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Haskell installs new fence around cemetery after vandalism

After an incident about a year ago that saw gravestones yanked from their plots, Haskell Indian Nations University’s historic cemetery now has a taller, sturdier fence meant to protect the property from future vandals. Haskell spokesman Stephen Prue said crews finished installing the ...

Incoming Lawrence mayor to keep an eye on the numbers

It was in a barbershop chair that Stuart Boley first considered running for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.Boley, now vice mayor, said his barber, longtime City Commissioner Mike Amyx, made the suggestion. But Boley said he didn’t decide then. Typical of the decision-making process ...

Topeka men discover sports artist’s works in storage unit

Topeka — Two men in Topeka have found several signed works by prominent sports artist Ted Watts among the storage unit contents they purchased.Joseph Joslin Sr. and Mike Schoep said they came across some of Watts’ works after responding in October to an ad by a woman offering to sell ...

Police investigating homicide in KC

Kansas City, Kan. (ap) — Kansas City police say officers have found the body of an apparent homicide victim.The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reports that officers responding to a report of shooting around 1:20 a.m. Monday found the body of a Hispanic man in his 20s.His name and other information ...

Police arrest Lawrence man in shooting death of 30-year-old woman

Police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a woman last week in Lawrence.Willie K. Franklin, 27, of Lawrence, was arrested overnight on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Lawrence Police Department announced Monday ...

Roadwork for Jan. 1, 2018

• The intersection of Queens Road and Wakarusa Drive continues to be closed for reconstruction. The project is expected to be complete by August 2018.• A roundabout construction project at the intersection of Harvard Road and Wakarusa Drive continues. The southbound lanes of Wakarusa Drive ...

‘Ornery Brother’ Kansas-made vodka created from milo

Kinsley (AP) — Tim Kyle wanted a business that would allow him to earn a living, raise kids and stay in the area where his family has lived for more than three generations.The 44-year-old former carpenter and salesman finally came up with something that no one else in Kansas, perhaps even the ...

Fossil hunters brave Antarctica for rare plants

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — December is summer in Antarctica, but on the mountaintops where a team of scientists is studying plants from one of the warmest periods in Earth’s history, daily high temperatures average about minus-30 degrees.You read that correctly. Scientists, many from the ...

Better your balance with tai chi

Falls are the leading cause of injury in people 65 and older. One-third of older adults fall each year, and those falls sometimes cause serious injury. The consequences of falls can be substantial, resulting in fractures, head injuries, loss of independence and a decrease in active ...

Volunteer opportunities: Don’t miss your chance to give back in 2018

Agency: United Way of Douglas CountyContact: volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org or at 865-5030, ext. 301Do your plans for 2018 include becoming more involved with the community and finding a way to give back? The United Way of Douglas County is a great place to find opportunities. Based on your ...

Learn how to avoid illness at January Senior Supper

Now that we’ve had a chance to exchange germs during the holidays, it might be worthwhile to attend the next Senior Supper and Seminar at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.Dr. Ashley Bloom of Mt. Oread Family Practice will discuss “Colds, Flu and Pneumonia in Older Adults” at the free event on ...

Topeka police discover body in burning vehicle

Topeka (ap) — Topeka police are investigating the suspicious death of a person whose body was found in a burning vehicle.Topeka police Lt. Aaron Jones told the Topeka Capital-Journal that firefighters noticed a person inside the burning vehicle while putting out the flames early Saturday ...