Local news

Tonganoxie police track down escaped prisoner
July 20, 2016
Tonganoxie police were involved in a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning that led to the apprehension of an escaped prisoner.
Pokémon Go craze thriving in Tonganoxie
July 19, 2016
Jonathan Ferris lives near Tonganoxie’s VFW Park, which has made it easy to collect many Pokemon. The Pokemon Go phone application has become the latest pop culture sensation, and Tonganoxie is no different.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Jenny Worden
July 19, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Jenny Worden.
Accident south of Tonganoxie sends youth to hospital
July 15, 2016
An accident Thursday night south of Tonganoxie sent a 7-year-old to an area hospital. A 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Steven A. Waite, 43, Tonganoxie, was headed south on U.S. Highway 24-40 and stopped to make a left-hand turn when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2006 Scion driven by Sabrina K. Hiatt, 18, Leavenworth, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital 5K Run/Walk Tonganoxie race Saturday
July 12, 2016
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s annual Summer Spray 5K Run/Walk Series is coming Saturday to Tonganoxie.
Fundraiser set for family violence group
July 12, 2016
Alliance against Family Violence will have its Night of Empowerment to help raise money for the local organization. The event will be 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Schwinn Produce Farm, Leavenworth. Proceeds will benefit Alliance Against Family Violence victim service programs and operational funds. For reservations and ticket information, contact 913-682-8979.
Hill touts career experiences in Leavenworth County Commission race
July 12, 2016
A longtime Leavenworth County resident who has spent much of her career working for major commercial construction and engineering firms is vying to be the next 3rd District representative on the Leavenworth County Commission. Bev Hill has been on the campaign trail in recent months as she prepares for a crowded Republican primary race with incumbent Dennis Bixby and fellow challengers Doug Smith and John Matthews.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Jim Welter
July 12, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie’s Jim Welter.
Tonganoxie ministers organize vigil to honor police officers killed in Dallas
July 9, 2016
Tonganoxie joined in with nationwide vigils Friday for the five Dallas police officers fatally shot Thursday night during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. More than 40 residents gathered midday Friday in Gallagher Park for prayers and a moment of silence. The Rev. Ron Swaim of Cornerstone Family Worship led the vigil.
McLouth Happenings
July 7, 2016
McLouth High School students have created a new mural at the school. Justina Williams and Matt Miller created a mural incorporating both the school’s mascot, the bulldog. The students worked on the mural during art class and additional hours outside of art class to complete the project.
Tonganoxie youths gearing up for ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ productions Friday and Saturday
July 4, 2016
Elizabeth Higbee prepares year-round for the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission’s youth theater production. This is the Tonganoxie High School graduate’s third year directing the annual play. The first year, she directed “Tom Sawyer” before staging a musical last year with “Cinderella.” Right after last year’s production concluded, she went to work selecting a production for this year, which is Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Gabe Belobrajdic
July 4, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Gabe Belobrajdic
Human foosball comes to Shawnee with new business
July 1, 2016
Brittany McWilliams was intrigued when she kept seeing suggestions for how to play human foosball on social media.
Tongie Tidal Waves outlast Bonner Springs at home dual
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie got back in the win column with the Tongie Tidal Waves’ dual meet this past Friday at Tonganoxie Water Park. Tonganoxie defeated Bonner Springs, 260-144, in the meet.
Tonganoxie residents gear up for fireworks; area communities offering displays
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie always is bustling with fireworks around Independence Day each year. Several fireworks stands dot the community for local residents to purchase supplies for their own personal fireworks shows. Fireworks can be lit from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 4, which this year is Thursday through Monday. City ordinance allows for those times to change based on the fire chief’s discretion. Tonganoxie Fire Chief Jack Holcom said Monday forecasts are encouraging, as there are chances for rain Wednesday and Thursday.

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