City Government

Lawrence Safe Routes to School scores big KDOT grant in program’s third year

The local effort to provide elementary and middle school students with safe pedestrian and bicycle routes to schools will benefit from a $500,000 infrastructure boost in the coming year.Nick Voss, project engineer for the Lawrence Public Works Department, said the city has received a $394,000 ...

Kansas job growth to be flat in 2018, WSU forecast says

Topeka ? The job market in Kansas is expected to remain flat during 2018, growing by a mere 0.1 percent, or less than 1,500 jobs, according to a new report from Wichita State University.But the author of that report says that's not necessarily bad news, especially given the 0.8 percent decline ...

Lawrence Arts Center to go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October, the Lawrence Arts Center has partnered with Lawrence Memorial Hospital to put on a production of “Pinkalicious.”“Pinkalicious,” a musical, tells the tale of a girl who overindulges in pink cupcakes until it turns her pink from ...

Roadwork for Oct. 9, 2017

• The right westbound lane of 23rd Street from Ousdahl Road to Alabama Street will be closed for waterline construction. The project is expected to be completed this month.• North 1500, East 1625 and North 1550 roads will be closed for a culvert replacement project. North 1500 Road will be ...

Man discovered dead after overnight accident south of Eudora

A 21-year-old man died sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning in an accident south of Eudora, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. According to a press release from Sgt. Kristen Channel, the accident in the 1100 block of County Route 1061 was discovered at dawn ...

Costumes encouraged at this year’s Rock the Block-Kick Cancer event

Kicking cancer is a perfect reason for a communitywide happy dance, and this year’s Rock the Block–Kick Cancer Block Party is exactly that. Come party like a rock star (costumes encouraged!), celebrate cancer survivors and encourage our friends and neighbors who still are in the fight. A ...

Colyer preparing to take over as Kansas governor

Topeka ? As Gov. Sam Brownback moves closer to becoming the next U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has been quietly making plans to move his own team into the governor's office.In the last few weeks, Colyer has put together his own communications ...

Mammogram 101: Who needs them, how often and how to get one in Lawrence

Mammograms can help detect breast cancer in its early phases — when it is most treatable — according to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Richard Kuckelman, a board-certified radiologist with Lawrence Memorial Hospital, said there are a few factors in what age a woman should start getting ...

Cancer survivor says normalcy, friends are keys to recovery

Nearly five years ago, Jo Ellis decided to stop sweating the little things. Ellis remembers when she used to get “intense” about minor problems, such as her kids not cleaning their rooms. Now she says life is too short to get upset about it.“What’s the point? I could die tomorrow,” ...

Chef’s Choice: Limestone’s mushroom pizza is ‘go-to’ for Ramen Bowls owners

Pretty much the moment a server at a restaurant asks if I’d like to hear about the specials, I nod but usually drift off to a place where words just become sounds that don’t matter. I’m not trying to be impolite, I just have favorite menu items that I really look forward to everywhere I ...

Lawrence City Commission candidates weigh in on sales tax renewal, property taxes

Taxes are likely at the forefront of many people’s minds this campaign season. In November, voters will be asked to renew the city’s extra 0.55 percent sales tax instead of allowing it to sunset. If approved, the special tax would be in place from 2019 to 2029 and is projected to generate ...

Baldwin City students, first responders build bonds while breaking clay targets

Baldwin Junior High School eighth-grader Lucas Hafer wasn’t intimidated shooting next to Baldwin City Fire Chief Terry Baker on Saturday at the Cedar Hill Gun Club.“I shot a 16 and 17. That’s decent,” he said, before further qualifying with an “-ish.”The competition had students in ...

Volunteer opportunities: Help with filing taxes

Agency: AARP Tax-AideContact: Sarah Merriman at 785-813-1136 or at smerriman@swbell.netAARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is looking for volunteers to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families prepare and file their ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Oct. 10 work session

Consent agenda• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 10/03/17.• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions• Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be posted ...

Appeal rejected for Lawrence man who raped two children

Topeka ? The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the appeal of a Lawrence man who was given two consecutive Hard-25 sentences after he was convicted in 2011 of sexually abusing two girls under age 14.Donald L. Brown II, who was 33 when he was convicted, filed what's known as a habeas ...

Lawrence Public Library to host drag queen story hour

Brandon Eisman said a family event with a drag queen reading stories about diversity and acceptance is “the complete opposite” of his experience growing up.Eisman was raised in what he called the “ruby red” part of Kansas, and said he didn’t have opportunities to talk about LGBT ...

Local Weather Watcher: A summary of September in Lawrence

Lawrence resident Daniel Klinger is a former meteorological technician with the National Weather Service who now gathers local weather data as a hobby. Look for monthly reports from Daniel, or anytime after the Lawrence area has experienced a major weather event.Summary: Summer may come to an ...