Local news

Applications being accepted until Jan. 8 for Tonganoxie library board vacancy
December 30, 2020
There is a vacancy on the Tonganoxie Public Library board. A Tonganoxie city resident or resident within the Tonganoxie USD 464 school district boundaries is eligible to apply. A term on the board is expiring and the incumbent has announced that he will not pursue reappointment to another four-year term.
Tonganoxie City Council passes mask ordinance with 3-2 vote
December 10, 2020
Tonganoxie joins Lansing and Leavenworth, as well as many counties in establishing a mask covering ordinance in public places. The Tonganoxie City Council approved the measure, 3-2, during a special meeting Thursday conducted virtually.
Mirror crafting holiday lighting directory
December 3, 2020
If you or your neighbors have gone all Clark Griswold this season, The Mirror wants to share your yuletide masterpieces.
From a festive distance: Tonganoxie celebrates tree lighting in new way; food challenge brings in more than 6,000 cans for Good Shepherd
November 25, 2020
One particular vehicle had to make a second trip through the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting route Saturday night. A passenger remembered what she wanted to ask Santa Claus for Christmas, so a second trip was made. Rain and frigid conditions couldn’t keep a steady string of cars from rolling through the Winter Wonderland in downtown Tonganoxie. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional tree lighting in the pocket park at Fourth and Delaware streets, the event turned into a drive-by event.
Miracle on 4th Street: Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ‘drive-by’ event is Saturday in Tonganoxie
November 20, 2020
An adaptive holiday celebration soon will be rolling through downtown Tonganoxie. The Mayor’s Tree Lighting “Drive-by” ceremony will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tonganoxie man sentenced to 6 years in prison for child sex crime
November 5, 2020
A Tonganoxie man was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for attempting to meet a 13-year-old for sex, according to the Douglas County district attorney’s office.
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.

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