WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Man removed from tribal council amid allegations of financial and sexual misconduct named as Haskell's outstanding alumnus

The man Haskell Alumni Association named earlier this month as this year’s outstanding alumnus had been removed last September from his leadership role with the Kickapoo Tribe in Horton. Russell A. Bradley, a class of 1962 graduate and the 2019 Outstanding Haskell Alumnus, has served on the Kickapoo Tribal Council, which is the official governing body of the tribe, for 15 years. However, in September 2018, ...

School gardeners hope to donate 2,000 pounds of produce to Just Food this growing season

Nancy O’Connor and Elise Gard carefully lifted the plastic off the low tunnel, revealing big heads of buttercrunch lettuce that would be ready to harvest in a few weeks. When that time arrives, Gard and other young gardeners working with the Growing Food Growing Health project at West Middle School will gather the lettuce. They'll wash and bag the greens and place a sticker with the project's logo on each ...

Youths with special needs take center stage with Theatre Lawrence production

Kelsey King hasn’t missed a rehearsal of Disney’s "Aladdin Jr." since the first snowy night in February when the Penguin Project was introduced at Theatre Lawrence. But she’s not alone. Her peer mentor Eleanor Roust has been by her side. “The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew we were going to be friends,” said Kelsey, a student at Free State High School. The two are with 34 other artists and ...

Longtime Lawrence string band to celebrate 40th anniversary with reunion performance

While the five members of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band were setting up for rehearsal Monday night, Gayle Sigurdson poked her head in the room to say they had been mentioned on National Public Radio. Monday was tax day, and Sigurdson, the wife of band member Steve Mason, heard that the NPR show "Marketplace" had included the band in a story about tax day parties. The news caused the group to ...

Go, See, Do: Art from child refugees of the Rwandan genocide, Kansas City history book talk and more

In April 1994, in the immediate aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, relief worker Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen saw a young child draw a picture of a soldier with a gun, a body on the ground and a small figure standing outside a house watching. The memory was so painful, Janzen said, that the child cried out in despair — "Ayiwewe!" Now, a quarter of a century after the genocide, the Lawrence Arts Center will be ...

Movie based on Lawrence author's best-selling novel 'The Chaperone' will have sneak preview at Liberty Hall

Life hasn’t drastically changed for Laura Moriarty since her novel “The Chaperone” was turned into a movie; she still worries if she can afford a new roof on her house. But despite everyday concerns, it has been an exciting time for Moriarty, a 48-year-old Lawrence author and University of Kansas professor. She was recently in New York City to watch the premiere of "The Chaperone," which is based on ...

Lawrence's 19th annual Earth Day Parade and celebration scheduled for Saturday

Final touches are being put on Saturday's 19th annual Earth Day Parade and Celebration; however, there is one thing organizers have no control over: Mother Nature. No rain date has been scheduled, which has had Caleb Hull, a Lawrence Parks and Recreation intern who is helping to organize the event, keeping his eye on the forecast. For now, Hull said, it appears Saturday will be sunny. The purpose of the ...

Choctaw historian at KU restoring cultural knowledge through food, fiction, family

The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time between being a professor, writing (both fiction and nonfiction), and advocating for healthy eating in the Native American community, among many other interests. Mihesuah, a Choctaw historian, is KU’s Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in ...

Area couple creating covered wagons for unique glamping experience

Dennis and Donna Steinman aren’t creating the kind of Conestoga wagons that hardy pioneers used to travel west. Their PlainsCraft Conestoga Wagons are more like the Winnebago of covered wagons; they're intended for those drawn to glamorous camping, or glamping. “I’ve always loved wagons, and I’m fascinated by how people traveled in the darn things,” Dennis said. “They were tough people.” The ...

Go, See, Do: Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale, concert at the depot and more

Book lovers can peruse tens of thousands of titles — all priced at less than $2 — at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library's spring book sale. Sue Hopkins, a Friends of the Lawrence Public Library board member, said that more than 64,000 bookstore-quality books — everything from coffee-table art books to popular fiction — are for sale. Plus, there are more than 8,000 CDs, DVDs and audiobooks ...

