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Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
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Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Gift-wrapping with the pros
December 20, 2014
Despite my clearly firm handle on the art of gift-wrapping, it still was suggested that I spend a little time with the professional gift wrappers at Weaver’s department store in downtown Lawrence. A wrapper at the complimentary gift-wrapping table in the basement of the store easily will wrap more than 50 presents a day during the holiday shopping season. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission, East Lawrence neighborhood go back and forth on Ninth Street proposal
December 20, 2014
A plan to make portions of Ninth Street into a unique corridor for the arts isn’t producing much beauty between Lawrence city commissioners and the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.By Chad Lawhorn
Westar Energy ends fees for credit, debit cards
December 19, 2014
The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.
Crafting gifts: 4 easy present ideas to make yourself
December 17, 2014
The warmth of a handmade gift goes a long way toward cutting through December’s chill. But what if you’re not particularly crafty or can’t spend a fortune on supplies? Can you still give handmade gifts that your family and friends will treasure?
Family Adventures: Give the gift of cookies every month
December 17, 2014
What to get our grandmothers for Christmas — it’s always a struggle. A few years ago, I hit on a good solution.
On the Cheap: Stuff stockings without unstuffing your wallet
December 17, 2014
With Christmas fast-approaching, your stockings are likely already hung by the chimney with care. Here are some tips to help stuff those stockings on any budget.
Style Scout: Courtney Crouch
December 17, 2014
Tell us a secret: I don’t like bacon.
Style Scout: Kyle Meyers
December 17, 2014
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? I’d like to see at least one higher-end men’s shop in Lawrence and more jazz music.
Fashion Column Twins: Bundle up with a vest or sweater
December 17, 2014
Winter is upon us, and bundling up is always on my mind. Two pieces to help you layer up and be comfortable are a faux fur vest and turtleneck sweater.
Garden Variety: Bonsai basics
December 17, 2014
Culturing bonsai takes more than a green thumb: The ancient art requires patience, skill and a keen recognition of nature. Bonsai is worth a try (or several), though, as a properly tended specimen will provide its owner with beauty for a hundred years or more.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a tub drain flange
December 17, 2014
Replacing an existing tub drain flange with a new tip-toe or lift-and-turn drain flange is easy, if you can get the old flange to unscrew from the tub drain.
New report attempts to compare costs of Rock Chalk Park with other city projects
December 17, 2014
Lawrence officials have shed more light on how they have evaluated whether taxpayers got a good deal on about $11 million worth of infrastructure work at Rock Chalk Park that did not go through the city’s normal bid process. The new report paints a mixed picture, with some costs coming in below similar work elsewhere in the city that was bid, and other costs at Rock Chalk Park significantly higher. But Chuck Soules, the city’s director of public works, said the numbers give him confidence the city was charged a fair price for the work.
Lawrence to seek audit on Rock Chalk Park; delays final payment
December 16, 2014
City commissioners Tuesday took the first step toward ordering an audit of public funds spent on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, while also delaying an approximately $1 million infrastructure payment for the controversial development in northwest Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Union leader files for seat on City Commission
December 16, 2014
A Lawrence bus driver who also is the leader of the local transit union is the latest candidate to seek a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
Westar moves ahead on wind amid debate
December 16, 2014
Kansas’ largest electric company announced plans Tuesday to buy power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate, as legislators prepared for another debate over repealing the requirement.
How to help: Volunteer opportunities
December 15, 2014
Headquarters Counseling strives to provide emotional support and safety to people in Douglas County through readily available counseling services. Headquarters is expanding its Fundraising Committee.
Two men arrested after high-speed chase Saturday morning
December 15, 2014
A 24-year-old Pittsburg man was charged Monday with attempting to elude a police officer, cocaine possession, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through eastern Lawrence early Saturday morning.
City officials working to fix concrete cracks at Rock Chalk Park recreation center
December 15, 2014
As the Journal-World reported in early November, about 25 cracks developed in the concrete mezzanine at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. Since that time, problems with the grout in the entryway of the 181,000 square-foot building also have developed. City officials, who previously said they would monitor the situation before deciding whether to undertake repairs, said a fix is now needed.By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase for Dec. 15
December 14, 2014
The Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community was recently recognized by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living for achieving all four of the AHCA and NCAL’s Quality Initiative goals.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Picking a Christmas tree and choosing optimism
December 13, 2014
It always has been easy to get beaten down in this world and assume that trouble is around every corner. And then, one day, you turn a corner and find a Christmas tree lot full of optimists. By Chad Lawhorn
How to help: Volunteer opportunities for week of Dec. 14
December 13, 2014
Headquarters Counseling is searching for volunteers to serve on its fundraising committee.
City manager offers apology on Rock Chalk matter; commissioners suggest audit
02:21 p.m., December 11, 2014 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Lawrence’s city manager on Thursday issued a written apology to the community for how he handled a disputed payment for infrastructure at Rock Chalk Park, and a city commissioner said he wants to consider conducting an audit of the entire project to try to restore the public’s confidence. By Chad Lawhorn
Garden Variety: Topping harmful to trees
December 10, 2014
Tree experts and professional arborists have agreed for decades that the pruning practice known as topping is detrimental to trees, but it continues to happen across the country and right here in Douglas County.
Fix-It Chick: 10 ways to make the holidays a little (or a lot) greener
December 10, 2014
When it comes to holiday traditions, making eco-conscious decisions can help your wallet as well as the environment! Here are some easy ways to make the holiday season a little greener.
Megan on the Move: An escape plan from getting sick
December 10, 2014
Motherhood does not equal martyrdom, and don’t let anyone tell you different.
Cooking From Scratch: Grocery store gifts
December 10, 2014
Black Friday, Cyber Monday ― blech! Call me a Grinch if you want, but I hate the mall. I’d much rather do my holiday shopping at the grocery store.
Style Scout: Eli Allen
December 10, 2014
Fashion trends you love: I’m really into stuff like Rick Owens, goth ninja, drop-crotch sweats and big ol’ parkas. I can never pull it off but I think they’re pretty sweet.
Style Scout: Nici Ashner
December 10, 2014
Fashion trends you love: Velvet thigh-highs are my two favorites this year. Velvet is coming back!