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Tonganoxie Days, library run, VFW car show coming Saturday
June 6, 2018
One of Tonganoxie’s bigger Saturdays is almost here. Tonganoxie Days will be Saturday, which means the Gallagher Park and the surrounding area will be bustling with music entertainment, children’s inflatables, food vendors and adult beverages.
Helping hands from Tonganoxie in Guatemala
May 16, 2018
Thanks to a group of local volunteers, Guatemalan villagers have healthier smiles and improved roofs over their heads. Tonganoxie resident Kay Soetaert led a group of 13 volunteers in February to San Juan la Laguna on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for medical and dental outreach, as well as home construction. Soetaert said she has gone to the Central American country some 15 times for mission work, many times with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church from Overland Park.
Battle of Badges blood drive this week throughout Leavenworth County
May 14, 2018
Leavenworth County Battle of the Badges is a blood drive taking place this week throughout the county that encourages residents to join with first responders in donating blood.
Marathon man: Tonganoxie resident completes 2nd Boston Marathon
April 25, 2018
A marathon can be a nerve-racking experience even for the most experienced runner. The preparation, the grueling 26.2 miles itself. For Jack Angell, he most feared a bite from the flu bug— especially with the recent Boston Marathon. After all, running is an investment. The travel, the lodging and the registration in the marathon itself. And, despite the cruddy weather April 16 in Massachusetts — rain, sleet and all — Angell was able to complete the Boston Marathon.
Tonganoxie school board names Valley Falls superintendent to USD 464 post; Phillips to be assistant superintendent
April 17, 2018
An administrator with nearly 40 years in education has been named the next superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464. The school board approved, 5-1, the hire of Loren Feldkamp as the district’s next superintendent. The contract is for two years starting July 1. The board also approved, 6-0, to hire Tonya Phillips as assistant superintendent for a one-year contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to meet again tonight at District Administrative Office
April 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board again will meet tonight in executive session at the USD 464 District Administrative Office, 330 E U.S. Highway 24-40 near the high school following last week’s interviews with superintendent candidates.
Leadership development class events Saturday in Tonganoxie, throughout county
April 13, 2018
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development class members have organized two events scheduled for this weekend: The Community Proud beautification project for local school districts and Pet Health Day. Here’s a closer look at both events:
Mural work inside Tonganoxie business continues this weekend
April 12, 2018
With the help of an industrial lift, Elizabeth Daniel moved back and forth, up and down Saturday and Sunday at Ryan’s Public House in downtown Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie artist turned the avocado-colored wall into an ever-growing mural, scene by scene.
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad team wins 4th straight small-school state title
10:59 a.m., April 11, 2018 Updated 12:01 a.m.
Tonganoxie Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips joked at Monday’s USD 464 school board meeting that some Tonganoxie High School students were a bit late to prom Saturday, but it was for good reason. Those THS students brought home a fourth straight state title in Science Olympiad in the small-school division.
Public invited to see Tonganoxie artist create mural inside local business this weekend
April 5, 2018
A local artist will be painting a mural inside a Tonganoxie business and the public is invited to view the process. Tonganoxie artist Elizabeth Daniel will be painting a mural on the west interior wall of Ryan’s Public House, 622 E. Fourth St. in downtown Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission to hear proposals today for luxury RV, new Casey’s store
April 5, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission will decide whether to approve plans for two projects that could have major implications on the Tonganoxie landscape. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to decide whether to approve plans for a proposed luxury RV resort just east of Tonganoxie and a new Casey’s General Store south of the U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16 intersection. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, along with Red Circle Development are proposing the luxury RV resort and adjacent retail development, respectively.
McLouth Happenings:
March 21, 2018
The McLouth Kiwanis Club is sponsoring this year’s McLouth Easter Egg Hunt, which will start at 10 a.m. March 31 at Stan Braksick Sports Complex. Other events coming up in McLouth are the Patriots Parade on April 21, McLouth BBQ Contest on June 2 and a fireworks display on July 4.
Face to Face: Irma Lucille Pudwill Smith
March 21, 2018
This week’s Face to Face features Irma Smith, who just celebrated her 90th birthday.
Remember When: A Community Review for March 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
St. Patrick may have driven the snakes out of Ireland, but the country’s patron saint wasn’t able to drive away the cold from Saturday’s parade in Tonganoxie. Hundreds of Tonganoxie residents dressed in their winter coats — some even wrapped in blankets — braved the 35-degree temperatures to watch the parade.