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Annual Read Across Lawrence series expands to include teenagers; adult pick is Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’
05:16 p.m., January 5, 2015 Updated 09:32 p.m.
The Lawrence Public Library will now offer a teenage book selection for its annual Read Across Lawrence series, officials said.
City Commission set to decide whether it wants audit of Rock Chalk Park work
04:51 p.m., January 5, 2015 Updated 09:31 p.m.
Lawrence city commissioners are set to decide on Tuesday whether they want an audit of approximately $12 million worth of no-bid infrastructure work that was constructed at Rock Chalk Park. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Public Library offers first-ever online college course
09:27 p.m., January 4, 2015 Updated 09:53 p.m.
Recent KU graduate Michael Hilleary is always on the lookout for new opportunities to find himself back in a classroom. And he’s found that opportunity in Health and Wellness 101, the first-ever online class facilitated through the Lawrence Public Library.
Frozen’ leads the way: The most checked-out library items of 2014
January 2, 2015
With all the new foot traffic in the Lawrence Public Library, which items couldn’t stay on the shelves in 2014?
Lifelong Lawrencian to share experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail
January 1, 2015
Next week, lifelong Lawrencian Joanne Renfro, 55, will relive “the most amazing experience” of her life. As part of the Lawrence Public Library’s Physical Fitness Month, Renfro will detail her experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the library, 707 Vermont St. By Caitlin Doornbos
City: Apartment complex by Memorial Stadium moving forward
December 30, 2014
Construction on an apartment complex adjacent to Kansas University will move forward, despite the city denying the developer’s request for a parking variance. The City Commission is expected to approve a right-of-way use permit next week for the $75 million apartment complex planned at 1101 and 1115 Indiana St., City Manager David Corliss said Tuesday.
New arts and culture director leaving Lawrence after three months on job
December 30, 2014
Lawrence’s first director of arts and culture is leaving after just three months on the job. The city announced Tuesday that Christina McClelland submitted her resignation and would leave the position in mid-January.
Lawrence City Commission meetings will start at 5:45 p.m. on trial basis
December 30, 2014
Lawrence City Commission meetings will begin at 5:45 p.m. throughout January, and maybe permanently if the time change goes well.
Lawrence City Hall struggles with what role to play in broadband competition
December 27, 2014
The new year is likely going to bring a City Hall decision that will impact the future of Internet service in Lawrence for years to come. The one problem: There is disagreement on whether it will impact it for the good or the bad. City commissioners are being asked to make a decision on a technical question commonly referred to as “common carriage or open access” of future fiber optic networks. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas lawmakers floating plenty of tax proposals
December 24, 2014
Republican legislators in Kansas are tossing around plenty of proposals for raising new revenues to help close the state’s budget shortfalls, and they’re not confining themselves to rethinking personal income tax cuts that represent GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s legacy.
Lawmakers question Brownback’s allotment cuts
December 23, 2014
Many of the budget allotments that Gov. Sam Brownback ordered last month require legislative approval. But two key lawmakers said Tuesday they want to see the governor’s full budget plan for the next two years before deciding on the allotments. Some conservatives want more direct spending cuts instead of fund transfers to fill this year’s $279 million budget hole.
Technical training center receives $20,000 donation from local builders
December 18, 2014
A new vocational education center that plans to open this fall in Lawrence has received a $20,000 gift to create a training program for people wanting to enter the construction industry. By Chad Lawhorn
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.