WRITER: Austin Hornbostel

Highly contagious norovirus is spiking in Douglas County

Cases of the highly contagious norovirus are spiking in Douglas County’s wastewater. Dee Kinard, informatics manager with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, spoke with the Journal-World Friday morning about the surge in cases and how community members can prevent spreading the virus. This isn’t a new phenomenon for Douglas County or the rest of the country, though. Kinard told the Journal-World ...

National League of Cities, founded in Lawrence, celebrates 100th anniversary with city leaders

Leaders with the National League of Cities on Thursday were in the city where their organization was founded to celebrate a century of connecting and providing services to municipal officials across the U.S. As the Journal-World has reported, a delegation from the NLC is in Lawrence this week as part of a cross-country roadshow celebrating the organization’s centennial. Lawrence, the first stop on the tour, ...

Douglas County Commission chamber renovation project moves forward with approved bid about $200,000 higher than initial budget

As the Douglas County Commission prepares for a new look — an expansion to five members — its meeting room's appearance will be moving more than a century back in time, thanks to a $1.5 million renovation project that took a step forward on Wednesday. The commission, at its regular meeting, unanimously authorized County Administrator Sarah Plinsky to enter into a $1,449,000 construction contract with B.A. ...

100 years after its founding at KU, National League of Cities to kick off centennial roadshow in Lawrence

While a lot has changed in the past 100 years, in some ways the issues cities were navigating then aren’t all that different than the issues of today. That much is true to Clarence Anthony, the CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities. For Anthony, the similarities between now and a century ago really hit home when he reads the minutes of his organization’s very first meeting in 1924. ...

Planning Commission to consider rezoning request for Walmart expansion, pair of city code amendments streamlining administrative process

The smaller of Lawrence’s two Walmart locations could take a step toward expanding next week. At Monday’s Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission meeting, commissioners will consider approving a request to rezone approximately 13.126 acres at 550 Congressional Drive from a “Planned Commercial Development District” to a “Community Commercial District.” That’s the location of the west Lawrence ...

Potential Pallet residents to tour facility next week; LCS working toward replacing night-by-night program with 30-day stays

Next week, the first group of residents who could end up living in Lawrence’s community of Pallet shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness will visit their potential new homes for the first time. At Thursday’s Lawrence Community Shelter Board of Directors meeting, LCS Executive Director James Chiselom gave board members a brief update on progress at The Village, the community of 64-square-foot ...