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Collaborative effort leads to free community closet in Eudora

Thanks to the efforts of schools, churches and a business, Eudora now has a place for students and families to get new and gently used clothes free of charge. The new clothing closet, known as the Bird's Nest, opened Tuesday in the Eudora school district’s West Resource Center, 1310 ...

Firefighters extinguish 2 minor structure fires in Lawrence

Firefighters responded to two minor residential fires in Lawrence on Friday evening and Saturday morning. At about 9:15 p.m. Friday, fire crews and paramedics were called to a reported structure fire at 2700 Stratford Road, according to a news release from city spokesman Porter Arneill. ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 16

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 179 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence and area events for Saturday, Feb. 16

Today, Feb. 16 Teen Zone Super Smash Brothers Tournament, 1-3 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. CSA Meet and Greet and LPL Seed Library Launch, 3-5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Chess Club for ages 5-18, 4-5:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont ...

Photo gallery: Snow blankets the University of Kansas campus

Heavy snowfall fell at times on the University of Kansas campus Friday as a winter weather system moved through the Lawrence area. The National Weather Service had predicted total accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Photos by Ashley Hocking/Lawrence Journal-World

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 15

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 189 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Governor says Kansas was ‘hoodwinked’ on new state prison

TOPEKA — Kansas was "hoodwinked" into hiring a private company to build a new prison based on a promise that the new lockup would require significantly less staff and the savings could be used to pay for the project, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday. Kelly's comment during an ...

United Way of Douglas County hires new CEO

The United Way of Douglas County has hired Jeffrey Cornish as its new president and CEO, according to an agency news release. Cornish will begin work March 9. As the Journal-World recently reported, he was most recently the executive director of the Shanta Foundation in Durango, Colo., for ...

Taser confiscated from Lawrence High student at school, district says

Story last updated at 8:43 p.m. Friday Administrators at Lawrence High School confiscated a Taser from a student after it discharged on school property Thursday morning, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said in an email to media Friday afternoon. In a news release sent at 12:21 p.m. Friday, ...

Kansas House rejects Gov. Laura Kelly’s pension refinancing plan

TOPEKA — The Kansas House has rejected a measure that would extend out the time it would take to fully fund the state's obligations to current and future retirees. The Wichita Eagle reports that the House voted down the pension refinancing measure 36-87 on Thursday. Gov. Laura Kelly put ...

Lawrence man arrested in sex crime case stemming from 2017

A Lawrence man was arrested this week after being charged with a sex crime he allegedly committed in 2017. Matthew Charles Hart, 40, was arrested Thursday in connection with the case, jail records indicate. A charge of aggravated criminal sodomy, a felony, was filed against him in November in ...

Under new governor, Kansas redoing child welfare grants

TOPEKA — Kansas has terminated grants to two nonprofit agencies for services for troubled families and plans to renegotiate the grant terms to four agencies for services for foster children, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday. The moves made by Kelly's interim leader at the ...

Lawrence and area events for Friday, Feb. 15

Today, Feb. 15 AARP Driver Safety, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Library Storytime (ages 3 & up), 10:30-11:15 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Community Resource Clinic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The Douglas ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Home Show, seed library and more

At this weekend's Lawrence Home Show, you can fight off the winter blues by getting some ideas for spring landscaping and home improvement projects. For homeowners of all ages, the show will be full of inspiration for all kinds of projects, from the front yard to the back door, said Bobbie ...

Weather-related closings, cancellations and delays for Friday, Feb. 15

Updated 6:50 a.m. Check back as other closings and cancellations are added to this list. Have a closing, cancellation or postponement to report? Please email it to closings@ljworld.com. - Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497, will be closed, and all after-school activities are canceled. - ...