Local news

Tallest tale in all the land
Tonganoxie area resident 1st woman to win storytelling contest
May 6, 2015
Keyta Kelly has the knack for telling a humdinger of a story. She has a shovel to prove it. Kelly recently was chosen as the latest tall tale storyteller champion. The competition took place a couple weekends ago in Downs, the Storytelling Capital of Kansas.
Semi trailer hits 2 buffalo east of Tonganoxie
May 5, 2015
A semi-tractor trailer struck two buffalo early Monday just east of Tonganoxie. The vehicle, which was headed east on U.S. Highway 24-40, struck and killed two buffalo that had wandered onto the highway between Stone Creek/South Park Drive and 206th Street.
Tonganoxie water main break could leave some without water for much of day
April 29, 2015
There’s a water main break this morning at Fifth Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Residents living within a few blocks of the area will be without water most of the day as crews make the needed repairs.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Kevan Welsh
April 28, 2015
This week’s Face to Face feature profiles Tonganoxie’s Kevan Welsh.
Defending home turf in Tonganoxie
THS track performs well at own invite
April 22, 2015
The Tonganoxie High track team represented itself well at its home meet last week at Beatty Field. Though some competitors didn’t participate because they qualified for the Kansas Relays last weekend, the Chieftains were able to finish second as a team on the boys side and third in the girls division. David Scharff placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 12.07 seconds, while Kyle Fain took fifth in the 400. Drew Cook turned in a big performance in the 1,600, taking the silver medal with a 4:59.34 time, about 2.5 seconds behind Kansas City Christian’s Luke Rovenstine.
Tonganoxie groups continue to evaluate future options for shared buildings
April 22, 2015
Several local entities are trying to get ducks in a row as they look to move forward with upgrading facilities. Tonganoxie City Council Member Kara Reed gave a PowerPoint presentation Monday during the council meeting. She, along with fellow Council Member Jim Truesdell, are on the local infrastructure committee with representatives from the school district, recreation commission, library board and police department. One by one, representatives discussed challenges they’re facing. Many talked about more space needed for storage and work area.
Mirror recieves Kansas Press Association awards for its 2014 work
April 22, 2015
The Mirror newspaper picked up several awards at Saturday’s Kansas Press Association Convention in Junction City. Newspapers from across the state compete in the Awards of Excellence competition. Members of the Washington Press Association from Washington state judged the many daily and weekly newspaper entries. The Mirror won 10 awards in non-daily division II, which is the middle-sized division among three for the non-daily newspapers.
Accept the Chiefs’ Challenge in Tonganoxie
April 22, 2015
Teams are starting to roll in for the inaugural Tonganoxie Chiefs’ Challenge. Organizer Monica Gee with the Tonganoxie Friends of the Police said between 10 and 14 four-person teams have either signed up or indicated they plan to participate in Saturday’s event. Overall, as of Monday night, Gee was expecting 20 teams so far. She expects several more teams to sign up on challenge day, which is Saturday in Chieftain Park.
Tonganoxie box social proves to be lucrative fundraiser
April 13, 2015
The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s first crack at an old-time tradition was quite the success. TCHS had a box social Saturday on historic site campus that was a nod to box socials that were popular a century ago. Box lunches were decorated years ago and men bid on those boxes women decorated and filled with food. Saturday’s event also had a celebrity auction that raised $1,980. That number also accounted for regular lunches people purchased and any matching funds the “celebrities” donated.
Tonganoxie police calls, March 25-April 9, 2015
April 13, 2015
Tonganoxie police calls for March 25-April 9, 2015.
Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Brady Garren
April 1, 2015
This week’s Face to Face features Tonganoxie’s Brady Garren.
McLouth Happenings
April 1, 2015
Meals On Wheels exists to nourish the elderly and/or homebound people in our community. Regular, diabetic, mechanical (ground food), and renal (special kidney/dialysis diet) meals are available for delivery in McLouth. For more information, please call Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties: 785-295-3980.
Facebook and the election
Social media playing role locally in campaign
March 31, 2015
A forum for Tonganoxie City Council and Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board candidates gave those running in various races the chance to debate and explain their perspectives. With so many candidates, though, some might have preferred more opportunities to debate and discuss. Enter — for better or worse — Facebook.
Tonganoxie police looking for information regarding case of man trying to lure middle school student into vehicle
March 30, 2015
Tonganoxie Police are looking for information regarding a reported incident Monday involving a man attempting to lure a middle school boy into a van.