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Baker swears in Murray as new president
November 21, 2014
Lynne Murray was formally sworn in today as the 29th president of Baker University in a small, by-invitation-only ceremony on the Baldwin City campus. Today’s 25-minute ceremony was attended by about 20 Baker administrators, faculty, students and Baker Board of Trustees members Pat Long, who retired as Baker president in June, was on hand to present her successor with the school’s presidential medallion before Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Howell swore in Murray.
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Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Lawrence’s first Thanksgiving
November 22, 2014
One hundred years ago an article appeared in the Nov. 26 edition of the Lawrence Daily Journal-World. It was about Lawrence’s first Thanksgiving, and the writer found quite a source: the woman who cooked the meal. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Nov. 25 meeting
November 22, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Creativity not just for creative types, KU business students learn
November 21, 2014
Cindy Maude, CEO of Lawrence-based marketing agency Callahan Creek, gave the keynote address at the Kansas University School of Business celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week on Friday at the Lied Center. The theme of this year’s event was Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. “To develop great, innovative products or services, you have to be creative,” Maude said. By Sara Shepherd
Stretches of 19th Street closed through Nov. 26 after water main breaks
02:56 a.m., November 21, 2014 Updated 12:45 p.m.
Stretches of 19th Street, east of Haskell Avenue, will be closed Friday and into next week as city crews repair damage from two overnight water main breaks.
2014 Lawrence Holiday Gift Guide
November 19, 2014
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to start strategizing for the hectic shopping season ahead. This year, avoid the big-box stores and shop local with our holiday gift guide featuring products from Lawrence shops.
Family Adventures: Run a 5K on Turkey Day
November 19, 2014
Thanksgiving morning is the perfect time to tug yourself out of bed before the Macy’s parade starts and find a local 5K to run.
On the Cheap: Bargains on bed sets
November 19, 2014
My recent search for new bedding made me feel like I might need a small business loan to accomplish the task. It is hard to find bedding “on the cheap,” even for an experienced bargain shopper like myself. Here are some tips I learned to help you revamp a bed set for less than $100.
Fashion Column Twins: It’s sweater season
November 19, 2014
With below-freezing temperatures upon us, now’s the perfect time to shop for warm, cozy sweaters
Garden Variety: Colorful corn
November 19, 2014
Fall decorations have a little more sparkle thanks to Glass Gem corn, a variety that has been making waves the last two years.
Style Scout: KaLyn Berry
November 19, 2014
Whom do people say you look like? I was told that I look like the Wendy’s girl. The girl with the red hair.
Style Scout: Roberto Carlos Sada
November 19, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: Cargo shorts are the worst things ever.
Critter Buzz: Protect your pet from winter
November 19, 2014
While you sit snuggled up and warm in your living room this winter, take some time to consider the effects that the extreme temperatures outside may be having on your four-legged friends.
Fix-It Chick: Install insulated chimney pipe
November 19, 2014
Heating with wood can be very rewarding. When a properly lined chimney is not an option, a wood-burning stove can be installed with Class A insulated stainless steel stove pipe. These few simple steps will help you understand the limits and possibilities of insulated stove pipe installation.
LMH budgeting for solid financial results in 2015
November 19, 2014
The latest numbers show Lawrence Memorial Hospital is having a better-than-expected financial year in 2014, and hospital leaders are budgeting for a solid 2015 as well. By Chad Lawhorn
City agrees to hear more input from East Lawrence on Ninth Street project
November 18, 2014
Spending a $500,000 private grant to help convert Ninth Street into a unique arts corridor has become difficult at Lawrence City Hall. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting agreed to slow the process for hiring a lead designer for the project until members of the East Lawrence neighborhood have had a greater opportunity to express how they think the project should move forward.
Lawrence commission approves most of Rock Chalk Park infrastructure payment
November 18, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners on a 3-1 vote agreed Tuesday evening to pay the bulk of the $10.45 million city taxpayers owe for shared infrastructure at the Rock Chalk Park Sports complex. But the city plans to temporarily withhold payment from its private partner for about $1.3 million worth of professional fees, legal costs, interest costs and other costs until the city has more time to study those expenses.
Salvation Army looking for volunteer bell-ringers
November 18, 2014
The Salvation Army of Douglas County is looking for volunteer bell-ringers for a six-week period during the upcoming Christmas season.
Technical training school to seek $1 million in funding from city, county
November 18, 2014
Economic development leaders soon will ask local governments for $1 million in funding to help cover the construction costs to start a new technical education center in Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Loan amount, lack of audit among items questioned about Rock Chalk Park infrastructure costs
November 17, 2014
Some city officials are questioning whether the city has all the information it needs before it approves $10.45 million worth of payments for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure. By Chad Lawhorn
Horizon 2020 group to figure out whether it wants to craft new vision for community
November 16, 2014
Douglas County residents still love downtown Lawrence, don’t much like urban sprawl, and sure wish it was easier to find affordable housing. A joint city-county board took away those themes and a few more as it tries to figure out how Horizon 2020 — the city and county’s long-range plan — should be rewritten.By Chad Lawhorn
Strings attached’: Mental health treatment required to get this rent subsidy
November 16, 2014
Ruby DoMoe spent years bouncing from hospital to homeless shelter to friends’ couches to battered women’s shelter and back again. That lifestyle only made her mental illness worse. Which made her ability to maintain housing worse. “It was chaos,” DoMoe said. “It was just darkness and chaos all the time, drama coming from every direction. There was no letting up.” Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center has a program for people like DoMoe, who need more than just financial help to maintain stable housing. The HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance program — part of Bert Nash’s Community Support Services for people with severe and persistent mental illness — provides a rent subsidy bolstered by intensive mental health treatment. By Sara Shepherd
Business briefcase for Nov. 17
November 16, 2014
Kansas University’s School of Business will present its 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Liberty Memorial Central Middle School
November 15, 2014
The thing about Liberty Memorial Central Middle School: The one thing larger than its name may be its history. By Chad Lawhorn
Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI case file remains sealed
November 15, 2014
For the first few years, Harold and Alberta Leach kept hoping their missing son, Randy, would come home. Twenty-six years have passed since the high school senior and the family car vanished from a graduation party, but the Linwood parents still want to find their only child. They’re desperate to know whether law enforcement left no stone unturned in the search for Randy, in part because they’ve felt for years that investigators were secretive, refusing to keep them abreast of developments. But law enforcement agencies refuse to release the records, citing an ongoing investigation, even the broad outlines of which they decline to reveal.
Final bill for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure comes due; city to pay more than 90 percent of total
November 14, 2014
New numbers show the total infrastructure costs at Rock Chalk Park were $11.59 million. At their Tuesday evening meeting, city commissioners will vote to pay $10.45 million of that total.
How to help: Volunteer opportunities
November 14, 2014
The Friends of the Library supports the operations of the Lawrence Public Library. The organization needs volunteers to assist with the upcoming book sale.
With assist from local Slow Money group, Garnett farm wins at national event
November 14, 2014
Cedar Valley Farm, a family-run operation in Garnett, took home the top prize at the 2014 Slow Money National Gathering in Louisville, Ky. — a $60,000 zero percent, three-year loan.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Nov. 18 meeting
November 14, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Beyond turkey: Ideas for an alternative Thanksgiving menu
November 12, 2014
While most folks still enjoy a classic Thanksgiving meal, many others will want to try something new this holiday season.
Style Scout: Kristina Eronat
November 12, 2014
Describe your style: I used to be … L.A. goth punk [and] a professional model in L.A. for like 10 years — and now I’m probably just a little witchy bohemian-ness.