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12:00 a.m.
Staff photographer Richard Gwin was first introduced to morel mushrooms in the 1970s, and now he's become an avid mushroom hunter. Morel mushrooms plentiful after wet winter in northeast Kansas
April 26, 2011 in print edition on 3A
It’s spring, and that can mean just one thing: morel mushrooms. This year’s harvest will be bountiful because of the large amount of moisture last winter.
12:00 a.m.
Liliana and Ella Keathley-Helms decorate cupcakes similar to ones they'll later sell for charity. The twins are holding an online bake sale for Mother's Day to raise money for children in Uganda. 10-year-old twins selling Mother’s Day cupcakes online for charity
April 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Ella and Liliana Keathley-Helms are grateful to live in a nice house with a great family and wonderful mother. So this Mother’s Day, they’re trying to help children — children they’ve never met, halfway around the world.
6:00 a.m.
Douglas County commissioners Nancy Thellman, Jim Flory and Mike Gaughan discuss adding domestic partner benefits to the county's health insurance coverage during their meeting Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Domestic partner benefits plan gets early support from Douglas County Commission
April 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Joseph Jarvis decided what job he would accept after he graduated from Kansas University’s School of Law largely based on the company’s health care and anti-discrimination policies. Despite being a sixth-generation Kansan, Jarvis decided he will head to a Missouri-based firm for its inclusion of domestic partners in its insurance policy and anti-discrimination policy. Jarvis will be able to put his same-sex partner on his health insurance.
2:19 p.m.
Pat Hubbell, pharmacist and owner of Sigler Pharmacy, fills out a prescription order Sept. 21, 2010, near a large jar of discarded medicine. The collection amounted to about six months of unused medications dropped off at Sigler Pharmacy, 4951 W. 18th St. City, county officials organizing drop-off service for unused, unwanted medication Saturday
April 29, 2011 in print edition on 5A
Area public safety and environmental leaders say there are several reasons why Douglas County residents should drop off unwanted or old medication Saturday as part of the second National Medication Take-Back Day.

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Police investigating cause of single-vehicle roundabout accident at Lake Pointe Drive and Clinton Parkway
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police Friday were investigating to determine whether alcohol or speed were factors in an early morning one-vehicle accident in southwest Lawrence, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman.
Kansas tax revenues for the month of April beat expectations
April 29, 2011
The Kansas Department of Revenue says the state collected $22 million more in taxes this month than anticipated.
Lawrence Police Department installs cameras to track license plates at intersection of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
There’s a new crimefighter in town, and it’s hanging from a traffic light in West Lawrence.
Homelessness on the rise in Douglas County, new report shows
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
The number of people who are homeless is increasing in Douglas County, and so are the odds that they’re female, a new report from City Hall suggests.
Salina convenience store falls for money-wiring phone scam
April 29, 2011
A Salina convenience store clerk unwittingly wired nearly $900 to a con artist who convinced her over the phone that he was from MoneyGram, the money transfer business.
Road to Coronado Heights castle in central Kansas to get smoother
April 29, 2011
The road to a central Kansas attraction known as the castle at Coronado Heights is about to get a lot smoother.
Transportation secretary makes case that cable barriers are no ‘silver bullet,’ but announces meetings to study their effectiveness on K-10
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Department of Transportation officials told reporters Friday afternoon that cable median barriers on divided highways weren’t a “silver bullet” in stopping all accidents as the state studies the safety of Kansas Highway 10
Johnson County man convicted of wife’s murder
April 29, 2011
A Johnson County man faces life in prison for shooting his wife to death and leaving her dead on an Olathe driveway.
Prosecutors want to try 14-year-old as adult in death of his Manhattan High School classmate
April 29, 2011
Riley County officials are asking to try a 14-year-old suspect as an adult in the death of one of his classmates.
8 convicted in $20 million marijuana conspiracy
April 29, 2011
A federal jury convicted eight people of trafficking more than $20 million in marijuana across the country.
Derby student in altercation over sagging pants
April 29, 2011
A Kansas high school student says school resource officers hit him with a Taser and broke his arm after he refused to pull up his pants.
Army says WikiLeaks suspect fit to stand trial
April 29, 2011
The intelligence analyst suspected of illegally passing government secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been found competent to stand trial, the Army said Friday.
