Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lawrence road crews begin plowing neighborhoods; Sidewalk snow ordinance deadline is 8 a.m. Saturday

A videographer's walk through downtown Lawrence Wednesday afternoon captured the sights and scenes of people in a winter snow storm.

January 20, 2011, 12:00 a.m. Updated January 20, 2011, 11:19 a.m.


Snow in downtown Lawrence

A videographer's walk through downtown Lawrence Wednesday afternoon captured the sights and scenes of people in a winter snow storm. Enlarge video

Plows head out as snow begins to fall in and around Lawrence

As much as 5-8" of snow was expected to fall in Lawrence Jan. 19, 2011. The snow started around lunch time, and put down a layer of flakes while many folks were still at work. City of Lawrence street crews began 24-hour operations at 4 a.m. and had pretreated most roads before the first flakes hit. As the snow falls, they switch from pre-treating all streets to ensuring the primary roads in the city remain passable. Enlarge video

Crews battle cold weather to fix railroad lines

Union Pacific railroad workers fix rails in subzero temperatures, as heavy snow falls east of Lawrence, as Lawrence and surround counties are in a winter storm watch. Enlarge video

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11:18 a.m. update

Now that snow has stopped falling, the city of Lawrence announced its sidewalk snow ordinance goes into effect on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. However, code enforcement officers will not evaluate complaints until Monday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m., pending any additional snowfall this weekend.

Property owners need to have all public sidewalks cleared of snow by that time or risk receiving a fine.

Residents can start submitting complaints at 8 a.m. Saturday. Complaints can be filed online or by calling (785) 832-7700.

The city does not consider flurries to be additional accumulating snowfall, but if Lawrence gets additional accumulation, the time period for shoveling will reset to the end of the latest snow event.

10:09 a.m. update

The primary streets in the city of Lawrence all appear to be in very good shape.

Bare pavement is visible in areas and all have been heavily plowed and treated with a mixture of sand and salt. With the sun peeking out from behind the clouds, the roads should be in good condition for the evening commute.

With that out of the way, city crews are now concentrating in two areas: residential streets, which still seemed mostly unplowed, and clearing the snow out of downtown Lawrence.

If you've never been downtown after a snow storm, the city's plows move all the snow to the center of the roads, so as not to cover valuable parking spots. Then, once the snow has stopped, other city crews come in with front loaders and dump trucks to haul the snow out of downtown, to their maintenance yard in east Lawrence, where it eventually melts.

City crews will be shutting down blocks of Vermont, New Hampshire and Masschusetts streets, as well as numbered streets that cross those, between 6th and 11, in one block increments until all the snow has been hauled away.

Richard Gwin was out early this morning and has a photo of the activity.

8:10 a.m. update

Crews worked overnight to clear main roads and are now plowing residential areas of Lawrence, according to a press release from the city.

Road crews will focus on plowing hilly neighborhoods and begin hauling snow from the downtown area throughout the day Thursday. Workers will close downtown streets one block at a time to remove snow starting with Massachusetts Street. Snow will be cleared on north/south streets first and then east/west streets.

Lawrence Transit and KU on Wheels are operational, but riders should expect delays until conditions improve.

7:46 a.m. update

Snowfall will end Thursday morning and no additional accumulation is expected, according to the latest National Weather Service update. However, some drifting may occur.

KDOT has updated highway conditions for Douglas County, and it looks like the wind is causing some problems on U.S. Highway 56:

  • I-70 — Partly snowpacked
  • Kansas Highway 10 — Completely snowpacked
  • Kansas Highway 32 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 24 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 40 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 56 — Drifting
  • U.S. Highway 59 — Completely snowpacked

5 a.m. update

The winter storm warning for Douglas County has been canceled.

As of 12:22 a.m., Lawrence officially had 6.7 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday's predicted high is 21 degrees with a 20 percent chance of snow before noon.

KDOT's 4:35 a.m. road conditions report lists all highways in Douglas County as either "completely snowpacked" or "mostly snowpacked:"

  • I-70 — Mostly snowpacked
  • Kansas Highway 10 — Completely snowpacked
  • Kansas Highway 32 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 24 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 40 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 56 — Completely snowpacked
  • U.S. Highway 59 — Mostly snowpacked

1:03 a.m. update

The snow started falling in Lawrence early Wednesday afternoon and refused to stop.

