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Fire destroys tipi honoring Haskell graduates; investigation underway

Story last updated at 4:16 p.m. Saturday An overnight fire destroyed a tipi at Haskell Indian Nations University that had been built to honor the school's 2020 graduates. The HINU student newspaper, the Haskell Indian Leader, first reported about the fire, which occurred early Saturday morning. Many associated with Haskell and the larger Lawrence community expressed dismay about the incident on social media, ...

Saturday afternoon fire forces woman from her eastern Lawrence home

A fire on Saturday afternoon displaced a woman from her eastern Lawrence home. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Battalion Chief Brandon Holloman said firefighters were called about 4 p.m. to a fire at 1629 Powers St. Firefighters arrived about five minutes later at the single-story home to find flames in the southwest corner of the house. The resident of the home, the only person who was there at the time ...

Owner hopes state grant will help restore Eudora's oldest downtown building

The owner of the oldest surviving building in downtown Eudora is hoping a state grant will help restore an important landmark in the city’s commercial history. Last year, GW Weld purchased the 19th-century building, which was originally a grocery store but has also served a variety of other retail uses, at 714 Main St. in Eudora. The northern half of the structure was built in 1860 by Asher Cohn, one of the ...

Baker band director creates coloring book type scenes as sesquicentennial treat for Baldwin City

Baker University's director of bands is using his stay-at-home time to explore and share the visual side of his creativity. Frank Perez is creating coloring-book-like scenes of Baldwin City landmarks that residents will be able to download from the Lumberyard Arts Center and Baldwin City government websites of lumberyardartscenter.org and baldwincity.org. The coloring pages grew from his longtime interest in ...

Amid pandemic, Baldwin City sesquicentennial planners looking at creative ways to engage residents

With the COVID-19 pandemic ending community gatherings for the foreseeable future, organizers of Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial events say they are exploring creative ways to engage residents in the celebration. As originally conceived, Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial celebration was going to tie into a number of regular community events held throughout the year, culminating in a special event on the 150th ...

Robbery suspects elude Lawrence police after chase

The Lawrence Police Department is looking for suspects involved in a Saturday apartment robbery in which a firearm was used. Sgt. Drew Fennelly of the LPD wrote in an email to the Journal-World that at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in an apartment in the 900 block of Arkansas St. Officers learned a firearm was discharged during the incident and were able to ...

Driver eludes Kansas Highway Patrol in Lawrence after high-speed chase

The Kansas Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a rental vehicle who evaded arrest after a high-speed chase late Saturday night. Lt. David Morrison said the chase started about 10:30 p.m. when a Kansas Highway Patrol officer attempted to pull over a Jeep on Kansas Highway 10 near Kill Creek Road in De Soto in Johnson County. The suspect continued west into Douglas County on K-10 before exiting into ...

Traffic light among street upgrade recommendations needed for Eudora's Nottingham development

A consulting firm has recommended that Eudora install its first traffic light with the street improvements associated with the development of the Nottingham property. A traffic signal at the intersection of 15th and Church streets is one of the recommendations in a traffic study performed by Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting, of Kansas City, Mo., that was released earlier this month with the Eudora City ...

Volunteers working to make thousands of face masks for Baldwin City residents

After spending Saturday morning volunteering at the Baldwin City food pantry, Nancy Arnold was planning to spend the afternoon helping to make the community safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The retired school teacher said she would be sitting in front of her mother’s old sewing machine, making use of skills she learned in her high school home economics class to produce face masks designed to help prevent ...

Heritage Baptist Church defies governor's order with Easter services

Updated 2:40 p.m. A large rural Douglas County church had Easter services Sunday, the day after the Kansas Supreme Court let stand Gov. Laura Kelly’s ban on religious gatherings of more than 10 people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Lawrence Journal World observed about 40 vehicles shortly after 11 a.m. in the rear parking lot of the Heritage Baptist Church, 1781 East 800 Road. The Rev. Scott ...