Experts predict busy wildfire season in Southwest
April 29, 2011
National wildfire experts are predicting a busy and costly fire season this summer in parched southwestern states like Texas and Colorado, where hundreds of square miles have been charred in a region struggling with the worst drought conditions in decade.
2 Kansas agencies set up system to track drivers with multiple DUI convictions
April 29, 2011
Two Kansas agencies are working together to set up a system to track drivers with multiple drunken driving convictions in an effort to ensure that they are taken off the state’s roads before causing serious accidents.
Prosecutors say Kansas man ordered killings in Rwanda
April 29, 2011
A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a Kansas man ordered killings during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide then lied about it when he immigrated to the U.S.
Conservative Kansas Republicans want more cuts to schools, social services, prisons
April 29, 2011
The proposal — crafted by House Appropriations Committee members Anthony Brown of Eudora, Owen Donohoe of Shawnee and Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City — would slice another $138 million from a previous budget approved by the House.
Brownback wants more oversight of the Kansas Bioscience Authority
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday pushed for more oversight of a state economic development agency that is under investigation.
KU professor links world’s largest fossilized spider to modern-day arachnids
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Yes, Paul Selden says, it’s the biggest spider fossil on record, one whose leg span stretches to be almost 6 inches.
City, county officials organizing drop-off service for unused, unwanted medication Saturday
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Area public safety and environmental leaders say there are several reasons why Douglas County residents should drop off unwanted or old medication Saturday as part of the second National Medication Take-Back Day.
KU leads conference in men’s basketball home attendance for 25th straight year
April 29, 2011
For the 25th straight year, the Kansas University men’s basketball team led its conference in home attendance.
Statehouse Live: Three Republicans propose more cuts to schools
10:22 a.m., April 29, 2011 Updated 12:47 a.m. in print edition on A1
Conservative Republicans on Friday sought more cuts to schools, social services and prisons.
Town Talk: Traffic light cameras to help hunt for suspect vehicles; local homeless numbers increase to more than 200; downtown to be focus of summer curb repair
April 29, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Former KU official Rodney Jones requests medical delay before beginning prison sentence
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
A former assistant athletics director at the University of Kansas is requesting a medical delay before he begins a prison term for taking part in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.
First Bell: Wakarusa Valley School celebrates 50th anniversary Sunday; Perry-Lecompton band wins Grammy award; Eudora High woodworkers to raffle shed
April 29, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: KU Endowment president explains how KU paid for consulting firm; KU mourns English professor emeritus Edwyna Gilbert; KU African and African-American studies department turns 40
01:55 a.m., April 29, 2011 Updated 02:18 p.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
I do’ date: Lawrence couple royally excited for their wedding day
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
The bride’s got slick brown hair, big blue eyes and a wide smile that only grows brighter when looking up at her blond-haired hubby-to-be. And today’s the day she’s becoming a wife. But, no, she’s not who you’re thinking of, even if she does have the name “Catherine” on her marriage license.
Eudora Middle School to get new principal
12:31 a.m., April 29, 2011 Updated 09:25 a.m. in print edition on A7
Eudora Middle School’s next principal will come with some high school experience. Jerry Henn, principal of Paola High School, emerged from a field of 86 applicants to become principal at the middle school.
Lawrence father sentenced to probation after child abuse alleged
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
A judge has ordered a 34-year-old Lawrence man to serve six months on probation and complete additional parenting classes after he pleaded to a lesser charge related to allegations of abusing his daughter while trying to discipline her.
Read Across Lawrence ends in courtroom
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
Read Across Lawrence 2011 came to a close Thursday evening amid conversation about life lessons.
Contract talk
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
I am a coach in the Lawrence school district. I coach both at the junior high and high school levels. My winter coaching season is eight weeks long (late October to early December), then I carry over as an assistant at the high school for the remainder of the season (through February).
KU basketball recruits paired
Jayhawk Invitational begins today
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
Two of Kansas University’s top targets in the high school recruiting Class of 2012 will compete against each other tonight at Haskell’s Coffin Complex.
Patient in Saturday injury accident in good condition
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Chad Peterson, 35, of Eudora, who was injured in a crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence, was listed in good condition Thursday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said.
Olathe woman arrested after running over friend’s foot
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Olathe woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after running over her boyfriend’s foot with a motor vehicle.
