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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.
Chief Tonganoxie: The man who shaped us
June 9, 2016
Years before the platting of Tonganoxie, the Delaware Indians were relocated to a new reservation in Northeastern Kansas that would become Leavenworth County. With them came a Councilor named Tonqua-Oxie. He built a small log cabin on the bank of a small creek in the early 1830s.
For the love of many games
Sports have long been in city’s intricate fabric
June 9, 2016
At the turn of the 20th century, baseball was a national pastime. Small towns across the Midwest fielded teams of adult men from the community. These men, who often worked 50 to 70 hours per week, managed to find the time to practice together for the sheer love of the game.
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.