County Government

Restorative justice events planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Ben MacConnell understands the dangers of attaching opinions on a modern issue to someone who can’t speak for himself, but he believes Martin Luther King Jr. would be a strong proponent of criminal justice reform. "Given the billions of dollars we're spending on jails and prisons, and the ...

Cost estimate for pared-down Douglas County Jail expansion is $23M

Douglas County commissioners once hoped for a $44 million plan to expand and modernize the local jail. On Wednesday, the interim county administrator cautiously produced a new estimate of $23 million for complete construction and furnishing of a pared-down version of the expansion, which has ...

Alexa earning her keep at Douglas County Register of Deeds office

Alexa has extended her reach far beyond reordering laundry detergent and turning off that living room light someone always seems to forget. Now she’s doing a public service. Kent Brown, Douglas County's deputy register of deeds, has set up an Amazon Echo Show at the county office. The ...

New Douglas County commissioner sworn in

New Douglas County Commissioner Patrick Kelly, of Lawrence, was sworn into office at a ceremony Monday morning at the county courthouse. Kelly won a three-way Democratic primary in August 2018 with 53 percent of the vote, and he had no opponent in November’s general election. He represents ...

Commissioner Mike Gaughan looks back on decade of service to Douglas County

It’s a bit odd that Douglas County Commissioner Mike Gaughan is always running late, because his track record in office shows that he’s kept his focus on the future. Chronic tardiness was the impetus behind the gift that fellow commissioners affectionately gave Gaughan at his last meeting ...

New Douglas County Commissioner to be sworn in on Monday

Patrick Kelly will be sworn in as a Douglas County Commissioner at 10 a.m. Monday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. He was elected in November to the first district seat, which includes Lawrence neighborhoods north of 19th Street and west of Massachusetts Street. The ...

Healthy Outlook: Look for more education and county news in the Health section

In a somewhat unusual edition of Healthy Outlook, I wanted to give you a heads up about some changes for both the Journal-World as a whole and for the Health section. This past week, I started covering K-12 education and Douglas County government for the newspaper. I’ll still cover health, ...

Douglas County Commission meetings canceled this week and next

The Douglas County Commission has canceled its weekly meetings for the Wednesday after Christmas and the Wednesday after New Year's Day. The commission is next scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. on Jan. 9. The commission usually meets at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 ...

Housing components of behavioral health campus set for 2019 construction

The transitional group home and apartments to be built in 2019 as part of Lawrence's newly approved behavioral health campus can’t open too soon. “The truth is when we cut the red ribbon at the opening, we will be full,” said Mathew Faulk, housing program supervisor for Bert Nash ...

Photos: Douglas County hosts sendoff for longtime administrator Craig Weinaug

Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug retired Friday. He held the position for 26 years. “I have loved this job,” he recently told the Journal-World. “I won’t say I’ve loved every minute of it, but I have loved this job for a very long time, and I love this community and county ...