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Humanities Kansas awards Tonganoxie Community Historical Society with grant
April 17, 2019
Humanities Kansas recently awarded $4,830 to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society in support of “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” Joy Lominska serves as project director. The grant allows for research into the history of the spring on the museum grounds and will result in an outdoor display with signage about the spring and how such springs have supported life and spurred development. A grand opening is planned for April 2020.
Documentary about ‘riverkings’ to be featured Tuesday in Tonganoxie
April 17, 2019
A documentary about “riverkings” along the Kansas River will be shown Tuesday as part of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Fourth Tuesday programming. The documentary “When Kings Reigned,” which was produced in Lawrence, will be show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 210 W. Washington St. The film begins with Jake Washington (a runaway slave) arriving in Lawrence just before the end of the Civil War. He sets up shop, building a fishing cabin on the banks of the Kaw River in Lawrence and is actively working the waters by 1870. The timeline of the riverkings runs from 1870-1970.
Remember When: A Community Review for April 17, 2019
April 17, 2019
Two teams competed Saturday night in the match to see who would be crowned the champion of the Improv Thunderdome and earn a cash prize. One team included Garrett Kelly, a Kansas University junior and a 2006 Tonganoxie High School graduate, along with five other KU students. The other team included Benjamin Brest, a KU student and a 2004 Tonganoxie High School graduate, along with three other KU students. Benjamin Brest’s group won first place – Garrett Kelly’s group won second place.
McLouth Happenings: Holy Week; Laughing Lunch; Milestone birthday party; Vacation Bible School registration
April 17, 2019
Five McLouth community churches invite you to attend Holy Week Services during the week leading up to Easter.
Miles for Marilyn 5K and fun run/walk is Saturday
April 5, 2019
Miles for Marilyn 5K and fun run/walk is April 6 The third annual Miles for Marilyn School 2 School Memorial 5K race is coming next month to Tonganoxie. This year’s run will be 9 a.m. April 6 at THS. This is part of Tonganoxie High School’s cross country program in honor of Marilyn Weller to provide a scholarship opportunity to seniors at THS. Weller graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a physical therapist in the Leavenworth County schools for 32 years. She lived a full and meaningful life, inspiring those around her with devotion to family, friends, church, and the community.
Tonganoxie library forum coming Thursday to VFW Hall
March 27, 2019
Residents can get more information about potential plans for the new Tonganoxie Public Library and also provide their input at a meeting later this week. Officials from JE Dunn Construction and Sapp Design Architects will also be on hand with library officials for the community forum, which will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the VFW Post Home, 910 E. First St. Discussion items planned for the forum are exterior elevations, an updated site plan, interior designs and an interior floor plan.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Stieben wins Leavenworth County Commission race by 33 votes; April 3 canvass to determine official results
07:25 p.m., March 26, 2019 Updated 09:32 p.m.
Mike Stieben appears to be the winner of the first Leavenworth County Commissioner Fifth District.race, but election won’t be official until next Wednesday.
Pet Health Day is April 27 in Tonganoxie
March 14, 2019
Tonganoxie Business Association is offering Pet Health Day 2-5 p.m. April 27 at the Tonganoxie City Fire Department. The event is open to all Leavenworth County residents. The city’s pet license fee will be waived for pets. Dogs and cats will be micro chipped and vaccinated at a discounted fee.
Miles for Marilyn 5K and fun run/walk is April 6
March 14, 2019
The third annual Miles for Marilyn School 2 School Memorial 5K race is coming next month to Tonganoxie. This year’s run will be 9 a.m. April 6 at THS. This is part of Tonganoxie High School’s cross country program in honor of Marilyn Weller to provide a scholarship opportunity to seniors at THS. Weller graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a physical therapist in the Leavenworth County schools for 32 years. She lived a full and meaningful life, inspiring those around her with devotion to family, friends, church, and the community.
KU shirts encouraged for Vestal visitation in Tonganoxie
March 12, 2019
The family of a former mayor has a special request for anyone attending the former resident’s visitation next week. Former Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal died Feb. 28. His visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Cornerstone Family Worship, 205 E. U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Family members have asked that anyone with a favorite University of Kansas shirt wear it to the visitation.
Police allege Tonganoxie man takes them on vehicle chase late Monday
March 12, 2019
A chase through a portion of Tonganoxie late Monday night ended up with an alleged suspect surrendering outside of town. The stop took place about 11 p.m. within the city limits, according to police Lt. Brandon Marshall. It was determined during the routine stop that the driver, a 31-year-old Tonganoxie man, had an expired registration.
Officials evacuate Legend Healthcare nursing center following early morning carbon monoxide detection
March 4, 2019
Residents and staff at a nursing center in Tonganoxie are staying at a local church following an early morning evacuation Monday. The Tonganoxie City Fire Department responded to a carbon monoxide call in the early hours Monday at Legend Healthcare, 1010 East St.
Riedel, Searcy to compete for state titles Saturday for Tonganoxie at 4A state wrestling
February 22, 2019
Tonganoxie High is guaranteed three medals at this year’s Class 4A State Wrestling Championships, with two grapplers still on pace for a shot at gold. Korbin Riedel (41-0) will wrestle in the title match for the second consecutive year at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. The senior advanced to the finals Friday with a pin of Frotenac senior Brendan Ishimura (28-3) at the 2:36 mark. Riedel will be fresh for Saturday’s title match, as his combined mat time (3 minutes, 41 seconds) is 19 seconds less than two periods of a match.
Chili can combat chilly weather in Tonganoxie this week
February 21, 2019
The bitter cold and snow and rain and drizzle — and even short-lived hail — we’ve seen it all this winter and there’s still more to come. On the bright side, there are two more chili feeds to warm your tummy and your soul and they’re coming up later this week.
Delaware Indians presentation is Tuesday at Tonganoxie Community Historical Sited
February 20, 2019
Wade Davis, independent scholar, will use his background in living history and interpretation to talk about the Delaware Indians who lived in the Tonganoxie on the Delaware Reservation before the founding of the town of Tonganoxie. He will talk about the day-to-day life of the Delaware, using historical objects and stories. Davis’ presentation, “The Grandfathers in Kansas: The Material Culture of the Delaware on the Frontier 1829-1867,” will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 201 W. Washington St.

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