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Free State High School senior named Kansas Youth of the Year — again

For the second year in a row, Ruth Gathunguri, of Lawrence, was named the Boys & Girls Club’s Kansas Youth of the Year at a ceremony in Topeka on Wednesday. Ruth, a senior at Free State High School, was selected for the second time as Lawrence Youth of the Year on Jan. 31. She took ...

United Way of Douglas County $300K below last year’s fundraising level

United Way of Douglas County is $300,000 below where it was last year at this time in its fundraising campaign, Peggy Johnson, United Way chairwoman, told an audience during the organization's annual meeting Tuesday night. While United Way will continue to collect donations through the coming ...

Stan Herd unveils latest crop art project featuring Beto O’Rourke

Passengers with window seats flying in and out of Austin, Texas, will be able to catch a glimpse of Stan Herd’s latest creation. The Lawrence-based crop artist has created a likeness of presidential candidate and former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Using soil, grass and rock as his ...

Douglas County makes slight comeback in health rankings, from 23rd to 17th

After dipping out of the top 10 for the first time — to 23rd in 2018 — Douglas County has climbed back to the 17th healthiest county in Kansas this year. Since the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps began in 2011, Douglas County had never ranked below ninth prior to its drop in 2018. ...

Lawrence woman has life-altering experience on Netflix series ‘Queer Eye’

After a total makeover on the newest season of the Netflix series “Queer Eye,” Jess Guilbeaux continues to wait tables at Lawrence's Mad Greek restaurant but with a fresh mindset. Guilbeaux spoke to the Journal-World about her new-found confidence in between serving customers Monday ...

Lawrence paradegoer ran up to float before tripping, being run over, police say

The woman who was struck and run over by an entry in the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade was an onlooker who ran up to the float, police said. The woman reportedly crossed a chalk line, drawn to keep people safely away from the vehicles, that parade organizers say their volunteers do ...

Photo gallery: Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade turns downtown green

The annual tradition that floods the streets of Lawrence with green of all shades brought even more folks than last year downtown Sunday, according to an organizer. Delisa Drewes, a longtime St. Patrick's Day Parade committee member, estimated that more than 25,000 were in attendance. The ...

Portion of Queens Road to close for repairs

Queens Road, or East 1000 Road, will be closed to through traffic from its intersection with Wakarusa Drive to Route 438 (or Farmers Turnpike, North 1800 Road), starting Monday, March 25. The project will repair the concrete deck of the bridge carrying Queens Road over Baldwin Creek, about ...

Healthy Outlook: I’m taking a hiatus from fitness technology … kind of

I already know what you’re thinking — either you saw this one coming, or you think I’ve lost my marbles. If you’ve ever read this column, you’ve probably seen mention of some app or device or trick or nifty online service. After all, I’ve written about fitness trackers, apps for ...

Spring is springing — keep these health tips in mind

Spring! Oh, glorious spring! It officially arrives on Wednesday. Because winter weather finally is in our rearview mirrors, it’s time to turn our thoughts to warmer, sunnier weather. So we’ve checked in with three members of the LMH Health family for some advice about getting more mobile, ...

Stocking shelves extra sweet for Lawrence bookstore owner releasing first book

Boxes of Danny Caine’s first book of poetry are stored in a closet at the Raven Bookstore. The release date for “Continental Breakfast” isn’t until Tuesday, which has Caine, the store’s owner, delaying gratification just a few more days before his work goes on sale. “I'm so ...

Local VFW seeks Douglas County veterans’ photos for tribute book

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lawrence wants to pay tribute to Douglas County’s present and former service members. Alford-Clarke Post 852 is asking area veterans to send in photos of themselves to be included in its new project, “Douglas County Portraits of Honor.” The pictorial ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade, contra dance lessons and more

Massachusetts Street will be awash in green for the St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday as about 100 entries make their way through downtown and across the Kansas River bridge into North Lawrence. The parade heads out from South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St., at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, goes north ...

Wind gusts up to 60 mph expected in Lawrence area

Winds over northeast Kansas will strengthen as rain showers weaken Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a high wind warning for Douglas County until 7 a.m. Thursday, and a wind advisory will be in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday. Southeast winds of 20 to 25 ...

City seeking volunteers to plant flowers in downtown Lawrence

The city is seeking people to help plant spring flowers in downtown Lawrence. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department needs 12 to 15 volunteers to plant flowers from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 29 throughout downtown, according to a city news release. Volunteers must be at least 16 and ...