WRITER: Elvyn Jones

New Watkins window panels tell stories of city's past, present

Sandra Wolf was impressed by what she saw during an unveiling Sunday of the nine new window panels on the third floor of the Watkins Museum of History. “It’s very well done,” she said during the open house of the information provided on the panels that cover nine large windows on the third floor’s southern exposure. “There’s a lot of information on Lawrence history.” Wolf said she started with ...

Lawrence school board told 2018-2019 mill levy to decrease

Taxpayers could see nearly a 1-mill break next school year, according to Kathy Johnson, who presented the Lawrence school board an estimate of the district’s 2018-2019 mill levy on Monday. The district's executive director of finances provided that budget estimate along with an update of the state’s new K-12 school finance formula and its consequence to Lawrence public schools. The Kansas Supreme Court ...

Douglas County 4-H Dog Show unofficially gets 2018 fair underway

Tristen Kapelle came to Saturday’s Douglas County 4-H Dog Show with one goal in mind. “I’m here to win,” the 13-year-old Palmyra 4-H Club member said. Two hours later, Tristen and his Australian blue heeler Tripp left the show with the best-in-show Mary Berg Award for showmanship. Kelly Kapelle, Tristen’s mother, said that was a pretty good result considering it was the first time Tristen and his ...

Increase in inmate cell time adds to stress at county jail

Overcrowding is giving inmates less time to take advantage of the already limited exercise opportunities at the Douglas County Jail, Undersheriff Gary Bunting says. The number of inmates in all classifications of male maximum-, medium- and minimum-security continues to exceed cells available at the jail, Bunting said. That is true of women inmates, too, who are housed in a single classification pod. It’s the ...

Man arrested after reportedly fleeing the scene of Lake View Lake accident

A 39-year-old man was arrested after reportedly fleeing on foot from the scene of a Sunday morning accident at Lake View Lake. Sgt. Kristen Channel, spokeswoman for the Douglas Sheriff’s Office, said Leland White, 39, was southbound in the 1800 block of East 1125 Road when he allegedly crashed a 2004 Ford pickup into a bushy embankment on the north side of Lake View Lake, which is north of the Kansas Turnpike ...

Westar to build solar power farm in Baldwin City

Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden says the hot summer sun should be working for residents of the southern Douglas County city by this time next year. On July 17, The Baldwin City Council agreed to start negotiations with Westar Energy to build a solar panel farm at the city public works yard in the 1000 block of Orange Street. Westar was one of five firms responding to the city's request for proposals ...

Proposed Baldwin City, Eudora 2019 budgets keep mill levies steady

Flat is a word that defines the 2019 mill levies proposed for the cities of Baldwin City and Eudora. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden and Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said proposed 2019 budgets will keep flat the mill levies of their respective cities of 44.498 mills in Baldwin City and 39.499 mills in Eudora. At those rates, the city’s share of taxes on a $175,000 home would be $895 in Baldwin ...

Lawrence school board looks to make final 2018-2019 priority funding decisions

Now that there is certainty regarding how much money the district will receive for the coming school year, the Lawrence school board on Monday will look to make final funding priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. The board decided in May to hire three new full-time special education teachers and two middle school behavioral health interventionists at the cost of $212,000 for 2018-2019, but passed on other ...