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Tonganoxie checkpoint turns into high-speed chase
10:36 a.m., July 24, 2017 Updated 12:29 p.m.
A standard Tonganoxie police checklane ended 45 minutes early Saturday morning and turned into high-speed chase after a vehicle failed to comply with law enforcement at the checklane.
Leavenworth County authorities searching for inmate worker who left jail Thursday night
July 21, 2017
Leavenworth County authorities are searching for an inmate worker who walked away from his duty assignment Thursday night. George Joseph Burgess Jr. walked away from his assignment at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Leavenworth County Jail in the Justice Center, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Tonganoxie High Science Club, FCCLA join forces to offer first Science Camp
July 14, 2017
Tonganoxie youths received a summer dose of science last month, thanks to Tonganoxie High School students. Science Camp took place June 26-30 at the Tonganoxie Communty Historic Site campus.
Solid as a rock in Tonganoxie
July 13, 2017
Think Pokémon without participants zeroed in on a smartphone screen. What started out as a fundraising effort to bring awareness to others about a disease has turned into a popular activity in Tonganoxie. Tammy Wagner, of Tonganoxie, who suffers from cavernous angioma, was looking for ways to raise money for research and awareness.
Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
July 6, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer. The offering, which started as an afterschool program during the 2016-17 school year, will run 3:30-5 p.m. weekdays at the library, with the exception of July 4. The Chieftain Cafe allows all youths to grab free healthy snacks and participate in a variety of activities. The program was averaging 70 youths daily later in the school year. For more information, visit tonganoxielibrary.org.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Museum open 3 days each week during summer
July 6, 2017
The Tonganoxie Community Historic Site campus is open to the public three days out of the week this time of year. The museum and other buildings are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays at 201 W. Washington St. Tours also can be arranged at other times by appointment. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated. Tonganoxie Community Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month (except June and December) in the Reno Methodist Church building on the campus for a brief business meeting and a historical program. The meetings are open to the public and there is no charge. TCHS is a nonprofit organization, funded through dues, donations, memorials, building rentals, grants and fundraising activities.
Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
July 3, 2017
The StoneLion Puppet Theatre will be present their show Reflections at 12:30 p.m. July 13 at the Linwood Library. The puppet show brings to life the Mekong Delta rainforest and presents rare animals in puppet form, including marionettes and rod puppets.
Remember When: A Community Review for July 5, 2017
July 3, 2017
The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2006 population estimate that showed Tonganoxie’s population increased 9.19 percent to 4,101, the biggest increase since the 2000 census. Tonganoxie had the third-highest percentage in growth in Kansas, following Westmoreland and Maize. The Historical Farmer’s Market will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Tonganoxie High School west campus parking lot. The market is spearheaded by Pete and Brenda Wood. The market will be open weekly from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through the third week in October.
Love for longtime veteran
July 3, 2017
A parade of 30 motorcycles, many donned with large American flags, suddenly happened Saturday morning in Tonganoxie. The procession, which a Tonganoxie police car led, even had some spectators who stopped to wave at the cyclists while they winded through the community. This group of American Legion Riders, though, weren’t just out for a leisurely weekend ride. They were visiting a local veteran to honor his service. Dave Underwood has lived in Tonganoxie more than five decades.
Practicing procedure enhanced with simulator program at Tonganoxie Police Department
June 28, 2017
Tonganoxie Police Lt. Jarrod Gill watched Friday as one of his officers tried to stop an armed robbery in progress, handle a disgruntled driver and pursue a school shooter, all in a span of several minutes inside the police station’s conference room. Gill worked with Tonganoxie officers all of last week in simulating various situations officers could face. Midwest Public Risk, the city’s insurance provider, allowed the department to use its $30,000 Milo Range virtual program to help further train officers.
KC’s got the Beat, thanks to Tonganoxie High teacher
THS instructor’s informational video about Kansas City history goes viral
June 22, 2017
Matt Beat has written a song about every former U.S. president. In 2016, he unsuccessfully started a petition at whitehouse.gov to interview President Barack Obama for his song. Though his “signatures” fell well short of the required 100,000 mark, Beat’s latest YouTube video may well be on its way to that level in social media views.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 14, 2017
June 14, 2017
Kevin Freeman and his daughter Makayla were pictured as they worked to capture a swarm of 15,000 bees that settled on a dogwood in the Paul Mast home.
Big bike boom in Tonganoxie
State cycling tour to bring 850 riders to town Friday
June 14, 2017
The 43rd year of the longest-running bicycling event in Kansas history — a 522-mile ride across the Sunflower State — will be stopping for a big night in Tonganoxie. Biking Across Kansas started June 10 at the Colorado line west of Tribune and will make an overnight stop Friday in Tonganoxie. About 850 cyclists are expected to stay in Tonganoxie, with many spending the night at Tonganoxie High School. Other overnight stops on the eight-day tour are Dighton, WaKenney, Plainville, Lincoln, Chapman and Rossville. The cyclist will finish up the tour Saturday in Leavenworth.
Tonganoxie Public LIbrary’s Chieftain Cafe continuing in summer months
June 7, 2017
Tonganoxie Public Library is extending its Chieftain Cafe into the summer.
Tonganoxie Days returning with run milestone, more attractions in festival area
June 7, 2017
Tonganoxie might not be celebrating a big birthday this year, but there is a milestone at this year’s Tonganoxie Days. The 30th annual Tonganoxie Public Library Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the library, 303 S. Bury St. Proceeds from the run after expenses go toward the new library fund and summer reading programs. About 200 have signed up for the run so far.

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