WRITER: Dylan Lysen

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 ...

Go, See, Do | Well-known author appearance; car show; downtown block party

A leading voice on socio-economics and class will soon come to Lawrence to share some knowledge of growing up poor in Kansas. Sarah Smarsh, a freelance journalist who has reported for several media outlets, has experienced a meteoric rise recently, becoming a proud voice for America’s working class on social media platforms. Smarsh, a Kansas native, grew up poor on a farm in south central Kansas. Her book ...

Autumn arriving: Temperatures expected to drop 20 degrees this weekend

Autumn weather in the Lawrence area is on its way. With an overnight cold front and a possible thunderstorm, temperatures in the area are expected to drop from the low 90s to the mid-70s on Friday, said Ariel Cohen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. “The greatest potential for strong to severe storms is across north-central Kansas,” Cohen said on Thursday. “However, when the ...

District surprises Schwegler Elementary school psychologist with Horizon Award

Cheyenne Hansen-Marlow did not know what to say Thursday morning. Superintendent Anthony Lewis and other Lawrence school district administrators surprised the school psychologist for Schwegler Elementary by showing up during the school day to announce that she had been chosen as the elementary-level Horizon Award winner. “I didn’t expect this at all,” she said. The school district annually presents ...

Improvements to 23rd Street to affect traffic this fall

Construction on 23rd Street will affect traffic beginning this fall. The Lawrence City Commission at its Tuesday meeting approved a $2 million project for the busy street. David Cronin, city engineer, said the first phase of the project — mill and overlay from Ousdahl Road to Louisiana Street — would begin in the next month. The city is working with contractors to establish the phasing of the project, he ...

Musical about forbidden love affair to open Theatre Lawrence's new season

The story that was the focus of many a book club in the early 1990s will soon take the stage in Lawrence. “The Bridges of Madison County” — originally released as a novel in 1992 and as a film in 1995 — makes its way to Lawrence in musical form for the first time this weekend, said Mary Doveton, executive director of Theatre Lawrence. The musical adaptation of the story opened on Broadway in 2014. The ...

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence receives $1.16 million in grant funding

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence recently received three grants totaling almost $1.16 million in funding, which accounts for a third of the organization's annual revenue. The organization received $400,000 for its 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which is funded by the Kansas State Department of Education; $400,000 for its Kidz Lit program, which is funded by the Kansas Department for ...

Independent film 'Burden' comes to Free State Festival thanks to local lecturer

A connection made 20 years ago helped bring an award-winning film to the Free State Festival this week. Andrew Heckler, writer and director of the film “Burden,” met Laura Kirk — who is now a University of Kansas film lecturer and a festival advisory board member — when they both lived in New York City in the 1990s, he said. Shortly after Heckler’s film won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award ...