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Lawrence’s new library opens Saturday
July 26, 2014
After operating out of a cramped temporary location for the past year and a half, the Lawrence Public Library is finally reopening the doors to its Vermont Street locale after completing an $18 million facelift and 20,000 square-foot expansion.
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Video: 2013 Only in Lawrence nominees

Twenty-six local residents are featured as this year's Only in Lawrence nominees for their outstanding contributions to the community. Watch »

Video: "Hank" the steam engine at Railfest 2013

Baldwin City residents and visitors alarmed this weekend by the sight of smoke rising from the Santa Fe Depot don’t need to call the fire department. The smoke will be billowing from the stack of a restored steam locomotive, and Midland Railway officials hope it will be a signal to train buffs to attend their annual Railfest, which runs Friday through Monday at Santa Fe Depot Park, 1515 High St. Watch »

Video: Lawrence-area couple builds '30s-style gas station

Rowan and Tanya Green of Perry created a 1930s-style gas station in their barn, which also houses a collection of thermoses and coolers. Watch »

More Local news
Off the Beaten Buy: Dog Casino Interactive Game
July 23, 2014
It’s not exactly dogs playing poker, but now dogs have the opportunity to try their hand (or paw, rather) at a little gambling.
Garden Variety: Plants to avoid if you have pets
July 23, 2014
Are pets and plants compatible? They can be, but plant lovers who also care for cats and dogs should be aware of the risks of keeping both in the same household.
Critter Buzz: Pets and vets go hand in paw
July 23, 2014
Those of us working in animal sheltering are frequently asked how we can bear to do our jobs when faced with staggering odds and numbers that just don’t seem to be in our favor.
Fashion Column Twins: Fashion for fido
July 23, 2014
Here are some cute finds for your dog that will keep them seriously stylish this summer.
Style Scout: Jenny Parker
July 23, 2014
Fashion trends you love: I like the high-wasted thing and the bohemian type of feel because it goes with my current style now.
Style Scout: Tristin Hogan
July 23, 2014
Tell us a secret: Ever since I watched the movie “Congo,” I’m afraid of gorillas.
Fix-It Chick: Build a French drain
July 23, 2014
French drains are named after Harold French, the Massachusetts farmer who invented them. They are basically channels filled with gravel that direct water down and away from your home and property. Installing a French drain can be back-breaking work, but it is a relatively easy fix to a soggy problem.
Cooking from Scratch: Cherry-infused rye whiskey for Christmas
July 23, 2014
Infused liquor is one of the simplest at-home preserving projects there is. While you can always get fancier, at heart it requires only four ingredients ― strong alcohol, some fruit, a little sugar and several months of time.
Megan on the Move: Does everyone feel like a fraud or is it just me?
July 23, 2014
It’s a funny thing, not growing up in Lawrence but feeling like a townie.
Pet proofing your home
July 23, 2014
Whether it’s keeping them safe or making them feel comfortable in the home, Kemberling and other local pet experts share some helpful guidelines for pet-proofing the house for your new companion.
Lawrence Police Foundation donates new defibrillators for patrol cars
July 23, 2014
The Lawrence Police Foundation presented Police Chief Tarik Khatib with five new Automated External Defibrillators at the City Commission meeting Tuesday night.
City prepares to put $25 million police headquarters plan on November ballot
July 23, 2014
Lawrence Police department evidence officer Keith Jones works surrounded by mountain of containers that fill the main evidence storage room on the second floor of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. A quarter-percent sales tax for nine years and a large site along Interstate 70 are likely to be key parts of a police headquarters plan presented to voters in November. City commissioners, meeting into early Wednesday morning, took no final action, but had their most signifiant discussion yet on a proposed $25 million police headquarters project. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission cuts budget but can’t avoid property tax increase
July 22, 2014
The budget-cutting knife was out at City Hall, but it wasn’t quite sharp enough to avoid a property tax increase for Lawrence residents. Commissioners unanimously agreed to move forward on a 2015 city budget that will increase the property tax rate by 1.479 mills. But that’s less than a 1.89 mill increase than had been proposed initially. The new figures will produce a tax increase of about $28 a year for a $170,000 home. By Chad Lawhorn
Planning Commission recommends denial of major shopping center along SLT
