WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Local quilter starts program to give parolees creative outlet, opportunities to succeed

Donta Tanner Jr. ironed a piece of cloth into an intricate collage of fabrics in the likeness of Nipsey Hussle, the rapper and community activist who was gunned down March 31 in Los Angeles. Beside Tanner, Lamont Crockett cut more cloth for a quilt piece that's a portrait of Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led a notorious anti-slavery rebellion in 1831. Tanner, 26, is the first man in a program called Second ...

Still swamped, Perry and Clinton lakes experiencing lingering effects of flooding

At Rock Creek Marina near Perry Lake, the Fourth of July passed like a normal weekday rather than the bustling summer holiday it usually is on the water. “Nobody could get their boats out on the lake because the water was too high," said Allen Rumold, who manages the marina, which includes a restaurant and a store. The dull July 4 came on the heels of a tough Memorial Day, traditionally the first big lake ...

Go, See, Do: Friends of the Library book sale, keyboardist Mike Finnigan and more

Shoppers can browse a selection of tens of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs this weekend at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library's Summer Book Sale. “We estimate over 64,000 books are on our shelves inside," said Angela Hyde, program coordinator for the Friends group. "We don't even try to estimate the rolling shelves and the back stock." In total, Hyde said, there will be about 70,000 books, CDs, ...

Lawrence's new downtown visitor center looking for local artists to display work

The new Explore Lawrence Visitor Center, scheduled to open Monday, is planning to have monthly displays by local artists. The visitor center, at 812 Massachusetts St., plans to use its wall space to display art. It has put out a call to local artists to consider having their work included, said Victoria Cleary, director of visitor services with Explore Lawrence. The changing displays will open on the last ...

Unique KU theater production will feature audience on stage and an opportunity to give feedback to playwright

Theatergoers attending the premiere of “Chasing Gods” will have an unusually up-close experience; they'll be seated on the stage. “It’s an intimate viewing experience,” said Paris Crayton III, the creator of the production, which opens Friday in Murphy Hall on the University of Kansas campus. Crayton, currently of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been at KU for the past month working with Markus Potter, ...

At 101, woman donates beloved family quilts to benefit church group

Anna Bricker held the threadbare 48-state quilt that once served not only as a bedspread but a geography lesson for her children. Now at 101, Anna has no need for the quilt or several others that have been handed down from her family and the family of her late husband, Clark Bricker. She decided to donate the quilts, which will be auctioned off or raffled at 11 a.m. July 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 ...

'Iliad' performer to take on 26 parts in Lawrence show

Becoming 26 different characters during a solo performance would overwhelm many actors, but Daniel Bird Tobin has it down by now. Having performed the play "An Iliad" over the past six years around the U.S. and in England, Tobin, 29, has come to know all the characters and has locked them in his mind. That intimacy has helped him navigate the production, which evolves with every performance. "An Iliad" is a ...

Explore Lawrence creating new position of sports business development director

Explore Lawrence will be interviewing potential candidates this month for the new position of sports business development director. The person in that position will be expected to aggressively pursue sports tourism, said Michael Davidson, executive director of Explore Lawrence. Explore Lawrence is the convention and visitors bureau, which is funded through the city’s transient guest tax fund. The tax is ...

Go, See, Do: Moon landing’s 50th, stargazing and Nerd Nite coming up

This month marks the 50-year anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing, when Neil Armstrong took the historic first step on the moon. Families can learn more about that time in history from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday when the Dole Institute of Politics hosts Mission to the Moon. Activities for kids will include three space-themed arts and crafts projects and a moon leap activity that illustrates ...

'It doesn't matter your education'; card club caters to bridge players of every skill level

At the Kaw Valley Bridge Club, depending on the day, you'll see competitive bridge players keeping a running tally of their masterpoints and beginners who are just learning the ropes of the classic card game. On a recent Friday afternoon at the club, 1025 N. Third St., Suite 120, the room was full of people playing Duplicate Contract Bridge, so called because the same cards are played at each table and scoring ...