Baldwin City Council proposes solution to railroad depot dispute

About a month after a local nonprofit evicted the Baldwin City & Southern Railroad from a historic depot, the Baldwin City Council is proposing a solution to end the dispute. The old railroad depot at 1515 High St. is owned by the city, but the city currently leases the depot to the Santa Fe Trail Association for a nominal fee of $1 per year. The historical association, in turn, leases the depot and the ...

Just Food, county food pantries see spike in demand amid pandemic; donations needed

Just Food has experienced a twofold increase in demand in the past three weeks as newly unemployed Lawrence and Douglas County residents seek the help of the food pantry for the first time, the agency’s leader said. Just Food executive director Elizabeth Keever said the Lawrence food bank has distributed more than 40,000 pounds of food in the past three weeks. That’s double the amount Just Food normally ...

Baldwin City's new facilities projects largely unaffected by stay-at-home orders

Stay-at-home orders issued to slow the spread of COVID-19 haven’t delayed or stopped work on two big Baldwin City municipal projects, one of which is nearing completion. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden said work on the new police station at 203 First St. off U.S. Highway 56 didn’t stop when Douglas County issued a March 24 countywide stay-at-home order to check the pandemic. Likewise, contractor ...

Amid pandemic, City of Eudora won't collect late fees for utilities

As many people face economic hardship because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Eudora City Commission has agreed not to collect late fees added to delinquent city utility payments during the pandemic. The measure, which was approved on Monday, builds on a statewide order issued by Gov. Laura Kelly on March 17, which prohibited utilities from discontinuing service for nonpayment until a statewide disaster ...

Lawrence barbers, other businesses requiring customer contact respond to COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATED STORY: The Lawrence-Douglas County health department on Sunday night announced a “stay at home” order that will go into effect early Tuesday morning to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for new story • • • • • • • • • • ORIGINAL STORY: Larry Franklin Jr., owner of Larry’s Barber Shop at 924 Massachusetts St., had plenty of time Saturday morning to ...

Lawrence bar and restaurant workers fear coronavirus will double down on March Madness hit

A week ago, bartender Joey Pauda was expecting mid-March to be one of the busiest times of the year for The Burger Stand at The Casbah, with University of Kansas basketball fans flocking to watch their team play in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. But all that changed in an instant on Thursday, when March Madness was called off because of the widening coronavirus pandemic. “It’s like a really bad ...

Baker junior, KU grad student offer Baker students after-hours option with Late Nite cafe

The skills Dylan Kort acquired during six years working at Waffle House were on display Thursday evening at Late Nite, an after-hours restaurant operating out of a bakery and sandwich shop in downtown Baldwin City. The Baker University junior cranked out order after order of pancakes, waffles, French toast, bacon and sausage, racing between the grill and storeroom before filling another plate to deliver to a ...

2 killed in crash Saturday morning on Farmer's Turnpike

Two people were killed Saturday morning in a two-car crash on Farmer’s Turnpike northwest of Lawrence, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. In an email to the Journal-World, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Cooper said the fatal accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North 1800 Road, also known as the Farmer’s Turnpike. The site is near the Kansas Highway 10/Farmer’s ...

Baldwin City & Southern evicted from depot, ends tourist rides

The Baldwin City & Southern Railroad has suspended tourist excursion rides because of an unresolved dispute with its landlord, the Santa Fe Trail Historical Association. The railroad announced March 3 it would no longer be offering rides because the historical association evicted it from Baldwin City’s historic depot, 1515 High St. The suspension of passenger service does not affect the Kansas Belle ...

Eudora City Commission adds Nottingham infrastructure, debt financing to CIP master plan

The Eudora City Commission has approved a five-year capital improvement master plan that will allow the city to bond up to $4 million for the improvements needed to ready the Nottingham property, located near 14th and Church streets, for commercial development. The CIP master plan, approved Feb. 24, lists $37.5 million in infrastructure and equipment needs for all city departments through 2024, including an ...