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Remember When: A Community Review for Oct. 14, 2020
October 14, 2020
It’s been 100 years since Lem Evans started a real estate company in Tonganoxie, and Lem is still here selling real estate today. Well, not the original Lem Evans, but his great-grandsons, Lem and J.W. Evans, and great-great-grandson, John Evans II.
Tonganoxie-Piper game now back on; teams to play at 5 p.m. today
October 3, 2020
Piper has been cleared to play its Frontier League game against Tonganoxie High. The teams now will play at 5 p.m. today at Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie High football game could move to Saturday
04:28 p.m., October 2, 2020 Updated 04:14 a.m.
Tonganoxie High School’s football game against Piper originally scheduled for Friday now might take place Saturday. THS officials posted late Friday afternoon that the game had been canceled because Piper was awaiting COVID-19 test results for some of its players.
A story and a stroll: Tonganoxie library, historical society team up for what’s hoped to be 1st in ongoing series of bookwalk events
September 16, 2020
A book came to life this past weekend at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. And it’s hoped more will do the same in the future. Tonganoxie Public Library and the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society recently collaborated to created Every Barn Tells a Storywalk on the TCHS campus.
Tours of new exhibit to start Saturday at Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
September 12, 2020
On three Saturday afternoons, from 3:30-6 p.m. the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society and Museum will hold the tours of a new exterior exhibit, “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” The exhibit showcases the remains of a spring that was used by travelers on the Leavenworth-Lawrence Road in the 1850s. The spring then became an integral part of a very successful dairy farm in Tonganoxie — The Frank Fairchild Dairy farm, where our museum is now located.
Tours of new exhibit to start Saturday at Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
September 10, 2020
On three Saturday afternoons, from 3:30-6 p.m. the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society and Museum will hold the tours of a new exterior exhibit, “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” The exhibit showcases the remains of a spring that was used by travelers on the Leavenworth-Lawrence Road in the 1850s. The spring then became an integral part of a very successful dairy farm in Tonganoxie — The Frank Fairchild Dairy farm, where our museum is now located.
Tonganoxie High School student tests positive for COVID-19
September 9, 2020
A Tonganoxie High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The Tonganoxie school district released a statement Wednesday afternoon that a student has tested positive for the virus. The Leavenworth County Health Department notified the school district about the positive case, according to the release.
Sunflower fun well done: Seasonal attraction near Tonganoxie draws big crowds again
September 9, 2020
Kris Grinter rings up merchandise at Sunflower General as a steady flow of customers — and tourists — make their way to the Grinter Farms a few miles south of Tonganoxie. A customer asks whether they have sunflower seeds for sale and whether they’re edible. For birds they’re great; for humans, they basically work as a laxative. “So save them for your enemies,” Kris joked.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 26, 2020
August 27, 2020
In what County Commissioner George Sprague termed a “substantial raise,” Sprague and the other commissioners have had to raise the mill levy collected in the county by just over four mills. Contributing factors included the need for construction of a new juvenile detention center, a 2.5 percent increase in the salaries of all county employees, and the need for a new solid waste management plant. Corky’s BBQ got a new roof this past week, changing the looks of that building. It’s a hip roof that should keep things dry on the inside.
Morgan stepping down from planning board after future applicant is appointed to post
August 26, 2020
John Morgan has seen many projects and developments come to fruition in Tonganoxie. From the Tonganoxie Business Park and the city’s parks and trails system to County Road 1 and the U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor study, he’s been involved in some capacity in the early stages. Morgan has served on the Tonganoxie Planning Commission for 14 years, so he’s read and heard his share of documentation and proposals for various projects in Tonganoxie. But Morgan soon will be stepping down.
Tonganoxie Public Library temporarily closing ‘due to potential COVID activity’
August 21, 2020
Tonganoxie Public Library is closed today and Saturday due to heightened pandemic precautions. Library officials posted Thursday that the library would be closed for two days.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 19, 2020
August 20, 2020
A local veteran of the Korean War recently had the honor of attending the dedication of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Don Wiles, who served in Korea from 1950-1952, was among the members of the military who were present at this dedication. Wiles was a member of an engineer’s unit, which was responsible for blowing up and building roads and bridges. One of the people that Wiles remembers was Bob Burrows, a young man who lived in Tonganoxie and who Wiles saw pass through his company one day on his way to the front. Burrows was killed hours later.
Study rooms now available at Tonganoxie Public Library
August 19, 2020
Local residents now can utilize study rooms at Tonganoxie Public Library. The library recently announced that it was making the rooms available to the public 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays at the library in one-hour increments.
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.

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