Area residents reported snowfall in excess of five inches throughout the evening hours as a fast-moving winter storm swept across northeast Kansas.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Douglas County and its surrounding counties that was to expire this morning, but not until it had dumped an additional one to three inches of snow, for a total of up to eight inches in less than 24 hours.

Lawrence street crews began working 24-hour shifts Wednesday morning in preparation for the storm and had all roads in the city treated with sand and salt before 4 p.m.

The city, as well as the National Weather Service, urged drivers to use caution or reconsider travel plans until the storm subsided, and it appeared many listened. Douglas County dispatchers received calls from motorists requesting assistance, but no major accidents were reported as of Wednesday evening.

City crews will continue to work 24-hour shifts until the storm has passed.

The winter storm warning was set to expire at 6 a.m. today.

10:00 p.m. update

The National Weather Service has reduced the amount of snowfall expected for the remainder of the winter storm warning. One to three additional inches of snow are possible in the Lawrence and Oskaloosa areas.

Because of the large amount of snowfall, many area school districts announced they would be closed Thursday. Here's a full list of closings and cancellations for tomorrow.

9:01 p.m. update

Lawrence residents have reported more than five inches of snow accumulation in parts of the city.

The National Weather Service is currently predicting a 100 percent chance for more snow into the evening hours, with snowfall expected to stop around midnight.

City crews continue making rounds on area streets in an attempt to keep them clear and drivable.

Motorists are urged to stay off the roads if possible.

4:35 p.m. update

The latest information from the city indicates that 23rd Street is practically a parking lot in both directions from Iowa Street to Massachusetts Street.

Also, 15th Street and Sixth Street are reported to be slow going.

Drivers are urged to stay home and consider alternate travel routes if possible.

3:47 p.m. update

Here's a road conditions update from the city:

As of now, all roads in Lawrence, including residential, have been treated with sand and/or salt. City crews are currently focusing on re-treating priority one and two roads and will focus on residential streets once most of the snow has fallen.

By using the snow plow map as a reference, motorists can plan their routes ahead of time and use roads that are target ed for continuous treatment.

The City of Lawrence Street Maintenance crews will continue to work in 24-hour shifts until the snow event has subsided.

3:32 p.m. update

National Weather Service reports indicate that snow will continue falling through Wednesday evening. Along the I-70 corridor, we can expect at least another 2-4 inches before the snow gradually comes to an end around midnight.

KDOT is now reporting that all highways in Douglas County are completely snowpacked, with the exception of I-70, which was "partly snowpacked" as of 3:25 p.m.

1:39 p.m. update

We're already getting some cancellations and closings for schools and organizations in Douglas County. Be sure to keep checking our list to stay up to date on that information.

As far as roads are concerned, KDOT is reporting that all highways in Douglas County are "partly snowpacked/ice." This includes:

  • Interstate 70
  • Kansas Highway 10
  • Kansas Highway 32
  • U.S. Highway 24
  • U.S. Highway 40
  • U.S. Highway 56
  • U.S. Highway 59

12:18 p.m. update

Snow has begun to fall in northeast Kansas, and it's already affecting road conditions. KDOT spokeswoman Kimberly Qualls said she is getting reports of slick road conditions from Lawrence to Manhattan.

"New snow is always slick for drivers," Qualls said. "Once the roads get snowpacked, drivers tend to slow down. But until then there are a lot of slide-offs and accidents."

Qualls reminds drivers to take it slow, even if there just a few flakes, and drive for the road conditions.

Crews are already out treating roads from Topeka to Manhattan, and have pre-treated highways — especially bridges — in northeast Kansas.

Once snow begins to accumulate, Qualls said crews will begin plowing highways and won't stop until the roads are clear.

8:19 a.m. update

Here&squot;s the latest snowfall estimates for northeast Kansas from the National Weather Service office in Topeka. The weather service is calling for a wide range of northeast Kansas, including Lawrence, to see from 5" to 8" of snow between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Here's the latest snowfall estimates for northeast Kansas from the National Weather Service office in Topeka. The weather service is calling for a wide range of northeast Kansas, including Lawrence, to see from 5" to 8" of snow between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The overnight update from the National Weather Service is out and there's no relief in sight.

