WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Lawrence woman arrested after alleged stabbing

A 35-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Saturday after an alleged stabbing. According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Andrew Fennelly, police responded to a reported stabbing at 5:10 a.m. Saturday at an apartment in the 1300 block of West 24th Street. Officers learned that a 35-year-old woman had allegedly stabbed a 22-year-old woman in the abdomen with a pocketknife, Fennelly said. The younger woman was taken by ...

Woman arrested after allegedly pulling knife while riding bus

A Lawrence woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly pulled a knife on an acquaintance riding with her on a Lawrence bus. According to an email Sunday from Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Laura McCabe, police were called to a bus at about 4:39 p.m. Saturday at 3800 Greenway Circle when two women, who apparently knew each other, started arguing. The incident escalated when one of the women briefly ...

Diners, volunteers say holiday camaraderie makes annual LINK Thanksgiving Dinner special

Dozens of people came to First Christian Church's basement Thursday for the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen's annual Thanksgiving dinner, and they weren't just there for the turkey, dressing, pie and other traditional fixings. “I know the food is going to be good, but I’m here for the company,” said Gerald Thomas, of Lawrence, as he chatted with friends waiting on the sidewalk in front of ...

Texas woman killed in head-on wreck on U.S. 24; other driver arrested on suspicion of DUI, second-degree murder

A Texas women was killed Saturday evening in a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 24 just west of the Douglas/Jefferson county line. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash report, the accident occurred at about 10:50 p.m. near U.S. Highway 24 mile marker 390, which is just west of the county line in Jefferson County. The report states that the accident occurred when an eastbound 2016 Chevrolet ...

Baldwin City's Maple Leaf Festival sees big turnout amid pleasant fall weather

Shortly before noon on Saturday, Charlene Hannon and her daughter Annie Hannon had just a few free minutes before the Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival parade ended and a throng of people started moving a block west to their booth on the corner of Seventh and High streets. It was the second straight year the Baldwin City mother and daughter had sold their baked goods at the prime corner location, next to the ...

Covered wagons, now for rent, allow visitors to Baldwin City to relive history in comfort

Baldwin City visitors now have the opportunity to experience the community's frontier history on the Santa Fe Trail, albeit in a much more comfortable fashion. Parked in the recreation vehicle lot of Baldwin City's The Lodge motel are two covered wagons that are available for overnight rentals. The wagons are replicas of those that traveled the Santa Fe Trail, which passed through Palmyra, the frontier ...

Saturday's EudoraFest to feature Nashville band in event's first paid-admission concert

Organizers of the annual EudoraFest are trying something new this year to spice up the annual fall community celebration. EudoraFest will return for the 26th year on Saturday. The festival committee has booked The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band to be the event's first-ever paid-admission concert. The band will close out the day's activities with a 7 p.m. show at the Eudora High School Performing Arts Center. It's ...

Baldwin City to ask voters for additional half-cent sales tax to rehab brick streets

The Baldwin City government will ask city residents to approve on the November ballot an additional half cent of sales tax authority to be used to rehabilitate brick streets in its historic district. Baldwin City Mayor Casey Simoneau said that the City Council in June approved placing the sales tax referendum before voters. If approved, the additional half cent in sales tax, which would be permanent, would be ...

New owner of Midland Railway plans to have trains roaring back into action for Maple Leaf Festival, winter holiday excursions

Ryan Robinson spent his Labor Day weekend painting the interior of the Santa Fe Depot in Baldwin City. In addition to the fresh paint, Robinson, the new owner of the legally troubled and recently idled Midland Railway, is freshening up relationships that were strained or severed during Midland’s previous leadership. The first public evidence that something was amiss with Midland Railway and its for-profit ...

Speakers recall painful racism, call for justice during ceremony dedicating marker for Lawrence's first integrated pool

The Lawrence community dedicated a marker Sunday at the Outdoor Aquatic Center that will remind future generations of the city’s past racist history and the struggle against injustice. The marker placed at the entrance to the center at 727 Kentucky St. through the efforts of the Lawrence/Douglas County Community Remembrance Project Coalition, the Lawrence NAACP branch and the City of Lawrence tells the ...

