Local news

Showcase of sunflowers at Grinter Farms near Tonganoxie should be in peak bloom in coming days
September 3, 2015
A local landmark that fills the countryside with a sea of yellow for a short spell each year soon should be buzzing again. Grinter Farms again has planted its crop — roughly 1 million sunflower seeds — and the radiant colors of thousands of sunflowers soon will be on display.
Bonner boutique combines shopping with day at the salon
September 2, 2015
Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is known for its high-end stores, and a new salon and boutique in Bonner Springs is looking to put the “ro-dee-oh” in “ro-day-oh.”
Tonganoxie free community fitness program attracts nearly 90 at first official session
September 1, 2015
Amy Myers, with megaphone in hand, belted out instructions and encouragement to nearly 90 people Sunday night at Chieftain Park. At one point, she told participants they could run, walk or jog around an area in the park, but the path couldn’t include a trip to the ice cream table — at least not until later.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Delia Rubio
September 1, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie Elementary School’s Delia Rubio.
KDHE continues to research soil following gas leak
August 31, 2015
Scott Wogomon recently detected a strange smell outside his new home. He contacted Kansas Gas Service to investigate the leak. That was Aug. 18 and officials still are working to determine what the gas exactly is. Kansas Gas Service visited the Wogomon home in the Jackson Heights subdivision that day, tending to a gas meter on the property on North Hickory Street.
Leavenworth County liquor store allegedly sells to undercover 19-year-old
Tonganoxie, Basehor stores refuse sale in countywide operation
August 31, 2015
A Leavenworth County liquor store allegedly sold liquor to a minor during an undercover operation conducted by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and Alcohol Beverage Control. Between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Sheriff’s Office and ABC sent a 19-year-old into nine liquor stores in the county with the intent to purchase liquor.
Tonganoxie High continues band camp tradition
Weeklong event prepares group for fall season
August 25, 2015
Summer traditionally has been the time of year when athletes knock off the rust with weeklong camps for varying sports. It’s not the only activity in Tonganoxie with such a history. It’s been something longtime Tonganoxie High School band director Charles Van Middlesworth has done with his students with an annual band camp in the summer. This year’s camp took place the Aug. 10-14 on the THS football practice field.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie deputy fire chief John Callaghan
August 25, 2015
This week’s Face to Face profiles John Callaghan, deputy fire chief with the Tonganoxie City Fire Department.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, Free State Fitness teaming up for community fitness program
August 14, 2015
Free State Fitness and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission are teaming up to get families out and exercising. A community fitness program officially will start at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Chieftain Park. The weekly event is available to residents of all exercise levels and will start at the same time through the first Sunday of October. Free State instructors will lead the activities, which will be free to the public.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development seeking applicants for 2015-16
August 12, 2015
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development organization is seeking applicants for 2015-16. The group, which celebrated 25 years earlier this year, is taking applications through Sept. 2. Class members range from high school seniors to retired residents. Students learn about personality and leadership traits, as well as local and state government, communication, teambuilding and other skills during the nine-month class that meets monthly.
Latest Tonganoxie police station search part of multi-year saga
August 12, 2015
Discussions likely will continue at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council regarding a future site for the Tonganoxie police station. It’s a debate that has endured several peaks and valleys the last few years.
Lansing approves Leavenworth County Humane Society permit for future building
Plan for land near Tonganoxie rejected in 2013
August 12, 2015
The Leavenworth County Humane Society is a step closer to having its own building. Lansing City Council voted unanimously Aug. 6 to approve a conditional use permit for LCHS, Inc. The permit allows the organization to build and operate a no-kill pet animal shelter in the Lansing Business Center. The permit must be applied for and renewed in 2020. LCHS is the only organization working to build and operate a no-kill pet animal shelter serving all Leavenworth County residents.
Tonganoxie church takes another step toward new building
About 90 attend groundbreaking ceremony
August 11, 2015
As church and city officials got ready to break ground during a ceremony last week for the new Cornerstone Family Worship along U.S. Highway 24-40, one person found a penny as he began to shovel.
Tonganoxie police calls, Aug. 3-10, 2015
August 10, 2015
Tonganoxie police calls for Aug. 3-10, 2015.
Sideline Chic moves into downtown Bonner Springs
August 5, 2015
A growing business is staying true to its small town roots by moving to downtown Bonner Springs.