11:42 p.m., July 21, 2014 Updated 01:21 a.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners got an earful both for and against a proposed shopping center that would add more than 500,000 square feet of commercial space southeast of the South Lawrence Trafficway and Iowa Street. By Chad Lawhorn
Scores of softball teams converge for World Series in Lawrence
July 21, 2014
For nearly 60 14-and-under softball teams, World Series dreams will be decided this week in Lawrence.
Centro Hispano seeks to help rising number of underserved Spanish speakers
July 20, 2014
Inside a small blue house near downtown, the art of making sure people don’t fall through cracks is practiced daily. Latino immigrants — both documented and undocumented, Spanish speakers and those whose primary tongue is indigenous — have come to Centro Hispano since 2006 for bilingual mental health services, case management or even help trying to parse bureaucratic language in legal documents or applications. By Stephen Montemayor
Dewey Decimator’ the subject of several library events leading up to demolition derby
July 20, 2014
Reading will meet twisted metal as a library themed car will enter the ranks of the Douglas County Fair’s annual demolition derby.
Business briefcase for July 21
July 20, 2014
Lawrence-based TherapyWorks announced the addition of two new staff members: Sarah Hammonds, a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Megan Young, a graduate of Central Michigan University.
Artwork in the DNA of new library building
July 20, 2014
Spanning across the atrium of the renovated library and above the staircase are six panels of multicolored glass strung together to make “A Ribbon of Light” created by Dierk Van Keppel. With the framework resembling a double helix, anyone drawing scientific conclusions from its aesthetic would be exactly right.
Public invited to meet finalists for new city arts director
July 19, 2014
Before Lawrence hires its first director of arts and culture, members of the community will have a chance to meet him or her. There are three finalists for the newly created position, and they’ll be the guests of honor at a public meet and greet and reception Wednesday evening. By Sara Shepherd
Q&A on Lawrence city budget and proposed tax increase for 2015
July 19, 2014
Revenue shortfalls at the Kansas Statehouse are well documented, and projected shortfalls in the mortgage registration tax at the Douglas County Courthouse are partially behind a tax increase approved by the county. At Lawrence City Hall, it hasn’t exactly been a period of revenue shortfalls, but taxes are set to go up there too. City officials say there’s a good reason why. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence health advocates promoting smoke-free housing
July 19, 2014
The American Lung Association is advocating for smoke-free housing nationwide, saying that cancer-causing secondhand smoke can travel through doorways, cracks in walls, ventilation systems, electrical lines and plumbing. Locally, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has been running a public education campaign to let residents know about their options for smoke-free housing. By GIles Bruce
Hit-and-run leaves woman seriously injured
04:18 a.m., July 19, 2014 Updated 04:35 a.m.
Lawrence Police are investigating a hit-and-run that left a woman seriously injured.
City commission agenda for July 22 meeting
July 18, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Audit finds city didn’t collect $1,000 fee as part of Rock Chalk Park project
04:04 p.m., July 18, 2014 Updated 04:14 p.m.
City officials largely are following through to keep track of $12.3 million worth of infrastructure being constructed at Rock Chalk Park, but there have been some oversights, a recent audit found. By Chad Lawhorn
Price drops by $5 million on proposed Lawrence police headquarters
July 18, 2014
The price of a proposed Lawrence police headquarters has dropped by about $5 million and city commissioners are getting closer to selecting a site for the building. Lawrence-based Treanor Architects estimates the the cost of the building can be reduced to about $25 million, down from about $30 million, if commissioners are willing to live with a smaller building. By Chad Lawhorn
On the cheap: Save on back-to-school supplies
July 16, 2014
It seems like school just let out, and already it is time to think about back-to-school sales. How is this possible?
The Fashion Column Twins: Back-to-school style
July 16, 2014
Back to school shopping can be a daunting task because there are so many options out there nowadays, which is why we are going to break down some easy trends that your little ones can incorporate into their back-to-school wardrobes.
Style Scout: Mitchell Wolf
July 16, 2014
Describe your style: I’d say it’s a little bit eccentric. It’s very me. I don’t like to dress like the norm. I’m pretty laid back.