Lawrence Board of Education president Vanessa Sanburn presented Outstanding Citizen of the Year awards to Sandy Praeger and Paul Davis on June 24 during the final school board meeting of the school year. Praeger and Davis co-chaired the committee that championed USD 497's successful school bond issue. Bond funds will improve school facilities, technology and career and technical educational opportunities for students.
Stan Herst receives the prize for raising the most money for PolioPlus in the recent Elvis 5K run. Presenting the award is Rotarian Bob Swan, who directed the fundraising weekend to End Polio Now.
Brennen Clouse, middle, son of Kenneth and JoAnn Clouse of Lawrence, received his BA in human biology at Stanford University on June 16. Brennen's entire immediate family of 15 joined him to celebrate his graduation. He is employed by Microsoft in Seattle.
The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presented three scholarships to area students invested in persuing degrees in education. Pictured, from left, Dr. Patricia Bandré, scholarship chairman; Megan Bracciano, of Kansas University; MacKenzie Pfiffer, of Baker University; and Marie Price, of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Eudora Boy Scout Troop 64 held an Eagle Scout Court-of-Honor for Nathan and Connor Bradley on May 19at the Eudora Methodist Church. Unit commissioner John Scott provided the Eagle Challenge. Assistant scoutmaster Jim Morrison was the main speaker and gave the Eagle Charge. Scoutmaster Glenn Jackson then made the award presentations to the new Eagle Scouts.
The River City Raiders 12U fast-pitch softball team won first place in the Summer Blast tournament hosted by the Olathe Girls Softball Association on June 30. The coaches are Ted Culbertson, Jason Robinson and Marcus Lopez. Lisa Vanderbilt submitted the photo.
Helen Bradley, Megan Wetschensky, Bethany Hiskey and Shannon James participated in The Big Event, which provided volunteer service to the community, on April 13. Nancy Roberts submitted the photo.
Abby Emerson, of Louisville, Ky., likes to help her grandma Crystal Kennedy with the baby chickens while visiting. Crystal Kennedy submitted the photo.
Carina Fowler, middle, daughter of Stephen and Doreen Fowler, of Lawrence, graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in May. Carina will be working for Epic Systems in Madison, Wis., in the fall. Doreen Fowler submitted the photo.
Hans and Iris Fischer, of Lawrence, recently visited Hans' mother’s birthplace in Erkenbrechtsweiler, Germany. The house, almost 500 years old, currently serves as a shop for a local carpenter. Hans Fischer submitted the photo.
Olivia Lawhorn, of Eudora, graduated from the solar system program June 21 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Olivia will be entering the second grade at Eudora Elementary School this fall and is the daughter of Chad and Kristine Lawhorn.
Premier Martial Arts participated in the 4th Invitational N MO Tae Kwondo Tournament this spring. From left are Don Booth, Susan Booth, Daniel Lynn, Bryce Dunn, Jackson Nichols and Gary Keefer. Photo was submitted by Daniel Lynn.
Maddox Pastor loves the Jayhawks and Spiderman and created his own superhero. He lives in Killeen, Texas, with his dad, Staff Sgt. Sid Pastor III; his mom, Nikki Pastor; and sister, Kimber Pastor, 1. Grandma Tammy Ziesenis, from Eudora, visited Maddox and family in Texas and submitted the photo.
Josh Hoy, proprietor of the Flying W Ranch, and his daughter, Josie (left), recently led a tour and shared the history of the Flint Hills with a group from KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Following a chuck wagon lunch, the group also heard tales of cowboy folklore and cowboy songs from Josh’s dad, noted Kansas historian Jim Hoy. Photo submitted by Jim Peters.
Jared Stone was awarded an “Emmy” at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony on June 16. The ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The award was presented for “Outstanding Daytime Promotional Institutional” to the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Creative Editor. Jared, the son of Raymond and Judy Stone of Lawrence, is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School and of the University of Kansas, in 2000. Photo submitted by Raymond Stone.
Every year friends of the Diamondhead Neighborhood come together with their decorated bikes, wagons, and strollers for a Fourth of July parade around the neighborhood. This photo is from the 2012 parade. Photo submitted by Carisa Stejskal.
Ed Samp is standing tall after hitting a hole in one on the 17th hole at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence on a windy Saturday afternoon. From left are Ron Miller, Samp, Vic Dyson and Joe Edmonds. Photo submitted by Ron Miller.
