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No school Friday for Tonganoxie, McLouth or Genesis Christian Academy
January 24, 2020
Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of Friday classes for the second consecutive week in Tonganoxie and McLouth. There will be no school Friday for Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342 or Genesis Christian Academy. Other area school districts canceling classes are Basehor-Linwood, Lansing, Pleasant Ridge, PIper and Bonner Springs.
Area schools cancel Friday classes due to anticipated inclement weather
January 16, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy and McLouth USD 342 are among many area schools canceling Friday classes due to anticipated inclement weather. All Leavenworth County public schools have canceled Friday classes, as have Lawrence, Eudora, Piper and Bonner Springs districts.
Tonganoxie High basketball games moving up to today due to anticipated inclement weather
January 16, 2020
Tonganoxie High boys and basketball games scheduled for Friday against Spring Hill at home now will be played today. Times for all games will be the same, but games were moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather expected to hit the area starting Friday evening.
Impending weather forces cancellation of Tonganoxie High athletics events
January 10, 2020
The winter weather expected to hit the area starting Friday evening has forced school officials to cancel weekend activities. Tonganoxie High boys and girls basketball games that were to be played tonight have been postponed. Wrestling meets Saturday at Bonner Springs and Blue Valley Southwest also have been canceled, as has Saturday’s powerlifting meet in Lansing.
Looking back at 2019 in the Tonganoxie community
January 2, 2020
There were notable moments throughout 2019 for the Tonganoxie area, but many seemed to happen in the final months of the year. Here’s a look at a few of those top stories:
Named-giving donors step up as furnishings drive continues for Tonganoxie Public Library
December 18, 2019
A combination of generous donations have pushed funds for furniture and furnishings at the new Tonganoxie Public Library site near its goal mark. The drive, which started around Thanksgiving, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Genesis Christian Academy joins Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, other area public schools in canceling Monday classes
06:34 p.m., December 15, 2019 Updated 05:25 a.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 teachers and students have their first snow day of the school year. And now, Genesis Christian Academy will have a snow day also. Tonganoxie school district officials called off Monday classes early Sunday evening. GCA made its decision early Monday morning. McLouth USD 342 also canceled Monday classes due to inclement weather. Tonganoxie joined all other Leavenworth County school districts (Basehor-Linwood, Pleasant Ridge, Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth) and McLouth in calling off Monday classes Sunday. The cancellations were consistent throughout the region. Baldwin, Lawrence, Oskaloosa, Piper and Bonner Springs school districts also canceled Monday classses.
Tonganopoly board games in the works: orders being taken at libray
December 13, 2019
Local residents can order a local version of a classic board game — or better yet, have their name in included on the board. The Friends of the Tonganoxie Library is creating Tonganopoly, an updated take on Monopoly that incorporates local businesses and residents.
Community can help push donation level past goal for Tonganoxie library foundation
December 12, 2019
A combination of generous donations have pushed funds for furniture and furnishings at the new Tonganoxie Public Library site near its goal mark. The drive, which started around Thanksgiving, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Local food drives provide boost for Good Shepherd; some wishlists remain for Tonganoxie organization
November 27, 2019
Thanks to Tonganoxie students, the food pantry at Good Shepherd has 11,000 more canned goods to help feed those in need. Tonganoxie Middle School accumulated 4,000 cans during a recent drive, while Tonganoxie Elementary School amassed nearly 7,500 cans. As part of Mayor Jason Ward’s annual food drive challenge, the TES class to gather the most canned goods gets to help Ward turn on Christmas tree lights during the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony festivities in the downtown pocket park.
Tonganoxie Library Foundation starting capital campaign for furniture, furnishings
November 27, 2019
Tonganoxie Public Library is embarking on a capital giving campaign to fund furniture and furnishings at its new location. The drive, which is starting this week, is aimed at raising about $175,000 to cover the estimated costs of those items through the Tonganoxie Public Library Foundation.
Farm Bureau presents quilts to Tonganoxie veterans
November 21, 2019
Farm Bureau Financial Services employees recognized their veteran colleagues for their military service, presenting them with handcrafted quilts. Kirk Pederson and Michael Wehmeyer, both of Tonganoxie, were among the employees who were presented with quilts during an event at the company’s regional office. The quilts, which were made by fellow employees, were given to veterans in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “These quilts are a token of our admiration and appreciation for your service,” said CEO Jim Brannen. “We thank you for defending the freedom of this great nation. “Words can never truly express how grateful we are, but I hope that each time you use these beautiful quilts, you remember that your sacrifices and your service have not gone unnoticed. It is an honor to call you my colleagues.”
Mayor’s Tree Lighting festivities Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 21, 2019
Children will get to see Santa and watch as the downtown Christmas tree lights up Saturday in Tonganoxie. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities will be 4:30-8 p.m. at the downtown pocket park, Fourth and Delaware streets, along with nearby spots. Santa’s helpers again are decorating the City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware St., for a visit with Santa Claus. This year’s theme is Letters to Santa.
Thursday wreck on 24-40 southwest of Tonganoxie claims life of 21-year-old Lawrence man
12:59 p.m., October 25, 2019 Updated 03:38 p.m.
A two-vehicle fatality accident Thursday afternoon between Tonganoxie and Lawrence claimed the life of a 21-year-old Lawrence man. The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Loring Road, which is about 8 miles southwest of Tonganoxie, or 4 miles northeast of Lawrence. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, a Ford F250 truck driven by Hunter Ford, 22, Tonganoxie, was traveling north toward Tonganoxie on U.S. Highway 24-40, while a 2018 Kia Soul driven by Jawuan Smoot, 21, Lawrence, was traveling south. Ford’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Smoot’s Kia Soul. Ford’s truck then rolled and left the road to the the left, while the Kia Soul overturned and left the road to the right. Smoot was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KHP reports. He was wearing a safety restraint. MIlitary personnel notified Smoot’s family of his death. Ford, who was not wearing a safety restraint, reportedly suffered minor injuries.
Remember When: A Community Review for Oct. 23, 2019
October 24, 2019
City leaders and area developers want to stay competitive when it comes to attracting new homeowners, but for now, they are waiting word from the Kansas Attorney General’s office before offering any tax incentives. During a work session Monday night, city leaders continued their discussion on a plan that would rebate a percentage of its portion of property taxes on new home construction. The Tonganoxie City Council is awaiting an opinion from Kansas Attorney General Steve Six on what kind of areas the city would be able to define as a revitalization district.

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