High waters at area lakes to hinder July 4 recreation

Jet skiing, tubing and most camping might be off limits this Independence Day at both Perry and Clinton lakes, where historically high waters are complicating holiday recreation. While a primitive campground is open at Perry State Park, most campgrounds with electrical hookups are limited and the state cabins are closed, said Michelle Campbell, who manages the park. “Camping is nonexistent on the Army Corps ...

Sustainability Advisory Board advances proposal to charge 16-cent fee for single-use bags

A proposal to impose a 16-cent fee for each disposable plastic or paper bag used at local stores will soon be headed to the Lawrence City Commission. The city's Sustainability Advisory Board advanced the recommendation Tuesday night during a special meeting at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, with about 30 members of the public in attendance. The proposal would apply to all single-use plastic and paper bags ...

Fireworks sales underway in Douglas County; fewer permits for stands issued this year

Fireworks went on sale at 7 a.m. Monday in Douglas County, but it took the staff at Bartz Fireworks, at Teepee Junction along U.S. Highway 24, until 11 a.m. to set up their inventory. Jeff Himes was unpacking cases of fireworks known as Ghost Rider 9’s on a table already laden with enough Roman candles, bottle rockets and sparklers to illuminate the sky outside of Lawrence for hours. Managing the fireworks ...

You might see more scorpions, snapping turtles and snakes as they move to higher ground at flooded Clinton Lake

Jim Hart lost his appetite after a scorpion appeared on the bratwurst he was grilling at Clinton Lake last week. The Eudora resident, his girlfriend, Tina Odgen, and her son, Ethan Harris, 13, were camping at the lake when Hart said they encountered several scorpions. “I’m 56 years old and I have never seen one before and never heard of them in Kansas,” said the startled Hart. “Ethan found the first ...

Lawrence shoppers have mixed emotions on proposed 16-cent fee for single-use bags

Robin Byer brought along several canvas bags to carry home her groceries from Checkers Foods Friday morning. “It’s so hard to remember all the time,” she said about bringing the bags from her car into the store. “There is a learning curve for everything.” Byer was one of several Lawrence grocery shoppers the Journal-World spoke with Friday regarding their thoughts on the recent recommendation by ...

Go, See, Do: Girls Rock Lawrence Showcase, Trinity Episcopal Church art auction and more

Young rockers who’ve spent a week jamming and writing music will take the stage at the Granada this weekend for the fifth annual Girls Rock Lawrence Showcase. During the five-day Girls Rock Lawrence Camp at the Lied Center, 30 girls and transgender youth got a crash course in writing and playing music on a variety of instruments. Tyler Novaria, one of the volunteer coordinators of the camp, said the campers ...

'Something really special': After 4 months of bonding, cast members of 'Aladdin Jr.' are ready for showtime

Kelsey King sat patiently Monday afternoon while a volunteer brushed her hair into a high ponytail for her role as the Genie in this weekend's Penguin Project performance of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” at Theatre Lawrence. Eleanor Roust, Kelsey’s mentor, stood nearby, concerned that her own ponytail wouldn’t go up as high. Not that the two had to be identical, but they wanted to look like the team they ...

Search continues for next president of Haskell as first round of interviews comes up short

A search for the next president of Haskell Indian Nations University continues after a round of interviews failed to produce a strong candidate, according to Bureau of Indian Education officials who were in Lawrence Tuesday. In early June the position was reopened through Sept. 30, according to Jackie Shamblin, human resources officer for the BIE, who along with Tony Dearman, director of the Bureau of Indian ...

Ceramic artist preparing for big show about 'overlooked moments of everyday life'

Nate Ditzler’s artwork is influenced by wherever he currently calls home. For the past year, Ditzler has been the ceramic artist-in-residence at the Lawrence Arts Center. Before coming to Kansas he lived in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was an artist-in-residence at the Armory Art Center. When his Lawrence residency is finished at the end of July, he’ll leave for a residency at Midwestern State ...

Violent winds down power lines, trees and branches around Lawrence

Story updated at 6 p.m. Friday A strong thunderstorm raced through Lawrence about 9:30 a.m. Friday, downing power lines, trees and branches. As of 6 p.m., Westar Energy's website was reporting power outages at 1,211 households around the city. As many as 7,700 customers were without power on Friday morning. “Most of the damage we are hearing about are power lines, limbs and trees down,” said Jillian ...