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Remember When: A Community Review fo July 18, 2018
July 18, 2018
Census numbers show a wide range in growth for area communities. Southern Johnson and northern Miami counties, as well as Basehor, experienced the most growth in the area. Lecompton, on the other hand, experienced no growth. Estimates show Tonganoxie having an increase of 3% over last year’s numbers. Candidate profiles in this week’s paper for the County commission race included two Republicans – Francis Hurla and Beverly Oroke.
Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 Magazine
July 11, 2018
Two Tonganoxie farms are gaining more notoriety near and far. Grinter Farms, known globally for their sunflower fields, have been named the No. 2 best sunflower field in the country. Country Living magazine, in a July 2 story, named the farm to its list. Next to Nature Farms, meanwhile recently was featured in 435 Magazine, which is a Kansas City publication.
McLouth Happenings
July 4, 2018
McLouth’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). The best viewing will be from the Stan Braksick Sports Complex, sitting in the bleachers, looking east toward Rose Park. No personal fireworks are allowed. Enjoy an evening of family fun. Sponsored by McLouth Recreation Commission, City of McLouth and McLouth Fire Department.
Be New Youth Center unveils plans for Tonganoxie
July 4, 2018
The northeast corner of Fourth and Main streets in Tonganoxie has been home to a variety of things through the years. The last quarter-century, it’s been a music venue. Glen’s Opry House opened in 1994 before it became Annie’s Country Jubilee in 2003. For years the venue brought weekend crowds to downtown Tonganoxie for country music. In 2011, Annie’s closed. It didn’t reopen until 2014 when Roz McCommon opened The Jewel on Main, expanding the venues offerings to more music genres, comedies and other arts.
Communities celebrating Independence Day
July 4, 2018
Fireworks stands dot U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Though the community doesn’t have its own official Independence Day celebration, there is plenty of enthusiasm for the holiday with the many stands and, subsequently, the many residents shooting off fireworks for displays of their own.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission summer youth theater production of ‘Peter Pan’ to be staged tonight, Saturday morning
June 29, 2018
This year’s youth Tonganoxie youth summer theater production is “Peter Pan” and will be staged at 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus. The event is a Tonganoxie Recreation Commission program. Those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good item that can be donated to Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank. Bob Linebarger adapted the play by JM Barrie and is directing the local version. Assistant director/stage manager is Jacob Brents.
Tonganoxie Library bingo winners for June 25 announced
June 27, 2018
Residents gathered June 11 for adult bingo at Tonganoxie Publiic Library. Here are the winners: Janice Moore, Terry Willis, Linda Linnemann (2), Sandra Redding (3), Lois Covey, Rosie Oelschlaeger, Kay Bundy (2), Linda Hemphill, Patty Szini, Dorothy Resco, Sharon Faherty, and Marilyn Oxley. Blackout winners were Mildred Crouse, Don Fuhlhage and Richard Moore.
Kansas Minature Horse Club Show is Saturday in Tonganoxie
June 27, 2018
The 26th Annual Kansas Miniature Horse Club Fun Show is this weekend. The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
McLouth Happenings: Library calendar; July 4 festivities; pancake fundraiser; volleyball camp
June 27, 2018
McLouth’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). The best viewing will be from the Stan Braksick Sports Complex, sitting in the bleachers, looking east toward Rose Park. No personal fireworks are allowed. Enjoy an evening of family fun. Sponsored by McLouth Recreation Commission, City of McLouth and McLouth Fire Department.
Remember When: A Community Review for June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018
More than 300 plainsmen, fur traders and backwoodsmen traveling from 12 different states across the Midwest peddled wares, held rifle and pistol matches, and dressed in period clothing last week in an annual pre-1840s-style encampment, held for the first time five miles north west of McLouth. Teepees and lean-tos began popping up for this year’s festival June 12 on Bill Karl’s property. Among the 135 campsites in the encampment Friday, men, women and children were found practicing archery and fashioning colonial and pre-Civil War era crafts.
Kicking off the summer in Tonganoxie
June 27, 2018
The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission celebrated the start of summer with its annual Summer Kickoff Party on Saturday at Chieftain Park. Food and refreshments were served and youths got to make their way through an inflatable obstacle course. Some youths from the cast of “Peter Pan” performed a sneak peek of the play, which will be 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. The play is this year’s TRC summer theater production.
Large to remain on Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board in new seat
June 27, 2018
The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board’s membership had another change last week. Lisa Large will continue to be on the board in its at-large position. During Thursday’s TRC board meeting, Steve Miller resigned from the at-large position.
Sunflower Growing Contest starts Sunday in Tonganoxie
June 26, 2018
Tonganoxie youths will get the chance to tout their green thumbs with the Sunflower Growing Contest. The community will have its second annual Sunflower Stroll on Labor Day Weekend to coincide with the blooming sunflower fields at Grinter Farms.
Open house for Tonganoxie youth activity center is Saturday
June 25, 2018
There will be an open house Saturday for the new Tonganoxie Youth Activity Center. The open house will be 10-11 a.m. June 30 at the center, which is in the former Jewel on Main building on the northeast corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown Tonganoxie.