County Government

Since South Lawrence Trafficway’s completion, accidents have spiked on western leg

Three intersections on the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway have become so dangerous that they’ve produced 53 accidents in 20 months, Kansas Department of Transportation statistics show. It is the latest sign that a completed South Lawrence Trafficway has become a more dangerous ...

Criminal justice reform on Douglas County’s 2019 legislative wish list

The Douglas County Commission will consider Wednesday supporting a platform in 2019 that calls on the Kansas Legislature to start looking at comprehensive criminal justice reform. In a memo to commissioners, Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug wrote that voter dissatisfaction with ...

County Commission delays decision on whether to charge nonprofits to use fairgrounds

The Douglas County Commission agreed Wednesday to put off a decision on whether to start charging some nonprofits to use the county fairgrounds, citing confusion about what types of organizations the new language would affect. Under the current fee structure, youth organizations and nonprofits ...

Douglas County court ordered to summon Kobach grand jury ‘without delay’

TOPEKA — The Kansas Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the Douglas County District Court to act "without delay" in summoning a grand jury to investigate allegations of election-related crimes in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office during the 2016 elections. The order, officially ...

Douglas County Commission to receive report on funding options for jail expansion

The Douglas County Commission will have a work session Wednesday on the option of using more of the money it collects from the countywide 1-cent sales tax — the one approved by voters in 1994 — to finance projects, including a jail expansion. In a report provided to county commissioners ...

KDOT to permanently close K-10 intersection at Kasold

Story updated at 4:29 p.m. Thursday After 28 accidents in about two years, state transportation officials are eliminating a west Lawrence intersection on the South Lawrence Trafficway. The Kansas Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and Kasold Drive, ...

Douglas County to hold recognition ceremony for retiring administrator

At its short meeting Wednesday, the Douglas County Commission announced plans for a recognition ceremony for retiring County Administrator Craig Weinaug. Weinaug announced in August he would be retiring Dec. 14 from the position he has held for 26 years. Commission Chair Nancy Thellman said ...

Douglas County Commission to thank veterans, consider audit on federal money

The Douglas County Commission will meet Wednesday with a limited agenda that includes a proclamation thanking veterans for their service. Commissioners will also consider approving an audit of the combined $1.92 million in federal funding the county and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health ...

59 percent voter turnout in Douglas County sets midterm record, county clerk says

The fall general election was a record-breaking midterm that approached the turnout of presidential election years, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Tuesday. A total of 47,155 of the county’s 79,895 registered voters cast ballots in the general election, for a turnout of 59 percent, Shew ...

Voters overwhelmingly approve sales tax to fund behavioral health campus, services

Douglas County voters overwhelmingly approved a quarter-cent sales tax Tuesday that will fund a behavioral health campus and a slate of enhanced mental health and drug treatment services. The question that appeared on the ballot as Proposition 1 passed with more than 70 percent of the vote. ...

Weekly Douglas County Commission meeting canceled

The Douglas County Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. It is the second straight week the meeting has been canceled for the lack of a large agenda item. The County Commission is next scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Douglas County Courthouse, ...