City Government

School board to vote on budget plan during special meeting

The Lawrence School board will convene Tuesday to vote on the district’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year. As part of the budget, first reviewed at a board meeting earlier this month, the district’s mill levy is projected to increase about 3.5 mills from the previous school ...

Baldwin school board reluctantly joins tax rebate program

Baldwin City ? Despite the expressed misgivings of several members, the Baldwin City school board agreed Monday to join with the city in a property tax rebate program meant to stimulate new construction.The neighborhood revitalization plan, which the Baldwin City Council passed in March, would ...

Meet the team that keeps your team healthy

If you’ve recently attended an area high school sporting event or practice, it’s likely you’ve seen one of Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s athletic trainers at work.LMH Sports Care provides athletic training services for seven schools: both Lawrence high schools, as well as Eudora, Baldwin ...

Wreck slowing traffic on westbound I-70 between KC and Lawrence

Traffic on westbound Interstate 70 between Kansas City and Lawrence has been slowed for hours following a wreck near Bonner Springs. The multi-vehicle collision occurred near mile marker 217, according to Kansas City Scout. Emergency crews were expected to clear the scene by 5:15 p.m., ...

Water main leak closes lane of 23rd Street

A portion of 23rd Street is closed because of a water main leak. The leak occurred over the weekend, requiring closure of the eastbound, right-hand lane of 23rd Street between Vermont Street and Rhode Island Street, according to a city news release.The lane will remain closed through Aug. 28 ...

Sports Pavilion Lawrence closed this week for maintenance

Sports Pavilion Lawrence is closed this week for maintenance.The recreation center will be closed Monday through Friday, according to a city news release. The closure is for all recreation areas of the facility, including the basketball courts, walking track, turf area, gymnastics room, weight ...

Today’s the day: What you need to know about the solar eclipse in Lawrence

Well, readers, the big day is finally upon us. Here’s some last-minute information on Monday afternoon’s solar eclipse to get you started: What:On Monday, a solar eclipse will span America from coast to coast, a rare event that won’t occur again until 2045. The last time a total solar ...

Renewal of transit sales tax the ‘ultimate question’ for city bus service

After more than a decade of investment, the future of the city’s bus service may come down to a yes or no question.In November, Lawrence voters will be asked whether to renew the .2 percent special sales tax that provides millions of dollars of funding annually for the city’s public transit ...

KU police seek public’s help as they investigate attempted sexual assault

University of Kansas police are seeking the public's help as they investigate an attempted sexual assault that reportedly occurred early Sunday morning.KU police say a woman, who is not a KU student, was walking in the 1700 block of Naismith Drive about 4 a.m. in Lot 90 when she was grabbed by ...

Amid anti-Confederate wave, Lecompton sites walk a fine line

Lecompton ? Paul Bahnmaier moves swiftly through the story of events that happened in the Kansas Territorial Capital back in 1857, speaking in a way that reveals how he has told the story many, many times before.In September of that year, the territorial Legislature of Kansas met in Lecompton ...

Lawrence Virtual School student earns high scores at national archery competition

Adriana Cain had always enjoyed sports and outdoor activities as a kid in upstate New York. So, when she and her family relocated to a high-rise building in downtown Chicago two years ago, the girl with Kansas roots had to replace some of her longtime hobbies with new ones. In early August, ...

Longtime amateur astronomer planned months in advance for St. Joseph eclipse viewing

It’s estimated that 7 million Americans will travel some distance to see Monday’s solar eclipse in its path of totality. Rick Heschmeyer is one of them, but the longtime amateur astronomer isn’t trekking too far, all things considered. Heschmeyer, representing the Astronomical Associates ...

Kansas Democratic Rep. Jim Ward announces he’s running for governor

Topeka ? Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward, of Wichita, announced Saturday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018."I’m running to move Kansas forward," Ward said during an interview with the Journal-World before his official announcement. "To build on the ...

Woman testifies that man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault put a gun to her head

A Lawrence man armed with a handgun took a woman into a basement storm shelter and made her engage in a sex act, according to testimony from the woman. The man, Jeremy L. Farnsworth, 40, appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing, where the woman, 35, and another witness testified about ...