Local news

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.
Missing foster children found in Kansas City
01:29 p.m., October 18, 2017 Updated 01:29 p.m.
Tonganoxie police located three Tonganoxie youths who had been missing for six weeks from foster care. Local police found the girls with help from other area law enforcement agencies. Chief Jeff Brandau said Tuesday that Tonganoxie police had gotten information about the potential location of the three girls, who are 12, 14 and 15.
McLouth Happenings: Laughing Lunch next week at Gambino’s
October 11, 2017
The 1967 Class of McLouth High School will meet for its Laughing Lunch at noon Oct. 19 at Rice House in Tonganoxie. The restaurant is just off East U.S. Highway 24-40 next to Gambino’s. All classmates are invited to attend the regular gathering.
This month’s Art Night Out is Thursday at Tonganoxie Public Library
October 11, 2017
Local artist Liz Daniel will lead her next Art Night Out later this month. The next program will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tonganoxie Public Library community room. During the classes, which take place the second Thursday of each month, Daniel leads attendees in creating art masterpieces.
Chieftain Cafe numbers continue to climb
October 11, 2017
Chieftain Cafe continues to be a hot spot for Tonganoxie youth while providing healthy food options after school. The Tonganoxie Public Library program started in January, growing to an average attendance of 50 youths by the end of the school year. The after-school program now is averaging 80-90 participants from 3:30-5 p.m. on weekdays.
Tonganoxie community shows support for family of fallen soldier
September 28, 2017
Tonganoxie came out earlier this month to pay tribute to a fallen soldier. Private services took place Sept. 16 at Quisenberry Funeral Home for Chief Petty Officer Charles Nathan Findley, who died Aug. 21 while serving his country aboard the USS John S. McCain. Tonganoxie resident Kay Soetaert was Findley’s grandmother.
Crews clean up hydraulic spill in Tonganoxie subdivision
September 20, 2017
Crews worked to clean up a hydraulic line spill Wednesday afternoon in a Tonganoxie subdivision. Tonganoxie City Fire Department members were told of a spill in the South Park subdivision about 2:30 p.m., according to Fire Chief Jack Holcom.
Tyson putting hold on proposed chicken plant plans near Tonganoxie
04:51 p.m., September 19, 2017 Updated 04:59 p.m.
Tyson Foods, Inc., is putting a proposed $320 million project near Tonganoxie on hold. In an open letter from Tyson to the Leavenworth County community emailed Tuesday, group president of poultry Doug Ramsey wrote that the company is delaying the process in light of Monday’s Leavenworth County Commission decision to rescind intent to issue $500 million in industrialized bonds for the project. The letter talks about Tyson’s 5,700 “team members” who are proud to live and work in Kansas and an annual economic impact of $2.4 billion in the state and reasons Tyson thought Leavenworth County was a good fit. But the letter eventually explained the status of the project.
Leavenworth County commissioners revoke bond support for proposed Tyson chicken plant near Tonganoxie
11:23 a.m., September 18, 2017 Updated 05:37 p.m.
Leavenworth County commissioners at their meeting this morning said they no longer are prepared to issue a key set of bonds for a controversial meatpacking plant proposed for a site south of Tonganoxie.
Legislators pledge to join Tonganoxie fight against Tyson plant
September 16, 2017
Residents pressed local legislators repeatedly about their stances on a proposed $320 million Tyson chicken processing plant during a town hall meeting Friday in Tonganoxie. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Reps. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie and Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, all said during the meeting at Chieftain Park that they had numerous concerns about the proposed project, but they wanted more information before landing on either side of the issue.
Tonganoxie mayor checking on potential conflict of interest with Tyson
September 14, 2017
As Tyson Foods seeks more than $1 million from the city of Tonganoxie for a controversial meatpacking plant, the city’s mayor has confirmed he works for a law firm that does business with Tyson. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward said he is now seeking legal advice on whether he has an official conflict of interest that would preclude him from taking part in decisions on Tyson’s proposal to build a $325 million chicken processing plant south of Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie writer pens children’s book that can help youths deal with loss due to suicide
September 13, 2017
Tonganoxie writer Lisa Scheller has published a picture book, “The Story of The Bear.” The book may be helpful for adult caregivers to open a conversation with a child who has lost a loved one to suicide. Scheller originally wrote the story in 1989 to help her then-young children understand their paternal grandfather’s suicide.
No Tyson In Tongie’ effort adding supporters by hundreds in Tonganoxie area
September 12, 2017
Jen Peak has watched a community mobilize for a common cause in the span of a week. She was in downtown Tonganoxie on Sept. 5 when Gov. Sam Brownback and officials from Tyson Foods Inc. announced plans for a massive $320 million chicken-processing plant on two properties along Leavenworth County Road 1 south of Tonganoxie. With opposition signs in tow, Peak and other members of Citizens Against Project Sunset were at the announcement.