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Lawrence man turning maple into major league dream

Jacob Walters is chasing his major league dream out of a shop in Baldwin City.It’s not the dream of young sandlot baseball players everywhere, nor is it the dream Walters pursued through youth league baseball to the pitcher's mound of Neosho County Community College of becoming a Major League ...

Author says bold action needed to erase vestiges of state-sanctioned segregation

It is no secret that Lawrence is one of the whitest major cities in Kansas outside of the Johnson County suburbs.For many years, much of the African-American population that did live in Lawrence outside of the University of Kansas campus was concentrated in East Lawrence. More recently, the ...

Big crowds expected for annual Haskell Indian Art Market

Anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 people are expected to attend this weekend’s Haskell Indian Art Market, many on the lookout for hidden treasures among the tents. “I think the exciting part for visitors is finding that good deal,” said Lee Pahcoddy, facilities manager at Haskell. Pahcoddy, ...

Whitewater outdoor center at Clinton State Park ‘on back burner’ for now

Momentum has slowed on a proposal to construct a multimillion-dollar whitewater outdoor center at Clinton State Park. State tourism officials said a feasibility study to determine a funding mechanism and plans for the center is ongoing, but not currently the department's focus. “I’ve kind ...

Historic Lawrence fire station once again home to active emergency responders

The horses that once pulled fire apparatus out of Lawrence’s original Fire Station No. 2 are long gone, as are countless other emergency response practices from that era.But at least one piece of equipment in the 1932 building has stood the test of time: the fire pole. That pole is now back ...

Owner says Vinland Valley Aerodrome carries on hamlet’s pioneering spirit

Leaning against a wing strut of his 1946 Luscombe, Jerry Cobb said he had the best hangar in the Vinland Valley Aerodrome.“I can see the runway from here,” he said of his hangar, which sits on the southeastern end of a row of hangars. Although there was no activity on the 3,000-foot grass ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider changes to handling complaints against police

Lawrence City Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday will consider establishing a new community police review board that would help the city handle complaints against the police department. The new board would replace the Citizen Advisory Board for Fair and Impartial Policing, and it would have ...

3 injured, 1 critically, in 2-car accident in Eudora

A Eudora man was flown to the University of Kansas hospital after a two-car accident Sunday evening, according to Sgt. Kristen Channel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.Channel said via email that Mystikal Randel, 18, of McLouth, was headed northbound near the 1100 block of East 2200 ...

Vehicles damaged after gunshots fired just west of downtown Lawrence

Multiple people reported hearing gunshots, and two vehicles were damaged in an area near 10th and Kentucky streets early Sunday morning, according to information from the Lawrence Police Department. Police reported that at about 1:30 a.m. dispatchers began receiving multiple calls from people ...

One person killed, two injured in North Lawrence motel shooting

A shooting at Motel 6 in North Lawrence has left one person dead and two others in the hospital, according to the Lawrence Police Department. Shots were fired inside the motel at 1130 N. Third St. at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the press release. According to the police department, ...

Kobach outlines plan to downsize state government through attrition

Topeka ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has outlined a plan to dramatically reduce the size of government through attrition by not replacing baby-boom generation workers who retire, an idea that his critics say could endanger critical services for children and the elderly.In an article ...

Number of Lawrence Airbnb rentals doubles; city begins drafting regulations

As the number of Lawrence short-term rental properties — such as Airbnb homes — rises well past 100, so has the call for the city to regulate the industry. “What little data we’ve collected shows that there is an increase,” said Scott McCullough, director of planning and development ...

Chef’s Choice: Fried chicken from an unexpected source

Just when you thought you’d finished that 800-page novel on fried chicken restaurants in Lawrence, Reagan Petrehn, co-owner of 1900 Barker Cafe and Bakery, decided to write a new page with a visit to an unexpected restaurant. This month for Chef's Choice, we travel to Hank Charcuterie, for ...

KU security measures successful at first football game, official says

With the start of the Kansas football season on Saturday, fans got their first look at the university’s new security protocols for large sporting events.Prior to the season’s start, KU added 70 portable metal detectors and seven new entry points for home games at Memorial Stadium. Jim ...

Volunteer opportunities: Help Visiting Nurses Association provide care

Agency: Visiting Nurses AssociationContact: Sarah Rooney at sarahro@kansasvna.org or at 785-843-3738Visiting Nurses Association provides hospice care, home health care, rehabilitation care and private duty care. Volunteers are needed to work directly with patients and families by providing ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Sept. 5 meeting

Consent agenda• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 08/15/17.• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions• Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be posted ...