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Spooky Spooktacular
November 2, 2016
Friday was the annual Spooktacular event and, again this year, it didn’t seem to disappoint. According to organizer Monica Gee, children were really involved in games and the bounce house, getting into the whole event and “not just the candy.”
Election races to be decided Tuesday
November 2, 2016
In about a week, the inundation of certain yard signs, commercials and social media political pitches will end. Many already have taken advantage of advanced voting opportunities, but from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday — Election Day — voters will cast ballots across the country to decide the presidential race, national and state legislative races and county contests.
Tonganoxie getting Spooktacular; other area activities planned to celebrate Halloween
October 28, 2016
Minions have invaded downtown Tonganoxie. Don’t worry, they’re harmless, and they will be adding to the fun Friday night along Fourth Street. The Minions, made of square hay bales and dressed like the movie characters, are situated throughout Fourth Street.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie SRO Anthony Garcia
October 21, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Anthony Garcia with the Tonganoxie Police Department. He also serves as a student resource officer for Tonganoxie USD 464.
Ribbon cutting highlights new Tonganoxie Police Station
Event unveils latest municipal building
October 19, 2016
As about 30 people attended a ribbon cutting on a crisp and chilly fall morning this past Thursday at the new Tonganoxie Police Department, Mayor Jason Ward joked about the weather and said it was fitting because police Chief Jeff Brandau thought it would be “a cold day in hell before he had a new police station.”
Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt starts Friday; Spooktacular set for Oct. 28
October 19, 2016
Spooktacular scavenger hunt will get started Friday. Youths can get started on the Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt by gathering clues Friday in downtown Tonganoxie. The hunt will run through Oct. 27 and prizes will be given out, such as mini Gambinos pizzas, a $100 gift card and 15 $10 bills.
Man makes running stop in Tonganoxie along 10-day statewide journey
October 14, 2016
Local residents might have seen an area man running Monday through Tonganoxie. The Johnson County resident has logged plenty of miles in his shoes in recent weeks. And on Monday, he made a stop near Tonganoxie. John Kohler has been involved in Run Across Kansas. It started from Kanorado at the Colorado line and made his way to mile 405 near the Tonganoxie city limits. He was greeted by family, friends and some school children at LIFE Child Care Center and Daycare.
Visitation today, services tomorrow for Tonganoxie postmaster; online account set up for contributions
October 3, 2016
An online account has been set up to help of the family of Tonganoxie’s postmaster, who died last week in a head-on crash along U.S. Highway 24-40. Kelly Fowler, 51, who also was a 1983 Tonganoxie High School graduate, was killed Sept. 26 in the accident, which occurred near 243rd Street and U.S. 24-40 not far from her home south of Reno.
Tonganoxie Community Historical Society offering barn quilt classes next month; deadline Oct. 8
September 29, 2016
The barn quilt is the largest grassroots art movement in America. Barn art (as some call it), has found its way into Leavenworth County by way of Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie’s fall citywide garage sale is Saturday
September 28, 2016
The Tonganoxie Citywide Garage Sales for fall will be Oct. 1.
Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
September 28, 2016
Weekly columns from Jarbalo, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings:
Tonganoxie High School to perform ‘The Odd Couple’
September 21, 2016
Tonganoxie High School will be performing “The Odd Couple” for its fall play this weekend at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. The popular comedy that has graced stage and small screen is about two buddies who almost kill each other trying to share an apartment. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at TPAC. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults.
Tonganoxie Public Library officials talk building future with City Council
September 20, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library officials have been discussing expansion or the feasibility of building a new structure in some capacity for the last decade. In the past year, a library foundation was established to create a fundraising arm for new construction. With the 3/4-cent sales tax for Tonganoxie Water Park set to expire in a year, the Tonganoxie City Council is looking at the option of extending it, possibly 20 years.
Bovine bust in Tonganoxie leads some on cow chase
September 20, 2016
Savanah Reynolds went from a grueling test in a school to a wild cow chase later in the day. Reynolds, a senior at Tonganoxie High School, had finished up with the ACT the morning of Sept. 10. When she finished testing that Saturday at Basehor-Linwood, she found a slew of texts and missed calls from her mother, DeeDee.