The forecast has Lawrence squarely in the 5-8" range for snowfall between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Snow is expected to begin falling around lunch time, but the heaviest snow, with accumulation as fast as 1" per hour, is expected between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight. The snow isn't forecast to stop until Thursday morning, meaning snow days are a definite possibility.

Check back to all day for any closings and cancellations, as well as the latest updates from the National Weather Service and from around Lawrence as the storm develops.

Plus, once the snow falls, grab your camera and send us a photo. You can also e-mail them to

9:55 p.m. update

The National Weather Service in Topeka has now issued a winter storm warning for Douglas and surrounding counties. The warning will go into effect about 9 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday.

The warning was issued because of the likelihood for heavy snow. The latest totals predict anywhere from 5-8" of snow in the Lawrence area, with higher amounts expected in areas north of Douglas County.

It is highly likely that the greatest snowfall will happen during evening rush hours. Commuters are urged to use caution while on the roads.

The winter storm warning replaces the winter storm watch, which is no longer in effect.

The warning covers the Kansas City metro area, plus counties northeast of a line from roughly Manhattan to Ottawa.

9:30 p.m. update

In preparation for the impending winter storm, Lawrence Street Maintenance crews will begin pre-treating area roads with a mixture of sand and salt starting in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.

According to a media release from city communications manager Megan Gilliland, crews will begin working 24-hour shifts about 4 a.m. Wednesday and will continue operations until the storm has passed. The city encourages drivers to slow down and be mindful of other vehicles.

The National Weather Service now estimates one to two inches of snow will fall during the day Wednesday with another three to seven expected to fall during the evening hours.

5:30 p.m. update

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Douglas County effective Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.

A potent, fast-moving storm will bring moderate to heavy snowfall to multiple counties in northeast Kansas.

Counties under the winter storm watch include:

  • Brown
  • Douglas
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Marshall
  • Nemaha
  • Pottawatomie
  • Shawnee
  • Washington

Total snow and ice accumulations by Thursday morning could be 5-8 inches, with snow possibly falling at a rate of one inch per hour late Wednesday. Peak snowfall rates will occur between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

This storm will likely make travel hazardous, particularly in the evening.

But just because the forecast calls for snow beginning Wednesday afternoon doesn’t mean students should start planning for an unusually early end to the school day.

In her 13 years as the Lawrence school district’s director of communications, Julie Boyle can’t recall a single instance of classes being called off early because of snow, ice or any other inclement weather.

“We try to avoid unexpected early dismissals,” said Boyle, whose recorded voice notifies families about school closings. “We know that creates complications for parents.”

Besides, all but two of the district’s schools will be closing 90 minutes early. The district’s elementaries and junior highs close dismiss early every Wednesday, giving teachers time for collaboration.

“If it starts snowing late in the afternoon, our kids may already be home,” Boyle said.

Then again, Boyle said, parents may choose to pick up their children early if weather conditions worsen while school remains in session. Just be sure to call ahead to inform the school’s staff.

Check back with for updates.


Curtis Lange 7 years, 4 months ago

The KC Metro is also included in the WSW.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 4 months ago

Hi guys--

We just completed our separation from 6News today and their meteorologists quit updating our weather page. We're making switches today to get that all running smoothly again.

Jonathan Kealing

irvan moore 7 years, 4 months ago

were there any layoffs (if so how many) involved in the switch?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 4 months ago

To my knowledge, Knology did not lay off any 6News employees when they moved from the World Company to Knology employment. Knology has announced plans for reductions in its cable/internet/phone operations division, but so far has declined to detail how many.

ranger73 7 years, 4 months ago

My weather rock is moving so it must be windy. It also looks like there are some icicles hanging from it so it must be cold. It isn't white, so no snow yet, but it looks like it might...The weather rock has been 100% accurate ever since I got it, so I don't even pay attention to the weather groundhogs any more.

kusp8 7 years, 4 months ago

Oh, don't worry, I am. I've already donated a million 'Katie Horner Approved Weather Helmets' (bike helmets) to the local donation place.

meggers 7 years, 4 months ago

"I am getting tired of reporting neighbors for not shovelling [sic] their sidewalks."

