Past LJW News chats

City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer

Chat about rental licensing and inspections with City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

Got questions about the proposed rental licensing and inspections program? Submit your questions to City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer here.

Sen. Anthony Hensley

State Sen. Anthony Hensley chats on

Friday, November 2, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

John Wilson

Kansas House candidate John Wilson chats on

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Sen. Marci Francisco

State Sen. Marci Francisco chats on

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 11:00 a.m.


Recap: Lawrence doula chats about placenta consumption

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Lawrence resident Lilly Mason will be available to discuss natural childbirth and placenta consumption. Mason, 33, has been a doula for 10 years and is becoming a certified midwife. She has been teaching childbirth classes since 2005, and she owns a business called Joyful Choice Birth Services, which offers placenta encapsulation, natural birth preparation classes, fertility cycling awareness classes and midwives assistant services. She also has written “Mothercake: A Guide to Making Placenta Remedies.” It provides detailed instructions for making placenta capsules, tincture and salve, and it is available on


Recap: Lawrence resident discusses recovery from brain injury, new book

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Lawrence resident Louise Krug will be available at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to discuss her new book, "Louise: Amended." The book is about a brain bleed she suffered at age 22. It chronicles her life before, during and after a brain surgery that left her with disabilities, including paralysis. The book is available at The Raven bookstore in downtown Lawrence. Krug's now 29 and pursuing a doctorate in creative writing at Kansas University, where she also teaches writing and literature classes part time.


Recap: Just Food director chats about services, hunger in Douglas County

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Just Food is the food bank for Douglas County. In 2011, it distributed $676,503 worth of food, or about 880,000 meals, for free to 84,699 people, a 21 percent increase from a year earlier. Farmer has spent 10 years working for churches, nonprofits and being an advocate for the marginalized. Before returning to his hometown of Lawrence, Farmer was director of community awareness at Project Hope Food Bank in Arkansas.


Recap: Health department director chats about services, role in community

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Director Dan Partridge discussed the department's role in community health. The department is gathering information from the public about its health concerns through focus groups, an online survey and one-on-one interviews so it can do a better job of providing services. Partridge has spent nearly 20 years in public health and became the director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department in 2007. He previously served as director of administrative services for the Reno County Health Department in Hutchinson, where he also served as director of environmental health and as an environmental health sanitarian.

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel

Recap: Lawrence doctor chats about unique practice

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel will be available Feb. 16 to discuss his new family practice in Lawrence. Neuhofel is unique in that he doesn’t accept health insurance or third party plans; instead he charges fees for services. He’s even willing to barter.

Shawn Sullivan

Recap: Department on Aging Secretary chats about Medicaid reform

Monday, February 6, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

Kansas Department on Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan will be available Feb. 6 to discuss the state’s plan to privatize the Medicaid program or other policies regarding senior care. Sullivan heads the Department on Aging which is responsible for administration of Older American’s Act programs, distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments, and regulation and survey processes for several different adult care home licensure categories. Sullivan has been involved with aging services for 18 years. Before heading the Department on Aging, he was executive director of Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita, which received a state award for its efforts in culture change and person-centered care.