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Artists turn out to capture Tonganoxie
September 12, 2018
Though there were many activities happening during the Sunflower Stroll, one might have caught the eye most Labor Day Weekend. Artists could be seen around town painting various buildings and scenes.
McLouth Happenings: Honoring first responders; remembering 9-11; Threshing Bee around corner; yard sales
September 5, 2018
McLouth United Methodist Church invites everyone to honor first responders during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church. After the service, there will be “EMERGE ‘N SEE” events.
Produce available Tuesdays in downtown Tonganoxie
August 29, 2018
Visitors can pick up produce at noon Tuesdays in the Mutual Savings parking lot just west of Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank. People providing the produce will let visitors know if there will not be produce the next Tuesday.
Several offices to be closed for Labor Day observance
August 29, 2018
Most government offices, many banks and some other businesses will be closed Monday in honor of Labor Day.
Flower power in Tonganoxie: Sunflower Stroll rolls into town this week
August 29, 2018
There are some rainy days in this week’s forecast, but organizers of this year’s Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll are hoping the clouds won’t keep away visitors to the area celebrating the return of Grinter Farms sunflowers between Tonganoxie and Lawrence just off U.S. Highway 24-40. The extremely dry summer has led to some strange growing patterns for area sunflowers. Ted and Kris Grinter have welcomed visitors to their famous sunflower field for years and again will do so this year, but the field will bloom in sections, with the first blooms expected this weekend.
Motorcyclist dies from injuries sustained in crash with Tonganoxie Police vehicle
10:19 p.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 04:23 a.m.
A motorcyclist died Friday night following an accident involving a Tonganoxie Police officer. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Village Street in Tonganoxie. Tonganoxie police officer Nicholas Ontiveros, 33, Lansing, was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer west on U.S. 24-40 when he activated his emergency lights and made a U-turn in attempt to stop a vehicle traveling east on the highway, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Tonganoxie author bringing fruits and veggies to life in new children’s book
August 17, 2018
Some doodling during a college course years ago has led to a Tonganoxie man’s latest accomplishment: published author. Jason Maslak said that when he did some drawing in a class at Kansas City Kansas Community College. “I was trying to do my own TV show with characters and came up with vegetable characters,” he said. The idea, though sat dormant for several years — until Maslak had children.
Sunflower farms near Lawrence, Topeka have sunflowers in peak bloom for the weekend
August 16, 2018
Grab your cameras and pick out just the right outfit. Sunflower season has arrived in the area. Hunsinger Farms Sunflower Patch will open Friday, according to owner George Hunsinger. Like many sunflower fields in the area, Labor Day Weekend has become prime bloom time. This year, visitors can hit sunflower fields different weekends.
Lawson named next Tonganoxie police chief
August 16, 2018
Greg Lawson is the next Tonganoxie police chief. City officials announced his hire last week. According to a pres release Lawson’s hire came after an extensive and competitive search that attracted 33 applicants. Lawson was the top choice of two finalists after a tiered interview process that included final interviews conducted by two Blue Ribbon Committees, one comprised of public safety personnel and the other of community representatives.
Leadership Southern Leavenworth County seeking applications for 2018-19
August 9, 2018
From high school seniors to former and current elected officials, Leadership Southern Leavenworth County has “graduated” many familiar faces with a wide range of backgrounds in this part of the county. Formerly known as Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development, the community leadership program got its start in 1990. The organization, which is seeking applicants for the 2018-19 class, gathers monthly starting the second Wednesday in September. The class meets the second Wednesday of the month through April and then gathers for a graduation luncheon May 1 at Magdalenas in Tonganoxie.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Kobach leads Colyer by 191 votes with all state precincts reporting; Karleskint, Dove advance
08:53 p.m., August 7, 2018 Updated 07:44 a.m.
Here is a look at unofficial election totals as they come in, first the county numbers and then statewide:
Leadership Southern Leavenworth County seeking applications for 2018-19
August 3, 2018
Our communities need leaders — people who care about the places and the people where they live and work, people who have something to offer and a desire to make a difference, people who are willing to take risks. Since 1990, Leadership Southern Leavenworth County (formerly known as Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development) has assembled people of various ages, experiences and backgrounds to learn from each other and develop leadership competencies for business, government and community service. You can join this elite group by participating in our 2018-19 “class,” which has monthly sessions September through May program. Some sessions take place at the Basehor Library, others in Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth, Lawrence and Topeka. For more about the program, visit the LSLC Facebook page. The class usually has two seniors each from Basehor-Linwood, Lansing and Tonganoxie high schools, along with business professionals and retired residents. Applications are being accepted until Aug. 21. Emal SLCLDSec@gmail.com for an application.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 1, 2018
August 3, 2018
Family and friends gathered Thursday at VFW Park to honor Ron Starcher. Cars that Starcher had worked on, as well as other cars belonging to people he knew, were on display as part of a remembrance to him. His daughter, Lindsey, estimated that 700 people attended a visitation that was held Wednesday, July 23.
McLouth Happenings: Enrollment this week; Summer Nationals at Threshing Bee Grounds
August 2, 2018
McLouth USD 342 enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will be later this week. Enrollment is 1-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the McLouth School District Cafeteria.
Tonganoxie community member pitches future projects in final days
August 1, 2018
The community paid tribute to Larry Meadows on Thursday with services at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. Even in his final days, he was discussing ideas for community projects he would have liked to see become reality. Bill New spoke at Meadows’ funeral and told of conversations they had in Meadows’ final days. Meadows would like the city to have an archway as a welcoming entrance to the city. Ideally, Meadows wanted the archway at Fourth Street/Kansas Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 24-40. He also had hopes potentially for another at U.S. 24-40 and Main Street.

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