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Pageant contestant has unique and colorful talent

In 90 seconds, most people could probably fry an egg on a preheated pan, fill up an empty tank of gas on a compact car or peel and cut up an apple with fingers fully intact. Most people, however, could not produce a large-scale painting of anything remotely recognizable before an audience while wearing high heels.

Waxman to host second annual Kiddie Candle Dip

It’s been 20 years since Ryder Werts and his classmates visited his family’s candle store on a second-grade fieldtrip, but Werts, whose parents own Waxman Candles in downtown Lawrence, still remembers the magic of it all. The experience actually turned out to be somewhat “traumatic” for the veteran candle maker — in his excitement, Werts ended up accidentally spraying hot wax over the face of one unlucky classmate, he now recalls. These days, he’s following the lead of his father, Bob, in stressing the importance of fire safety to every tour group that passes through Waxman, 609 Massachusetts St.

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Lawrence Arts Center asks public to help 'Feed the Guinea Pigs' in fundraiser for classroom pets

Gus and Sylvie, the guinea pigs who have taken up permanent residence at the Lawrence Arts Center’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, provide truly priceless learning opportunities for students, says Linda Reimond, the Arts Center’s preschool director. But Reimond, like any pet owner, knows all too well that the cute and cuddly critters aren’t really priceless — at least not in the literal sense.

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Community members find 'spirit of Thanksgiving' at annual LINK dinner

For more than 30 years, people in Lawrence have been able to count on a Thanksgiving meal no matter their circumstances.

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Health Department to offer cash incentive for local parents looking to quit smoking

Beginning this week, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a cash incentive to local smokers attempting to kick the habit. Focusing on parents, the Health Department’s new initiative will reward $85 to any mom or dad who completes its first-ever “Freedom From Smoking” program.

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Facing possibility of closure, Headquarters Counseling Center starts fundraising campaign

Headquarters Counseling Center has started a Save Headquarters campaign with the goal of raising $90,000 in the next three weeks so that it can continue to provide its current level of suicide prevention services beyond the end of the year.

Free State students holding menstrual-product drive for Willow Domestic Violence Center

The Free State High School Young Feminists Club is holding a supply drive of menstrual products throughout this week and the next for the Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Annual LINK Thanksgiving meal scheduled for Nov. 24; volunteers sought

The annual Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen Thanksgiving dinner is scheduled for Nov. 24, and LINK is looking for volunteers to help prepare and deliver the holiday meals.

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New book aims for a clearer look at Phog Allen

Most Kansas basketball fans can recall from memory the classic photo of the game’s creator James Naismith standing proudly on the left with the coach Phog Allen to his right. The two figures of basketball royalty are both wearing fedoras and the only thing stopping them from holding hands is a basketball that they hold together. The image portrays the two as allies and collaborators in lock step, cradling the game in its fledgling years. But a new book on Phog Allen suggests reality wasn't nearly as picturesque.

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'Pinnacle of Nuttiness' — Political state of affairs a dominating theme this Final Friday

If going downtown to unwind and unplug yourself from the presidential election, the talking heads and hot-button political issues is on your agenda for the upcoming Final Fridays, let this serve as a warning to steer clear of several works of art.

Now is the time to adopt a dog

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should ...

KU Cancer Center seeks national status

Kansas University is working to get a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer center. The goal will require a large investment, but officials say they'll be repaid in the number of lives saved. Downtown rumbled with the sound of ...

Fight for Your Right to Hoodie: An interview with Sarah Sung of The Lucha Narrative

The Lucha Narrative sprang from the soul of Sarah Sung, a KU grad and graphic designer seeking to merge her passions for creating cool stuff and helping the world. She visited with us to discuss the launch of the Lucha ...

Anarchonomics: An Interview with the Solidarity! Collective

On March 15, Solidarity will move from 1109 Mass. (next to It’s Brothers) to 13 E. 8th Street (next to the Sandbar). The bad news is that people will still be puking on their doorstep; the good news is that ...

C-TRAN students sing Christmas carol

Students in the Community Transition Program (C-TRAN), sing Christmas carols to residents at the Pioneer Ridge Health & Rehab skilled nursing facility, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.

Lawrence Civic Choir rehearsal

The Lawrence Civic Choir rehearses for their upcoming holiday concert Monday evening at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave. The holiday concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Lawrence farm creates sorghum syrup with horse-powered press

Using a horse-powered press, John Craft presses sorghum stalks to make sweet sorghum syrup at Willing Horse Farm on the east edge of Lawrence. Craft sells the sweet sorghum syrup at the Lawrence Farmer's Market, and several local restaurants and bakeries use the natural sweetener.

Royals fans in Lawrence celebrate

K.C. Royals fans in Lawrence celebrate their World Series win Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.

Lawrence Halloween Throwback Photo Contest

Over 100 photographs were submitted by readers for the Journal-World's Halloween Throwback Photo Contest.

Kansas University Band Day parade

Sights and sounds of the 68th annual Kansas University Band Day parade Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Instrument builder Jim Triggs talks about mandolins

Jim Triggs and his son Ryan build custom mandolin and guitars by hand. Jim worked with Gibson for several years helping build mandolins and archtop guitars. Triggs' mandolins have been played by some of the top bluegrass musicians in the country.

Humane Society director talks about need for facility renovations

Kate Meghji, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, talks about facility problems which are creating animal care problems at the shelter.

Puppies at the Lawrence Humane Society

Two puppies pose for the camera during a recent trip to the Lawrence Humane Society.

Piano Prodigy Matthew Liu performs 'Flight of the Bumblebee"

Eight-year-old Lawrence pianist Matthew Liu performs "Flight of the Bumblebee."