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Volunteers needed to advocate for children in Douglas County

Douglas County CASA provides comprehensive advocacy for abused and neglected children in need of care and under the protection of the court system.

Area woman overcomes adversity to become Ms. Wheelchair Kansas

Bridgid Schwilling, 43, has seen her share of adversity. Living a life with Cerebral Palsy hasn’t always been easy, especially since being placed in a wheelchair years ago. Still, she calls herself an “overcomer.” Now, Schwilling sits tall with a silk sash, glittering tiara and her service dog, Grady, at her side. Last month, Schwilling took home the coveted “Ms. Wheelchair Kansas” title at the program’s state pageant in Topeka.

Area congregations to host vigil for Jewish shootings

In the wake of last week's fatal shootings at an Overland Park Jewish community center and retirement community, several Lawrence congregations will gather Monday at 7 p.m. for an "Interfaith Vigil For Community, Solidarity and Hope."

Annual Friendship Dinner slated for April 29

The annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at the Kansas Union Ballroom. The event will feature Scott Alexander, an associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and speakers from Kansas University and the community.

In wake of shooting, Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation comes together for Passover Seder

About 60 congregation members attended the Lawrence Jewish Community Center’s Passover Seder Tuesday night, sharing dinner, conversation and history. The Passover holiday commemorates the Exodus, during which the Israelites escaped slavery in Egypt and followed Moses through the Red Sea. During the first two days of Passover, Jewish families and communities gather for the ritual dinner known as a Seder. The Seder at the Lawrence Community Center came just two days after the Overland Park shootings at Jewish community centers that left three people dead. Though the Lawrence center was armed with two police officers just in case, Riever said the provision was really for the peace of mind of attendees.

Lawrence Journal-World honored as top newspaper by Kansas Press Association

The Lawrence Journal-World was honored as one of the top newspapers in the state Saturday at the Kansas Press Association's 2014 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Manhattan.

Volunteers needed to help build new Lawrence playground

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has an opportunity for the public to assist with assembling a new playground at Edgewood Park, located at the intersection of Maple Lane and Miller Drive.

Ottawa University to offer engineering major mixed with liberal arts

This fall, Ottawa University will offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering for the first time at the liberal arts school. Aside from learning the technical fundamentals in the field of engineering, students will also study topics like writing and public speaking.

United Way: Volunteering provides opportunity to develop professional skills

Imagine hundreds of bandana-clad, mosquito-bite-covered Girl Scouts ensconced in nature at Hidden Valley Camp in the midst of the summer heat. Suddenly, there is a plumbing emergency. There’s water everywhere, except where you want it to be. It’s happened. And Kenny Johnson with Johnson Plumbing has volunteered his services, over and again, to come to the rescue.

United Way: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment

Jim Ballinger and Jerry Foree know how to make creepy things happen just through the power of their minds. They can send books tumbling off a bookshelf, vases crashing from the wall and records flying out of the record cabinet. It’s not telekinesis. It’s just what happens when two retired guys who love to build things spend their free time volunteering to create sets and develop props for Theatre Lawrence. Got a minute? They have lots of stories about the crazy stunts they’ve pulled off and technical marvels they’ve achieved in the years they have volunteered at the theater, slinging hammers and having a ball.

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 ...

Tibetan Monks dissolve Mandala

Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in south India swept away three days of work and their World Peace Sand Mandala at the Lawrence Arts Center Monday during a closing ceremony.

Tibetan Monk Mandala Ceremony

Tibetan Monks hold an opening ceremony before constructing a World Peace Mandala at the Lawrence Arts Center. The creation of the Mandala will continue through Monday, Nov. 18.

At 93, sculptor Elden Tefft prepares for a show

Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft works in preparation for his upcoming show at the Lawrence Arts Center, “Gossamer: Before and After the Sculpture Moses.”

Pianist Anna Han plays new LAC Steinway

World renowned pianist Anna Han, the 1st prize winner of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, plays to Lawrence Arts Center preschoolers at the LAC Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Han was playing on the LAC's new Steinway piano, a recent gift from an anonymous donor. Han will be performing Thursday evening, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr. as part of the Dave and Gunda Hiebert Concert Series.

Tom Watgen: Reuter Organ Company voicer

Reuter Organ Company voicer Tom Watgen talks about perfecting the tones of their pipe organs.

Lawrence-area couple builds '30s-style gas station

Rowan and Tanya Green of Perry created a 1930s-style gas station in their barn, which also houses a collection of thermoses and coolers.

Ted Grinter's Sunflowers

Ted Grinter, who lives near Tonganoxie and raises sunflowers, has 47 acres of beautiful golden sunflowers in bloom this year.

Kent Smalter deals with ALS

Kent Smalter, a longtime Lawrence resident, deals with ALS with the help of a village of caring friends.

Jose Pacheco's enchanted truck

Jose Pacheco 74, Topeka, born in Puerto Rico, never knew his parents and remembers having no toys as a child. He recently passed through Lawrence in his colorful, toy-decorated 1994 GMC 2500 truck called "Puerto Rico - Isla Del Encanto".

The 2013 Douglas County Fair Poultry Show

Area 4-H Clubs were busy Tuesday July 20, 2013, displaying their poultry projects for judges at the Douglas County Fair.