved back and forth, up and down Saturday and Sunday at Ryan’s Public House in downtown Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie artist turned the avocado-colored wall into an ever-growing mural, scene by scene.
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad team wins 4th straight small-school state title
10:59 a.m., April 11, 2018 Updated 12:01 a.m.
Tonganoxie Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips joked at Monday’s USD 464 school board meeting that some Tonganoxie High School students were a bit late to prom Saturday, but it was for good reason. Those THS students brought home a fourth straight state title in Science Olympiad in the small-school division.
Public invited to see Tonganoxie artist create mural inside local business this weekend
April 5, 2018
A local artist will be painting a mural inside a Tonganoxie business and the public is invited to view the process. Tonganoxie artist Elizabeth Daniel will be painting a mural on the west interior wall of Ryan’s Public House, 622 E. Fourth St. in downtown Tonganoxie.

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