WRITER: Elvyn Jones

After hurricane, Trump comments, some KU Puerto Ricans think island should seek independence from U.S.

Some Puerto Ricans in the University of Kansas community say they were angered but not surprised when President Donald Trump recently denied official death totals from last year’s Hurricane Maria. Three of them — Bob Augelli, KU business lecturer; Luis Gonzalez, KU geology professor; and Bryan Rodriguez-Colon, a geology graduate student — said the president’s actions in the past year had already ...

KDOT to propose safety upgrades for 5 intersections on west leg of K-10

Engineers with the Kansas Department of Transportation next month will present to the Douglas County Commission proposals for improving safety at five at-grade intersections on the west leg of Kansas Highway 10. KDOT is currently reviewing accident and speed statistics for the K-10 intersections at Kasold Drive, Wakarusa Drive, North 1800 Road and the ramps north and south of Interstate 70, said Laurie ...

Baldwin City police chief resigns immediately, months before planned retirement

Updated story - KBI investigating alleged criminal activity within Baldwin City Police Department Baldwin City Police Chief Greg Neis has resigned from the post he has held for the past nine years, a Baldwin City councilman said Wednesday. Councilman Tony Brown said the City Council learned that Neis would be resigning immediately at Tuesday's council meeting. Neis had told the City Council earlier this ...

Douglas County leaders not interested in unified government but willing to review agreements with Lawrence

Lawrence mayor Stuart Boley's proposal to explore merging the city and county governments didn't go over well with Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday, but the county leaders said they were willing to review existing shared funding agreements with the city. The discussion occurred at a two-hour joint meeting of the Douglas County Commission, Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board at the ...

Lawrence Community Shelter seeks input from government, nonprofit partners on needed service cuts

The Lawrence Community Shelter will have to cut services to stay within its budget and is looking to its government and nonprofit partners to help determine how that should be done, shelter board members told community leaders Wednesday. At a joint meeting of the Douglas County Commission, Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board, Jackie Counts, presidents of the Lawrence Community Shelter Board, said ...

Section of U.S. 59 named for highway patrol lieutenant killed in accident

The section of U.S. Highway 59 from Kansas Highway 10 to U.S. Highway 56 was dedicated Monday as Bernard Hill Highway in honor of the late Kansas Highway Patrol lieutenant. The Kansas Legislature passed a bill last spring that provided for the naming of sections of the highway system after KHP officers killed while on duty. According to the KHP website, Hill, who was born in Lawrence, was killed on May 28, ...

Local leaders to discuss plan for unified government; improving children services also to be discussed at joint meeting

Lawrence's mayor wants to have a serious discussion about the city of Lawrence and Douglas County combining forces to create a consolidated government. Mayor Stuart Boley said he plans to propose that the city of Lawrence and Douglas County jointly ask the county's legislative delegation to study the issue of a unified government that potentially would replace the city and county commissions with a single ...

Superintendent to start listening tour, seek ideas to make Lawrence school district 'best in the country'

Lawrence school district Superintendent Anthony Lewis is inviting community members to share their thoughts and ideas with him at a listening tour that will run through early November. Lewis, a former assistant principal of Kansas City, Mo., public schools, started as district superintendent July 1. A listening and learning tour was part of his plan for his first months on the job. The tour reflects his ...

New Free State High math teacher thanks students for award

Free State High School math teacher Alyssa Barratt said that being recognized Monday as a Lawrence school district Horizon Award winner was nice, but it was her students who made every school day special. “I do this because I love you guys,” she told the students in her first-hour geometry class. “Thank you for letting me have so much fun.” In presenting Barratt with the award, Free State Principal ...

On its centennial, Douglas County K-State Extension acknowledges founder's efforts; open house scheduled Sunday

A longtime Douglas County agricultural institution is celebrating its 100th anniversary Sunday, but most of that history wouldn’t have happened without the efforts of one black Douglas County farmer who grew up the son of a sharecropper. Research into the beginnings of Douglas County K-State Extension revealed the central role of Ed Harvey in its early history, said Marlin Bates, the executive director of ...

Douglas County Commission signals intent to raise age to buy tobacco products

The Douglas County Commission signaled Wednesday that it would pass an ordinance increasing the age to legally buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping liquids, to 21. All three county commissioners said they favored the age increase. But commissioners said formal action would have to wait until county counselor John Bullock reviewed the measure, which was proposed by the LiveWell Lawrence ...

Douglas County Commission to consider proposal to enhance behavioral health service

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will consider a proposal to enhance services that Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center provides to certain patients who are recovering from behavioral health crises. In a memo to the County Commission, Bob Tryanski, the county director of behavioral health services, writes that one of the initiatives introduced this year with county funding is the ...

Peaslee Tech sees enrollment expand as it moves beyond early challenges

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center has moved beyond the struggling narrative that accompanied its early history, the school’s director said. “We are financially stable, the building is in good shape, our assets are more valuable than anything we owe and enrollment is rising because of the many new programs we’re offering,” said Kevin Kelley, Peaslee ...

Sunset Hill Elementary teacher named a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year

Nicole Corn, a kindergarten teacher at Sunset Hill Elementary School in Lawrence, has been named a finalist for the Kansas Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award. According to a press release from the department, Corn was presented with Region 2 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award and the $2,000 prize that comes with it at a Sunday ceremony in Topeka. She will now compete with three other regional ...

Lawrence school board agrees to support city raising age to buy tobacco

The Lawrence school board agreed Monday to support a measure that would raise the age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21. Vicki Collie-Akers, chair of the LiveWell Douglas County Tobacco 21 work group and associate director of health promotion research at the University of Kansas, asked the board to support the Lawrence City Commission enacting the Tobacco 21 Initiative. The commission will ...

KDOT to conduct study on K-10 expansion, interchanges

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will begin a supplemental environmental impact study on the western leg of Kansas Highway 10, the South Lawrence Trafficway corridor, as a necessary step to expanding the roadway to four lanes. The planned three-year study will review the 19 miles of the K-10 corridor from North 1800 Road, known locally as the Farmer’s Turnpike, to the ...

Lawrence police searching for suspect in overnight shooting incident

The Lawrence Police Department is searching for a man who reportedly fired at another person early Sunday morning. According to a statement from Sgt. Amy Rhoads, of the Lawrence Police Department, the victim said the incident occurred at 4:34 a.m. in the vicinity of 10th and Arkansas streets. The reporting party was retrieving items from a vehicle when the suspect approached while brandishing a firearm. The ...

Lawrence school board to take steps needed for $43.5M bond sale

The Lawrence school board will take steps Monday needed to prepare for the sale of $43.5 million in general obligation bonds later this month. On the board’s agenda is an item authorizing the sale on Sept. 24 of the remaining half of the $87 million in bond debt that voters approved in May 2017. The school board sold the first $43.5 million of that bond issue in September 2017. Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley ...

Buyers look to collect part of Lawrence history at Ernst & Son auction

Taylor Ardong was hopeful of taking home a piece of personal and Lawrence history Sunday at the Ernst & Son Hardware auction. “I used to shop here for little stuff,” the lifelong Lawrence resident said. “I remember coming here in elementary school on a field trip. I remember the old cash register.” The Ernst family members decided in May to close the store when they could find neither a buyer nor ...

Southwestern artists make annual trip to Haskell Indian Art Market

As he sat at behind a table filled with his animal carvings Saturday in a tent on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus, artist Joseph Begay, of Albuquerque, N.M., said he was part of an annual September migration from the American Southwest to Lawrence. “This is the week New Mexico and Arizona come to Kansas,” he said of the annual Haskell Indian Art Market weekend. “I love the people. I’ve ...