County Government

Douglas County clerk: Justice Matters is required to file campaign finance report

Story updated 9:19 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: After what Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew called a misunderstanding, a local coalition of faith-based organizations is on track to file a report detailing how much they spent to campaign against a county sales tax proposal. The Journal-World ...

Douglas County Commission to consider repair of fairgrounds building’s entryways

The Douglas County Fairgrounds coordinator is asking county commissioners to waive purchasing procedures for a project because he’s only received one bid. Building 21 was not part of the nearly $8 million fairgrounds improvement project that culminated in the debut of several new facilities ...

Douglas County health leaders motivated to act for equity, they tell commissioners

Sonia Jordan, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said she has felt as though she’s had a lead weight hanging around her neck, and it’s pushing her to action. “I've seen the faces of people of various populations around our county when they read this report and they ...

Douglas County students invited to participate in Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Middle and high school-age students of Douglas County are invited to write up their business plans and polish their pitches for this year’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition, open to kids in grades six through 12, consists of a trade show booth, a 90-second elevator pitch ...

Researchers share process, goals of countywide law enforcement contact study

Douglas County’s pursuit of a study on law enforcement contact is unusual, a researcher told roughly 25 people who attended a presentation Thursday evening at Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Jack McDevitt, of Northeastern University, has conducted similar studies in ...

Commission approves plan for agritourism event venue in rural Douglas County

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved plans for an agritourism event venue to locate in the Willow Springs Township, to the chagrin of some of its future neighbors who came to the meeting. Kyle and Codi Wentzel filed plans with the county for a barn-style venue that will host ...

Opponents of Douglas County Jail expansion not assuaged by cheaper plan

After Douglas County staff trimmed a cost estimate for an expansion of the local jail by $21 million, the most outspoken opponents to the first plan have not changed their tune. Several local groups formed the Jail No coalition last March to oppose a May 2018 ballot question — Proposition 1 ...

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 ...