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Brownback announces Tyson planning $320M plant near Tonganoxie
September 5, 2017
A $320 million poultry complex — the first of its kind to be built in some 20 years — is expected to be up and running in 2019 south of Tognanoxie, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday in downtown Tonganoxie. Brownback announced that Tyson Foods, Inc., which already has six plants across the state, plans to build its largest near Tonganoxie.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 30, 2017
September 1, 2017
Sunflowers are in full bloom and fans don’t have to travel far to take in their beauty. Ted Grinter has 27 acres of row after row of sunflowers on his farm southwest of Tonganoxie. Sunflowers are known to track the movement of the sun across the sky when they are in the bud stage. Once the flower blooms, however, it faces east and that could be the flower’s efforts to avoid direct heat. Kansas ranks third in sunflower production after North Dakota and South Dakota.
Barn quilts adorn Tonganoxie Community Historic Site barn
September 1, 2017
Last week, the hay barn at Tonganoxie Community Historical Society museum took on a new look. Travelers on U.S. Highway 24-40 can look to the west to see the new look. Folks also can turn west onto Eighth Street and view the new feature near Vintage Park. Three barn quilts now adorn the north wall of the historic site’s barn. Since 2011, the north face of the barn was decorated with a canvas that celebrated the Kansas Sesquicentennial. Today, the barn celebrates the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail and becomes the centerpiece for the trail.
Embracing, bracing for Grinter sunflowers near Tonganoxie
August 31, 2017
A stretch of U.S. Highway 24-40 has the potential for jubilation and anxiety all wrapped into a couple weekends. The popular Grinter Farms sunflower fields look to be on schedule for prime viewing Labor Day Weekend and into the following weekend. With the August weather looking to be mild this year, it’s shaping up to be another massive tourism time at Grinter Farms. Crowds have grown each year, with last year’s crowds thought to be pushing some 150,000 for the entire viewing period. That meant traffic troubles on U.S. 24-40, some fender benders and even message boards on Interstate 70 announcing the fields were closed to visitors for a time.
Sunflower Stroll coming to Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The Sunflower Stroll is coming to Tonganoxie. Monica Gee with the Tonganoxie Business Association told the City Council on Monday of plans to entice visitors to the Grinter Farms sunflower fields to stop in Tonganoxie after their visit to the global attraction. Gee said the stroll was an effort to get something started in Tonganoxie around the time sunflowers are in bloom. She hopes the stroll grows into a festival or some time of event as time progresses.
Cornerstone Family Worship closer to new home’s completion
August 23, 2017
What started out as a vision along U.S. Highway 24-40 continues to inch closer to a completed picture. It just happens to have a different landscape along the highway.
Pathways transition program opening today in former Tonganoxie police station
August 17, 2017
More activity is coming to downtown Tonganoxie. Pathways, a new transition program for for graduates 18-21 years of age is set to open Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital accepting grant applications for local wellness projects
August 17, 2017
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. Multiple grants may be awarded in each community, with a maximum of $2,500 per applicant. More than $10,000 in grants will be distributed starting in September, the news release said.
FAST times at Tonganoxie’s Chieftain Park
August 17, 2017
A core group of people again are getting active on Sunday nights at Chieftain Park. The latest session of Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie started Aug. 6, averaging 20 people the first two workouts. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission again has organized the workout program, which again is getting financial assistance through a Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association grant. FAST started in 2015 as a way to promote fitness for all families.
Remember When: A Community Review for Aug. 16, 2017
August 17, 2017
Tonganoxie skate boarders can rejoice as they get one step closer to getting a new skate park. At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to accept the proposed 2008 budget, which included $100,000 for the construction of a new skate park. Several patrons spoke in favor of the skate park.
Eyes toward skies in Tonganoxie, across nation as folks await rare solar eclipse
August 16, 2017
Umbraphiles have been waiting decades to witness Monday’s anticipated spectacular totality. Translation: Super solar eclipse enthusiasts are quite eager to see Monday’s much ballyhooed solar eclipse. From coast to coast, Americans are abuzz with solar eclipse talk, which makes sense if you think about the frequency of such an event. According to Tonganoxie High School teacher Matt Beat, on average, a total solar eclipse occurs in one location every 375 years, while other spots might go thousands of years between solar eclipses.
The Columnists: Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
August 11, 2017
A look at this week’s columns:
Linn County attorney dismisses case against Tonganoxie superintendent
August 7, 2017
The case against the Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent has been dismissed. Chris Kleidosty was scheduled to appear Monday in Linn County District Court, but James Brun, Linn County attorney, recently dismissed the case. Kleidosty was arrested in February on charges of alleged failure to report two sex abuse cases in the Prairie View school district, where he previously was that district’s top administrator. The Tonganoxie school board placed him on administrative leave with pay shortly after the arrest. He remains on leave with pay.
Challengers lead vote-getting, 1 incumbent ousted in Tonganoxie City Council primary
August 1, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Tuesday’s primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting.