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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.
Tonganoxie’s new police station coming together
Officers anticipate August move into new digs
June 28, 2016
Tonganoxie’s new police station is coming together and could be finished next month, with the department to move in sometime in August. Chief Jeff Brandau said Monday the new campus will offer more capabilities — and substantially more space. The station itself, formerly Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets, will span 6,000 square feet over two levels. An additional building has been built northwest of the repurposed station and is 1,300 square feet. The current police station is in a 1,000 square-foot space in an office building at Fourth and Delaware streets across from City Hall.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Michael Graveman
June 28, 2016
This week’s Face to Face features current rural Tonganoxie resident and former McLouth Mayor Michael Graveman.
Jewel on Main to have Gospel music concert next week
June 24, 2016
The Jewel on Main will have a free gospel concert later this month. Roz will offer gospel music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Jewel on Main, 707 E. Fourth St. For more information about the event, go to thejewelonmain.com or 913-333-7274.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission play to be staged July 8-9
June 24, 2016
Tonganoxie youth are preparing to put on “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission-sponsored event will be next month. Youths will give performances at 6 p.m. July 8 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 9 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.
Government organization adopts out 13 horses, burros at Tonganoxie event
03:32 p.m., June 22, 2016 Updated 07:49 a.m.
Randy Billinger knows of many reasons why horse lovers should consider adopting wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management.
New children’s book about Jayhawks to be featured next week at Tonganoxie Public Library
Poster to be given away as part of author/illustrator’s visit
June 21, 2016
Youths attending the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial had the opportunity to see Big Jay, the University of Kansas mascot. Next week, youths again will have a chance to see a Jayhawk come to life — this time through a new children’s book.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie City Council’s Curtis Oroke
June 21, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie City Council Member Curtis Oroke.
Simons family selling Tonganoxie Mirror to Ogden Newspapers, Inc.
June 17, 2016
The Simons family of Lawrence, longtime owners of the Tonganoxie Mirror, on Friday announced the sale of the newspaper to Ogden Newspapers Inc., a family-owned company based in Wheeling, W.Va. Nearly 125 years of Lawrence newspaper history also will end later this year when the sale is completed.
Sesquicentennial gets high marks as community celebrates 150 years of Tonganoxie
June 14, 2016
A sesquicentennial lasts a year, but organizers packed a bevy of entertainment and activities into a two-day event Friday and Saturday. After several months of planning, the event came together and the community joined together to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary milestone. Tonganoxie’s first plat was made official in 1866. Co-chair for the event and Council Member Curtis Oroke said feedback was positive during the festival, which covered three blocks along Fourth Street and two blocks along Main Street.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Ginny Reischman
June 14, 2016
This week’ Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie’s Ginny Reischman.
Tonganoxie hoping TV celebrity will make surprise visit for this weekend’s sesquicentennial celebration
June 10, 2016
Tonganoxie is celebrating 150 years of existence today and Saturday. Organizers have been pulling out all the stops to spread the word. They’re even trying to get a TV actor to make an appearance.
Downtown murals tell by showing
From Magadelna Bury to Tonganoxie Phil
June 9, 2016
A quick look at Tonganoxie’s history can be seen through its downtown murals. And, if you have some additional time, check out other artwork in the community.