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To have one Mrs. Kansas come from Lawrence is rare. But two — in the same year? That's just freaky. In late March, 27-year-old event planner Rachel Karwas was crowned Mrs. Kansas, just weeks after Elizabeth Stevens, a 32-year-old homeless-shelter employee, earned the same title. If you're confused, read on. By Giles Bruce
Businesses and parents in Lawrence are coming together through Project Graduation to throw a big party for graduating high school students. The party will have a mechanical bull, cash cages, food, a DJ, casino-themed games and chances to win a variety of prizes including a 1997 Ford Explorer. By Rebekka Schlichting
Dogs, as we know, like to fetch. And somewhere along the line, the Frisbee and other flying discs became one of the favorite objects for the canine population to fetch. So, it had to be torturous Sunday afternoon in South Park for dogs like Zoey, a 3 year-old boxer-lab mix, as they waited to compete in the annual Skyhoundz Disc Championship. By Shaun Hittle
Small World, an international school, is celebrating 45 years of providing women with language skills, new friends and knowledge of American culture. By Rebekka Schlichting
Lawrence man Ryan Banning is in every sense of the word an entrepreneur. For more than a decade, Banning, 36, has operated his own business, Ryan’s Vending Service, managing a dozen or so vending machines in Lawrence. Ryan, who has Down syndrome, needs a little help with his business, explains his mom, Martha. A job coach drives him to the locations, and Ryan’s father, Bob, helps run the financial side of the business. But the bottom line: Ryan’s Vending Service turns a profit. By Shaun Hittle
The Draw the Line Coalition, an anti-underage drinking group, is sponsoring a video contest open to all Lawrence residents, to create a 30-second video that discourages underage drinking. The winner will receive $750. By Shaun Hittle
Starting at age 50, Leo Beuerman — all 39 inches and 60 pounds of him — would drive his specially rigged tractor downtown, get into a red wooden cart and sell pencils. After his death in 1974 at the age of 72, a plaque was dedicated in his honor near where he used to sit. After seemingly being forgotten, that plaque has been restored and will be rededicated in a ceremony this weekend in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Kansas University's Big Event is, in fact, big — and getting bigger. About 3,000 students, faculty and staff members turned out Saturday to perform community service projects at about 400 sites across Lawrence. Organizers say the effort is a very visible way for KU to say “thank you” to the community. By Sara Shepherd
Students from Lawrence's Kids First Preschool got the opportunity to watch a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter land Wednesday before touring the chopper and trying on military gear. Educational programs like it may soon be the victim of budget squabbles in Washington. By Giles Bruce
The new Lawrence Community Shelter, which has been in operation since December, is significantly larger and provides more privacy than the old shelter. It also has a separate space for families and a large job-training center, though the center is not yet operational. By Giles Bruce
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A new trash truck with a robotic-like arm and designed to be staffed by only the driver, began service in Lawrence Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Monte Torneden, who lives at 24426 Loring Rd. in Leavenworth County spends Monday, Feb. 25 feeding his cattle and preparing for the winter storm and a possible foot 10 inches of snow.
We asked local seniors what advice they might have for young people about love.
Musicians, the masked and the masses gathered on Massachusetts St. for the annual Mardi Gras march Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. The group, performing such hits as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Down by the Riverside" paraded through most of downtown, even into a few select restaurants during the noon hour event.
Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin recently visited Nicaragua, where he experienced the celebration surrounding the Feast of the Conception of Mary.
Look at a 360 view of the Public Library's temporary headquarters' at the old Border's Bookstore at 7th New Hampshire.
Staff photographer Nick Krug talks about some of his favorite images from 2012.
Lawrence mother, Stephanie Fisher talks about her family's elaborate light display at their home located at 909 Stonecreek Drive. Passersby can text "justfood" to 80888 to donate $10 to the food bank.
A flash mob of bell-ringers, including Spider-Man, joined Salvation Army bell-ringer Jay Mercer Saturday at his bucket near 9th and Massachusetts streets.
A bit of history chugged through Lawrence Saturday, as the Union Pacific Railroad's steam locomotive No. 844 made its way east.