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Raintree Montessori student dives into fundraiser for East Lawrence pool

Sam Emert knew just what to do when he arrived at the County Fair Swim Club on Sunday.After exchanging a hug with Missi Pfeifer, who manages the 56-year-old neighborhood pool at 2119 Maple Lane, the boy shed his clothes down to swim trunks and joined the other children swimming and diving in ...

Riding your bike downtown? Make sure it’s legally parked as city crackdown begins

Starting Monday, bicycles parked illegally in downtown Lawrence will be tagged by the City of Lawrence, according to a news release from the city. This means bicycles chained to trees, light poles, fire hydrants and traffic signs or otherwise parked improperly on the sidewalks.The tagging, as ...

Kansas Supreme Court takes up review of school funding law

Topeka ? The long-running school finance lawsuit in Kansas is about to enter a new and critical phase as the Kansas Supreme Court decides whether the new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Thursday is constitutional and whether the public school system in Kansas can ...

Community class helps fathers become better dads

Patience. It’s never been one of Chance Smith’s strengths. But with a 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, the Lawrence dad said, he's realized it’s time for that to change.“To be a father,” he said, “you’ve got to have a lot of patience.”That’s been one of the most ...

Most Lawrence city commissioners undecided regarding elimination of city auditor

The decision of whether the City of Lawrence will keep an auditor on staff likely won’t come easily. The City Commission has said it will discuss whether the city auditor should be eliminated at its meeting next week, and most commissioners said they are still undecided. Vice Mayor Stuart ...

Volunteer opportunities: Help with school supply drive

Agency: United Way of Douglas CountyContact: Sarah Pierrelee at Vista@unitedwaydgco.org or at (785) 843-6626, ext. 375 The United Way of Douglas County brings community resources together to support a better life for residents by focusing on improvements in health, education, and financial ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for June 20 meeting

Consent agenda•Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 06/13/17.•Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:Affordable Housing Advisory Board meeting of 04/17/17•Approve all claims.The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If ...

Restorers of Vinland church offer piece of history to the right buyer

Stan Lawson said the ideal buyer of a property that he and 16 other people own in Vinland would be an artist or craftsman with an interest in historical preservation and owner of a small airplane.The property is the 138-year-old Vinland Presbyterian Church. The Gothic revival-style church has ...

Statements on race spark disagreement between City Commission candidates

Allegations of blackface and “concerning” statements on race have been added to the fray among Lawrence City Commission candidates. City Commission candidate Bassem Chahine said that candidate Christian Lyche should publicly account for statements he made in the past that dismissed the ...

Kansas loses 5,300 private-sector jobs in May

Topeka ? The Kansas economy lost 5,300 private-sector jobs in May as the size of the state's labor force continued to shrink, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday.The seasonally adjusted figures showed a decrease both in the number of people employed and unemployed while the size of ...

KU employee, now dead, suspected of stealing thousands in computer equipment

There will be no charges against a University of Kansas employee suspected of stealing more than $10,000 worth of computer equipment — because he died before police linked him to the crime.KU police this week closed a case in which $10,600 worth of computer equipment was reported stolen from ...

Friends of the Lawrence Public Library to host Summer Book Sale in July

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library will host the annual Summer Book Sale July 7-9 at the library, 707 Vermont St. Shelves will be stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks, all priced at $2 and under. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7 and July 8 and from noon to 4 p.m. ...

At sites across Lawrence, kids are ‘fueling up’ with free summer meal program

Just about every Thursday morning, Katy Townley and her kids head down to the Lawrence Public Library for storytime, followed by some lunch. “This is our hot spot on Thursdays — literally hot today,” joked Townley, taking refuge with 3-year-old Livia and 2-year-old Harrison under the ...

Lawrence police chief candidates give views on policing, why they want the job

Residents of Lawrence got their first introduction to the four candidates vying to be the city’s next police chief at a reception Thursday evening at the Carnegie Building. About 50 people showed up to the event, where they heard introductions from each candidate before having the chance to ...

Best of Lawrence winners revealed at downtown celebration

It was a big party to honor the best in Lawrence. The winners gala for the 2017 Best of Lawrence contest attracted a record crowd of about 800 people to Abe & Jake’s Landing in Downtown Lawrence on Thursday. Winners were revealed in more than 180 categories, including those honoring ...

Brownback allows gun bill to become law without his signature

Publicly owned hospitals and other health care facilities can continue banning people from carrying concealed firearms after July 1.Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday announced that he was allowing a bill to become law without his signature exempting those facilities from a mandate that takes ...

Brownback signs K-12 funding bill into law; Supreme Court must still review

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback signed a new school funding plan into law Thursday, but the Kansas Supreme Court still must decide whether the new plan meets constitutional standards for adequacy and equity.In signing the bill, Brownback issued a statement saying it represents some improvement over ...

Sheriff’s office still awaiting tests on body found in burning car

Three months after a body was found in a burning car at a campsite near Clinton Lake, authorities have yet to confirm the deceased person’s identity or other details.The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is still trying to positively identify the body discovered in March at Rockhaven ...