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Kansas landscape painter among participants in upcoming Summer Fest arts and crafts festival

Peter Johnson’s been in the art game a long time, but he still remembers what sparked his interest as a youngster growing up in rural Cowley County. “I had a farm upbringing, and my dad bought a blackboard at an auction at a one-room school house,” says Johnson, now 76. “He put it near the floor so I could sit on the floor and draw. That was the beginning of everything.”

Name changes, flooding, trees have shaped Linwood over past 150 years

Longtime resident Arlene Pritchard remembers the centennial celebration for Linwood in 1967. “What was amazing to me was how many people came back to their hometown,” Pritchard said. “Many in the ‘50s and ‘60s moved away.”

Linwood to celebrate 150 years with festival this weekend

Linwood has hit the sesquicentennial mark this year and soon will have a celebration to commemorate it. The Linwood Pioneer Festival Celebration will honor 150 years of the southern Leavenworth County community on Saturday.

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Annual St. John's Mexican Fiesta slated for this weekend

St. John’s Mexican Fiesta returns this Friday and Saturday with authentic Mexican food, live music, traditional dancing and plenty of kid-friendly fun.

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Library, Watkins Museum to celebrate locally made films of Centron

The Lawrence Public Library and Watkins Museum of History invite the public to “revisit Lawrence’s golden age of educational tourism and etiquette films” during Thursday’s “The Stars of Centron.”

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Friends of the Lawrence Public Library to host Summer Book Sale in July

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library will host its annual Summer Book Sale July 7-9 at the library, 707 Vermont St.

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How do teachers stay busy over the summer? It's all in a day's work

How do teachers keep busy over the summer? We checked in with three Lawrence educators, two active and one retired, to find out.

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A Chef's Choice tour at Bon Bon! and a healthy dose of 'buns'

For this month’s edition of Chef’s Choice, T.K. Peterson, owner/chef of Merchants Pub and Plate decided that traveling to the “Far East” was a must for eating Katsu Buns. Happy to oblige, I booked my travel, packed my bags and journeyed to far East Lawrence, to eat my “Bunz” off at Bon Bon!.

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Hundreds expected to participate in Friday's Relay for Life

Hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members are expected to turn out for Friday’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Douglas County, slated for 5:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive.

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Library's 'Game of Gnomes' summer-long scavenger hunt to kick off Monday

The Lawrence Public Library is inviting folks to venture into the great “ungnome” — their pun, not ours — this summer with Game of Gnomes, a literary-themed scavenger hunt through 10 Lawrence parks.

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."