City Government

City hosting public reception for outgoing City Manager Tom Markus

The City of Lawrence will soon host a public reception for outgoing City Manager Tom Markus. The reception will take place Tuesday from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., according to a city news release. The reception will fall between the presentation of Markus' ...

Two dozen households in Lawrence receive warning to boil water

Story updated at 12:08 p.m. Friday The City of Lawrence has issued a warning about drinking water to 24 households in eastern Lawrence after a series of water main leaks in the area. The city left precautionary notices on the doors of residences that were without water following the discovery ...

Local firefighters union endorses Michael Baker, of Tulsa, for fire chief

The Lawrence firefighters union has endorsed Michael Baker for the next fire chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. The association of Lawrence Professional Firefighters, Local 1596, voted unanimously at a meeting Monday to publicly endorse Baker, according to a news release from the ...

Erv Hodges, former mayor of Lawrence, dies at 89

Story updated at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019: One testament to the efforts of former Mayor Ervin “Erv” Hodges stands for all to see outside the Lawrence Visitor Center. The 19-foot sculpture “From the Ashes” depicts a half-man, half-phoenix rising from flames and serves as a ...

Lawrence Humane Society moves into new $7.5 million shelter

Though visitors to the new Lawrence Humane Society will appreciate the shelter’s larger, brighter building, shelter leaders say it’s the animals that stand to benefit the most. The new $7.5 million building is about 25% bigger than the old shelter, and provides about four-times the amount ...

Fire Medical chief finalists say recruitment will be big challenge for department

Recruiting firefighters and paramedics will be a big challenge for the next chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, the three candidates for the vacant chief position told those attending a question-and-answer session Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library. The forum, which drew about ...

Boom in electric scooters nationwide leads to more injuries, fatalities

Andrew Hardy was crossing the street on an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles when a car struck him at 50 miles per hour and flung him 15 feet in the air before he smacked his head on the pavement and fell unconscious. The 26-year-old snapped two bones in each leg, broke a thighbone, ...

Lawrence City Commission meeting canceled for June 11

The Lawrence City Commission will not meet on Tuesday as normally scheduled. City spokesman Porter Arneill said the City Commission decided to cancel the June 11 meeting earlier in the year knowing that some city leaders would be part of a delegation traveling to Eutin, Germany, for the 30th ...

Public asked to ‘reimagine’ East 23rd Street ahead of redesign of roadway

Ahead of the redesign of East 23rd Street, local transportation planners are asking residents what changes and improvements they want to see for the roadway. The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization is working with a consultant to conduct a study and create a new ...