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Traffic signals at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street are expected to be fixed this afternoon
May 10, 2019
The city of Tonganoxie is working to get the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Main Street functional again. Assistant City Manager Dan Porter said Friday morning that the it was thought that a “component of the signal mechanism” was why the light was not functioning properly. Porter said he wasn’t sure how long the light has not been functioning, but that it was not working properly when he came through the light around 7:30 a.m.
Tonganoxie police participating in Click It or Ticket
May 9, 2019
The Tonganoxie Police Department will have increased traffic patrol within the city limits from May 20-June 2. TPD joins 180 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint laws as part of the 2019 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign. The activity is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Tonganoxie, McLouth to celebrate alumni with reunion banquets
07:01 p.m., April 25, 2019 Updated 07:34 a.m.
Tonganoxie High School and McLouth High School soon will be celebrating alumni reunions. In Tonganoxie, the THS Class of 1994 is serving as the host of the 84th Annual THS Alumni Banquet. The event will start at 6 p.m. May 11 at the Chieftain Room on the THS East Campus.
Glad they joined the Klub in Tonganoxie
April 25, 2019
Barbara Kramer has been in Kuntry Klub for more than 65 years. She started in the group because her mother-in-law was a member. “I did the driving,” Kramer quipped. “I brought her and have been here ever since.” Kuntry Klub started as a local chapter of EHU, which, as Denise Rodgers puts it, “to me it’s like adult 4-H,” she said. Through the years, various members would go to sessions through Kansas State University Research and Extension. The members would then bring back that knowledge to the group. The current group still carries on the tradition of sharing new activities.
Humanities Kansas awards Tonganoxie Community Historical Society with grant
April 17, 2019
Humanities Kansas recently awarded $4,830 to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society in support of “The Spring at the Fairchild Farm.” Joy Lominska serves as project director. The grant allows for research into the history of the spring on the museum grounds and will result in an outdoor display with signage about the spring and how such springs have supported life and spurred development. A grand opening is planned for April 2020.
Documentary about ‘riverkings’ to be featured Tuesday in Tonganoxie
April 17, 2019
A documentary about “riverkings” along the Kansas River will be shown Tuesday as part of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Fourth Tuesday programming. The documentary “When Kings Reigned,” which was produced in Lawrence, will be show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 210 W. Washington St. The film begins with Jake Washington (a runaway slave) arriving in Lawrence just before the end of the Civil War. He sets up shop, building a fishing cabin on the banks of the Kaw River in Lawrence and is actively working the waters by 1870. The timeline of the riverkings runs from 1870-1970.
Remember When: A Community Review for April 17, 2019
April 17, 2019
Two teams competed Saturday night in the match to see who would be crowned the champion of the Improv Thunderdome and earn a cash prize. One team included Garrett Kelly, a Kansas University junior and a 2006 Tonganoxie High School graduate, along with five other KU students. The other team included Benjamin Brest, a KU student and a 2004 Tonganoxie High School graduate, along with three other KU students. Benjamin Brest’s group won first place – Garrett Kelly’s group won second place.
McLouth Happenings: Holy Week; Laughing Lunch; Milestone birthday party; Vacation Bible School registration
April 17, 2019
Five McLouth community churches invite you to attend Holy Week Services during the week leading up to Easter.
Miles for Marilyn 5K and fun run/walk is Saturday
April 5, 2019
Miles for Marilyn 5K and fun run/walk is April 6 The third annual Miles for Marilyn School 2 School Memorial 5K race is coming next month to Tonganoxie. This year’s run will be 9 a.m. April 6 at THS. This is part of Tonganoxie High School’s cross country program in honor of Marilyn Weller to provide a scholarship opportunity to seniors at THS. Weller graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a physical therapist in the Leavenworth County schools for 32 years. She lived a full and meaningful life, inspiring those around her with devotion to family, friends, church, and the community.
Tonganoxie library forum coming Thursday to VFW Hall
March 27, 2019
Residents can get more information about potential plans for the new Tonganoxie Public Library and also provide their input at a meeting later this week. Officials from JE Dunn Construction and Sapp Design Architects will also be on hand with library officials for the community forum, which will be 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the VFW Post Home, 910 E. First St. Discussion items planned for the forum are exterior elevations, an updated site plan, interior designs and an interior floor plan.
ELECTION CENTRAL: Stieben wins Leavenworth County Commission race by 33 votes; April 3 canvass to determine official results
07:25 p.m., March 26, 2019 Updated 09:32 p.m.
Mike Stieben appears to be the winner of the first Leavenworth County Commissioner Fifth District.race, but election won’t be official until next Wednesday.
Pet Health Day is April 27 in Tonganoxie
March 14, 2019
Tonganoxie Business Association is offering Pet Health Day 2-5 p.m. April 27 at the Tonganoxie City Fire Department. The event is open to all Leavenworth County residents. The city’s pet license fee will be waived for pets. Dogs and cats will be micro chipped and vaccinated at a discounted fee.
Miles for Marilyn 5K and fun run/walk is April 6
March 14, 2019
The third annual Miles for Marilyn School 2 School Memorial 5K race is coming next month to Tonganoxie. This year’s run will be 9 a.m. April 6 at THS. This is part of Tonganoxie High School’s cross country program in honor of Marilyn Weller to provide a scholarship opportunity to seniors at THS. Weller graduated from the University of Kansas and worked as a physical therapist in the Leavenworth County schools for 32 years. She lived a full and meaningful life, inspiring those around her with devotion to family, friends, church, and the community.
KU shirts encouraged for Vestal visitation in Tonganoxie
March 12, 2019
The family of a former mayor has a special request for anyone attending the former resident’s visitation next week. Former Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal died Feb. 28. His visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Cornerstone Family Worship, 205 E. U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. Family members have asked that anyone with a favorite University of Kansas shirt wear it to the visitation.