Sooners add JUCO player
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has added a much-needed big man to the Sooners’ roster by signing 6-foot-10, 240-pound Casey Arent. Kruger announced the signing of the transfer from Sierra College (Calif.) on Thursday. Arent is from Penryn, Calif., and averaged 19.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game as a sophomore.
Chiefs pick Pittsburgh WR Baldwin
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs addressed one of their most urgent needs but may have strayed a bit from their draft philosophy by taking Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin in the first round Thursday night.
Panthers make Newton No. 1 pick
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Cam Newton’s selection as the No. 1 pick was perhaps the only predictable element of this most unusual NFL Draft.
KU tennis falls at Big 12 tourney
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s tennis season ended with a 4-1 loss to Kansas State on Thursday at the Big 12 Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center.
Free State soccer tumbles, 3-2
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
Olathe South edged the Free State High girls soccer team, 3-2, on Thursday.
Firebirds win swim quad; Lawrence High third
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
Free State High swimming and diving coach Annette McDonald was having a tough time choosing her favorite part of Thursday’s quadrangular.
Firebirds 4th, Lions 6th at league tennis
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High placed fourth and Lawrence High tied for sixth at the Sunflower League tennis tournament on Thursday at Harmon Park.
Kukuk’s future bright
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
As baseball scouting jobs go, a title more prestigious than vice president of amateur scouting for the New York Yankees doesn’t exist. Damon Oppenheimer has that title, and he was at Free State High, standing on the hill behind home plate Thursday for a couple of innings before making the 45-minute drive to Gardner-Edgerton High.
Free State baseball falls
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
One team capitalized on every possible opportunity, and one didn’t.
FSHS softball sweeps Vikings
Firebirds claim 5-2, 3-0 victories
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
In little more than a few hours, Free State High’s softball team was back to feeling pretty good about itself.
‘El Grande’ lifts LHS
Freshman pitches Lions to 2-0 victory over SM South
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
At the beginning of the season, Lawrence High’s baseball team gave freshman pitcher Bryce Montes de Oca a nickname: “El Grande.”
Jayhawk in the NBA
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
Here is how former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich fared in NBA action Thursday, April 28, 2011.
Texas Tech coach talks politics
April 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has left the gridiron and taken to the political airwaves.
Everyday heroes
Today’s “Only in Lawrence” edition honors some of the many people who contribute to our community every day.
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
You might not know Bertha Bermudez, Gloria Ramos, Irene Langford, Loretta Chavez or Rachel Lemus, but if you’ve ever been to the St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, you likely have tasted their cooking.
Pragmatism drives U.S.-Mideast policy
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
Tom Donilon, President Obama’s national security adviser, has a reputation as a “process guy,” meaning that he runs an orderly decision-making system at the National Security Council, and as a “political guy” with a feel for Capitol Hill and the media.
35 years after its construction, Clinton Lake a reservoir of memories for engineer John Jepson
April 29, 2011
Retired engineer John Jepson stands at the spillway on the northeast end of Clinton Lake and peers out at the river flowing through the dam. Not a bad day’s work, or rather four years worth of work.
Art in the Park turns 50: Lawrence’s outdoor show has supported artists since 1961
April 29, 2011
More than 150 local artists will show their work between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at South Park.
Women behind feast at St. John’s Mexican Fiesta driven by spirit, tradition
April 29, 2011
The church radio will play the Mexican polka. Traditional tamales and enchiladas need a little bit of the spice that only Ruben Ramos and the sharp sounds of a Tejano accordion can provide. The music keeps the small band of women in the basement kitchen of Lawrence’s St. John Catholic Church moving — but no — it is not the secret to the church’s longtime summer Fiesta.
Troop 55 Scoutmaster Scott Braden dedicated to helping Boy Scouts take on challenges, reach achievements
April 29, 2011
No doubt, Scott Braden has positively influenced the lives of countless Boy Scouts in his six years as scoutmaster of Lawrence’s Troop 55. But there are two names that are mentioned first — Scott Ollila and his father, Ken — when Scouting parents talk about Braden’s dedication.
Excavator Allen Grob says Lawrence connections have been most rewarding part of 38-year career
April 29, 2011
He’s a modest man who’s spent nearly four decades doing some not-so-glamorous work. And if you need a foundation for a house dug, Allen Grob of R.D. Johnson Excavating Co. is your guy.
