Elvyn Jones

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

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Ryan Desch, a volunteer with the Senior Resource Center of Douglas County's Senior Meals program, prepares meals for delivery Friday in his northeast Lawrence route. Both Senior Meals and Lawrence Meals on Wheels are dependent of volunteers to deliver meals.

As it is for most of the year, the Mud Creek boat ramp is high and dry above the water and unusable. The ramp's limited usefulness and the trees that clog its path to the Kansas River a quarter mile downstream prompted the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department to announce its closing last month, disappoint catfish fishermen who use it during periods spring rains make it possible to launch boats from the ramp.

Tom Buller, former manager of the downtown Lawrence Farmers Market and owner of Fuller Family Farm, has been hired as the new horticulture agent for Douglas County Research and Extension. Buller will assume his new duties April 10.

Amy Holovach, Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Steering Committee member, adjusts a sash on Deborah Young, of Lawrence, after she was named the 14th Ms. Wheelchair Kansas at a pageant Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel. The pageant is held annually to select an articulate woman and role model to advocate, educate and empower people on all levels. Young, a career educator who now volunteers in Lawrence schools, lost both legs and her left arm in a 2013 car accident.

The Open Pavilion at the Douglas County Fairgrounds awaits only final inspections before it is ready for use. County officials say it is already booked for the first four weekends in May and are optimistic it and other facilities at the fairgrounds will be in demand.

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