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Flood warnings, severe thunderstorm watches for Leavenworth, Jefferson counties
May 11, 2016
Leavenworth counties.
Tonganoxie part of investigation in shooting death of KCK officer
May 10, 2016
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A Tonganoxie suspect in the fatal shooting of a police detective in Kansas City, Kan., and a subsequent string of carjackings remained in the hospital Tuesday after he was shot and wounded by police during his arrest in neighboring Missouri. Law agencies’ pursuit of the suspect also led them to Tonganoxie, causing road closures and lockdowns in Tonganoxie USD 464.
Downtown Tonganoxie gets splash of color thanks to EAST group, local businesses
May 10, 2016
Flowers are brightening up downtown Tonganoxie thanks to a local organization and Fourth Street business owners.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Public Library’s Bethany Daye
May 10, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Bethany Daye from the Tonganoxie Public Library.
Tonganoxie man sought in KCK detective shooting caught; officer killed
05:43 p.m., May 9, 2016 Updated 06:32 p.m.
A man sought for questioning in connection with a shooting that hospitalized a Kansas City, Kansas, police detective was later wounded after being shot by police in neighboring Missouri.
Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial organizers seek volunteers; meeting set for Tuesday
May 6, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial steering committee is asking for help in the volunteer department for this year’s 150th anniversary celebration, which will be June 10-11 in downtown Tonganoxie and surrounding areas.
Police seek help in burglary case involving Tonganoxie High School
May 3, 2016
Tonganoxie Police responded Thursday to a burglary from the maintenance shop behind the Tonganoxie High School. The theft is thought to have occurred between the hours of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, and 6 a.m. the next morning.dvc v
Tonganoxie City Council’s Reed to challenge O’Brien for Kansas House seat
KCKCC instructor looks to unseat local incumbent first elected in 2008
May 3, 2016
A Tonganoxie City Council member will be challenging a long-standing incumbent at the state level. Democrat Kara Reed filed April 22 to challenge incumbent Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, in House District 42 in the November election.
Tonganoxie woman best tall-tale teller in Kansas
May 3, 2016
A story about her daughter’s lost cat helped Keyta Kelly become the best tall tale story teller in the state. Kelly, a Tonganoxie attorney, won the Tall Tales Contest at the Kansas Storytelling Festival on April 23 in Downs. The event usually draws about 250 people from across Kansas, Iowa, Colorado and Oklahoma. Kelly and another member of First City’s Performers and StoryTellers, Laura Elkins were two of four finalists who competed for the tall-tale title.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie High school’s Mary Welsh
May 3, 2016
This week’s Face to Face is Tonganoxie High School’s Mary Welsh.
Tonganoxie student finds giant morel mushroom after heavy rain
April 26, 2016
Heath Martin tries to go morel hunting every year near his family’s house in rural Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie High School senior started the activity about four years ago “I just went down in the woods and found them,” Martin recalled about his first hunt. He checked with his mother, Jennifer, whether the mushrooms were the kind that were safe to eat. His mother gave him the green light and he was on his way with a new hobby of gathering small morels. Last week, though, the soon-to-be THS graduate found a whopper.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie Planning Commission member Grant Watson
April 26, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile is Tonganoxie Planning Commission’s Grant Watson.
Souvenir buttons can also win residents prizes at Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial
April 20, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial is still about 2 1/2 months away, but a chance to have a memento of the festival — and possibly some cash in one’s pocket — is now available at a few locations around town. Sesquicentennial buttons are available at various venues throughout Tonganoxie: Community National Bank, First State Bank and Trust, Gambino’s Pizza, Flashbacks, Talette’s Cafe, The Downtown Drugstore, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce and City Hall.
Tonganoxie City Council hears concerns about sesquicentennial road closures
Organizers offer informational packets, meet with businesses to address potential issues
April 20, 2016
The Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial will be a two-day event throughout downtown Tonganoxie, a slight change from recent Tonganoxie Days, which historically has taken place on the second Saturday of June along Fourth Street. The change has brought up some concerns from downtown business owners and representatives, which were discussed at Monday’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting. Rachel Kelly, who works at Kelly Law Office, voiced concern about the festival tying up the downtown area for three days.