Local news

Welcome to Tonge-Noxie?
June 9, 2016
Tonganoxie, the town, was platted 150 years ago next month on July 21, 1866. The town was laid out on 40 acres of land donated to the town by Magdalena Bury and her husband, Christian Bury. Magdalena and Christian had come to the area that would be Tonganoxie just a few years earlier. When the Bury family reached the area, there was already a fledgling community. Early settlers included Henry Still, Archer Jones and James English (later the town’s first official Postmaster), all of whom settled near Tonganoxie’s lodge. William Fox had built a log cabin in 1862 on the land that would become Tonganoxie.
Join in for Tonganoxie’s big birthday bash
Visitors should take in all that sesquicentennial offers
June 9, 2016
Welcome to 150 years of Tonganoxie! If you’re in town for the big festival celebrating the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial — the city’s 150th anniversary — you’ll notice our community knows how to throw a party.
Tonganoxie Public Library kicks off summer reading program
Other activities scheduled for this month
June 7, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library’s summer kickoff party drew quite the crowd last week. Interim director Nicole Holifield said about 300 people attended the event. Games, bounce houses and food were some of the offerings at the event Wednesday, June 1, in the library parking lot and its library’s land to the east of the parking area. Tonganoxie City Fire Department firefighters served hot dogs and other refreshments.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Katy Crookham
June 7, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Katy Crookham of Crookham Construction.
Tonganoxie church collecting shoes
June 3, 2016
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is collecting shoes and boots for a local drive. Residents are asked to gather any old, used and gently worn shoes from their closets and drop them off at the church, 1100 West St.
Youths encouraged to visit Tonganoxie Library to pick up sesquicentennial coloring sheet
June 3, 2016
Youths are encouraged to visit Tonganoxie Public Library to pick up sheets of paper for a sesquicentennial coloring activity.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission summer kickoff is Saturday
Many summer programs have started in school district
May 31, 2016
The school year has concluded, but there are many activities scheduled for the summer break months. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission will have its annual summer kickoff party 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Chieftain Park.
Tonganoxie scavenger hunt leading up to sesquicentennial starts Saturday
Train naming contest ends Friday
May 31, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library is celebrating the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial a few days early with a scavenger hunt. Library aide Bethany Hyde has put together clues for the hunt, which starts Saturday. People can stop by that day to pick up the first scavenger hunt clue.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Lori Wilson
May 30, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles on First State Bank’s Lori Wilson.
Tonganoxie Community Band to have practices next 2 weeks
Group inviting musicians to join in preparation for Sesquicentennial performance
May 26, 2016
The Tonganoxie Community Band will have rehearsals in the next couple weeks in preparation for the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Nikki Beach
May 24, 2016
This week’s Face to Face features Team Tongie board member Nikki Beach
Tonganoxie area groups support national veteran motorcycle ride on Interstate 70
May 23, 2016
Nearly 40 American flags were unfurled — including a 20-foot-by-30-foot version towering above the overpass — to greet motorcyclists Monday passing through the Heartland. Tonganoxie American Legion Post 41 and its women’s auxiliary, the Tonganoxie Motorcycle Association, Christian Motorcycle Association and the Ozawkie American Legion Riders joined together for the annual event.
Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial organizers asking for residents to show up Sunday for lip dub video
May 17, 2016
Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial organizers are looking to promote the event this Sunday, but they need the community’s help. With assistance from Tonganoxie High School video production students and Gab Local TV of Topeka, organizers are trying to put together lip dub segment for the community. Lip dub is a form of lip syncing to music in a video.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development graduates 12 students for 2015-16
May 17, 2016
This year’s Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Class had 12 graduates. The students received their graduation awards during a luncheon May 4 at the Bob Wiley Memorial VFW Post 11499 in Basehor. Class members hail from Tonganoxie, Basehor and Lansing and were recognized for completing the eight-month course.