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Proposed Baldwin City, Eudora 2019 budgets keep mill levies steady

Flat is a word that defines the 2019 mill levies proposed for the cities of Baldwin City and Eudora. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden and Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said proposed 2019 budgets will keep flat the mill levies of their respective cities of 44.498 mills in Baldwin ...

Westar to build solar power farm in Baldwin City

Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden says the hot summer sun should be working for residents of the southern Douglas County city by this time next year. On July 17, The Baldwin City Council agreed to start negotiations with Westar Energy to build a solar panel farm at the city public works ...

Healthy Outlook: Make the most of the little free time you get

After a short-term schedule change, you can call me a morning empathizer. Suffice to say I had forgotten how hectic and chaotic the typical 9-to-5 workday is. Consider my cognizance reborn. Most of my time on the clock is spent at the copy desk each week. I come in with the rest of the copy ...

Next governor will preside over 2022 reapportionment; who stands to gain and lose

TOPEKA — There are contested races this year in all four of the state’s congressional districts. But in just a few years, those districts will look very different from how they look today. In 2022, the next governor and Legislature will have to redraw those district lines to balance out ...

Douglas County 4-H Dog Show unofficially gets 2018 fair underway

Tristen Kapelle came to Saturday’s Douglas County 4-H Dog Show with one goal in mind. “I’m here to win,” the 13-year-old Palmyra 4-H Club member said. Two hours later, Tristen and his Australian blue heeler Tripp left the show with the best-in-show Mary Berg Award for showmanship. ...

Douglas County Fair officials promise to make good use of new facilities this year

Last year, the Douglas County Fair had millions of dollars of new facilities at its disposal. This year, fair officials say, those new additions will be given a better chance to shine. The 2017 Douglas County Fair was the first one to be held after the completion of the $7.95 million ...

Leavenworth County Fair returns this week

Whether it’s the plentiful 4-H, FFA and open exhibits, the carnival rides or the fried food goodness, a Tonganoxie tradition dating back more than 90 years is almost here. The Leavenworth County Fair, which dates back to 1926, starts Tuesday. This year’s fair theme is “Fun for the Whole ...

Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that ...

Kansas illness linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad salmonella outbreak

The grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad earlier this week after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Health officials found another case on Friday, in Kansas. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has ...

Trump to address VFW national convention next week in Kansas City

President Donald Trump will visit Kansas City, Mo., next week to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. The event, which runs Saturday through Wednesday at the Kansas City Convention Center, is expected to draw thousands of VFW members to the area. Trump’s speech, on ...

Kansas job growth now exceeding national average

TOPEKA — After several years of lagging behind the national average, job growth in Kansas outpaced the nation in June, posting a 1.8 percent increase in jobs compared with a year ago, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. Overall, the Kansas economy added 24,800 jobs over the year, ...

Death toll from Branson duck boat accident climbs to 17

Story last updated at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 20. BRANSON, Mo. — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the tourist town of Branson, authorities said. Investigators ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride coming up Saturday

With new rides planned this year, an eighth annual family bike ride this weekend will also offer free helmets and safety vests, while supplies last. The Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. ...

Photo gallery: Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale 2018

Workers were up long before the sun to prepare for the 59th annual Downtown Lawrence Inc. Sidewalk Sale on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Photos by Mike Yoder Related story: - Town Talk: Scenes from downtown Lawrence’s sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder’s re-election in Kansas 3rd

TOPEKA — President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his “full and total endorsement” to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election. Trump tweeted his support for the ...

Watkins Museum to unveil new window displays at open house

The Watkins Museum of History will hold an open house Sunday afternoon to unveil new displays on the museum’s large third-floor windows, according to a news release. The new panels on the windows will feature full-color images that tell stories from Douglas County's history, the release ...

Lawrence festival to celebrate the history of the Kaw

Barbara Higgins-Dover is the descendant of river royalty. Her grandfather fished commercially on the Kansas and Missouri rivers in the early 20th century, a time when commercial fishing was illegal in Kansas. Higgins-Dover hopes to honor that history at the Living River Festival, which she is ...