Local news

Tonganoxie’s hometown celebration
Crowning, parade, inductions part of homecoming festivities
September 15, 2016
When you wish upon a star, it usually doesn’t matter who you are, but this week it will be all Disney most of the time at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s theme is The Wonderful World of Tongie, as Monday was Monster Monday and Tuesday Lion King Tuesday. Today is Disney Duo Day and there is a special event this evening.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Dasha Frank
September 7, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Tonganoxie Public Library’s Dasha Frank.
McLouth Happenings
September 7, 2016
Heart of America Antique Steam Engine & Model Association will present McLouth’s 59th Annual Threshing Bee on Sept. 16-18 at the McLouth Threshing Bee Grounds. Allis Chalmers will be featured this year. All tractors and equipment are welcome. Antique & working truck display. All trucks are welcome.
Jarbalo Jottings
September 7, 2016
Rosie Oelschlaeger went Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Holton to help her brother, Gene Sawyer, celebrate his 94th birthday. Others there, joining them at Sac and Fox Casino near Holton were Linda Blanton of Highland and Teri Morris and Mary Mora of Holton.
United Way of Leavenworth County embarks on 2016 campaign
September 7, 2016
Leavenworth County United Way launched its 2016 campaign Thursday in Leavenworth. Hallmark once again sponsored the event at its Leavenworth Production Center. Some 75 people attended. Invitations were extended to government and business leaders as well as organizations working to make a difference throughout Leavenworth County. Members of the community are also welcome to come hear about United Way’s efforts.
Linenberger: Time is prime to strike sunflower gold in Tonganoxie area
September 6, 2016
As I took a friend Sunday to Lawrence, I decided to venture down U.S. Highway 24-40 so we could drive by the Grinter Farms sunflowers and see all of the activity that comes with it. As we got closer and traffic was at an almost standstill, I noticed cars coming from the east on Woodend Road, a gravel road. I thought there must have been a wreck and cars were being re-routed. Nope.
Traffic backups close down Grinter’s Sunflower Farm
September 5, 2016
Miles-long traffic backups shut down the popular Grinter Farms sunflower field Monday afternoon. A vehicle accident midday also contributed to the congestion, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley. He said traffic was backed up more than 5 miles from Grinter Farms. He said he was told traffic was backed up on U.S. Highways 24-40 as far west as the Teepee Junction near Lawrence.
Visitors to Grinter Farms near Tonganoxie encouraged to be a part of social media sunflower ‘guestbook’
September 2, 2016
It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and folks at Grinter Farms have been busy getting ready for all of their guests in the coming days. Many of the sunflowers are blooming and ready for photos.
Monthly musical event next week at Tonganoxie Friends Church
August 31, 2016
Residents are invited to gather for an evening of “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” music and fellowship next week in Tonganoxie. The event will be 7 p.m. Sept. 9. People are welcome to bring a guitar, fiddle, banjo or other musical instrument and share in the fun.
Cemetery stroll next month at Holy Angels with First City PAST group
August 31, 2016
Holy Angels Catholic Parish and Cemetery are celebrating 150 years in Leavenworth County. As part of that celebration, a local group will have a historical storytelling event.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Class applications due this week
August 31, 2016
The Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development organization is taking applications for its 2016-17 school year. Classes members range in age from high school seniors to retired residents. Classes generally are the second Wednesday of each month from September through April, with a graduation luncheon taking place in May. 4
Tonganoxie Public Library offering online survey
August 31, 2016
Tonganoxie Public Library is conducting an online survey and it wants its patrons to participate. Library officials are gearing up for a private fundraising campaign and public vote on a library expansion.
Lesbian pastor takes involuntary leave
August 31, 2016
A lesbian pastor has agreed to go on involuntary leave from her United Methodist Church in Edgerton to avoid a church trial over her sexual orientation. Cynthia Meyer and Methodist officials agreed in early August that her leave will begin Thursday. Her final sermon in Edgerton was Sunday.
Sunflower success near Tonganoxie
Grinter Farms’ display leading to other opportunities in area
August 30, 2016
The main event of 40 acres covered in yellow and green is expected to be on full display — weather permitting — for Labor Day Weekend. The Grinter Farms sunflowers, a growing draw for visitors near and far, are expected to be ready for photo opportunities this weekend, according to Kris Grinter, whose husband has been planting the photogenic crop for some 30 years.