Then be a good neighbor and stop reporting them. Better yet, stop whining online and go ask them if they need help. Jeez, were you a self-appointed hall monitor, too?

Chelsea Kapfer 7 years, 4 months ago

You could help them out and shovel for them? Maybe they are elderly, sick, or busy single mom's. Maybe you could knock on their door and ask them to shovel before you report them and cost them money. You don't know what's going on until you ask.

nepenthe 7 years, 4 months ago

If you have the time to report them for it, you have the time to pull out a shovel and help them rather than be a tattle tale.

KansasPerson 7 years, 4 months ago

Surely I can't be the only one who's convinced that obamarocks is just a made-up persona.... "if it snows cancel school".... Dunkin Donuts....... come on, someone is just yanking your chains here.

Fossick 7 years, 4 months ago

It's like Lulu back from the dead or something.

TopJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Obamarocks is too lazy to help.... That's why they like Obama. ...Not to mention being a pain in the butt fussbudget....Let the government do it. Isn't that what all good little socialists do?

BJ Adema 7 years, 4 months ago

The street I live on used to have a "neighbor" like you. We almost threw a party when they moved. Wearing kindness so openly, I'm sure it won't take long for your neighbors to figure out that you are the one who's thinking of them. : D

BJ Adema 7 years, 4 months ago

Sorry KansasPerson, it posted in the wrong spot, it is a response to obamarocks. Have a good day!

earthmomma 7 years, 4 months ago

Yep, better keep the kids home from school so you can drive them on the dangerous roads to Dunkin' Donuts!

Staci Dark Simpson 7 years, 4 months ago

Here it comes...wait for it.....the whining about our kids being wimps, the whining about not calling school when they should, the whining about shovelling sidewalks, the whining about calling school when you walked 3 miles barefooted uphill in your undies. C'mon get a life, enjoy the snow and help your neighbor instead of being a tattle tale.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 4 months ago

This will be a tricky one, early day for schools at least elem. and Jrhighs, and so no snow when school starts but... might show up before it is done and 1 inch an hour will mess up the roads and make driving not any fun, so do you call early and say no school or wait then maybe have a mess at pick up time mmmmm oh well glad it not me and if I think it to bad I will pick up early on early day.

amrose42683 7 years, 4 months ago

According to the NWS website, they are now stating that we should expect 5-7" of snow.

Christine Anderson 7 years, 4 months ago

Hot Damn! Must take kiddo sledding on hill behind our church.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 4 months ago

Whats up with the weather cancellations on the KC TV stations? What's the weather problem tonight?

justforfun 7 years, 4 months ago

Poll Question. Who does this sound like? "Come on Lawrence, do the right thing. Our kids do NOT need to be out in this weather!"

If you don't know, just wait cuz you will hear it as soon as the first flake hits!!!

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

:: please let the school district cancel school so we can take our transportation-impaired children to their more important god-inspired trip to Dunkin Donuts tomorrow::

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 4 months ago

From what I heard, there was some icy stuff that happened on the MO side on Tuesday morning. That's why they had closings. If the closings were on the KS side, I have no idea what was up with that.

kufan8808 7 years, 4 months ago

If anything it's the high schools that need to be let out early. There is a bunch of brand new drivers who probably have not driven in winter conditions before. The last thing we want is a bunch of youg teeneagers out on the road after school. Unfortunately, the high schools are the only ones without early release.

riverdrifter 7 years, 4 months ago

JKeeling, This should watch-to-a-warning transition should be updated to another new headliner, article or whatever you call it.


JackMcKee 7 years, 4 months ago

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meggers 7 years, 4 months ago


The area affected by the warning has been expanded since it was upgraded from a watch. It doesn't really make sense to leave the info from yesterday in the article, when the situation has changed since then. People checking in today could get the mistaken impression that their county is not in the warning area, if they just glance down the list still up from yesterday.

