Local news

Haskell president optimistic about reaccreditation site visit
May 17, 2015
Haskell Indian Nations University expects to get a sneak-peek, of sorts, at a draft report from its reaccreditation site visit possibly within the next two weeks. Haskell President Venida Chenault said she believes the site visit went well and is optimistic that the draft won’t contain major surprises. By Sara Shepherd
Sarah’s ‘village’: Support helps KU student with Asperger’s reach diploma
May 17, 2015
Sarah Barthell’s Kansas University graduation day fit the mold. She walked down the hill, got a sunburn on her nose. Her parents threw a backyard party, and her friends, grammy and third-grade teacher all came. There was cake, and way too many beans. Up in the stands, her mom cried when she spotted her stepping onto the football field in her cap and gown. That’s when it hit her, Susan Kraus said: Sarah’s really graduating. Her daughter’s path to this day did not fit the mold. Sarah, 33, has Asperger’s syndrome, and she’s been working toward her KU degree over the course of more than 10 years. By Sara Shepherd
Veritas graduates set to make a ‘mark’ on the world
May 17, 2015
Pharmaceutical scientist Michael Windheuser had some humble advice for Veritas Christian School’s class of 2015 Sunday. He encouraged the graduating seniors to read in their free time, learn a new language, travel as much as possible and always make their bed in the morning.
2015 KU Commencement messages launch grads into future
May 17, 2015
Mystery writer and Kansas University alumna Sarah Paretsky had sharp words for terrorists, lawmakers and even the KU football team on Sunday. Paretsky, who got her undergraduate degree from KU, received an honorary doctorate degree for her contributions to the mystery writing and American literature fields and gave the keynote address during KU’s 143rd commencement ceremony in Memorial Stadium. By Sara Shepherd
Saturday night storms lead to sunny Sunday
May 17, 2015
Thunderstorms, at times severe, roared through Lawrence Saturday night, dropping 1.73 inches of rain.
Douglas County says Kobach was not shown favoritism in building case; failure to be strict on building codes was result of new, unwritten policy
May 17, 2015
A Douglas County resident filed an appeal with the board of construction appeals 10 days ago alleging that the rules were not applied as required when Secretary of State Kris Kobach failed to get a building permit before starting s project. County officials say others also have benefitted from a new, more helpful approach the building department is taking, that Kobach was not the first nor the only one. What’s really at play, they say, is an ongoing effort to rein in what may have been inconsistent and sometimes overly harsh application of the county’s rules. By Karen Dillon
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Fun with the Brits
May 16, 2015
You’ve got to love the Brits. Well, we don’t have to love the Brits, but for some reason in Lawrence it sure appears that we do. Brits, the store on Massachusetts Street, is celebrating its 20th year in business. In the beginning, a lot of people would have bet against that milestone. By Chad Lawhorn
KU greeks react to Sexual Assault Task Force suggestions, plan their own changes
May 16, 2015
The Kansas University Sexual Assault Task Force has recommended changes that would turn upside-down firmly-rooted fraternity and sorority practices at KU. Student greek leaders — who announced a sexual assault prevention program of their own — oppose the suggestions and say they’re miffed the task force didn’t ask for their input. A task force leader, however, cites changing greek practices as a priority in diminishing sexual assault at KU. By Sara Shepherd
United Way: Volunteer uses acts of kindness to help people who are hurting
May 16, 2015
“Beth Ann awaits no job description as she goes about creating a more livable community for those around her. She identifies needs and opportunities and takes initiative and follows through,” said Rich Minder, collaborative projects coordinator for the Success By 6 Coalition of Douglas County, who selected Bittlingmayer for the Outstanding Volunteer Award. She was one of 29 area volunteers who was awarded this distinction in April.
KU filmmaker launches fundraiser for crisis center documentary
May 16, 2015
Becoming a volunteer at Headquarters Counseling Center isn’t a simple process. Then again, neither is speaking on the phone with a person thinking of killing themselves. The job takes empathy, patience, maturity and the ability to refrain from casting judgment, said Andy Brown, the organization’s executive director.
Agenda for May 19 Lawrence City Commission meeting
May 16, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Top job at KPR remains unfilled
May 16, 2015
The position of Kansas Public Radio general manager has remained open all school year, and Kansas University says hiring someone for the position is not imminent. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas City Connection: Grinders Pizza and Celebration at the Station
May 16, 2015
There are thousands of places outside New York that claim to serve authentic New York-style Pizza, but a truly delicious slice of appropriately soft-yet-crispy pizza isn’t as easy to find as you’d think. But Grinders Pizza, at 417 E. 18th St. in the heart of the Crossroads, is the real thing.
2015 Summer Arts Preview
May 16, 2015
Don’t let the heat keep you in the house all summer. From art exhibits to outdoor concerts to “The World’s Best Slip N’ Slide” there’s a lot to see and do in Lawrence in the next few months.
