WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

Lawrence Community Shelter board set for extra meetings in June and July, including one on Monday

The Lawrence Community Shelter Board of Directors is slated to take part in additional special meetings in June and July, and board members will be asked to approve agreements related to installing Pallet cabins outside of the existing shelter building and requesting more funding from the City of Lawrence. Melanie Valdez, the shelter’s director of human resources and payroll, on Friday afternoon emailed ...

City of Lawrence's draft Brick Streets and Sidewalks Policy is available for public feedback through June 25

A draft version of the City of Lawrence’s comprehensive Brick Streets and Sidewalks Policy is now available for review, after more than a decade in the making. The city announced Wednesday that the draft policy is available for public review and comment from now through Tuesday, June 25. The city is also set to host a public open house about the policy during that window, next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the ...

Instead of fireworks, City of Lawrence to host drone show as part of this year's 4th of July festivities

The City of Lawrence’s Fourth of July festivities will look a little different this year. While the city still plans to host its annual free Summerfest event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in celebration of the holiday, an Independence Day staple will be markedly absent. That’s because instead of a fireworks display, the city is hosting a lighted drone show. Members of the city’s Parks and Recreation ...

Heartland Community Health Center to ask for $1.5 million from Douglas County to fund new building

Heartland Community Health Center is poised to ask for $1.5 million from Douglas County to support remaining construction costs at its new 8,000-square-foot building dedicated to behavioral health services. Though the Douglas County Commission will hear more about that request at its weekly meeting Wednesday, commissioners won’t be making any decisions on whether to award that funding right away. Instead, ...

Lawrence City Commission adopts action plan for nearly $1.4 million in HUD grants

The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday adopted an action plan required as part of its process for spending nearly $1.4 million in grant funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Commissioners voted 4-0, with Commissioner Amber Sellers absent, to adopt an annual action plan and investment summary for $1,357,533 in grant funds through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant and ...

Lawrence school board reviews work ahead for district and building needs assessments

Members of the Lawrence school board on Monday had a chance to learn more about the information the school district must gather for a pair of reports analyzing students’ performance on state assessments. At Monday’s school board meeting, Chief Academic Officer Patrick Kelly gave a presentation on the district’s “Building Needs Assessment” and “State Assessment Review,” two reports Kansas school ...