Local news

Tonganoxie ministers organize vigil to honor police officers killed in Dallas
July 9, 2016
Tonganoxie joined in with nationwide vigils Friday for the five Dallas police officers fatally shot Thursday night during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. More than 40 residents gathered midday Friday in Gallagher Park for prayers and a moment of silence. The Rev. Ron Swaim of Cornerstone Family Worship led the vigil.
McLouth Happenings
July 7, 2016
McLouth High School students have created a new mural at the school. Justina Williams and Matt Miller created a mural incorporating both the school’s mascot, the bulldog. The students worked on the mural during art class and additional hours outside of art class to complete the project.
Tonganoxie youths gearing up for ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ productions Friday and Saturday
July 4, 2016
Elizabeth Higbee prepares year-round for the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission’s youth theater production. This is the Tonganoxie High School graduate’s third year directing the annual play. The first year, she directed “Tom Sawyer” before staging a musical last year with “Cinderella.” Right after last year’s production concluded, she went to work selecting a production for this year, which is Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Gabe Belobrajdic
July 4, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profiles Gabe Belobrajdic
Human foosball comes to Shawnee with new business
July 1, 2016
Brittany McWilliams was intrigued when she kept seeing suggestions for how to play human foosball on social media.
Tongie Tidal Waves outlast Bonner Springs at home dual
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie got back in the win column with the Tongie Tidal Waves’ dual meet this past Friday at Tonganoxie Water Park. Tonganoxie defeated Bonner Springs, 260-144, in the meet.
Tonganoxie residents gear up for fireworks; area communities offering displays
June 29, 2016
Tonganoxie always is bustling with fireworks around Independence Day each year. Several fireworks stands dot the community for local residents to purchase supplies for their own personal fireworks shows. Fireworks can be lit from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. June 30-July 4, which this year is Thursday through Monday. City ordinance allows for those times to change based on the fire chief’s discretion. Tonganoxie Fire Chief Jack Holcom said Monday forecasts are encouraging, as there are chances for rain Wednesday and Thursday.
Tonganoxie’s new police station coming together
Officers anticipate August move into new digs
June 28, 2016
Tonganoxie’s new police station is coming together and could be finished next month, with the department to move in sometime in August. Chief Jeff Brandau said Monday the new campus will offer more capabilities — and substantially more space. The station itself, formerly Cornerstone Family Worship at Sixth and Church streets, will span 6,000 square feet over two levels. An additional building has been built northwest of the repurposed station and is 1,300 square feet. The current police station is in a 1,000 square-foot space in an office building at Fourth and Delaware streets across from City Hall.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Michael Graveman
June 28, 2016
This week’s Face to Face features current rural Tonganoxie resident and former McLouth Mayor Michael Graveman.
Jewel on Main to have Gospel music concert next week
June 24, 2016
The Jewel on Main will have a free gospel concert later this month. Roz will offer gospel music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Jewel on Main, 707 E. Fourth St. For more information about the event, go to thejewelonmain.com or 913-333-7274.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission play to be staged July 8-9
June 24, 2016
Tonganoxie youth are preparing to put on “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission-sponsored event will be next month. Youths will give performances at 6 p.m. July 8 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 9 at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center.
Government organization adopts out 13 horses, burros at Tonganoxie event
03:32 p.m., June 22, 2016 Updated 07:49 a.m.
Randy Billinger knows of many reasons why horse lovers should consider adopting wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management.
New children’s book about Jayhawks to be featured next week at Tonganoxie Public Library
Poster to be given away as part of author/illustrator’s visit
June 21, 2016
Youths attending the Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial had the opportunity to see Big Jay, the University of Kansas mascot. Next week, youths again will have a chance to see a Jayhawk come to life — this time through a new children’s book.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie City Council’s Curtis Oroke
June 21, 2016
This week’s Face to Face profile features Tonganoxie City Council Member Curtis Oroke.