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Local food drives provide boost for Good Shepherd; some wishlists remain for Tonganoxie organization
November 27, 2019
Thanks to Tonganoxie students, the food pantry at Good Shepherd has 11,000 more canned goods to help feed those in need. Tonganoxie Middle School accumulated 4,000 cans during a recent drive, while Tonganoxie Elementary School amassed nearly 7,500 cans. As part of Mayor Jason Ward’s annual food drive challenge, the TES class to gather the most canned goods gets to help Ward turn on Christmas tree lights during the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony festivities in the downtown pocket park.
Tonganoxie Library Foundation starting capital campaign for furniture, furnishings
November 27, 2019
Tonganoxie Public Library is embarking on a capital giving campaign to fund furniture and furnishings at its new location. The drive, which is starting this week, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Farm Bureau presents quilts to Tonganoxie veterans
November 21, 2019
Farm Bureau Financial Services employees recognized their veteran colleagues for their military service, presenting them with handcrafted quilts. Kirk Pederson and Michael Wehmeyer, both of Tonganoxie, were among the employees who were presented with quilts during an event at the company’s regional office. The quilts, which were made by fellow employees, were given to veterans in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “These quilts are a token of our admiration and appreciation for your service,” said CEO Jim Brannen. “We thank you for defending the freedom of this great nation. “Words can never truly express how grateful we are, but I hope that each time you use these beautiful quilts, you remember that your sacrifices and your service have not gone unnoticed. It is an honor to call you my colleagues.”
Mayor’s Tree Lighting festivities Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 21, 2019
Children will get to see Santa and watch as the downtown Christmas tree lights up Saturday in Tonganoxie. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will be 4:30-8 p.m. at the downtown pocket park, Fourth and Delaware streets, along with nearby spots. Santa’s helpers again are decorating the City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware St., for a visit with Santa Claus. This year’s theme is Letters to Santa.
Thursday wreck on 24-40 southwest of Tonganoxie claims life of 21-year-old Lawrence man
12:59 p.m., October 25, 2019 Updated 03:38 p.m.
A two-vehicle fatality accident Thursday afternoon between Tonganoxie and Lawrence claimed the life of a 21-year-old Lawrence man. The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Loring Road, which is about 8 miles southwest of Tonganoxie, or 4 miles northeast of Lawrence. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, a Ford F250 truck driven by Hunter Ford, 22, Tonganoxie, was traveling north toward Tonganoxie on U.S. Highway 24-40, while a 2018 Kia Soul driven by Jawuan Smoot, 21, Lawrence, was traveling south. Ford’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Smoot’s Kia Soul. Ford’s truck then rolled and left the road to the the left, while the Kia Soul overturned and left the road to the right. Smoot was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KHP reports. He was wearing a safety restraint. MIlitary personnel notified Smoot’s family of his death. Ford, who was not wearing a safety restraint, reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Remember When: A Community Review for Oct. 23, 2019
October 24, 2019
City leaders and area developers want to stay competitive when it comes to attracting new homeowners, but for now, they are waiting word from the Kansas Attorney General’s office before offering any tax incentives. During a work session Monday night, city leaders continued their discussion on a plan that would rebate a percentage of its portion of property taxes on new home construction. The Tonganoxie City Council is awaiting an opinion from Kansas Attorney General Steve Six on what kind of areas the city would be able to define as a revitalization district.
Monster Truck event rolling into Tonganoxie
October 23, 2019
Some mighty big trucks are popping up in front of Tonganoxie businesses. The monster trucks are a reminder that, for the first time ever, 2Xtreme Racing’s Monster Truck Series is coming to Tonganoxie. The event will start at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. This weekend’s show will feature national TV monster trucks, including two-time world champion Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit, Iron Outlaw and Jekyll and Hyde. The truck series event will feature Quad Wars, as Team Kansas will take on Team Missouri for the season championship.
Remember When: A Community Review for Oct. 16, 2019
October 17, 2019
Monday night football couldn’t have been much better than it was this week. The Chiefs got mile high relief, and that wasn’t until the last minute. Considering the fact that it was 1982 since they defeated the Broncos there, it’s indeed something different. Also, lots of fun even as a fan. It took 16 months, countless government delays, and the lowering of the water line caused by the flood of 1993, but Leavenworth Aviation Services, Inc. is reopened for business. Started in 1990 by Wally Winstead, the airport, located on Sherman Army Airfield, Ft. Leavenworth, was enjoying a great deal of success until Mother Nature got involved.
McLouth Happenings: Haunted hayrides next 2 Saturdays; Veterans to be honored at MES
October 17, 2019
Enjoy the ride of your life on the Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride this month at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. Spooky rides will be offered 7:45-11 p.m. Saturday and 7:45-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost: $10 per person for adults and youths 7 and older; $5 for children ages 6 and younger.
Tonganoxie Public Library doors open again
October 16, 2019
The Tonganoxie Public Library is back to its regular hours, though as of late Tuesday morning the library still did not have running water or working bathrooms. Library director Nicole Holifield posted a note last week on the library’s website with an update that the library would be back in operation starting at 9 a.m. this past Thursday. Officials had to push that date back, so instead the library re-opened Tuesday.
Tonganoxie Public Library now pushing back opening to Tuesday
09:29 a.m., October 14, 2019 Updated 09:29 a.m.
The Tonganoxie Public Library will be re-open this week. Library director Nicole Holifield originally posted a note on the library’s website with an update that the library would be back in operation starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, but that date had to be pushed back. The library now will reopen Tuesday.
Remember When: A Community Review for Oct. 9, 2019
October 9, 2019
From the column, “Direct from Denise,” written by Denise Sullivan, Leavenworth County Extension Agent for Home Economics: You have probably noticed the new food labels by now. They were directed to be in place by May of this year by the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act. The new labels have been met with mixed reviews — some find them to be quite helpful, others find them to be “clear as mud.”
Authorities take one man into custody, another still at-large following traffic stop north of Tonganoxie
09:05 a.m., October 9, 2019 Updated 10:50 p.m.
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office is searching an area north of Tonganoxie for two subjects who fled a traffic stop on foot this morning. As a precautionary measure, Tonganoxie USD 464 schools are on lockdown.
License plate presentation coming Oct. 22 to Tonganoxie Community Historical Society
October 9, 2019
For all of those residents who played the license plate game on road trips or enjoy seeing older license plates, there might be just the presentation and exhibit for you coming later this month to the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus.
McLouth Happenings: Stanwood Friends homecoming
October 3, 2019
Stanwood Friends Church Homecoming Weekend will celebrate 136 years of worship and fellowship this weekend. Movie night and snacks will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Sunday, with a worship service at 11 a.m. with a time for memories, special music and stories, followed by a potluck dinner at the church, 6197 259th St., Tonganoxie, between Tonganoxie and McLouth.