Library circulation page John Griffin books it through speed-shelving test
April 29, 2011
If you’ve checked out a book at the Lawrence Public Library in the past few years, there’s a pretty good chance John Griffin has restacked it.
Magical thinking
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
With the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, only one question remains: Will Donald Trump continue to garner popular support for his potential run for the Republican nomination?
Neighbors ignored
April 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
If I thought for a moment about the difficulty that ordinary citizens have in persuading the City Commission to see their point of view when an especially contentious issue comes before them, I would suspect that our elected officials were taking money under the table from developers whose positions on those issues consistently are favored over those of residents who dare to oppose them.
100 years ago: High school students violate rules by dancing at prom
April 29, 2011
“There was dancing at the high school junior prom - after midnight.”
25 years ago: Soviets release first statement on Chernobyl disaster
April 29, 2011
The Soviet government had released a four-sentence dispatch on the previous day (April 28), saying that one of the atomic reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been damaged and that measures were being taken to “eliminate the consequences.”
40 years ago: Food stamps to be denied to unmarried, unrelated people living together
April 29, 2011
Many Douglas County food-stamp recipients were expected to be affected by the new federal changes to the program.
Designing woman: Lawrence High’s Caitrin Jacobson makes her own prom dress for $25
April 29, 2011
Who says prom has to be a $1,000 affair?
A primer on Lawrence’s art scene
April 29, 2011
It’s not easy to summarize the Lawrence arts scene in a few brief paragraphs. What to know about the arts in Lawrence? You mean the places? The people? The galleries? Oh yeah. All of that.
Submit your nominations for 2012 Only in Lawrence honorees
April 29, 2011
Submit your nominations for the Only in Lawrence honorees for 2012.
Volunteer pianist Barbara Walden draws crowds every Wednesday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor
April 29, 2011
Looking outside the nursing home windows, it was a dark and rainy day. But inside, feet and fingers were tapping and wheelchairs rocked gently back and forth to the music that filled the room.
Haskell campus populated by artwork of past and present
April 29, 2011
Despite a lifelong love of the fine arts, Josh Woosypitti didn’t know when he came to Haskell Indian Nations University that the school’s tradition of the arts would shout to him at every turn.
J.D. Cleavinger gives official call on his 44-year refereeing career
April 29, 2011
A whistle blows on a close play and, predictably, half of the crowd is in uproar. Shouts and cries ring out. “A terrible call!” “A makeup call!” “A homer call!”
Lawrence Arts Center’s Linda Reimond inspires current, former students after 25 years as preschool director
Reimond is inaugural Larry Arts Award winner
April 29, 2011
It doesn’t take long when talking to Linda Reimond to become inspired, just five minutes will do. Reimond, the preschool director at the Lawrence Arts Center, founded the program 25 years ago and has been a guiding light in early childhood education in Lawrence since. Because of her dedication, investment and love of both her students and her work, she is our inaugural Larry Arts Award honoree.
Lawrence organizations offer a selection of odd classes
April 29, 2011
Sure, most of us know we can learn to ballroom dance or play the piano in Lawrence. But if you’re really looking to break out of your mold, here are some lesser-known classes offered by Lawrence organizations.
Tips for how to best volunteer with local nonprofit organizations
April 29, 2011
Sandy Hazlett considers herself a career volunteer.
Archivist Matt Veatch preserving Kansas’ past for the future
April 29, 2011
You’d think an archivist would be focused on the past. But Matt Veatch, the state archivist at the Kansas State Historical Society, is looking toward the future.
Tom Boxberger’s longtime love for recycling finds outlet at KU
April 29, 2011
Tom Boxberger spends his day sorting through other people’s trash. And besides being a third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, there isn’t anything else he’d rather be doing.
Parks and Rec special events supervisor takes pride in preserving Lawrence traditions
April 29, 2011
Duane Peterson, the longtime Lawrence Parks and Recreation special events supervisor, understandably looked a little tired.
School gardens growing in popularity from work of coordinator Dan Phelps
April 29, 2011
Dan Phelps hasn’t lived in Lawrence long, and he’s already made a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of students. Shortly after moving to town in December 2009, the 27-year-old was hired as part-time garden coordinator for a new project at West Junior High School.