Just a little bit of constructive criticism. It's still your rodeo.

yellowdot99 7 years, 4 months ago

You state the time line to 10 o'clock tonight, so do you think our schools could please know to release the information on yes or no on school tomorrow on the 10 p.m. channel 6 news tonight?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 4 months ago

We'll have closings on our website as soon as we get them. Plus, you can also sign up for our text message alerts for area school districts at Just scroll down to your school district. If you register before noon, you'll get any messages we send tonight. If you sign up after noon, you won't get our updates until midnight.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 4 months ago

Here we go again. Once again it doesn't seem like it was a good idea to give the kiddies the entire week before Christmas off. They have used the two snow days allotted in every school year. Now we'll be making up snow days at the end of the year.

Bobbi Walls 7 years, 4 months ago

They typically just add minutes to the day for a certain amount of time and don't add days.

kufan8808 7 years, 4 months ago

Actually, there are two inclement weather days. Since we have had two snowdays we will already be going on those days. After that there are 2 FREEBIES, then anything above 4 has to be made up (usually minutes added on to the day)

BrianR 7 years, 4 months ago

The driveway just got completely cleared off from the last snowstorm so we're due, I suppose.

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 4 months ago

How do road crews pre-treat the roads? Is there a chemical solution they apply?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 4 months ago

all commuters should be on their way home 30 minutes ago

I would be sending as much office staff home as possible

any staff for that matter.

quitting time will more nuts and K-10 ............. yes can be even more nuts

CloveK 7 years, 4 months ago

1-70 was drivable at 45-50mph. Still saw some idiots blow by at 60+. If your driving in town avoid 9th street if at all possible, at least near Iowa. That hill is a mess. Backed up with people spinning out and a number of cars had ended up on the curb when I went by.

Looking like we may actually get the full 8 inches. Started in Topeka around 10:30 and had 4 inches by 2.

Matt Torres 7 years, 4 months ago

Turn on your stupid headlights, people. I dunno how many white/grey cars I saw driving around without their lights on just this afternoon.

Matt Torres 7 years, 4 months ago

Turn on your stupid headlights, people. I dunno how many white/grey cars I saw driving around without their lights on just this afternoon.

Laura Wilson 7 years, 4 months ago

I was on 23rd an hour ago (3:40), after I left work downtown an hour early, and it was slow but moving. If I'd had to work full time, I'd be stuck there right now.

It's also incredibly slushy and hard to get going at the lights. You never realize how many rolling hills there are on 23rd until you're stuck halfway up one on slush at a light. The residential streets that are covered in snow are actually easier to drive on than the ones that were "treated" and now have thick slush and icy snow.

Get home safely and stay home.

Catalano 7 years, 4 months ago

Are there any Twitter feeds happening for the Lawrence area?

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Most of the good weather tweets for Lawrence come through on the #ksstorms or the #Lawrence hashtag. We try to re-tweet a lot of Lawrence folks on the @LJWorld account, too.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

irvan moore 7 years, 4 months ago

it's a freaking mess out there, watch 5 news, KC is a parking lot! i got my sidewalks and driveway done once, will be easier now in morning, i hate snow.

doc1 7 years, 4 months ago

I love snow too. No troubles for the Jeep. Debating on putting a snow plow on. Not for snow though. Just slow drivers who can't get the heck out of the way.

thesloss 7 years, 4 months ago

This is a doozy of a snow! MAY be an even bigger snow job than LP @ KU.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 4 months ago

This winter storm brought to you by: The diabolical... The imfamous... ...George W!!! (He strikes yet again!) Curse you, George, and all your snow!!

jj14 7 years, 4 months ago

What are the official snow totals for Lawrence so far? The KC news stations are giving totals from everywhere but here all night.

lawrencenerd 7 years, 4 months ago

p> has an estimate of 6.2 up right now. I haven't found any other estimates as of yet, though after just coming in from outside it seems about right. I'd have guessed between 6 and 7 so far.

TopJayhawk 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey Obamarocks. Don't you think we should nationalize the snowplows? Then we could charge a huge tax for snow removal. After all, the Gubment does everything better right.....Get a brain.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey!! Just for that idea alone, you should be named "Snow Czar"!

Randall Barnes 7 years, 4 months ago

west bound k-10 is shut down at noria rd. injury accident.

obamarolls 7 years, 4 months ago

FYI- Just got back in from coffee/donut run. Dunkin Donuts is OPEN!!!!!!!!!

