Lawrence briefs

Former resident running for Jo. Co. sheriff

A former Lawrence resident is in the running for Johnson County sheriff.

Terry L. Morgan, who lived in Lawrence in the early 1970s and still has family members here, is the only Democrat on the ticket in the sheriff’s race. He’ll face the winner of an Aug. 3 Republican primary pitting Sheriff Currie Myers against challenger Frank Denning.

Morgan has about 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and is a former senior special agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Morgan worked as a concrete finisher for his brother, home builder Larry E. Morgan, when he lived in Lawrence from 1972 to 1974.

State group honors District Court reporters

Two official court reporters from Douglas County District Court are making waves within the state’s court-reporting association.

In a ceremony last week in Topeka, Tammy Hogsett, Lawrence, was named 2004 Distinguished Member of the Kansas Court Reporters Assn. On the same day, Debbie Oakleaf, Baldwin, was installed as the group’s president.

Hogsett was honored for reasons including her past service as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the state association.

“Tammy is the most dedicated, professional person I have ever worked with,” District Court Chief Judge Robert Fairchild said in a statement. “She takes her profession very seriously and is the perfect example of what a court reporter should be.”