Japanese exchange students tour Kansas University
Lawrence is welcoming another group of students from its sister city Hiratsuka, Japan.
Sunday, a group of 11 students from Kanagawa University in Hiratsuka arrived in Lawrence for a month-long stay. The students began their Lawrence experience with a tour of the Kansas University campus, where they'll take classes throughout February.
While in Lawrence, the students also will visit museums and elementary schools, attend sporting events, and spend a weekend with a host family.
Sobriety check lane results in two arrests
Douglas County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people for driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night at a sobriety checkpoint.
One arrest was for DUI, and another was for DUI and driving with an open container of alcohol, Sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Kathy Tate said.
Deputies stopped 136 drivers between 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. The checkpoint was at the intersection of County Road 458 and U.S. Highway 59, south of Lawrence.
No other infractions were reported, Tate said.
"It was a great night, especially since there were only two arrests made," she said. "We were pleased that everything went well."
The checkpoint, paid for with the help of a Kansas Department of Transportation grant, was the first by the Sheriff's Department in at least eight years.
Natural Resource Council names executive director
John T. Barnes has been named the new executive director of the Kansas Natural Resource Council.
KNRC president Joan Vibert said Barnes' appointment signals a new direction for the council, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Vibert also said the appointment confirms a decision by the KNRC board to provide more information services to all Kansans while continuing to be the voice of Kansas environmentalists.
Barnes recently retired from the Wichita Veterans Affairs Center to work on state environmental issues.
Convention to hook up singles with agricultural interests
If you're a farmer looking for love, the right place to find it may be at the national Singles in Agriculture convention Feb. 15 through Feb. 18 in Lawrence.
The convention is for people of all ages who are single, divorced or widowed and have a background or career in agriculture. People from around the country looking for companionship from others with similar interests will attend.
Programming for the convention includes speakers, tours of Lawrence and sites, meetings and dances every night.
Costs range from $8 for the Feb. 15 dance to $125 for the four-day package including tours, meals and dances. Hotel accommodations are not included.
To request a registration form, call Janice at (316) 241-4232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, noting "SIA" in the subject line. The deadline for registration is Saturday.