Violet (Shannon Hodges)


Comment history

City finds some residents letting dogs run free, 'degrade' gravesites at Lawrence cemetery

I am a founding member of the group Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery, we have been organized since about the first of the year with the goal of improving conditions at Oak Hill and working together with city leaders and citizens to prioritize the care and maintenance of Oak Hill. The national historic designation is important to the future of the cemetery in that being listed opens the door to many opportunities for grant money and other funding. The city is aware of the needs of Oak Hill and has been very receptive to working with our group to make necessary changes and plans to improve the care and maintenance of the cemetery. Restoration of the mausoleum and other needs at Oak Hill are complex and require time, commitment and of course, funding. If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved and proactive in working with us to benefit Oak Hill , we would LOVE to hear from you! We are actively seeking citizen and volunteer involvement. Please contact:
Thank you!

November 17, 2017 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brandon Woods residents raising money through 'Bonanza' sale and giving it all to hourly workers

* Edited to say "multi-million dollar company"

September 15, 2017 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brandon Woods residents raising money through 'Bonanza' sale and giving it all to hourly workers

This is a generous effort on part of the elderly residents at Brandon Woods. Their hearts are in the right place. That said, I find it disgusting that Brandon Woods and their for profit corporate owner, Five Star Senior Living, would accept donations from residents (proceeds from a sale organized by residents) to give holiday bonuses to their hourly employees. Five Star is a multi billion dollar, publicly traded company. Residents pay thousands of dollars per month and hourly employees are grossly underpaid by comparison to what residents pay and what the executives earn. Shame on them for allowing their residents to supplement their poor pay that they offer their employees!!

September 15, 2017 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A whale of a mystery at a Lawrence construction site; $1 million expansion set for west Lawrence office building

The whale also sat on the corner of Trail Rd. and Frontier Dr. in 2012-2013 (on the property of Frontier Apartments). It looks a little worse for the wear now.

February 20, 2017 at 7:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Once-charming rural schoolhouse has become an eyesore for neighbors and a challenge for the county

It is tragic to see a significant historical property fall into this kind of disrepair. So much history lost - very sad. The owner should be ashamed and should evict the tenants and sign over the property to the county or to someone who will respect the history and restore it.

April 4, 2016 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County provides grant money to preserve local heritage, resources; ECM denied because of standing with IRS

The building you are referring to is the public mausoleum, built in 1917 and located on the Northeast side of the cemetery. The receiving vault is located on the East side, next to the Usher family mausoleum. Built for the storage of bodies prior to burial (in the days of hand dug graves), the vault presumably does not currently contain remains. Both the city mausoleum and the vault are in disrepair - I am curious what the city intends to do with the vault once restored? As for the mausoleum, I agree that in addition to restoration, their needs to be some public recognition of those interred there.

May 14, 2015 at 9:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Air-ambulance transports man who fell 20 feet in Lawrence

We live near 14th and Connecticut and was up with my baby when this happened - the helicopter was SO loud! Turns out it was right in our backyard, so no wonder. Hope this guy is alright and agree that drinking + balcony = bad news.

August 28, 2013 at 6:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU homecoming parade downtown will herald a zombie invasion

Of course my little girl knows that zombies are not real! On Halloween we do kid/family friendly activities and trick or treating. We went to the zombie walk one year to help her "get over her fear" and she was terrified. One of the zombies came up - very in character, in her face w/ blood dripping down his and screamed in her face about eating her brains. She was 4. I hardly think many four year old would think that is "fun" - needless to say she has a lasting impression of the event as very scary, and probably won't want to be at 8th and Mass when they are all over the street. I am not knocking the event - I think it is great fun and a for a good cause. Just think it is for adults and should not directly follow a KU event that should be for all ages. Poor planning is all. There is such a thing as childhood innocence and I am glad that my girls have it.

August 16, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU homecoming parade downtown will herald a zombie invasion

This bums me out. I am all for either event, and it doesn't bother me personally. However I have two little girls, both LOVE the Jayhawks and would really enjoy the parade and probably want to stay for the pep rally - and my 6 year old is terrified of the Zombie walk and will likely want to avoid the whole thing. Not a good choice for families to combine these two events. Really too bad :(

August 16, 2013 at 4:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Popular breakfast restaurant Milton's returning to downtown in space currently occupied by Loopy's

I hope that Milton's works out in the new space. I always enjoyed the food there and have many fond memories of breakfast with friends and family. As for Dave, I know him personally and he is a great guy - I think some of you have no manners to complain and disparage him in a public forum. Imagine yourself being bashed by total strangers based on what kind of "look" you had on your face one time...pretty unfair. Good luck Dave! Can't wait to have breakfast on the patio when the weather warms up!

April 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )