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Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy classes canceled again today due to inclement weather
February 22, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy again will not have classes Thursday. School officials called off classes early Thursday morning due to inclement weather.
Lawson resigns from Tonganoxie City Council
February 20, 2018
A Tonganoxie City Council member who was the top vote-getter among a crowded field in the 2017 election has resigned. Jamie Lawson, who had been in office for about six weeks, announced at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting that he would be stepping down. Lawson apologized for the sudden announcement.
No school for Tonganoxie USD 464 due to ice
February 20, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have classes today, Feb. 20. School officials canceled due to icy conditions.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 31, 2018
January 31, 2018
Three Tonganoxie High band members made school history when they were selected to the Kansas Music Educators Association 1A-4A All-State Band. Senior Ryan Wolfe and juniors Rex Hancock and Ryan Brammer became the first ever THS students to eve make the prestigious band.
Dispatch numbers show thefts, animal calls up in 2017; Gill takes job with KBI; counterfeit bills found
January 31, 2018
Citations were up by more than 200 issuances in 2017 from 2016 for the Tonganoxie Police Department. Despite those numbers, some areas were down, such as DUIs (36 in 2016 to 23 in 2017) and arrest reports (257 in 2016 to 244 in 2017).
Tonganoxie school board to conduct superintendent search with Phillips as finalist; Kemp stepping down
January 30, 2018
The search for a new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent continues while a board member resigns from his post. During a special meeting Monday, the board interviewed interim superintendent Tonya Phillips for the position. But after executive session, a series of motions eventually led to a divided board approving a candidate search. The board interviewed Phillips for 75 minutes during the closed-door meeting. Board Member Amelia Brusven participated in the executive session via teleconference. The board then met for another 25 minutes in executive session without Phillips.
Phillips to interview for superintendent position after all; new special meeting set for Monday
January 26, 2018
Tonya Phillips will be interviewing for the Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position after all. A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. this coming Monday to interview Phillips, the current interim superintendent. The board met Tuesday in a special meeting to craft interview questions for Phillips, as she initially was to be interviewed Wednesday for the position. But the meeting was canceled earlier that day because Phillips had withdrawn her name from consideration for the post.
Summer getaway’ for rural Tonganoxie resident on research trip to Antarctica
January 25, 2018
The winter solstice was Dec. 21, marking the start of winter and the shortest day and longest night of the year. For Emily Arnold, the next day basically was the longest of her life. The rural Tonganoxie resident, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas, was coming back from a month-long research visit to Antarctica. At first glance, it might appear to be the opposite. She left New Zealand at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 and got home about 8 p.m. that day.
Weekly briefs: Students earn honors at Cloud County, Concordia University; Chiefatin Cafe needs; Council on Aging outreach; KU weight-loss program offered
January 25, 2018
Local students have been named to the fall 2017 honors list at Cloud County Community College. Jeremy Ragsdale of Tonganoxie and Joradn Blackwood and Mason Hays, both of Basehor, are on the list. To be named to the honors list, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of college coursework and earned a semester grade-point average of 3.6-3.899.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 24, 2018
January 25, 2018
Chamber of Commerce Secretary Connie Torneden was selected “Member of the Year” at the chamber’s installation ceremony. In addition to her responsibilities as chamber secretary, Torneden has been the organizational hub of Tonganoxie Days since its inception eight years ago.
Tonganoxie’s contribution to land-use study discussed at meeting
January 24, 2018
The Tonganoxie City Council directed City Manager George Brajkovic to offer the county a maximum of $8,730 as a financial partner for a U.S. Highway 24-40 corridor land-use study. The county developed a scope of services for the study after putting out request for qualifications. Video proposed a fee of $58,203.
New fire chief introduced at Tonganoxie council meeting
January 24, 2018
New Tonganoxie City Fire Chief John Zimbelman attended Monday’s meeting. Zimbelman is retired as deputy fire chief from the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department. “I’m excited to be here … I’m looking forward to working with everybody,” Zimbelman said.
A place to call home in Tonganoxie at Cornerstone Family Worship
January 24, 2018
Cornerstone Family Worship had services for 329 Sundays at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. Some church members would be there, sometimes before dawn, getting the space ready for services. To break down that number down even more, that’s a bit more than six years of the church’s congregation meeting there Sunday after Sunday. But who’s counting?
Tonganoxie USD 464 canceling classes for tomorrow due to anticpated low wind chills; tournament expected to be played as scheduled
January 15, 2018
Due to anticipated dangerous wind chills, Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have school tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Tonganoxie Invitational will go on as scheduled tomorrow as of now, but all TES and TMS activities for tomorrow are canceled.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter
January 4, 2018
This week’s Face to Face is Tonganoxie Assistant City Manager Dan Porter.

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