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Face to Face: Irma Lucille Pudwill Smith
March 21, 2018
This week’s Face to Face features Irma Smith, who just celebrated her 90th birthday.
Remember When: A Community Review for March 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
St. Patrick may have driven the snakes out of Ireland, but the country’s patron saint wasn’t able to drive away the cold from Saturday’s parade in Tonganoxie. Hundreds of Tonganoxie residents dressed in their winter coats — some even wrapped in blankets — braved the 35-degree temperatures to watch the parade.
RV luxury resort presentation is Saturday in Tonganoxie
March 21, 2018
Local residents are invited to join for lunch and discussion about a proposed development for a luxury RV resort. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, along with Red Circle Development, is offering a community conversation about the proposed commercial and resort development in Tonganoxie.
Lunch event to acquaint Tonganoxie with proposed luxury RV resort
March 15, 2018
Local residents are invited to join for lunch and discussion about a proposed development for a luxury RV resort. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, along with Red Circle Development, is offering a community conversation about the proposed commercial and resort development in Tonganoxie.
Pet Health Day coming April 14 to Tonganoxie
March 1, 2018
Pet owners can get their animals micro-chipped and vaccinated for rabies and a five-way vaccination for the discounted price of $30 in April.
Remember When: A Community Review for Feb. 28, 2018
March 1, 2018
John Cass Lenahan recently had “Yesteryears III” published. His previous two books dealt with Tonganoxie life primarily in the 1800’s. The third installment basically runs from the 1920s through the 1940s, particularly World War II.
Tonganoxie USD 464, Genesis Christian Academy classes canceled again today due to inclement weather
February 22, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 and Genesis Christian Academy again will not have classes Thursday. School officials called off classes early Thursday morning due to inclement weather.
Lawson resigns from Tonganoxie City Council
February 20, 2018
A Tonganoxie City Council member who was the top vote-getter among a crowded field in the 2017 election has resigned. Jamie Lawson, who had been in office for about six weeks, announced at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting that he would be stepping down. Lawson apologized for the sudden announcement.
No school for Tonganoxie USD 464 due to ice
February 20, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have classes today, Feb. 20. School officials canceled due to icy conditions.
Remember When: A Community Review for Jan. 31, 2018
January 31, 2018
Three Tonganoxie High band members made school history when they were selected to the Kansas Music Educators Association 1A-4A All-State Band. Senior Ryan Wolfe and juniors Rex Hancock and Ryan Brammer became the first ever THS students to eve make the prestigious band.
Dispatch numbers show thefts, animal calls up in 2017; Gill takes job with KBI; counterfeit bills found
January 31, 2018
Citations were up by more than 200 issuances in 2017 from 2016 for the Tonganoxie Police Department. Despite those numbers, some areas were down, such as DUIs (36 in 2016 to 23 in 2017) and arrest reports (257 in 2016 to 244 in 2017).
Tonganoxie school board to conduct superintendent search with Phillips as finalist; Kemp stepping down
January 30, 2018
The search for a new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent continues while a board member resigns from his post. During a special meeting Monday, the board interviewed interim superintendent Tonya Phillips for the position. But after executive session, a series of motions eventually led to a divided board approving a candidate search. The board interviewed Phillips for 75 minutes during the closed-door meeting. Board Member Amelia Brusven participated in the executive session via teleconference. The board then met for another 25 minutes in executive session without Phillips.
Phillips to interview for superintendent position after all; new special meeting set for Monday
January 26, 2018
Tonya Phillips will be interviewing for the Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position after all. A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. this coming Monday to interview Phillips, the current interim superintendent. The board met Tuesday in a special meeting to craft interview questions for Phillips, as she initially was to be interviewed Wednesday for the position. But the meeting was canceled earlier that day because Phillips had withdrawn her name from consideration for the post.
Summer getaway’ for rural Tonganoxie resident on research trip to Antarctica
January 25, 2018
The winter solstice was Dec. 21, marking the start of winter and the shortest day and longest night of the year. For Emily Arnold, the next day basically was the longest of her life. The rural Tonganoxie resident, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas, was coming back from a month-long research visit to Antarctica. At first glance, it might appear to be the opposite. She left New Zealand at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 and got home about 8 p.m. that day.