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Phil Jones, Tonganoxie Middle School health and physical education teacher, stands near the image of the late Dr. Phil Stevens on Friday in the downtown pocket park. Jones served as this year's honorary Tonganoxie Phil.

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Rise and shine for honorary Tonganoxie Phil: Early spring, Jones predicts

Phil Jones didn’t see his shadow Friday, so it looks as though Tonganoxie will have an early spring. Granted, it was a sunny morning in downtown Tonganoxie and if Jones would have turned a little more to his right, he would have seen his shadow. But hey, that’s the advantage of a human Phil predicting the weather instead of a groundhog Phil. Jones served as this year’s honorary Tonganoxie Phil, a persona that longtime Dr. Phil Stevens took on for several years when a Kansas City radio station selected him to make Groundhog Day predictions as an answer to Punxsutawney Phil.

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