Local news

Bales Artist Series to welcome organ department chair for recital
April 6, 2014
David Higgs will perform an organ recital on Kansas University’s campus on April 11 as part of the Bales Artist Series.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The beauty of math
April 5, 2014
For more than 20 years, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan has led a group of math professors to Lawrence City Hall each April to have the month declared as Mathematics Awareness Month. During the month they also host a mathematics competition for junior high and high school students, and a variety of other events, each built around a theme. This year, it is the Magic and Mystery of Math. (Yes, there are really people who call themselves mathemagicians.) But what Pasik-Duncan and her colleagues mainly do is fight a decidedly uphill battle: They try to convince society that math is cool and exciting. By Chad Lawhorn
Man flown to KU Hospital with critical injuries
03:26 a.m., April 5, 2014 Updated 03:50 a.m.
A LifeStar helicopter transported a critically injured man the KU hospital early Saturday
Lawrence High School student wins all-expenses paid trip to Germany
April 5, 2014
A Lawrence High School student has been awarded an all-expenses paid study trip to Germany this summer.
City Commission agenda for April 8 meeting
April 5, 2014
City commissioners will consider setting an April 25 deadline for construction work to begin on a house at 1321 Tennessee St. that was badly damaged by fire in July 2013.
Lawrencian holds out hope for lung transplant, chance at new life
April 4, 2014
David Jensen is waiting. Waiting for new lungs, and a new life. In the nearly 20 years since doctors diagnosed the Lawrence resident with a genetic disorder known as alpha-1, Jensen’s lungs have degenerated, slowly taking with them his strength, livelihood, financial stability and independence. Jensen, 53, would like to get those back. By Sara Shepherd
Consultants recommend SportQuest as new name for Rock Chalk Park recreation center
April 4, 2014
Lawrence, get ready for a quest. A city-hired consulting firm is recommending that the city’s new multimillion dollar recreation center be named SportQuest at Rock Chalk Park. By Chad Lawhorn
Wichita-based credit union takes over operations of Lawrence’s Jayhawk Federal Credit Union
April 2, 2014
A Wichita-based credit union that serves the likes of Leer Jet, Pizza Hut and other large corporations has taken over a Lawrence credit union that was the subject of customer concerns last fall. By Chad Lawhorn
Dever highlights Rock Chalk Park, SLT in State of the City address
April 1, 2014
Lawrence is about to move from an era of building infrastructure to a period of attracting new jobs and businesses, Lawrence’s outgoing mayor predicted Tuesday as part of the State of the City Address. By Chad Lawhorn
23 places to eat in Lawrence if you’re gluten-free
April 1, 2014
Here are 23 Lawrence restaurants to try if you’re avoiding gluten.
City commission expected to elect Amyx to serve one-year term as mayor
April 1, 2014
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are expected to elect Commissioner Mike Amyx to serve a one-year term as mayor. It will be Amyx’s fifth stint as mayor, dating back to 1985. By Chad Lawhorn
Email outage raises questions for users
March 31, 2014
A recent systemwide email outage has one local technology expert recommending that some area email users consider changing their addresses. By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase March 31
March 31, 2014
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will host a free seminar for start-up entrepreneurs April 2.
Longtime Lawrence dance instructor to retire
March 31, 2014
In 1981, Karen Fender opened a dance studio in an upstairs loft at Eighth and Massachusetts streets. The business would move several times in the years that followed, before finding its current home on Legends Drive in West Lawrence, in 1999. It grew from having one instructor (Fender) to nearly a dozen. And now Fender, the longtime owner of the Dance Gallery, plans to retire from the business in a few months. By Giles Bruce
Tension normal with largely troubled population at shelter, but procedures aim to keep violence at bay
March 31, 2014
Convicted criminals, drug addicts, the mentally ill and people with none of those problems all sleep under the same roof at the Lawrence Community Shelter. That’s part of homelessness, and tension is a given, the shelter director says, but procedures are in place that typically are effective in minimizing crime and deescalating situations like the recent stabbing. By Sara Shepherd
Colorado man remains hospitalized after tollbooth crash
March 30, 2014
Kansas University Hospital on Sunday was unable to provide an update on the condition of a Colorado man who was airlifted from a one-vehicle accident at a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth early Saturday morning.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Enduring in East Lawrence
March 29, 2014
Austin Turney’s home near 15th and Pennsylvania streets was under construction in 1863 when Quantrill raided the city. He burned it down. It was quickly rebuilt, and since that time only two families have ever owned the structure. By Chad Lawhorn
Barrel workshop participants outfitted for rainy days
05:18 p.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 08:24 a.m.
