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Two Tonganoxie teens shot during early morning incident; injuries not life-threatening
04:33 p.m., August 5, 2020 Updated 06:30 p.m.
Two Tonganoxie teens were shot during an incident early Wednesday morning about 3 miles west of Tonganoxie near Kansas Highway 16, but the wounds were not life-threatening. Early Wednesday, two 17-year-old Tonganoxie girls were parked in the parking lot at Helen’s Hilltop, 19611 McLouth Rd., planning to meet an 18-year-old Tonganoxie woman, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Tonganoxie woman killed after car strikes motorcycle on highway
August 1, 2020
A Tonganoxie woman was killed and a Bonner Springs man was injured Friday morning in Leavenworth County when a car rear-ended a motorcycle. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s online report, the accident occurred at 5:04 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 24/40 just west of 150th Street in Basehor.
Traveling exhibit celebrating 100 years of women voting at Tonganoxie library through Saturday
July 29, 2020
A traveling exhibit that brings to life the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Kansas will visit towns across the state during the next 14 months in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. One of those stops is Tonganoxie.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 22, 2020
July 23, 2020
With the summer months here, street repair has begun in earnest in Tonganoxie. Priorities for road work have been set by the city council, and the streets of Delaware, Pleasant, Shawnee, and Green are considered the number one priority. These streets will have mill and overlay work done to them. The primary road work which has been done so far, however, has been on Second street.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board to have special meeting Thursday to discuss reopening plans
July 23, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 will have a special school board meeting Thursday to discuss a strategic reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year.
McLouth Happenings
July 22, 2020
McLouth Middle School will celebrate its eighth-grade graduation this week. The event will start at 8 p.m. Friday at Stan Braksick Sport Complex. A traditional ceremony is planned, but subject to change dependent upon any new information or guidelines that may be declared.
Produce days continuing at Mutual Savings parking lot
July 22, 2020
Tonganoxie Lions Club is distributing free produce this summer. The first-come-first serve produce is being offered at noon Tuesdays at the Mutual Savings Association parking lot in downtown Tonganoxie. Produce at the weekly dropoff is grown at the Leavenworth federal prison.
On with the show: Tonganoxie Recreation Commission summer youth theater production takes place outside
July 22, 2020
The show went on this past weekend at Tonganoxie VFW Park. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission’s annual summer theater production normally takes place at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus with a big cast of local children participating in the community event.
Tonganoxie FAST workouts wrapping up with kickball event Sunday
July 10, 2020
Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie, a workout group open to the local community, will have it its final gathering for the foreseeable future on Sunday at Chieftain Park. FAST will have a kickball game at 6:30 p.m. at the park. Past and current FAST participants, as well as anyone else is encouraged to participate. The community workout program is going to have a hiatus due to low turnout.
Jump in COVID-19 cases linked to Basehor Field of Dreams, Leavenworth County Health Department reports
July 6, 2020
Local health officials are linking increased COVID-19 cases to the Field of Dreams Athletics Complex near Basehor. The Leavenworth County Health Department said Monday that it has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases from contact tracing investigations related to the complex at 14333 Fairmount Road.
Leavenworth County won’t follow governor’s mandatory mask order
July 2, 2020
Leavenworth County officials will continue to encourage and recommend that the county’s residents continue to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. But the county is opting out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order for mandatory mask-wearing, which is set to start Friday. County Commissioners voted, 5-0, to opt out of the order and follow recommendations from Leavenworth County Health Officer Jamie Miller during a special meeting Thursday night at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
Fireworks allowed through Saturday
July 1, 2020
Residents can shoot off fireworks within city limits through Independence Day. Fireworks started being discharged Tuesday. Fireworks can be shot off 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily from through Saturday, which is Independence Day.
Kansas to begin mandatory mask policy on Friday as COVID-19 cases in state trend upward
June 29, 2020
The state of Kansas, beginning on Friday, will require every person to wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday. The marked escalation in Kansas’ strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 came after the state confirmed over 900 new cases of the respiratory virus over the past weekend. Repeatedly on Monday, Kelly stressed that mask wearing is currently the only method available to slow the virus spread in any meaningful way until a vaccine is readily available.
Tonganoxie Public Library opens with some restrictions
June 17, 2020
The Tonganoxie Public Library re-opened Monday, though some services won’t be available just yet. Patrons can visit the library for in-person pickups for holds, fax and copier services, laptops summer reading prize and supply pickup and curbside service. The library collection will be partially available.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 17, 2020
June 17, 2020
The Mirror’s front page news photos of summer youth at their various jobs included throwing hay bales, working on cars, and Kay Emery operating a Linotype machine. The sheriff’s Mirror piece reminded everyone that after dark bicycles must have a light and reflectors for safety.

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