City Government

Retired businessman, GOP activist sues over $48.4 million tax bill

Topeka ? Gene Bicknell, a retired Pizza Hut magnate from Pittsburg and one-time Republican candidate for governor, is asking a district court to reverse a ruling of the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals and order the state of Kansas to return $48.5 million in state income taxes that he has been ...

Former Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling dies at 76

Chuck Woodling, sports editor of the Journal-World for 37 years and a resident of Lawrence for 49 years, died Wednesday after battling the effects of acute myeloid leukemia for nearly four years.Woodling, 76, is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn, their two daughters, Carrie Dixon, of ...

Facebook ad promoting 2016 Lawrence protest among those paid for by Russian trolls

Just about every year, the Westboro Baptist Church shows up to protest graduation ceremonies at Lawrence and Free State high schools. That’s not news to anyone familiar with the hate group’s tactics. What makes Westboro’s protest at the 2016 LHS commencement ceremony newsworthy more than ...

Long-sought restoration of Santa Fe depot delayed after no bids received

Already years in the making, the approximately $1.4 million restoration of the Santa Fe Station is facing another delay. The Kansas Department of Transportation recently solicited bids for the restoration of the 1950s-era train depot, but no contractors submitted a bid. City officials said the ...

Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation to host Blintz Brunch this weekend

The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation will host its 54th annual Blintz Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the LJCC, 917 Highland Drive. Tickets cost $10 and can be used to purchase a hot blintz breakfast with fruit and a beverage or frozen blintzes from the LJCC bake sale. Selections ...

Question about financial audit causes city to withhold funding from homeless shelter

The city of Lawrence is withholding $46,000 in 2017 funding from the Lawrence Community Shelter after the city asked for but did not receive the 2016 financial audit from the shelter. City officials on Tuesday confirmed they were withholding the funds after the Journal-World began asking about ...

Forum absences raise debate between Lawrence City Commission candidates

Absences at recent Lawrence City Commission candidate forums are creating debate on the campaign trail. One of the top three candidates in the primary election, Dustin Stumblingbear, has missed five candidate forums. Stumblingbear has provided written statements to inform attendees he had other ...

Crosscheck program touted by Kobach under fire for inaccuracies

Topeka ? A computer database system that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach frequently touts as a tool to prevent voter fraud is now the subject of a federal lawsuit and a new academic study that says it is wrong most of the time.The system, known as Crosscheck, was developed in Kansas in ...

More than 2,500 ballots already cast in city, school board elections

Joseph Mastrosimone didn’t have to wait in line when he cast his ballot Monday, but two people quickly formed a short line behind him at the counter of the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.The Lawrence man was one of five county residents who cast in-person advance ballots in a five-minute ...

Halloween roundup: Spooky activities planned for all ages across Lawrence

Happy Halloween, readers. Still not sure how you’ll celebrate the holiday with your kids? Here, we’ve rounded up a few of the spooky activities planned around town for Lawrence’s little monsters. As always, make sure to bundle up if you plan on going out. As of press time Monday, the ...

Board fires executive director of Lawrence Community Shelter

The Lawrence Community Shelter's board of directors has fired the shelter's executive director.Jackie Counts, president of the shelter’s board, said the decision to relieve Trey Meyer of his duties was made at a Friday board meeting.“The board decided to go in a different leadership ...

Lawrence running store offering free self-defense clinic

Ad Astra Running is offering a free self-defense clinic for runners on Wednesday, Nov. 1.The clinic, to be taught by runLawrence President Brenda Groskinsky, is geared toward teaching techniques that will enable runners to feel safer while running alone or at night. The self-defense clinic will ...

Roadwork for Oct. 30, 2017

• Louisiana Street will be closed from 12th Street to 13th Street for a stormwater storage project. The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 3.• North 1500, East 1625 and North 1550 roads will be closed for a culvert replacement project. North 1500 Road will be closed from the BNSF ...

Former Sen. Tom Harkin given 2017 Dole Leadership Prize

As he was honored Sunday with the 2017 Dole Leadership Prize, former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said the kind of relationship he had with former Sen. Bob Dole was sorely missing in the Washington, D.C., of today. The Iowa Democrat, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985 and ...

Police investigating after gunshot victim walks into Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Lawrence police are investigating after a person walked into the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.Hospital staff called police shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. The victim's condition has not been released.Just after 1:50 a.m. Sunday, officers were ...