WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Six injured Sunday in head-on crash on U.S. 24 in Jefferson County

Six people were hospitalized after a head-on crash Sunday afternoon on U.S. Highway 24 in Jefferson County. According the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash report, the crash occurred at 12:08 p.m at U.S. 24 mile marker 386, which is about a quarter mile east of the U.S. Highway 59 intersection. The Highway Patrol reports Bryan K. Hone, 53, of Salina, attempted to pass an eastbound truck on U.S. 24 in a 2019 ...

Volunteers plant fruit trees, bushes at Little Prairie Donation Garden to help fight hunger in Lawrence

As she spread mulch Saturday around a newly planted fruit tree in the Little Prairie Donation Garden in Peterson Park, Yuliya Platkowski said she was happy to lend her green thumb to a task that will help reduce hunger in Lawrence. “This is a good thing, right?” she asked. “This is the place to be this morning. I love to work in my flower garden, but this is such a good cause.” The Donation Garden ...

Maple Leaf Festival draws big crowds to downtown Baldwin City after last year's COVID hiatus

When the bells of Baldwin City First United Methodist Church rang out the noon hour on Saturday, the Maple Leaf Festival had only been going on for a few hours — but one of the key organizers was already pronouncing the event a huge success. Donna Curran, the festival booth committee chair, said the festival was on track for what could be an attendance record. She pointed to the near-perfect fall weather, as ...

Two years after fire destroys church, Clinton Presbyterian dedicates new building

The congregation of the Clinton Presbyterian Church enjoyed a beautiful fall afternoon as it marked a milestone in its 156-year history Sunday with the dedication a new church. Weather hasn’t always been so kind to the congregation in the west Douglas County hamlet of Clinton. The new church building was built on the site of a 101-year-old church that burned to the ground after being struck by lightning Aug. ...

At memorial for Black men who were lynched in 1882, Lawrence activists call for change

A shameful night in Lawrence history — June 10, 1882, when three Black men were lynched — should not be forgotten, but should be used as a motivation to combat current racial injustices, speakers said Saturday at a memorial for the victims. About 120 people gathered on Saturday under the Kansas River bridges — the location where more than a century earlier, a mob of white residents had hanged Pete ...

City Commission candidates discuss arts' importance in Lawrence at forum, but some are cautious on funding sources

Candidates for the Lawrence City Commission agreed at a forum Saturday that the local arts and culture community supported the goals of the city's strategic plan. But some of them were hesitant to specify how arts programs should be funded. The forum was sponsored by a group of community organizations and businesses that are supportive of the arts and culture industry and took place at the Lawrence Arts ...

Fall harvest in Lawrence area running about 3 weeks behind schedule

The local 2021 fall harvest got underway in earnest last week, about three weeks behind the normal schedule, said the general manager of a large area elevator cooperative. The local corn harvest normally starts about Sept. 1, said Clark Wenger, general manager of the Ottawa Cooperative Association, which owns elevators in 13 area communities, including two in Lawrence. However, spring rains delayed planting in ...

Eudora Community Library Board plans referendum next spring on $4.6M bond issue for new library

Voters in the city and township of Eudora will be asked this coming spring to approve a $4.6 million bond issue to construct a new library, the president of the Eudora Community Library Board said. The board is currently working with Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew to ensure that paperwork is in place to give the library board the authority to advance a bond issue, said Eric Magette, library board president. ...

Eudora, not soccer academy, to pay for design and installation of youth soccer fields

The Eudora City Commission is going forward with its original plan to pay for the design and installation of youth soccer fields on Eudora school district property after it had entertained a proposal from a private soccer youth organization to pay for and manage the new facility. Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said the city was now having the design for the soccer fields prepared. The fields are to be ...

Firefighters quickly extinguish early Sunday morning fire at 23rd Street auto shop

Lawrence firefighters made quick work of a fire at a 23rd Street business early Sunday morning. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Battalion Chief Brandon Holloman said firefighters from Station No. 2 were able to get water on a fire at Automotive Technology Specialist Inc., 1226 E. 23rd St., eight minutes after receiving a 12:17 a.m. dispatch of flames inside the business. Firefighters from the station at ...

