City Government

Lawrence Arts Center CEO to resign at end of July

Less than a year into her tenure, Kimberly Williams is resigning as the chief executive officer of the Lawrence Arts Center.Arts Center leaders announced Friday morning that Williams “in consultation with the organization’s Board of Directors, has chosen to resign,” effective July 31. The ...

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Ken Easthouse

Since unsuccessfully vying for a vacated seat on the Lawrence City Commission two years ago, commission candidate Ken Easthouse has become a regular at City Hall. “Since being eliminated in 2015 for the open seat, I’ve sat back and become kind of a researcher on local public policy and ...

Local Obamacare advocates share stories, urge action during town hall meeting

Topeka ? Around 70 people who support the federal health care law known as Obamacare turned out for a town hall meeting Thursday to share their own personal health care stories and to organize a campaign to pressure the local congressional delegation not to repeal or weaken the law.The ...

Sidewalk Sale draws thousands downtown despite heat wave

Despite high temperatures throughout the day, organizers of the 58th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale said shoppers turned out at about the same level as past years. "You worry when it’s so hot, when they're talking incessantly about how hot it's going to be, but people came out," ...

City announces new director of Parks and Recreation

The City of Lawrence has announced the new director of its Parks and Recreation Department.City Manager Tom Markus on Thursday said Derek Rogers, of Lawrence, would be the city’s new Parks and Recreation director. “During the interview process, I was impressed by Derek’s strong leadership ...

National Hunger Hotline connects parents with free summer meals for kids

Record temperatures this summer mean greater need for free, government-funded summer meals to low-income children, according to a news release from Hunger Free America, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group focused on increasing access to nutritious foods. Children need just as much, if not more, ...

KU Medical Center opens $82 million Health Education Building

The University of Kansas Medical Center on Thursday morning announced the opening of its new $82 million Health Education Building in Kansas City, Kan. The 170,000 square-foot facility will serve the KU schools of medicine, nursing and health professions, according to a news release from the KU ...

Town hall forum on health care scheduled for tonight in Lawrence

A public forum on national health care reform efforts and their impact on Kansas is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The forum will provide information on current health care legislation in Congress, testimony from Kansans who will be affected ...

Lawrence High student earns spot in All-National Honor Choir for second year in a row

Gavin Jones may just be the first kid from Lawrence to make it into the All-National Honor Choir two years in a row. That’s according to Mike Jones, the 17-year-old baritone’s dad and longtime band director at Lawrence High School. In his 16 years at the school, he’s never seen any of his ...

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Bassem Chahine

Although Lawrence City Commission candidate Bassem Chahine has now spent half his life in Lawrence, moving to the Midwest was never the plan. Chahine, who is Lebanese-American, was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, the island capital of the United Arab Emirates on the edge of the Persian Gulf. ...

Phony Midco salespeople reported in Lawrence

Midco has been notified that door-to-door salespeople are misrepresenting themselves as Midco employees in Lawrence. After approaching someone’s residence, these salespeople falsely identify themselves as Midco representatives, according to a press release from Midco. Real Midco salespeople ...

K-10 bridge over Haskell Avenue to be one lane; off-ramp to close Thursday

The Kansas Highway 10 bridge over Haskell Avenue will be reduced to one lane, and the eastbound off-ramp will be closed Thursday to allow for a bridge inspection. The inspection will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of ...

Trial for alleged improper use of city fire hydrant expected to be continued

A scheduled trial regarding alleged improper use of a city fire hydrant by the construction company at the former Alvamar golf course is expected to be continued from Thursday to a later date. After the defendant in the municipal court case requested a trial, one was originally scheduled for ...

Former Lawrence mayor to be sentenced in August for stealing from charity he led

A federal court has set a sentencing date for ex-Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer, who was convicted of stealing money from a food bank he formerly led. Farmer is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 15 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., according to an order filed this week by the judge in ...

58th Annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale to take place Thursday

The 58th Annual Sidewalk Sale will take place Thursday in downtown Lawrence. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:What• About 130 stores will offer discounts on merchandise. While most stores will have sidewalk displays, Downtown Lawrence Inc. Director Sally Zogry said shoppers can ...

Lawrence City Commission candidate profile: Mike Anderson

Editor's note: The Journal-World will run similar stories on each Lawrence City Commission candidate in the days leading up to the Aug. 1 primary election.Lawrence City Commission candidate Mike Anderson wants the public to know that he’s more than just a talk show host. This is Anderson’s ...

City staff to move forward on parking changes, but commissioners will have final say

At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners gave the green light for staff to move forward on a plan that calls for widespread changes to parking downtown, on the condition that the changes come back before the commission for final approval. Commissioner Mike Amyx said he had concerns ...

Justices appear skeptical of Kansas school finance plan

TOPEKA ? Kansas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical that state lawmakers did enough this year to provide adequate funding for public schools.The court held oral arguments Tuesday to review the new school funding plan and decide whether it corrects the constitutional problems ...