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Barn quilt event coming in March to Tonganoxie Community Historic Site
February 20, 2019
What can you put on your barn or shop to make it just a little bit special? A barn quilt. Six barn quilts were painted this past October at the Fairchild-Knox hay barn at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The barn quilt workshops take place twice a year at the barn, taught by Jean Pearson, with assistance from other members and friends of the historical society. Another quilt day will be offered in March.
Genesis Christian Academy cancels Wednesday classes
February 20, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy has canceled Wednesday classes. GCA officials posted on social media Tuesday night that they would make a decision on whether to cancel classes early this morning. Tonganoxie USD 464 and other area schools called off classes Tuesday night.
Tonganoxie USD 464 cancels classes due to inclement weather, will make it up in March
February 19, 2019
More snow, less school for Tonganoxie USD 464, though students now will have a makeup day next month. Tonganoxie administrators have called off classes for Wednesday due to more inclement weather. Because the district has exhausted its number of built-in snow days, students now will attend classes March 8, which previously was a vacation day on the calendar. The day was built into the calendar as an inclement weather makeup day if needed. Students still will be off the following week for spring break.
Public Works Department encouraging Tonganoxie residents to use off-street parking if possible
February 15, 2019
The Tonganoxie Public Works Department is asking city residents to use off-street parking as much as they can. Keeping the streets as clear as possible will benefit city workers as they work to keep clean streets as complete as they can. Snow started falling this morning. Tonganoxie is in a winter weather advisory as considerable snow is expected to fall today and tomorrow.
Tonganoxie poilce asking for assistance in auto burglary investigations
February 15, 2019
The Tonganoxie Police Department is reaching out to residents as it investigates a series of auto burglaries and a stolen vehicle.
My spare, with care: Tonganoxie man receives kidney just in time for Valentine’s Day
February 13, 2019
Michael Kelly has two Valentines this year in a February he likely never will forget. The Tonganoxie attorney, who has battled kidney problems much of his life, successfully accepted a donated kidney from Deb Simmons of Lawrence last week. Kelly, who had been on dialysis for years and had to have a hand amputated due to other health issues, said he felt like a new person after his five-hour surgery Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy cancel Thursday classes due to icy weather
February 6, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy will not have classes Thursday due to icy weather. This marks the third consecutive week that classes have been canceled due to inclement weather.
Tonganoxie, McLouth canceling Wednesday classes due to anticpated bad weather; classes still on at Genesis Christian Academy
08:27 p.m., January 29, 2019 Updated 08:47 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342 and Genesis Christian Academy won’t have classes for the second Wednesday in a row due to inclement weather. This time it’s because of the extremely low temperatures expected Wednesday.
Art Night Out again next month at Tonganoxie Public Library
January 24, 2019
Art Night Out is coming Feb. 7 to Tonganoxie Public Library. The February art project will be bottlecap resin art 6-8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the library’s community room. Cost is $20, with Myers Hotel providing drinks.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 23, 2019
January 23, 2019
Dorothy Dunlap was named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. She has been an umpire for 35 years, most of that in Tonganoxie and one year in Eudora, “because they needed someone doing it,” Dunlap said. She has also umpired in Basehor and “different places” in the area. “I played ball when I was younger,” she said. “And I like doing things with kids.” Dunlap has also volunteered in the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Bank for about five years. She is the shop’s treasurer and volunteers as manager on Saturdays. Half a century ago, Tonganoxie High principal and basketball coach Tom Beatty decided to start up a holiday tournament in town. A 1959 senior for THS, Kenny Hardy, played that first year. “What I really enjoyed was Coach Beatty,” Hardy said. “You could come in from halftime…you could be behind and down, and he could just say a few words and you’d just feel like tearing everything apart. You’d kill yourself for him if you could. He just had a way with players.” Pieces of hardwood from the former Tonganoxie High gym floor will be on sale this week at the Tonganoxie Invitational. The nine-inch long planks include the school’s “T” logo and the years for the gym, 1964-2000. They will be sold for $15 a piece.
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis join rest of Leavenworth County schools in canceling Wednesday classes
10:13 p.m., January 22, 2019 Updated 11:14 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy won’t have classes Wednesday due to inclement weather. USD 464 and GCA join the rest of Leavenworth County in canceling classes. Easton USD 449, Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Fort Leavenworth USD 207, Lansing USD 469 and Leavenworth USD 453 all will be closed Wednesday. McLouth USD 342 also has canceled classes. Other local schools that canceled classes are Lawrence USD 497, Bonner Springs USD 204, Piper USD 203 and Oskaloosa USD 341. Classes at the University of Kansas’ main campus in Lawrence also have been canceled.
Trophy time: Tonganoxie High debate team takes 3rd place at state
January 17, 2019
The tradition continues at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s group of debaters brought home another state trophy for the THS debate team. This year, the four-speaker team did its part to add to the trophy collection. The team of Lauren Lawson, Payton Lynn, Blake Phillps, Bryn Reed, Jakob Edholm and Katherine Wombwell placed third at the Class 4A championships in Fort Scott. THS placed third with an 11-3 record.
Tonganoxie High School student killed in KCK double shooting; classmate in critical condition
January 9, 2019
A Tonganoxie High School student was killed and another injured in a double shooting Monday night in Kansas City, Kan. Kansas City Kansas Police identified the victim as Bradley J. Samsel, 18, Tonganoxie. He was a senior at THS. The second person shot in the incident, also a senior at THS, was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in critical condition, according to KCK police.
Moving forward into 2019: Tonganoxie options for healthy living in the new year
January 9, 2019
The celebrations, the presents, the scrumptious dressing and cookies and candy. Oh, and those beverages. The holidays often are a great time to celebrate with family and friends and indulge a bit or a lot. But now it’s time for a fresh start.