City Government

Lawrence City Commission votes to increase property taxes, fund police headquarters

Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday passed a budget that includes a property tax increase, a utility rate increase and $17 million toward a new police headquarters. Commissioners at their meeting approved an approximately $255 million budget for 2018 that increases the property tax rate by ...

Kobach had duty to publicize new voting schedule; it appears that he didn’t

Topeka ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not appear to have conducted any public information campaign, as required by law, to publicize the fact that the state recently shifted the election cycle for municipal elections from the spring to the fall of odd-numbered years.Douglas County ...

Intersection of 24th Street and Ousdahl Road to close this week

The intersection of 24th Street and Ousdahl Road will be closed for part of this week, the city announced Tuesday.The intersection will shut down completely Thursday and Friday to allow for the installation of a waterline, according to a city news release.

Lawrence motorists soon to be greeted by new traffic signals on busy highway

The string of traffic signals on south Iowa Street now extends into rural Douglas County with the placement of signals at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and County Route 458.The signals are only partially functioning currently — blinking red for traffic on County Route 458 and yellow for ...

New process to select location for city bus station begins; public meeting Thursday

After an unfruitful first attempt, the process to select a location for a city bus transfer hub is starting anew.The first public meetings as part of a new transit center location study are scheduled for Thursday. City officials said the meetings will gather feedback from residents on desired ...

Teacher contract negotiations at a standstill; meeting scheduled for next week

After more than three hours of deliberation Monday night, representatives of the Lawrence school district and local teachers union agreed to extend contract negotiations for the upcoming school year. At the meeting’s end, Lawrence Education Association negotiators were left to consider the ...

United Way of Douglas County picks nonprofit veteran as new CEO

An administrator with a Nebraska nonprofit agency has been selected as the next CEO of the United Way of Douglas County. Peggy Johnson, United Way president-elect, said Jannette Taylor, the statewide administrator of children services for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc., had been ...

Lawmakers schedule audits of animal inspections, wildfire suppression

Topeka ? A legislative committee agreed Monday to authorize audits of the state's animal inspection program and its wildfire suppression efforts and to put those audits in line ahead of two previously scheduled audits.State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, was one of three lawmakers who asked ...

English firm to open label-making facility in southeast Lawrence

An England-based company that makes tough labels for tires and many other rubber products is opening a manufacturing plant in Lawrence. Polymeric Labels of Oldham, England, has reached a deal to open a $1.5 million facility in vacant space near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue, an official at the ...

Voters to eliminate two candidates Tuesday in Lawrence City Commission primary

Lawrence voters will decide Tuesday which Lawrence City Commission candidates will move forward. The primary election for the three open seats on the City Commission includes eight candidates. Voters can select up to three candidates, and the top six vote winners will move on to the general ...

Vinland Fair returns for 110th year of old-fashioned fun

The fair season continues in Douglas County this week with a decidedly different flavor as the Vinland Fair returns for its 110th year.As he watched 4-H’ers remove the last of the livestock from the Open Air Pavilion on the Douglas County Fairgrounds Sunday morning, Mark Brown, a member of ...

KU linguistics professor wins federal grant to preserve disappearing Kiowa language

At the time of his death in 1999, Parker McKenzie was regarded as the oldest living member of the Kiowa tribe. Born in a teepee in Oklahoma three years prior to the 20th century, he was also widely recognized as an amateur linguist who played a fundamental role in developing a dictionary of his ...

Artist Anson DeOrnery makes viewers a part of his work

Not many artists readily admit that their intention with their work is to disappoint the viewer. Anson DeOrnery, who goes by the artist name Anson The Ornery, on the other hand, has a show at the Lawrence Arts Center titled "Deluge," which is, well, kind of a bummer the more it is explored. ...

No clear answers as Lawrence City Commission looks for cuts to the city’s budget

Although several Lawrence city commissioners say they want to minimize the property tax increase next year, exactly what will be cut from the 2018 budget won’t be known until Tuesday. The public hearing for the budget will take place during the commission's Tuesday meeting, and longtime ...