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

Yea! Lets drive all our kids over there right away! Those streets better be clean as a whistle for us, we certainly wouldn't want to stay off the roads today as we engage in our retail activities

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

Great job with the updates. Thanks John, Whitney, and Joe.

And I am thankful and appreciative of the hardworking people in sanitation, roads, public safety, and post office. As one who has lived in several other large cities, I think Lawrence does a quite fine job with snow removal. People need to be patient and keep their vehicles off the roads, if possible, and let the maintenance people do their jobs.

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for the compliment and for all of your feedback, Boston! I'm glad we could help you out.

hail2oldku 7 years, 4 months ago

Any truth to the rumor of traffic on 23rd street being at a standstill because of the line for the Dunkin Donuts drive thru?

George Lippencott 7 years, 4 months ago

Trash truck got through first thing. Why are we messing with that service??

Started clearing walks. Can't find them. Too much snow!

George_Braziller 7 years, 4 months ago

"Lawrence street crews began working 24-hour shifts Wednesday morning in preparation for the storm and had all roads in the city treated with sand and salt before 4 p.m."

Not all of them. My street still hasn't seen any sand or salt.

chewyfally 7 years, 4 months ago

I want to thank the kind stranger who helped me push my car out of an intersection at 4:30 a.m. and helped me get to work on time.

copyright 7 years, 4 months ago

The sun is peeking out--vs. peaking (unless we are talking Maslow's hierarchy of needs!). :)

Lisa Rasor 7 years, 4 months ago

"With the sun peaking out from behind the clouds,..."

Whitney, Jonathan, Joe--really?!

The word, as you want to use it here, is "peeking." Maybe spellcheck didn't catch it, but YOU should have, before you published.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

I love the superior copy editing abilities of the bloggers here. And how they know they should be copy-editing headlines and copy for real newspapers.

Real copy-editors are highly talented, and have always been unappreciated and under compensated. In today's communication economies, text goes to publication before a copy-editor sees the text, if ever.

Quality copy (and news) costs money. Newspapers are cutting costs, both in writing, and editing.

Newspaper blog readers now assume that all people engaged in current break-neck speed reporting (oh yes, it is "we want it this half-hour," not in the next mornings newspaper) assume that reporters will not make common errors.

Telegram to newspaper blog readers: "Ain't gonna happen. Our reporters today are providing information real time. And at lower salaries, with fewer staff, and with less copy-editing back-up. This has never happened before. And it changes things."

Yes, we all can improve our usage and spelling skills. But this assumption that a reporter should be able to construct live paragraphs without errors is an inappropriate one.

Bitch all you want about the decline in newspaper coverage, quality, or readership. But everytime you buy something on ebay, look at a job posting at monster, or buy a car on-line, you have helped to destroy the newspaper industry in America as we used to have it. Be it good, or be it bad, the changes in advertising practices, largely enabled by the internet, is what is happening.

copyright 7 years, 4 months ago

A few thoughts from another angle.

Those who edit copy for these fine writers/bloggers are not necessarily unappreciative of the writing (I for one am very appreciative!). To the contrary: many of those who point out an error or two (especially just after a story is posted!) may just instinctively want to help smooth or tighten a story for subsequent readers. In my experience, even the best of writers often wish for "one more eye" to the text before it goes out to the public; ideally, good editors are behind the scenes as a back-up crew, making many writers' quality works look even better (often for sheer enjoyment vs. pay).

It's true that the tone of various self-appointed editors on this forum varies widely. At the heart of it, however, I like to think most copy commentators view themselves as doing a good (albeit quick and small) deed by using skills that took many years to learn and hone. In short, many armchair copy editors admire the writers and want to contribute to their success--and, of course, to the readers' experience.

Let's allow for a bit of enjoyment all the way around.

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for catching the error, catiefan.

I want to make it clear that we appreciate it when anyone catches an error on any part of our website. is the community's website, so feedback from the community is crucial to its success. Please keep it up!