Retired teacher Jane Budde helps start sewing program at Community Connections Center
April 29, 2011
Jane Budde is lots of things to plenty of people: dedicated, skilled, connected, generous, committed, versatile and on and on seemingly everywhere in town, from neighborhood to church or anywhere else her focused and infectious smile takes her.
Saxophonist, performer Robert Baker teaches financial literacy when he’s not onstage
April 29, 2011
Robert Baker is a man not easily forgotten. He’s the one in front of a classroom sharing words of wisdom from his mythical grandmother to drive home points on household budgeting. He’s also that local musician wearing a suit jacket and fedora while growling out poetry stanzas. Or, he simply could be that guy in Lawrence who looks a little bit like Steve Buscemi and a lot like John Waters.
Impromptu Cafe manager says longtime relationships with diners best part of her work
April 29, 2011
Kim Nixon tells the story about how she was introduced to former Kansas University basketball announcer Max Falkenstien once as he ate lunch at the Impromptu Cafe, where Nixon serves as the manager.
Music store owner Jim Baggett’s knowledge of guitars earns him a spot on PBS program ‘Antiques Roadshow’
April 29, 2011
Lots of people have hobbies, fun and creative things they do to while the hours away. Some people may become very accomplished at their particular diversion. Few, however, hone their interest to an expert level — something marketable they can build a business and career around.
Campus blooms with help from Kansas University flower crew
April 29, 2011
Thane Haug is an artist with a couple of nails, some string and a can of spray paint. Those are the simple tools it takes to make a perfect bed of tulips.
Conflicts commonplace in Kansas long before beginning of Civil War
April 29, 2011
The Civil War didn’t officially start until 1861, but Kansas was fighting its own battles long before that. Lawrence’s history is rich with Civil War conflicts, both abstract and physical.
Test your Lawrence knowledge with these pieces of trivia
April 29, 2011
What about the lesser known tidbits of Lawrence history? Here are a few facts you can use to impress your friends.
Peg Livingood charged with protecting history, sustainability on Kansas University campus
April 29, 2011
Peg Livingood’s official title at Kansas University’s office of design and construction management is project manager. But she does a lot of stuff, really.
Longtime advocate Hilda Enoch not afraid to challenge community to show compassion
April 29, 2011
You don’t serve as the director of the Lawrence Community Shelter and not know Hilda Enoch.
Dog Days inspires Ellen Young to organize running groups, events
April 29, 2011
Ellen Young doesn’t just walk the walk. She runs the run. That’s exactly what she’s been doing in Lawrence for years.
Organist Sharee Thompson’s music helps set the Sunday service at First Presbyterian Church
April 29, 2011
A Sunday visitor to Lawrence’s First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, will find the Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton up front and a cross-section of Lawrence in the pews, that much is obvious. But what might not be so obvious is the elephant in the room and in your ears — the beautiful music coming from the church’s organ.
Costume designer Jane Pennington’s creations help stitch together seamless illusion for Theatre Lawrence
April 29, 2011
On any given day, it would be safe to bet that Jane Pennington has safety pins nearby. They’re tools of her trade. Pennington, a costume designer for Theatre Lawrence, knows what she’s doing.
Guitar maker Leo Posch builds Lawrence business on personal quest for learning
April 29, 2011
Like any skilled musician — or, even more to the point, anyone skilled in helping equip musicians with proper instruments — Leo Posch trusts his ear. Come to think of it, he also relies a great deal on his eyes, hands, fingers and other information-gathering receptors when it comes to his career calling.
Lawrence Percolator founding member Dave Loewenstein wants community art to serve a social purpose
April 29, 2011
Dave Loewenstein and the murals he paints have a great deal in common: They are colorful, tell fascinating stories and have far-reaching impact. Loewenstein, 44, is an artist, muralist, printmaker, teacher, author, community activist, documentarian and social catalyst, who has lived in Lawrence doing all of these things since 1990.
Lawrence children’s theater programs present opportunities to learn lifelong skills
April 29, 2011
Jed Davis literally wrote the book on children’s theater. The retired Kansas University professor wrote the teaching classic “Theatre, Children and Youth” after working as the longtime director of university children’s theater at the school.
