Elvyn Jones

Elvyn Jones is a reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World covering Douglas County government, Baldwin City and Eudora.

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Lea Hoover, of Lawrence, views Sunday some of the about 400 nativity scenes on display at the Centenary United Methodist Church's annual Festival of Nativities. The display at the church at 245 N. Fourth St. in North Lawrence will be open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24.

From her grandmother Yvonne Channel's arms, Kaylee Barber, 4, checks the color of her candle Saturday after dipping it in dye at a Waxman Candles holiday candle-dipping event for kids. The two Lawrence residents were among the many who enjoyed at the store at 609 Massachusetts Street.

A wide-eyed, 6-year-old Alex Staszkiewicz, left, checks out some of the items available at a Holiday Extravaganza vendor booth Saturday at Rock Chalk Park Sports Pavilion. With the boy, from left are his mother Jessica Staszkiewicz, grandmother Janice Britt and 5-year-old sister Abby Staszkiewicz, all of Lawrence.

The narrow culvert on North 1500 Road just east of Lawrence will be replaced next year as part of Douglas County Public Works project that will close the well-used route to Eudora and the East Hills Business Park for an extended time.

Becky Price, executive director of Ballard Community Services, engages last week with a student in the center's preschool. The agency is tapping into the global Giving Tuesday campaign to attempt to raise money for the services it offers at the North Lawrence Ballard Center and Penn House in East Lawrence, which help 8,000 Lawrence and Douglas County residents annually.

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