Archive for Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
District Judge Lee Fowler conducts Lyon County’s Drug Court. The 
program gives offenders a second chance at getting straight with the help of a strict program set up by the judge and a team. 3-stage drug court in Lyon County brings ‘dramatic change’ in offenders
August 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
After Judge Lee Fowler calls her name, Jody McKinsey strides to the front of the large Lyon County courtroom. McKinsey, 24, of Emporia, hands Fowler a small book that operates as her daily planner. She stands there looking up at the judge as he thumbs through the book. Fowler likes what he sees in the planner, and he’s happy about the report he received an hour earlier from a probation officer about McKinsey, who is serving a probation sentence for marijuana possession.
10:00 a.m.
Cody Newell, 8, from Baldwin City, ushers his pig around the arena as spectators bid on it during the Douglas County Fair livestock auction held August 6, 2011 in the community arena building at the fairgrounds. This was Cody’s first year participating in the auction.

Faith leaders show SRS support at vigil
August 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Faith leaders from across the Lawrence community spoke at a prayer vigil Saturday morning at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., to support keeping the Lawrence Social and Rehabilitation Services office open.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. City auditor encourages policy for distribution of rate dollars
August 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
You probably already know that those water and sewer bills you pay to the city of Lawrence likely will be a bit higher next year.
6:00 p.m.
Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest. Forum offers information on new library design plans
August 6, 2011 in print edition on 4A
There was no lack of questions Saturday at a Lawrence Public Library forum on the recently released architectural designs for the library expansion.

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SRS responsibility
Local officials need to let issues related to the closure of Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation offices play out at the state level before stepping in with local solutions — or dollars.
August 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s good that local officials are taking an active interest in maintaining services for local clients of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. However, city and county officials shouldn’t be too quick to commit local taxpayer dollars to pay for services that should be the state’s responsibility.