Volunteer Amy Albright, family part of the ‘fabric’ of Lawrence Arts Center
April 29, 2011
It’s a family affair when Amy Albright, her husband Doug Davison and their three daughters spend time at the Lawrence Arts Center. And Albright says her family wants to give back to the arts community, especially after benefiting from scholarships from the arts center for the girls to participate in classes there.
Lied Center tech crew members enjoy role out of the spotlight
April 29, 2011
Behind the scenes at the Lied Center is a busy world. Working on the crew, producing high-quality performances and making them look great is a complex job. The key is to keep things running well while being seen as little as possible.
Free State volleyball coach collects memorabilia, plans auction to fund upgrades for school’s fitness equipment
Nancy Hopkins is winner of Only in Lawrence Sports Award
April 29, 2011
The office of Free State physical education teacher/volleyball coach Nancy Hopkins includes typical items for someone in her position: Boxes stuffed with uniforms. Old team pictures. Binders, schedules, stacked cones, file cabinets, random athletic equipment. Open a cabinet here, a drawer there, and before long it’s obvious this isn’t just another PE office. The cramped room is loaded with memorabilia from sports standouts, Hollywood stars and best-selling authors.
Former MLB pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty ‘Duck’ Pattin shares memories of the big leagues
April 29, 2011
Escalating fuel prices don’t make the hour-long drive from Lawrence to Kauffman Stadium any easier, even for those who can afford to invest so much time commuting. Those who can’t just might feel as if they are in the middle of a Major League Baseball game by pulling up a stool next to Marty “Duck” Pattin, who spent 13 seasons as an American League pitcher.
Lawrence Phenix softball coach Randy Fyler contributes more than 30 years of success to teaching fundamentals, having fun
April 29, 2011
Some of Randy Fyler’s softball trophies sit in his basement, collecting cobwebs and dust. His garage contains countless other mementos, but he can’t recall which ones are where. So it’s easy to believe that the awards that have accumulated over 33 years of coaching girls softball don’t mean much to him.
Students say foam-board letters at KU basketball games helped them achieve the ‘pinnacle of fandom’
April 29, 2011
They say a dollar doesn’t get you quite what it used to. But, at Kansas University, $30 can get you national exposure. That’s what it cost for a group of KU students and diehard Jayhawk basketball fans to throw together a bunch of foam-board, cutout letters that they took to every home game throughout the season.
Personal experience gives Douglas County DUI prosecutor Greg Benefiel passion for new role
April 29, 2011
When Greg Benefiel worked in his family’s convenience store business, he spent time volunteering as an emergency medical technician for the Douglas County Ambulance Service. He remembers responding to accident scenes where drunken drivers had done major damage, including where a teenage girl had struck a tree and became paraplegic.
Explore some of Lawrence’s lesser-known public parks
April 29, 2011
Ken Clouse walked his 6-year-old husky, Juno, down a path at DeVictor Park. A few other walkers can be seen, but most people who use the park live in the neighborhood. It’s just a short walk for Clouse, who lives on Harvard Drive. This park is one of 54 parks in Lawrence, and it’s one that Mark Hecker, parks and maintenance superintendent for the city, says is obscure.
The City of Lawrence by the numbers
April 29, 2011
What makes the city of Lawrence work? Here are the numbers, averaged out, of services the city provides each week.
After 45 years at Lawrence Solid Waste Division, employee says work helped him grow, saved his family
April 29, 2011
For Aaron Turner, a job is not to be taken lightly. The longest-tenured employee of the city of Lawrence’s Solid Waste Division, Turner still finds enjoyment in his work after 45 years.
Meet the people Lawrence residents call ‘good neighbors’
April 29, 2011
What makes a good neighbor? Lawrence residents nominated more than 25 people who are the epitome of a good neighbor, whether they clear the sidewalks of snow or drive neighbors to the airport when they need a ride.
Lawrence man an advocate for greater understanding of human connections with nature
April 29, 2011
Longtime Lawrence resident Doug Hitt is a leader in a small but growing community of people devoted to earth literacy.
Lawrence locksmiths worth much more than an open door
April 29, 2011
One woman flushed her keys down the toilet. One man locked his keys in his car five times in the same day. There is only one type of person in Lawrence who knows stories like these: a locksmith.
New York School principal: Administrative assistant Sandy Unruh ‘runs the school’
April 29, 2011
Sandy Unruh will be the first to tell you that she’s not all that different from any other person working the front desk at a school.