WRITER: Dylan Lysen

Lawrence receives another inch of rain overnight; more on the way

Lawrence received another inch of rain through the night between Monday and Tuesday and could see more throughout the day. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said the Lawrence area received 1.06 inches of rain overnight. The Lawrence area received about 3.99 inches of rain over the weekend to Monday afternoon. Drake said the area could see an additional inch to an inch ...

Jazz performance about Jayhawk basketball to take Lied Center stage

A jazz performance about Jayhawk basketball will take the Lied Center stage this week in honor of 15 legends affiliated with the University of Kansas sports program. The Lied Center partnered last fall with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis, to produce a one-night show of jazz highlighting the legends of the blue-blood basketball program. The center commissioned the ...

After rainy weekend, more precipitation on the way for Lawrence

A rainy weekend in Lawrence could lead into a rainy week. Between the beginning of thunderstorms on Saturday and 1 p.m. Monday, Lawrence received about 3.99 inches of rain, said Brandon Drake, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Although the area received a large amount of precipitation, the Lawrence area is still well behind its annual average for rain. On average, Lawrence ...

Baldwin City man arrested on suspicion of wielding ice pick, punching stranger

The Baldwin City Police Department arrested a man who was allegedly wielding an ice pick as a weapon. William Rogers, 51, was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and criminal threat. Mike Patrick, Baldwin City's interim police chief, said police made the arrest after an unnamed victim reported a man “was acting strange” and punched the victim in ...

Homes: A look at a unique East Lawrence house with 54 windows

Designing a beautiful home does not need to be difficult. The tall one-story, open-floor home of Tami and Mike Nevels shows how. The construction for their sleek three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in East Lawrence finished in the fall of 2017, with the Nevels moving in last September, Tami said. The Nevels, who previously lived on the west side of Lawrence, decided to build the home because the foundation ...

Go, See, Do | Pumpkin patches, ghost and farm tours, a big bike ride and more

When I walked outside and took a big breath of the cold air Thursday morning, I could tell it’s finally beginning to turn to the best season — autumn. And there's no better way to celebrate autumn than spending the month of October doing some of the most classic fall activities: picking pumpkins, enjoying hayrides and navigating corn mazes. Shane Meuschke, of Meuschke Farms, located at 24350 Alexander ...

'Color Play' launches Lawrence Arts Center performances for early-childhood audiences

What does red do when it wakes up in the morning? How does yellow sound? What does green do when it feels mad? These are the questions the very youngest theatergoers of Lawrence can explore during a new performance at the Lawrence Arts Center. "Color Play," which opens to the public at 6 p.m. Friday, launches a series of performances for the Lawrence Arts Center’s new Theater and Dance for the Very Young ...

September health code inspections: 5 found out of compliance in Lawrence

The Journal-World is bringing back a longstanding report about health code inspections for local businesses and organizations. With this article, I will begin reporting the state’s restaurant inspection results for our readers on a monthly basis. The Journal-World previously stopped reporting on the listed violations because of a malfunction in the system that incorrectly named businesses. Heather Lansdowne, ...

Homelessness for families still a significant problem as Family Promise of Lawrence celebrates 10 years

Homeless families in America are still facing many of the same barriers they have in the past, said Claas Ehlers, chief executive officer for Family Promise, a national organization that aims to help families find permanent housing. Ehlers, who recently visited Lawrence for the local chapter’s 10-year anniversary, said the common barriers include the costs of transportation, child care and health care, which ...

KU's De Sousa could be ruled ineligible, NCAA rules experts say; chances of vacating Final Four appearance less clear

Although he is not on trial, Silvio De Sousa could be ruled ineligible to play basketball for KU based on the outcome of a federal trial underway in New York, NCAA experts told the Journal-World. Less certain is whether the University of Kansas may have to forfeit some of last year’s wins and erase its Final Four appearance and conference championship from the record books. Former NCAA officials and an ...

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School choir performance to honor WWI armistice centennial

An upcoming choir performance at the historic Liberty Memorial Central Middle School will honor the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The middle school’s seventh- and eighth-grade choirs will perform in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. The Lawrence High School a cappella choir will perform as well. The centennial of the war's armistice, an agreement to end the war, is Nov. ...

Lawrence chamber of commerce posts job advertisement for new leader

The Lawrence chamber of commerce is looking for a new leader with the ability to formulate and execute a strong vision for the organization, according to an advertisement for the organization’s CEO/president position. Michele Hammann, chair of the organization’s board of directors, said Monday the advertisement was recently posted on the chamber’s website and would be posted on outside job websites this ...

Musical opens season for newly merged KU Theatre & Dance

Friday was the start of something new for theater and dance at the University of Kansas. The University Theatre and University Dance Company started the 2018-19 season off this weekend with a musical, the first performance for the two departments after they merged this summer. “A Man of No Importance” opened Friday at Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive. The musical production ...

Go, See, Do | Backyard Bash, Oktoberfest, Final Friday and more

Although it’s getting colder outside, I still think it’s a nice time to hang out in the backyard to enjoy the fall weather. Luckily, the Spencer Museum of Art agrees and will be throwing a party this weekend in possibly the biggest backyard in Lawrence. The museum’s annual Backyard Bash returns from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public. The event takes place directly behind the museum, ...

Fall Parade of Homes to feature 18 newly built houses and showcase current design trends

Several newly built houses in Lawrence will be on display during the fall Parade of Homes to highlight new designs and features in home-building. Lawrence residents will have the chance to view 18 featured homes from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and also on Oct. 6-7. The homes are located in southeast, south-central and western Lawrence. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can see the ...

Parks and Recreation, design team ask public for input on new Lawrence park

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department and a team designing a new park in northwest Lawrence asked residents to vote on concepts for the park during a meeting on Wednesday at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. The public was asked to vote on three concept and design choices related to four features: playgrounds, trails, shelters and a spray water park. People expressed their preference for shelter design, for ...

Douglas County Commission raises age to purchase tobacco products to 21 in unincorporated areas

The Douglas County Commission has raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the county's unincorporated areas to 21. The commission approved a resolution to raise the minimum age during its meeting on Wednesday. Commissioner Mike Gaughan said the county will soon publish the resolution and it will take effect 30 days later, meaning that the new rule will likely be in force by late October. The ...

Upcoming Watkins Museum exhibit to showcase daily life in early Douglas County

Have you ever wondered what it looked and felt like to live in Lawrence in the town's early days? Soon, visitors to the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., will be able to do just that. The museum is in the process of developing a third-floor exhibit focused on what daily life was like in Lawrence and rural Douglas County from 1880 to 1950. Steve Nowak, executive director of the museum, said the ...

Lawrence Public Library fundraising groups plan to merge

Two organizations helping the Lawrence Public Library hope to streamline their efforts by becoming one organization. The Lawrence Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library are planning to merge by 2020 to simplify both of their operations. Kathleen Morgan, executive director for the foundation, said the membership of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and the board of the ...

New gathering place under construction in Lawrence Rotary Arboretum

Lawrence residents will soon have a new outdoor gathering place on the southwest side of town. The three Lawrence Rotary clubs along with the Lawrence Home Builders Association and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department on Monday began building a new gathering shelter in the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. David Ambler, of the Lawrence Rotary Club, said the new structure would offer an ...