Kansas University student Brad Conway, of Platte City, met KU basketball player Andrew Wiggins at KCI airport in Kansas City. They were outside of the gate Wiggins, left, arrived from at US Airways terminal A. Photo submitted by Brad Conway.
Brothers Caden, 5, and Mason Hoffman, 4, play outside in their underwear on a summer evening. They are the boys of Justin and Julie Hoffman, of rural Baldwin City, and the grandsons of Jeri and Paulette Breithaupt and Scot and Donna Hoffman, all of rural Lawrence. Photo submitted by Julie Hoffman.
On June 9, Kjell Mullenix of Boy Scout Troop 55 chartered by Westside Presbyterian Church completed his Eagle Board of Review and became Troop 55’s newest Eagle Scout. Congratulations Kjell.
Lawrence native Katherine Johnson, Pharm.D. who earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Creighton University, completes her second post-graduate year Critical Care residency in June 2013 at The University of Toledo. Dr. Johnson plans to pursue a clinical pharmacist position and wishes to continue educating future pharmacists. Johnson, left, is joined by pharmacy practice associate professor Dr. Marianne Churchwell. Photo submitted by Dr. Johnnie L. Early.
PeggySue Roxy and Gary Taylor are set for a road trip with their dog on their motorcycle.
On her 93rd birthday, Alberta Bigham, a longtime resident of Lawrence, prepares to leave her home at Meadowlark Estates for her first motorcycle ride. Her nephew, Charlie Tann, provided his Harley for “Aunt Bert’s” special ride around town on July 8.
The River City Raiders won the Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Association postseason tournament for 12U teams on July 17. Front row, from left, are Breahna Robinson, Jordyn Garcia, Bria Keating and Skyler Vanderbilt; middle row, from left, are Harper Schoenfeld, Reagan Marsh, Beatrice Lopez, Andie Veeder, Hailey Hippe, Abby Monroe and Alex Cozzitorto; back row, from left, are coaches Mike Monroe, Joe Keating, Marcus Lopez and Jason Robinson.
Lexi celebrated her 10th birthday on July 12. She had been with her owner for only a year, and it turned out that had she been left at the shelter just one more day, she would have been put down. She's happy and healthy now and is a popular dog in her neighborhood. Donna Farrier submitted the photo.
The Royals baseball team finished the 8 and under DCABA coach-pitch baseball season in first place and were tournament champions. Coaches, from left, are Troy Roberts, Mike Lewis, Nick Berger, Andy Vigna and Mike Oliver. Players, from left, are Ben Roberts, Adam Coup, Matthew Willenborg, Macade Lewis, Luke Lewis, Colton Berger, Jackson Lintecum, Tyler Vigna, Mason Oliver, Jackson Roberts and Nate Hughes. Not pictured are Owen Pickett, Matt Phillips and coach Kevin Hughes.
Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York magazine, discusses the two photos by Shakura Jackson that he chose for the River Market Regional Exhibition at Kansas City Artists Coalition this June and July.
Jesse Lee Engel, 5, of Everett, Wash., second from left, visits his great-grandparents Jess and Kitty Pacheco for the Fourth of July. He met his Ottawa cousins, from left, Nick, Alex and Emma Pacheco. Kitty Pacheco submitted the photo.
The Bombers 7U youth baseball team just finished its season with a 25-4 record. The Bombers went undefeated in the Sunflower State Games tournament and the Ken Berry postseason tournament and were also undefeated in the 7U Ken Berry League. They were runners-up in the Ken Berry preseason tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Colton Warthen, Overbrook; Trent Sleichter, Overbrook; Chad Robert, Overbrook; Bryan Tyrell, Topeka; Ashton McCurdy, Ottawa; Drake Graham, Overbrook; Talan Long, Overbrook; Owen Tomlinson, Overbrook; Kyle Strother, Overbrook; Lane Workman, Overbrook; Blaine Baird, Topeka. Not pictured are Breylan Gleason, Overbrook; manager Quint Sleichter and coaches Jeff McCurdy, Jason Long, Dusty Workman, Travis Baird and Pat Graham.
Ottawa University's 2013 Hostetter-DeFries Endowed Cultural Event on Feb. 6 and 7 featured award-winning author Dr. Robert L. Veninga, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Pictured are members of the DeFries family, from left, Lucky, Stanley, Ashley and Alice Jo DeFries, Dr. Veninga, Paula DeFries Nauman, Bob, Nicci and Callan, Kurt and Eric Nauman.