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Tonganoxie Community Historical Society to have annual picnic Saturday
June 19, 2019
There won’t be a Fourth Tuesday program this month at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site because the historical society is having its annual picnic this month instead. The picnic will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic site, 300 W. Washington Street. The historical society will furnish the meat (fried chicken this year), while guests are asked to bring a covered dish, salad or dessert. Visitors are welcome.
Tonganoxie’s Kelly named master storyteller at state festival
June 19, 2019
Keyta Kelly is now a master storyteller — and the first woman to earn the distinction — after 26 years of the event at the Kansas Storytelling Festival. Kelly, a Tonganoxie attorney, won her third tall-tale storytelling state contest in late April. When a storyteller wins three times, they officially retire from the competition, but can return to tell more stories at future festivals, which always take place the fourth weekend in April in Downs, Kan.
Tonganoxie attorney wins statewide award from Kansas Sampler Foundation
June 19, 2019
Local residents and neighboring business owners rolled in unannounced Thursday afternoon to Kelly Law Office. But they were part of a big announcement. Walking in behind them were Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe with the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Penner and Rowe presented Kelly with a We Kan! award as part of a surprise presentation. Kansas Sampler Foundation, an Inman-based non-profit, has been choosing ten recipients a year since 1993 to show appreciation for dedicated work in helping preserve and sustain rural culture. Kelly’s award had the words “All about community” engraved on a round plate, which Elk Falls Potter created.
McLouth Happenings: Tarr reunion, Ryan anniversary, MHS alumni Laughing Lunch
June 14, 2019
Descendants of George and Grace Tarr will gather for a covered dish this weekend. The meal and reunion will start at noon at the McLouth Community Center. Please bring food to share, your photo albums and memories and your table service.
Tonganoxie couple to compete Saturday at Monster Jam in Arrowhead Stadium
June 12, 2019
A seasoned Tonganoxie husband and wife who are big stars in the monster truck circuit will be competing in their own back yard this weekend. Jimmy and Dawn Creten, known as drivers of monster trucks Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit, will be operating their giant trucks Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Festival fun: Tonganoxie Days returning Saturday to Gallagher Park area; library groundbreaking and a car show also planned
June 6, 2019
Music, beverages, inflatable games and rides, along with food and craft vendors will be the offerings for this year’s Tonganoxie Days, with some special Tonganoxie Public Library events and traditional events also planned for the day. Tonganoxie Days will run 3-11 p.m. Saturday in and around Gallagher Park. There will be food, craft and other vendors, inflatables and music, along with a liquor truck. Food trucks and vendors this year are Frog Hoppin BBQ, Cajun Nation, Kansas Citrus Crushers, Sweet 7th Heaven and KC Kettle Korn.
Friday Flicks: TBA, Myers Hotel Bar offering movie series
May 16, 2019
Tonganoxie doesn’t have multiplex movie theater, but it is becoming the spot to catch classic flicks and other movies. Tonganoxie Business Association is sponsoring a summer movie series at Gallagher Park, while Myers Hotel Bar has started its own series across the street. The TBA series kicks off with the Steven Spielberg classic “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” starting at dusk Friday at the park, which is just south of Tonganoxie Water Park.
Book buddies: Tonganoxie police, schools begin reading partnership
May 15, 2019
Tonganoxie Elementary School students have some new reading buddies in uniform. The Tonganoxie Police Department recently coordinated with Tonganoxie USD 464 to facilitate police officers reading to children at Tonganoxie Elementary School. Like similar reading programs in the metro, this interaction centers around police and teachers encouraging children to read well and more often. The district’s teachers and Tonganoxie Police hope to make this program fun in the process. Superintendent Loren Feldkamp, TES principal Chuck Mahon and many teachers welcomed officers into the elementary school starting last month.
Traffic signals at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street are expected to be fixed this afternoon
May 10, 2019
The city of Tonganoxie is working to get the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street functional again. Assistant City Manager Dan Porter said Friday morning that the it was thought that a “component of the signal mechanism” was why the light was not functioning properly. Porter said he wasn’t sure how long the light has not been functioning, but that it was not working properly when he came through the light around 7:30 a.m.
Tonganoxie police participating in Click It or Ticket
May 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie Police Department will have increased traffic patrol within the city limits from May 20-June 2. TPD joins 180 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint laws as part of the 2019 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign. The activity is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Tonganoxie, McLouth to celebrate alumni with reunion banquets
07:01 p.m., April 25, 2019 Updated 07:34 a.m.
Tonganoxie High School and McLouth High School soon will be celebrating alumni reunions. In Tonganoxie, the THS Class of 1994 is serving as the host of the 84th Annual THS Alumni Banquet. The event will start at 6 p.m. May 11 at the Chieftain Room on the THS East Campus.
Glad they joined the Klub in Tonganoxie
April 25, 2019
Barbara Kramer has been in Kuntry Klub for more than 65 years. She started in the group because her mother-in-law was a member. “I did the driving,” Kramer quipped. “I brought her and have been here ever since.” Kuntry Klub started as a local chapter of EHU, which, as Denise Rodgers puts it, “to me it’s like adult 4-H,” she said. Through the years, various members would go to sessions through Kansas State University Research and Extension. The members would then bring back that knowledge to the group. The current group still carries on the tradition of sharing new activities.
Humanities Kansas awards Tonganoxie Community Historical Society with grant
April 17, 2019
Humanities Kansas recently awarded $4,830 to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society in support of “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” Joy Lominska serves as project director. The grant allows for research into the history of the spring on the museum grounds and will result in an outdoor display with signage about the spring and how such springs have supported life and spurred development. A grand opening is planned for April 2020.
Documentary about ‘riverkings’ to be featured Tuesday in Tonganoxie
April 17, 2019
A documentary about “riverkings” along the Kansas River will be shown Tuesday as part of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Fourth Tuesday programming. The documentary “When Kings Reigned,” which was produced in Lawrence, will be show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 210 W. Washington St. The film begins with Jake Washington (a runaway slave) arriving in Lawrence just before the end of the Civil War. He sets up shop, building a fishing cabin on the banks of the Kaw River in Lawrence and is actively working the waters by 1870. The timeline of the riverkings runs from 1870-1970.
Remember When: A Community Review for April 17, 2019
April 17, 2019
Two teams competed Saturday night in the match to see who would be crowned the champion of the Improv Thunderdome and earn a cash prize. One team included Garrett Kelly, a Kansas University junior and a 2006 Tonganoxie High School graduate, along with five other KU students. The other team included Benjamin Brest, a KU student and a 2004 Tonganoxie High School graduate, along with three other KU students. Benjamin Brest’s group won first place – Garrett Kelly’s group won second place.

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