Law enforcement agencies searching for man who allegedly led officers on I-70 chase before crashing

The Lawrence Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies are searching a rural area around Interstate 70 near the exit to Eudora for a suspect who they say led officers on a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon. According to a news release Monday from Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Laura McCabe, the incident started about 3 p.m. Sunday when officers were called to a car wash in the 1000 block ...

Baldwin City and Eudora don't plan to raise property tax rates for 2023, but tax bills aren't likely to shrink

The governing bodies in Baldwin City and Eudora plan to either slightly decrease their property tax rates for 2023 or hold them steady, but residents' tax bills are still likely to increase because of rising property values. Both of these Douglas County municipalities have published their 2023 budget proposals, and neither one of them maintains the so-called "revenue-neutral rate" — the tax rate at which they ...

Vinland Fair returns this weekend with 3 days of old-fashioned fun

Even though the Douglas County Fair ended last weekend, it's still fair time in southern Douglas County, as the annual Vinland Fair will be returning this weekend. The Vinland Fair will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the southern Douglas County hamlet of Vinland, and it's a smaller and more old-fashioned event than the big county fair. It was founded by the local Grange organization in 1907 and has ...

Rain, cooler temperatures on the way

Lawrence and northeast Kansas can expect some normal temperatures this week after a two-week heat wave. Kris Craven, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said scattered showers are possible through Thursday but the best chance of rain will be Sunday night and Monday morning along the Interstate 70 corridor. “The forecast is for a half inch to inch of rain, but there is a chance ...

Former Lawrence school board member, owner of historic Lawrence home Austin Turney dies

Austin H. Turney, a former Lawrence school board member, history buff and owner of a historic East Lawrence home, has died at age 93. Turney died July 13. He was a member of the school board from 1997 to 2005. Born in Lawrence in 1929, he graduated from University High School, a former school on the University of Kansas campus that was run by the School of Education. He graduated from KU with a bachelor’s ...

Longtime Baldwin City superintendent reflects on unique challenges, successes as he enters retirement

Paul Dorathy ended 16 sometimes challenging years as superintendent of the Baldwin City school district with his retirement on Thursday. Dorathy officially retired on June 30, the final day of the fiscal year. Mark Dodge, the former director of school improvement and communications for the Eudora district, succeeded him in the position the next day. Dorathy took over at the Baldwin City district the same year ...

Lecompton museum celebrates 40th anniversary with display of historic lithograph

The Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton celebrated its 40th anniversary Saturday with a presentation on an important historical lithograph that is now on display in the museum. Bill McFarland, a retired Topeka schoolteacher, explained that the lithograph was of the early Kansans who met 165 years ago in Lecompton’s Constitution Hall as the Free State Territorial Legislature. The 1857 body wasn’t the ...

At rally for reproductive rights, speakers urge crowd to reject anti-abortion constitutional amendment

About 1,600 people rallied in South Park on Saturday to show their support for reproductive rights — and to speak out against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would open the door to new restrictions on abortion. The proposed amendment, which states that the Kansas Constitution does not guarantee a right to abortion, will be on the Aug. 2 primary ballot, and voters statewide will determine ...

'It’s a marathon, not a sprint': Douglas County Moms Demand Action group rallies against gun violence

Leslie Milton, the leader of the Douglas County chapter of Moms Demand Action, has been fighting to reduce gun violence for years, and she knows there are no quick fixes. It's a message she repeated on Saturday at the group's annual Wear Orange rally and awareness-raising event in South Park. While recent mass shootings in New York, Texas and Oklahoma have led to many calls for change, Milton said she's seen ...

Fire causes 'extensive' damage to former Eudora church

A fire at a former Eudora church caused “extensive” damage to the unoccupied building, Eudora Assistant Fire Chief Chris Hull said Sunday. Flames whipped by the day's strong winds caused considerable damage to the second and third floors of the vacant building at the corner of Seventh and Church streets, which was once home to the Eudora United Methodist Church, Hull said. Firefighters battled the blaze ...