The family of Isiah Linnear Sr. and Shamika Goode join in a prayer led by Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Erika Zimmerman at the end of a ceremony marking the completion of the family's new home and two affordable housing homes in the same east Lawrence neighborhood, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Members of the family who will take ownership of the house March 1 are, from left, Tre'Shaun Goode, Kavaun Goode, Shamika Goode, Sariya Goode, Isiah Linnear Jr., Britney Linnear, Serenity Linnear, Isiah Linnear Sr. and Joshua Linnear.
Ellie Brent, 4, and William Catlin, 2, play with a tub of mashed potatoes at the Cooking with Dad event Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2017, at the Eudora Technical Training Center. The EHS culinary arts class had the event to teach children food is fun.
Eileen Horn, coordinator of the Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability Department, and Keith Browning, Douglas County Public Works Director, show off the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Award the public works complex earned for its environmentally friendly features. The complex opened in April 2015.
The Douglas County Public Works and Building and Codes complex on East 25 Street was recently awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Award. Finished in April 2015, the complex's main building has an overhang along its eastern and southern exteriors that allow winter sun to warm the interior but provides shade against the summer sun.
A Douglas County Sheriff's Office dive team looks for a missing 17-year-boy who disappeared after his boat capsized late Saturday night.
Jill Elmers picks spinach Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in one of the hoop houses on her Moon on the Meadow farm east of Lawrence. The produce was destined for a local restaurant.
A 26-year-old male resident of the duplex with the vehicles in the driveway at 920 Deer Ridge Court in Baldwin City is recovering in the hospital from a gunshot wound suffered Tuesday evening. Police believe the wound was accidental but are seeking to identify two males witnesses saw leaving the duplex immediately after the shooting.
Lisa Collett, left, and Cara Christy fill the Girl Scout cookie orders of their Lawrence troops Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Two truckloads of cookies were delivered Monday to be distributed to troops in Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora.
Lacee Roe, district advocate of CARE International, addresses the Lawrence Stands with Refugees event Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at South Park. She was a co-organizer of the event, which drew about 400 people to show solidarity with those affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Peter Westbrook waits for a word Saturday during the Douglas County Spelling Bee while Ayla Nguyen smiles in the background. Westbrook, a Bishop Seabury Academy eighth-grader, won a final 31-round head-to-head contest against the second-place Nguyen to claim is second county bee championship. The two will both advance to the March 4 regional bee at Shawnee Heights High School.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical introduced ambulance service Wednesday in Eudora. Celebrating the roll out with a photograph were, from left, Eudora Assistant Fire Chief Nathan Stoermer, Fire Medical Lt. Nick Simon, Eudora firefighter Brandon Mitchell, Eudora firefighter Peter Latta, Eudora firefighter Jake Long, Fire Medical paramedic Tiffany Saturday and Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter.
Justice Matters has taken on the issues of access to mental health services, affordable housing, childhood welfare, overincarceration and racism since it was founded in 2014. From left, the interfaith group's executive committee is: bottom row, Judy K. Lewis, Brent H. Hoffman, Justin Jenkins; back row, Verdell Taylor Jr., Pat Lechtenberg, Kathy Williams, Eric Galbreath, Mary Newberg Gale and Ted Moser.
Lawrence firefighters responded to a fire at 1500 Barker Ave. early the morning of Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. An investigator at the scene Sunday morning with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical said the house was currently unoccupied and that the cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Douglas County 3rd District Commissioner Michelle Derusseau is pictured, Jan. 8, 2017.
Eudora High School teacher Nate Robinson is back in his computer and video editing classroom after a first semester in which he was in the hospital for 20 days from heart complications and ended up having surgery to place an artificial valve in his heart. During winter break, Robinson learned he won $50,000 in an online contest. He is shown on Jan. 18, 2017.
Icicles form Sunday on the bottom of holiday lights that still decorate trees in downtown Lawrence. Although Douglas County escaped a predicted overnight ice storm, rains Sunday morning coupled with temperatures below freezing allowed icy conditions.
In a Monday morning ceremony, Douglas County District Court Chief Judge Peggy Kittel swears in Michelle Derusseau to a four-year term as Douglas County 3rd District Commissioner as her predecessor Jim Flory watches immediately to the new commissioner's left.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies are sworn in Monday at ceremonies in the Douglas County Courthouse at which all county elected officials and their assistants and deputies took the oath of office.
Douglas County District Court Chief Judge Peggy Kittel swears in Douglas Count Clerk Jamie Shew to his fourth four-year term in office as Jim Flory watches from the County Commission bench. Flory officially stepped down from the commission a few minutes later when Michelle Derusseau was sworn in as Douglas County 3rd District Commissioner.