Garden Variety: Tropical plants add interest to containers
12:00 a.m., May 16, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Petunias, geraniums, impatiens and other annual flowers are popular reliable fillers for containers and landscape beds, but there are other options to provide summer color and interest to the garden. For an especially unique touch, try incorporating some of the tropical plants typically sold as indoor plants into your outdoor plant palette.
Bethany College president takes job in Alabama
May 15, 2015
Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III is resigning to become president of an Alabama college.
National High Five Tour to come to Lawrence, raising money for wounded veterans
10:09 p.m., May 15, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Wounded Warriors Family Support’s annual and national High Five Tour, is asking Lawrencians to dip into their pockets on May 22 for the country’s veterans and military families, said coordinator Ron Julianelle.
In honor of National Police Week, local law enforcement members share their career experiences
May 15, 2015
National Police Week culminated Friday in Peace Officers Memorial Day, designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. In honor of the occasion and to get a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the badges, the Journal-World conducted a question and answer session with some of the officers who serve and protect the Lawrence community. By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence NAACP sets Juneteenth celebration
06:46 p.m., May 15, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in the United States. Lawrence’s chapter of the NAACP is honoring the milestone with a Juneteenth celebration, the organization said in a release.
Business Briefcase for May 18
May 15, 2015
Golf Course Management magazine, the official monthly publication of the Lawrence-based Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has been recognized with 15 awards in the annual Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association Communications Contest. The magazine was given four first-place awards, 10 merit awards and Howard Richman, the magazine’s associate editor was recognized with the organization’s Plant Health Writer of the Year Award.
County reschedules next town hall meeting on jail, mental health facility
03:05 p.m., May 15, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Douglas County officials will hold their next town hall meeting about a potential jail expansion and mental health crisis intervention center projects at 6 p.m. June 29 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1000 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence delegation and the tax debate: on the outside looking in
02:10 p.m., May 15, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
In a chamber controlled by conservative Republicans, the three Democrats and one moderate Republican from Lawrence have had little input in the ongoing debate over how to solve the state’s budget woes. But that could change as conservatives continue to have trouble mustering enough votes from their own ranks for a plan to balance the budget. By Peter Hancock
Kansas City man, 23, pleads not guilty to attempted first-degree murder, related charges
11:06 a.m., May 15, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
A 23-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges including attempted first-degree murder in connection with a January shooting at a Lawrence home.
Black Hills Energy: Plant maintenance may cause gas odor in north Lawrence
May 15, 2015
A routine maintenance procedure may cause a noticeable odor of natural gas over parts of north Lawrence on Friday, according to Black Hills Energy.
Rural district’s sacrifice illustrates depth of schools’ budget woes
May 14, 2015
While Kansas lawmakers spent the week wrangling over questions of how to balance the budget with the least amount of tax increase possible, an event in Pratt County demonstrated how decisions made in the Statehouse affect people throughout the state.
Lawrence budget forum: Street maintenance, public transit top priority list
May 14, 2015
The longstanding issue of getting around town took center stage at a public forum on the 2016 Lawrence city budget on Thursday. The issues of street maintenance and public transportation were the top vote winners in a city-sponsored exercise where residents gathered and picked city services that deserved a higher priority in the city’s budget.By Chad Lawhorn
Rural district’s sacrifice illustrates depth of Kansas schools’ budget woes
May 14, 2015
Mike Sanders, superintendent of the Skyline school district in Pratt County, resigned his $81,000 a year job this week, saying that would prevent the district from having to cut more staff. Sanders said rising costs and the lack of state funding are forcing the district of 421 students to make difficult choices. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers frustrated as session heads into overtime
07:51 p.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:57 p.m.
The 2015 Kansas legislative session will extend into next week, exceeding the traditional 90-day limit, as House and Senate leaders struggle to find agreement on a package of tax increases to balance the state’s budget. Lawrence-area lawmakers are expressing frustration. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence High graduation: Voracious student of history prepares for school in Scotland
06:48 p.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:57 p.m.
Have you ever heard of a high school freshman mummifying some store-bought chicken? Neither had one of the best archaeology schools in the world. When the time comes for high school students to write their college essays, many wonder how they can stand out. Kennedy Dold, a soon-to-be graduate of Lawrence High School, and her parents described the time she rounded up some peat to give the old “bog body” style of mummification a try.
KU Class of 2015: Debater learned to trust her voice, will graduate with triple major
May 14, 2015
When Jyleesa Hampton arrived at KU as a freshman, debate coach Scott Harris told her there was a place on the squad for students of all skill levels. That was her — never a high school debate superstar, not much experience, limited knowledge. A month ago she was half of KU’s first all-female and first all-African-American debate team to make it to the equivalent of the “Sweet 16” of the National Debate Tournament. By Sara Shepherd