Archive for Monday, March 17, 2014

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12:47 a.m.
Donna Hoegler, 33, of Tonganoxie, was crowned Mrs. Kansas on March 1 at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, Mo. She'll appear in the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend. Tonganoxie hairstylist overcomes rare disorder and becomes Mrs. Kansas 2014
March 17, 2014
Donna Hoegler stood on the Folly Theater stage, ready to answer a judge’s question.
7:40 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo. Raven Rajani, founder and director of Loving Paws Animal Assisted Therapy, left, visits Marion Counts, center, a resident at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, with her dogs, Brahma, left and therapy dog Shakti, right. The therapy animal teams provide services throughout the community, including visits to community centers, nursing care facilities and schools. Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy
March 17, 2014
Loving Paws, a animal-assisted therapy program, provides services across Douglas County, including regular trips to Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Kansas University residence halls and the Lawrence Cancer Center, as well as in-home private visits. Marion Counts, a Brandon Woods resident, receives weekly visits from Brahma and Shakti, a Boxer puppy and pit bull owned by the program’s founder and director. Counts, 79, suffers from Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart problems, and the dogs give him a chance to reconnect to an active lifestyle. By Joanna Hlavacek
10:24 a.m.
Nickie Daneke of Catholic Charities is pictured in front of the agency's soon-to-be home at 1247 Kentucky Street. Part of her job as a social worker for the organization has been to help women from domestic abuse situations find housing so that they may not have to move back in with their abusers. Domestic violence survivors find new homes, new hope
March 17, 2014
Tears. That’s what Nickie Daneke, the director of emergency assistance for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, remembers when she told the domestic violence survivor that she and her three children had been approved for housing. Tears of joy, tears of exhaustion, tears of relief. “‘Betty’ had left her abusive husband after years of abuse to her and children,” said Daneke. In her hasty flight to the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter, she was unable to bring any belongings, including key documents such as birth certificates and Social Security cards. Her husband never allowed her to have access to money, so she was broke. By Micki Chestnut
12:51 p.m.
Shutterstock image - virtual school Lawrence prepares for full takeover of troubled virtual high school
March 17, 2014
The Lawrence school district is preparing to take over full control of the troubled Lawrence Virtual High School. The move comes at a time when some officials are questioning the effectiveness of privately-operated public virtual schools. By Peter Hancock
6:44 p.m.
A man drives his small tractor down Massachusetts Street during Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Creativity abounds at Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2014
There were more than 100 entries in today’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade, which drew thousands of green-clad spectators and a cast of Irish-themed characters to downtown Lawrence. By Giles Bruce

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