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

ohmylawrence 7 years, 4 months ago

I never post on here. I saw obamarocks and it irritated me to the point of getting an account. On another post she was calling school before the district did according to the school secretary. I will wait for the phone call thank you and the official word. Thats not the secretaries job to be handing out that information. I also want to know who you think you are to be turning people in for not cleaning their walks. I look at it as its the citys property let them do it. You cant remove or fix the sidewalk they wont fix because they say its their property so if it is let them clean it. You assume that because someone does not clean their walks its due to lazyness. I know someone that just pays the fine when she is caught just so the city will get off their duffs and do it themselves. She even goes outside to have coffee when they are doing it. She has a handicap tag and is disabled. The city really needs to re evaluate and you need to get off your high horse and learn to be a human being. Sounds to me that you are the one being lazy.

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 4 months ago

Obamarocks is not a real person, just a persona created to attempt to stir up drama here on Which they have been quite successful at, unfortunately.

ohmylawrence 7 years, 4 months ago

Chewyfally. That is the most refreshing post I have seen all day. Thanking someone for a great deed. Thank you for giving me faith that there are human beings out there that are willing to help one another and for people like you that are not afraid to post appreciation.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

Sunshine (and little wind) makes shoveling so much easier.

I am not sure how it is exactly biologically triggered, but I believe it to be true. I don't think I am depressed in the dark, but I know that sunlight in these days wakes me way up.

I think our species has some endogenously based behavioral traits for SAD pre-packaged in our DNA, and it gets expressed in a range of behaviors.

classclown 7 years, 4 months ago

I am announcing that my sidewalk has been treated with sand. People walking and jogging on the sidewalk will cause the sand to mix with the snow breaking it up so that their footwear will be able to sink through in order to gain a foothold on the concrete.

Currently the plans for shoveling are being done on a priority basis in order to facilitate for commerce. Namely my driveway will be shoveled first so I can be able to drive to my job. I expect to have the sidewalk shoveled by 7:59 am Saturday morning.

Everyone is being urged to avoid walking or jogging, but if it's absolutely necessary,then to walk/run with extreme caution. In fact, running should be avoided. If you must travel along my sidewalk, allow yourself plenty of extra time to get where you're going.

Wendy magillicutty 7 years, 4 months ago

You only need make your sidewalk passable, sand and salt is ok. I shoveled my sidewalk. And the joggers will run in the street and dog walkers will walk beside the park. One bec the neighbor dog barks at every passerby and second also bec they don't want to clean up poop. So we get to step in a line of poop to get to the park. I shoveled the street in front of my mailbox and a line to my porch so the postman can get closer or walk up if needed. Or a friend can visit and make it to my porch without wading thru snow. Period. #citizenship

Take_a_letter_Maria 7 years, 4 months ago

Good news everyone. Smitty made it through snOMG and is pumping up the yellowhouse thread with his cut and paste madness (ever notice how you never see smitty and merrill at the same time?). Sorry for posting, but the fun has worn off that story for me and I'd like to see it fall off the frequently commented page. One can only encourage the conspiracy folks for so long.

JovianaRex 7 years, 4 months ago

1:03 a.m. update

The snow started falling in Lawrence early Wednesday afternoon and refused to stop.

Umm....interesting article..."Refused to stop..."!!!??? Pretty good. Did someone actually ask it, or was a threat issued along with the ultimate solution of calling the Lawrence Police Dept? "Yes, my husband works for the city and he told me that the snow actually REFUSED to stop falling. This is exactly why Lawrence has laws that are time-honored and everyone who is anyone here, knows and agrees with those traditions. I have their name and address because you will need that to issue the fine."

xclusive85 7 years, 4 months ago

I want to say thank you to my retired neighbor down the street. He took his time to use his snow blower to clear several blocks of sidewalk this morning, mine included. I was out shoveling my drive as he did this and he did my drive as well. Being as I worked all night and got home at 9ish this morning, it was nice to be able to get some sleep instead of having to shovel my drive. I had already done it once during the snow, but this would have probably taken me an hour or so, and the sleep was really needed. Later, as I was out shoveling the snow that the plow had put in front of my drive and sidewalk, he was out again removing the snow from in front of other's driveways. What a great neighbor!!

George_Braziller 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm still waiting for at least a sprinkle of sand.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm pleased with the job the city did on my street, but a little po'd at the neighbors who have to throw the snow back into the street instead of adding it to the piles in their yard.

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