Late Lawrence artist Albert Bloch to be featured at film fest in documentary created by grandson

Albert Bloch was an enigma to many people, including his grandson Scott, who has spent two decades unraveling the mystery of Bloch's life. Some answers are revealed in the documentary film “AB,” which are Albert Bloch's initials. Scott Bloch wrote and produced the film, which will be screened during this weekend’s Kansas City FilmFest International in Kansas City, Mo. An artist, poet and professor at the ...

Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market to kick off season Saturday

The Lawrence Farmers’ Market will open its 43rd season Saturday with familiar vendors and some new faces selling a variety of products, from locally produced meat to vegan cinnamon buns. While it’s still early for a lot of fresh produce, plenty of greens will be available, according to Brian McInerney, the market manager. For those starting gardens, young vegetable plants will be available, along with ...

A sign of permanent devotion: People pay $100 to get a tattoo, support the Lawrence Public Library

Some people were feeling a sting as they supported the Lawrence Public Library Tuesday. It’s National Library Week, and one of the events planned by the library was “Get Inked for the Library.” Jarod and Holly Hackney, owners of Standard Electric Tattooing, 19 W. Ninth St., scheduled the day to do the tattooing and planned to donate all the proceeds to the library. "We're doing this to draw attention to ...

Parking patrol officer sees her role as an ambassador for downtown Lawrence, despite some undiplomatic words thrown her way

Some people don’t hold back their feelings when they catch Tanya Green slipping a yellow parking ticket under the windshield wiper of their vehicle. As one of Lawrence’s parking patrol officers, Green has had some nasty words hurled at her while checking the meters around downtown. “Have you ever watched the show 'Parking Wars?'” Green asked, referring to reruns of a reality TV show about Philadelphia ...

Van Go's apprentice artists begin work on 3 murals for hospital

In order to create the murals that will soon adorn the walls of three crisis rooms in LMH Health's emergency department, apprentice artists at Van Go Inc. had to take a crash course in calming. Before they could start painting, the 19 young workers with the arts-based social service agency had to meet with the hospital staff to learn about the people who would be seeing their work: patients who are experiencing ...

Go, See, Do: "The Runaway Orchestra," "Finding Women's Histories" at the Watkins and more

Hip-hop dancers at a special performance of “The Runaway Orchestra” at the Lawrence Arts Center had a class of second graders grooving in their seats Thursday morning, but the Arts Center says the new show, which officially opens Friday night at 6 p.m., isn't just for youngsters. Marlo Angell, director of new media at the arts center, said the 30-minute theatrical performance is for all ages and showcases ...

New inductees, including Kansas state song, to enter Music Hall of Fame during ceremony at Liberty Hall

A group of musicians from across the state will join the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Pat Metheny and Martina McBride as they enter the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. Dues-paying members of the Hall of Fame vote each year for the inductees, selecting those who have contributed significantly to the music industry. “We induct people from the state of Kansas and greater Kansas City metropolitan area,” said Allen ...

Refugee forced to flee his country will tell his story at Lawrence Public Library

A University of Kansas doctoral student who was forced to flee his country will share his story Wednesday night at the Lawrence Public Library. The student, Samuel Dermas, began working on a second doctoral degree this semester at KU. He is originally from Eritrea, a country in east Africa bordering the Red Sea. Eritrea had been at war with Ethiopia, on its southern border, for 20 years until a peace treaty was ...

Lawrence woman journeys 1,500 miles to show detained migrant kids someone cares

It was so important to a Lawrence woman to let migrant teens behind the fence of a detention center know someone cares about them that she drove for 24 hours to stand on a ladder and wave to them. The woman, Bonnie Uffman, a semiretired licensed clinical psychotherapist, just returned from 10 days witnessing outside the Homestead Migrant Child Detention Facility next to the Homestead Air Reserve Base in South ...

Have an inner rock star? Contestants sought for Mic Drop 2019 fundraiser

For those who enjoy singing along to the car radio, it might be time to kick it up a notch and go public for a good cause. Organizers of Lawrence Mic Drop 2019 are looking for 10 to 12 contestants to perform on the stage of Liberty Hall during the June 22 fundraiser for The Willow Domestic Violence Center. This will be the third year for the fundraiser. Last year's event raised more than $30,000 for The ...