Storms expected to give way to mild, dry weather for remainder of holiday weekend

Lawrence has received a little more than 3 inches of rain since Thursday morning, but the National Weather Service is forecasting a lovely end to Labor Day weekend. Chelsea Picha, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said 3.02 inches of rain have been recorded at Lawrence Municipal Airport since a series of thunderstorms started on Thursday. She said 1.5 inches fell from 7 a.m. ...

Adult dogs have their day at Lawrence Humane Society adoption event

Newly married couple Emily and David Owens made a visit to the Lawrence Humane Society on Saturday to take the next step in their life together. “We just got married,” Emily said. “This is what married couples do — get a dog.” Although they were open to any dog that won their hearts in the shelter’s kennels, they were looking more for an older pup or adult dog. That meant they could take advantage ...

Baldwin City resident's pandemic hobby develops into big plan for microbrewery and restaurant

Cory Venable says circumstances forced him to go big or stay home when it came to a Baldwin City microbrewery that he and his wife, Jenni, look to open next year. The Venables are starting renovations to transform the old Antiques on the Prairie building on the northeast corner of Sixth and High streets into a microbrewery and restaurant. The 7,800-squre-foot building was the town grocery store before it became ...

GOP law puts freeze on local voter registration efforts, forum speakers say

New laws that the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature passed last spring already have had a chilling effect on local voter registration activities, the leader of one such effort said at a Saturday forum at the Lawrence Arts Center. Cille King, board member and former president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas and League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County, said the county organization has ...

New Eudora superintendent excited at chance to expand sphere of influence

Although Stu Moeckel has been on the job as superintendent of the Eudora school district since July 1, he said he felt like his work really started Thursday when school doors opened for the 2021-2022 year. “July and August are a little slow,” he said. “It really gets going with the start of school. Watching the smiles on students’ faces and their excitement, you can’t help but get caught up in ...

Decision to open Douglas County public defender office for felonies could come Friday

At a public hearing Sunday, more than a dozen people called for the State Board of Indigents' Defense Services to open a public defender office in Douglas County as a way to help address inequity in the county legal system. In remarks before the hearing at the Lawrence Arts Center, Heather Cessna, BIDS executive director, said the board would consider the comments made at the hearing when deciding whether it ...

Woman killed, 2 injured in 2-car crash Friday east of Perry

One woman was killed and two other people were injured in an accident Friday evening at the intersection of U.S. Highways 24 and 59 in eastern Jefferson County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash report, the accident occurred at about 8:50 p.m. Friday at the intersection of the two highways about 4 miles east of Perry. The Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred when a southbound 2016 ...

Proposed 2022 budgets for Baldwin City and Eudora would keep tax rates flat, but exceed 'revenue neutral' rate

The proposed 2022 city budgets for Baldwin City and Eudora would both keep the mill levy flat, but they would collect more in taxes because of increases in property values, and thus they wouldn't be “revenue neutral” as defined by a new state law. The new law, Senate Bill 13, requires governing bodies to notify their taxpayers and hold a special public hearing if they are going to consider a budget with a ...

Five injured in crash on I-70 east of Topeka; Lawrence driver pinned under semitrailer

A Lawrence man was among five people hospitalized after a four-vehicle crash Monday on the Kansas Turnpike east of Topeka. Cooper Samuel Rosheim, 25, Lawrence was transported to a Topeka hospital with suspected serious injuries after his vehicle was struck by a semitruck and eventually pinned underneath its trailer on the Kansas Turnpike, which is also Interstate 70. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol ...

Vinland Fair returns this coming week with 3 days of old-fashioned entertainment

Talent shows, farm skills contests, outdoor games and other old-fashioned fun will return to rural Douglas County this coming week as the Vinland Fair bounces back from last year's pandemic-induced cancellation. Julie Craig, who chairs the Vinland Fair Board along with her husband, Mike, said the fair will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds in the hamlet of Vinland about 8 miles south of ...