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Author shares colorful tales of Kansas towns and their attractions at packed Tonganoxie event
December 7, 2017
If you go exploring in Kansas, you’ll find a town of fewer than 200 people hosting an outhouse tour every year on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Kansas Sampler Foundation’s Marci Penner told of the unique town during a slide presentation about her journeys in creating the “Kansas Guidebook 2: For Explorers.”
Tonganoxie City Council agrees to fund new library for $3.75 million; officials had asked for $5.1 million
05:30 p.m., December 6, 2017 Updated 10:22 a.m.
Tonganoxie is moving forward with plans for a new library, but the funding amount will likely require considerable compromise. Council Member Kara Reed, with a second from fellow Council Member Curtis Oroke, made a motion to earmark $3.75 million for a new library. That would cover building costs, along with land acquisition of a portion of the former Tonganoxie Elementary School land.
Battle of Brains: Online voting could net Tonganoxie High $50,000 for STEM classes
November 22, 2017
Some surprise news at Tonganoxie High School revealed a chance for THS to receive $50,000 for science, engineering, technology and math programs.— thanks to online voting. THS is a finalist for the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. The THS group is one of 20 elementary, middle and high school teams in the Kansas City metro to be named finalists.
Kansas authors to give program in Tonganoxie later this month about state guidebook
November 16, 2017
Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, explorers with the Kansas Sampler Foundation, visited all 626 incorporated towns and other notable dots on the Sunflower State map during the course of four years. For folks who think there’s nothing to do in Kansas, Penner and Rowe have 452 pages that support the contrary with “The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.”
Tonganoxie’s Victory Baptist Church open house to welcome new pastor Sunday
November 15, 2017
The Rev. Dean Fitzsimmons is the new pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Tonganoxie. Area residents are invited to get to know the new pastor during an open house this week. The event will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1302 West St. (U.S. Highway 24-40) in Tonganoxie. An event announcement can be found on the Victory Baptist Church Facebook page.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie
November 15, 2017
Downtown Tonganoxie will be the place to be for a festive Saturday. The annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting will take place 4-6 p.m. along Fourth Street. Musical performances, carriage rides, a DJ, food, youth activities and more are planned for this year’s event. The City Council Chambers, 321 Delaware, again will be transformed into a winter wonderland, as Santa will make a visit for children eager to see Kris Kringle and get their photos taken with the jolly elf.
Challengers sweep Tonganoxie City Council, USD 464 races
November 7, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have three new faces. With all precincts reporting, Jamie Lawson (405), Loralee Stevens (324) and Rocky Himpel (245) were the top three vote-getters Tuesday.
Pop-up craft mall next week at Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
October 27, 2017
A pop-up craft mall that includes an early bird sale soon will be coming to the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site.
Special Tonganoxie Business Assocation, Tonganoxie Chamber meeting Monday at Chieftain Room
October 27, 2017
The Tonganoxie Business Association and the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce will have a meeting next week for some announcements and discussion.
Genesis Christian Academy, Tonganoxie Recreation Commission receive Lawrence Memorial Hospital grants
October 27, 2017
Genesis Christian Academy and the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission together have been awarded health and wellness grants from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. Funds were raised for the grant through the Summer Spray 5K this past summer.
McLouth Happenings: Halloween festivities, church chili supper and tree lighting information
October 26, 2017
Enjoy the ride of your life on the Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride on Saturday at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. The hayrides are 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 per person; $5 for children ages 6 and younger.
Spooky spots in Tonganoxie area for Halloween celebrations
October 26, 2017
Halloween festivities are nearly here. Whether it’s Spooktacular on Friday in Tonganoxie or haunted hayrides Saturday in McLouth, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday in the area.
Tyson narrows list to three potential sites
October 26, 2017
TOPEKA — Local officials have confirmed that three Kansas counties are finalists for a new Tyson Foods Inc. chicken-processing plant. The sites are in Cloud County in north-central Kansas, Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas and Sedgwick County in south-central Kansas. Montgomery County proposed a site in Coffeyville. State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne said last week that 16 communities in Kansas pursued the project, and Tyson narrowed the list to three.
McLouth Happenings: Library offerings; Haunted Hayride; Festival of Trees
October 19, 2017
Enjoy the ride of your life on the Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride the next two Saturdays at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. The hayrides are 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday and then again a week later on Oct. 28. Cost is $10 per person; $5 for children ages 6 and younger.
Tonganoxie USD 464 reports slight increase in enrollment
October 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464’s enrollment numbers are up from 2016-17. Tonganoxie’s enrollment as of Sept. 20, the official date for Kansas school districts to submit their enrollment numbers, was 1,976. That’s an increase of 13 students from Sept. 20, 2016.

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