City Government

Lawrence City Commission to consider water and utility rate increases

At their meeting Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners will consider water and other utility rate increases that will add about $65 annually to residents’ bills. The rate increases are part of the city manager’s recommended budget, and utilities staff says the additional revenue is needed ...

Chef’s Choice: La Estrella and ‘the perfect taco’

Some might call it serendipitous that Ladybird Diner owner Meg Heriford found her favorite taco in town while searching for a few staples for her restaurant. What’s most likely, however, is that she was lured just a little off the beaten path by a star, shining brightly, even in broad ...

Free State student one of top youth piano players in the country

In another week, Barry Zhang is going to do something unusual.The 17-year-old Free State High School student is planning to take a break. During that time, he’ll take a respite from practicing the piano four or five hours a day. He’ll also spend time with family.“I definitely need a ...

Photo of Kobach and Trump still spawning litigation

Topeka ? In the future, it may come to be known as the picture that launched a thousand pages of legal work.That now-famous photo of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach going into a Nov. 20, 2016, meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump, holding a document labeled a “strategic ...

Lawrence City Commission to debate raising taxes to pay for new police headquarters

As the Lawrence City Commission prepares to decide whether next year’s budget should fund a new police headquarters, a consensus is yet to emerge.Lawrence voters narrowly rejected a citywide sales tax to fund a police headquarters in 2014, and this time around commissioners will be the ones ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for July 11 meeting

Consent agenda• 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 as soon as possible the next business day.• Approve ...

Volunteer opportunities: Help collect school supplies

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 ...

Kansas Repertory Theatre’s new season explores many meanings of family, community

Among other things, Kansas Repertory Theatre’s 2017 season explores the idea of family. In “Next to Normal,” the contemporary rock musical running through July 16 at the University of Kansas, we witness one grief-stricken mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder — and the toll her ...

Weekend swim meet to close Lawrence’s Indoor Aquatic Center

Lawrence's Indoor Aquatic Center will close to the public for a weekend event, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Parks and Recreation Department. The center, at 4706 Overland Drive, will reopen at 5:15 a.m. Monday for normal hours. The Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 ...

Douglas County Fair to debut facilities after decade of planning

This year’s Douglas County Fair will be the consummation of lots of planning and work.In one sense, that’s nothing new. Each year, county 4-H’ers show off the results of hours of preparation and labor when they exhibit animals and projects at the fair. Kaitlyn Peine, 4-H agent for Douglas ...

Opportunity to officiate Eudora youth soccer helps teen with autism gain confidence

Jimmy Kegin says his decision to hire Braeden Herron as a youth league soccer referee was no big deal.“I didn’t even think twice about it,” said the assistant director of the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department. Braeden’s mother, Gretchen Herron, disagrees with Kegin’s assessment. ...

Many reports, few tickets for fireworks during July 4th celebrations in Lawrence

Lawrence police took almost 200 fireworks calls for July 4 celebrations, but issued just three citations, according to the police department. From midnight Friday through early Wednesday afternoon. Lawrence police had 188 calls for service categorized as fireworks calls, Officer Andrew Fennelly ...