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Tonganoxie Community Historical Society guest speaker to discuss state archives
October 18, 2018
A state archivist will share letters from John Brown and even some Tonganoxie-related items during Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Fourth Tuesday Program. Matt Veatch, Kansas state archivist, will present virtual highlights from the Kansas State Archives collections 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Reno Methodist Church on the TCHS campus, 210 W. Washington St.
Remember When:: A Community Review for Oct. 17, 2018
October 18, 2018
Advance voting begins for Nov. 4 election. Advanced ballots will start being sent by mail today, but the return postage will be the voter’s responsibility. In the midst of learning about communities in their social studies class, third-grade students at Tonganoxie Elementary School took a short field trip last week to learn about the community in which they live. All six third-grade classes went to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Site last week for some hands-on learning about the history of Tonganoxie and the state of Kansas (Editor’s Note: By the time you read this, the 2018 third grade classes will already have traveled to the Tonganoxie Historical Museum – this year there are seven classes.).
Haunted Hayrides next 2 Saturdays at McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds
October 18, 2018
Enjoy the ride of your life on the Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride the next two weekends at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. The hayrides will run 7:45-11 p.m. Saturday and again during the same time Oct. 27.
Bingo winners announced from Tonganoxie Public Library events
October 11, 2018
Bingo winners were announced recently with the latest adult bingo gatherings at Tonganoxie Public Library. Winners on Monday were Norma Tarr (4), Sandra Redding (2), Lucy Wolforth, Patty Szini (5), Dorothy Resco (3), Rosie Oelschlaegar (2), Kay Bundy (5), Lois Covey (2), Paul LaGue (2), Jackie Trainer, Don Fuhlhage and Susan Rose. Sept. 17 winners were Sonya Montgomery, Lois Covey, Linda Hemphill (3), Sharon Faherty (2), Kay Bundy, Marilyn Oxley (3), Doris Anderson, Rick Maloney, Patty Szini (2), Rosie Oelschlaeger(2), Lucy Wohlforth, Betty Layton (2), John Poterbin, Nila Denholm and Sharon Kelly. Bingo is played from 1-3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at the library’s community room.
Reptile event is Monday at Tonganoxie Public Library
October 11, 2018
Tonganoxie High School science teacher John Tollefson will bring live reptiles Monday to the Tonganoxie Public Library. The presentation will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at the library, 303 S. Bury St. Tollefson will discuss animals such as turtles, crocodilians, lizards and snakes.
Nerd Night to get spooky Friday at Myers Hotel
October 11, 2018
Tonganoxie Public Library and the Myers Hotel Bar are teaming up to offer a Nerd Night that’s expected to get spooky. The event will run 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Myers Hotel, with three talks planned: the first on paranormal investigation, the second on the embalming process and the third on the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets are $5, with cocktails available for anyone 21 and older. No RSVP is needed. For more information, call 913-845-3281.
Tonganoxie police make arrest on felony warrant
October 4, 2018
Tonganoxie police made an arrest early Thursday near 12th and Shawnee streets. Police arrested the person about 3 a.m. Thursday for an outstanding felony warrant. Chief Greg Larson said he couldn’t comment on the arrest because there is an active ongoing investigation with regards to the arrest.
Artists turn out to capture Tonganoxie
September 12, 2018
Though there were many activities happening during the Sunflower Stroll, one might have caught the eye most Labor Day Weekend. Artists could be seen around town painting various buildings and scenes.
McLouth Happenings: Honoring first responders; remembering 9-11; Threshing Bee around corner; yard sales
September 5, 2018
McLouth United Methodist Church invites everyone to honor first responders during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church. After the service, there will be “EMERGE ‘N SEE” events.
Produce available Tuesdays in downtown Tonganoxie
August 29, 2018
Visitors can pick up produce at noon Tuesdays in the Mutual Savings parking lot just west of Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank. People providing the produce will let visitors know if there will not be produce the next Tuesday.
Several offices to be closed for Labor Day observance
August 29, 2018
Most government offices, many banks and some other businesses will be closed Monday in honor of Labor Day.
Flower power in Tonganoxie: Sunflower Stroll rolls into town this week
August 29, 2018
There are some rainy days in this week’s forecast, but organizers of this year’s Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll are hoping the clouds won’t keep away visitors to the area celebrating the return of Grinter Farms sunflowers between Tonganoxie and Lawrence just off U.S. Highway 24-40. The extremely dry summer has led to some strange growing patterns for area sunflowers. Ted and Kris Grinter have welcomed visitors to their famous sunflower field for years and again will do so this year, but the field will bloom in sections, with the first blooms expected this weekend.
Motorcyclist dies from injuries sustained in crash with Tonganoxie Police vehicle
10:19 p.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 04:23 a.m.
A motorcyclist died Friday night following an accident involving a Tonganoxie Police officer. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Village Street in Tonganoxie. Tonganoxie police officer Nicholas Ontiveros, 33, Lansing, was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer west on U.S. 24-40 when he activated his emergency lights and made a U-turn in attempt to stop a vehicle traveling east on the highway, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Tonganoxie author bringing fruits and veggies to life in new children’s book
August 17, 2018
Some doodling during a college course years ago has led to a Tonganoxie man’s latest accomplishment: published author. Jason Maslak said that when he did some drawing in a class at Kansas City Kansas Community College. “I was trying to do my own TV show with characters and came up with vegetable characters,” he said. The idea, though sat dormant for several years — until Maslak had children.
Sunflower farms near Lawrence, Topeka have sunflowers in peak bloom for the weekend
August 16, 2018
Grab your cameras and pick out just the right outfit. Sunflower season has arrived in the area. Hunsinger Farms Sunflower Patch will open Friday, according to owner George Hunsinger. Like many sunflower fields in the area, Labor Day Weekend has become prime bloom time. This year, visitors can hit sunflower fields different weekends.

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