About two dozen participants filed through an assembly line inside a Douglas County Fairgrounds building during the third annual rain barrel workshop Saturday. The Sunflower State Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders again collaborated with the Douglas County Kansas State Research and Extension office and Douglas County Master Gardeners to host the workshop. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa
March 29, 2014
The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July
March 29, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have bookmarked their calendars for late July. That’s when they are hoping to move into their refurbished library, which involved an $18 million expansion, at Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 1
March 29, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday Lawrence City Hall
Lawrence chamber to focus first on local candidates to fill vacant CEO position
March 28, 2014
Chamber leaders said Friday they will, for the moment, forego a national search for a new chamber president and CEO, and instead will focus on interviewing a group of candidates who already live in the community. By Chad Lawhorn
Head-shaving fundraiser to benefit Lawrence high schooler diagnosed with cancer
March 28, 2014
Free State High School students have organized a fundraiser to benefit classmate Madison Bruhns, a freshman who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The “Shaving Heads for Madison” fundraiser will be Monday from 2 p.m. to close at the new Sports Clips, 4701 Bauer Farm Drive, across from the high school.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build retail pharmacy for employees
March 28, 2014
In a move designed to reduce employee health care costs, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital board of trustees approved a plan Wednesday to build a retail pharmacy at the hospital to serve its employees. By Giles Bruce
Plans filed for retail strip along South Lawrence Trafficway
March 28, 2014
Plans have been filed at City Hall for a new retail development that would add more than 20 new stores and restaurants along the South Lawrence Trafficway.
KU Natural History Museum takes community members ‘behind the glass’ of famous panorama
March 26, 2014
Several dozen members of the Lawrence community got to take a look “behind the glass” at the Kansas University Natural History Museum panorama Wednesday night. Not literally, of course — that would require a hazmat suit. Attendees of the public lecture at the KU Commons did get to learn more about the history and ongoing conservation of 120-year-old exhibit featuring North American plants and animals, one of the oldest and largest panoramas in the world and most popular attractions at the KU Natural History Museum. By Giles Bruce
To residents’ dismay, county approves temporary permit for concrete batch plant
March 26, 2014
A temporary business permit for a concrete batch plant in southeast of Lawrence received approval from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday, despite opposition from nearby residents.
Pinckney residents invite mental health, public safety leaders to discuss safety
March 26, 2014
From the front door of their home along Sixth Street in the Pinckney Neighborhood, Melinda Toumi and her family have seen intoxicated drivers, fights, drug activity and a dead man on the sidewalk. “I really feel like it’s a mental health issue,” Toumi said. “We really have a unique opportunity to address this.” Confronted by periodic episodes of crime, often involving suspicious people trespassing on property, Pinckney residents are considering the source of the incidents and how best to deal with them. By Stephen Montemayor
Divided city commission approves rental licensing and inspection program
March 26, 2014
After years of debate, Lawrence will have a rental licensing and inspection program that will cover essentially every rental unit in the city, but it won’t begin as soon as once expected. By Chad Lawhorn
KU student awarded Goldwater scholarship; three others receive honorable mentions
March 25, 2014
Ryan Limbocker, a Kansas University junior from Overland Park, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award to honor academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Three additional KU juniors were recognized with honorable mentions.