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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.
Trash day to change for many Lawrence residents as city prepares for curbside recycling
March 24, 2014
Either get out your calendars or your nose plugs because trash day is set to change for about half of Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Answers about Lawrence’s proposed rental licensing and inspection program
March 24, 2014
A citywide rental inspection program has been years in the making. And now it appears a decision is near. Here’s a look at some of the more common questions about the program as proposed. By Chad Lawhorn
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence participates in National Boys & Girls Club Week
March 23, 2014
Lawrence’s 14 Boys & Girls Club locations planned a week of activities to celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week, which recognizes the organization and its place within communities across the U.S.
Nightclub inside The Oread hotel faces state investigation related to free alcohol; city concerned about conduct at The Cave
March 23, 2014
A large nightclub on the edge of Kansas University’s campus is under investigation for illegally giving away liquor, and city leaders are expressing concern the bar is promoting irresponsible alcohol use. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A life well-decorated
March 23, 2014
Eugene Scott had served at D-Day and in Sicily and in the Rhineland and in Tunisia, and lots of hot spots in between. Eugene was due some military ribbons and medals — quite a few of them actually. But he also was due to get on a ship that was heading home. By Chad Lawhorn
Conservators work to preserve 120-year-old panorama at KU Natural History Museum
March 22, 2014
As they looked through the windows of the KU Natural History Museum’s panorama one day this week, several kids asked their parents, “Why are those people in there?” They were there to clean and preserve the 120-year-old exhibit. By Giles Bruce
Prescription assistance program improves health, more for Lawrence’s homeless
March 22, 2014
For Judy Saverda-Allen, who moved into the Lawrence Community Shelter last month, it was difficult to prioritize paying for maintenance medications even though she knew they were important. She was surprised and grateful to learn about the shelter’s prescription assistance program. “There are meds that my health situation requires that I have to have,” she said. “I would have to tell the doctor, ‘No, unless it’s on the $4 list I can’t get it.’” By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence city commission agenda for March 25
March 22, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity names new executive director
March 21, 2014
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity has a new executive director — and it’s a familiar face. Lori Harse will lead the local agency after serving the past six years as director operations and as an administrative assistant for a year before that.
Lawrence woman finds success later in life with catering business run out of her garage
March 21, 2014
Sometimes late-in-life career changes work. Just ask Dianna Keller, a Lawrence woman who started a catering business out of her garage a few years back. By Giles Bruce
Work to build trafficway through Baker Wetlands to begin this week
March 18, 2014
Construction work on the wetland portion of the $130 million roadway will begin by the end of this week, officials with the Kansas Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too
March 18, 2014
About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood. “It’s been a treat,” he said, when asked how chemo has been going so far. That lighthearted spirit has helped Meyer get through a challenging time recently. By Giles Bruce
Mental health in Lawrence to be discussed at public meeting
March 18, 2014
Mental health in Lawrence will be the topic of discussion at a Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters meeting later this week. All are welcome to attend.
A day in the life of chemo: Variety of resources now available for cancer victims in need
March 18, 2014
A cancer diagnosis can be a trying time for any patient and their family. In Lawrence, the local oncology center has social workers on staff to help them through treatment. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence library board of trustees wary of ice rink idea for Vermont Street
March 17, 2014
The board of trustees for the Lawrence Public Library expressed uncertainty about placing an ice skating rink in between its permanent location and new parking garage on Vermont Street Monday.
Business Briefcase March 17
March 17, 2014
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corp. of Lawrence and Douglas County is seeking feedback from area professionals on workforce qualifications and availability.
Lawrence Police discipline 10 for misconduct in ‘13
March 17, 2014
Twenty three complaints were filed against Lawrence Police Department employees last year — 12 of them from within the department itself.
Lecompton Community Pride to receive $2,500 donation
March 16, 2014
Members of the Lecompton Community Pride organization will receive a $2,500 donation from Monsanto in a ceremony at the historic Lecompton High School 10 a.m. Wednesday. The event will be held in the third-floor auditorium of Lecompton High School, located directly in front of Lecompton Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson Ave.
Earl May to hold food drive, in-store activities
March 16, 2014
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center is collecting canned and boxed goods from now until March 22 as part of the Earl May Cares Community Event. Items may be dropped off at the garden center, 3200 Iowa St., between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and will be donated to the Lawrence Food Bank.
Haskell student of year found ‘healing,’ inclusion on campus
March 15, 2014
On other campuses, Bobby Crow Feather always felt like he “stuck out.” The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member is 30, gay, spent much of his youth in a small village in northern Saskatchewan and served in the Canadian army. When he arrived at Haskell Indian Nations University two years ago he’d just had a hip replacement. By Sara Shepherd
First-generation scholar hopes Haskell education leads to career helping others
March 15, 2014
Growing up in an unstable home on her Indian reservation, Kassie James didn’t have much direction and didn’t feel like she had anyone she could relate to. Now James is close to graduating from Haskell Indian Nations University. Next stop, Washburn University, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work with hopes of helping others in the shoes she once wore. By Sara Shepherd
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Thanks for the advice
March 15, 2014
If you like to give advice, Lawrence and Douglas County is your type of place. And apparently, there are lots of you who do like to give advice. The city has 47 advisory boards or task forces and makes appointments to fill about 360 spots on both its own boards and joint boards that the city has representation on. The county has about 30 advisory boards and appoints about 150 members.By Chad Lawhorn
Bert Nash trying to get mental health program back into all Lawrence schools
March 15, 2014
Officials at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center are still working to get the Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities program, or WRAP, program back into the entire Lawrence school district, years after it became a victim of budget cuts. They say WRAP helps reduce violence, suicides and bullying by identifying — and treating — students with mental illnesses at an early age. By Giles Bruce
18-year-old Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of sexual battery on KU campus
March 15, 2014
An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery on KU’s campus.
Fire safety scam targets medical offices
March 15, 2014
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical is warning local medical offices of a new scam claiming to sell advertisements.
KC nomination for national arts post could boost Lawrence’s image by proximity
March 15, 2014
Having someone from nearby Kansas City in the nation’s top arts position could also reflect positively on Lawrence by proximity, some local arts leaders say. By Sara Shepherd