County Government

Douglas County commissioners direct staff to proceed with jail expansion design

Douglas County staff got a consensus from commissioners Wednesday evening to move forward on design plans for an estimated $23 million to $25 million expansion of the local jail. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky asked the commission to determine that the latest proposed design ...

Grant Township residents will have help if snow hits roads later this week

Residents of Grant Township in rural Douglas County will have help if snow strikes the area again later this week, despite a recent turn of events. Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman brought the matter to the governing board’s Wednesday meeting. She said the roads in Grant ...

Douglas County Commission to change meeting time; staff will post audio online

Story updated at 6:51 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019: The Douglas County Commission is making a few changes in an effort to improve transparency. The commission will start its meetings at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning March 6, according to a news release from the county. The time change ...

Douglas County clerk: Justice Matters is required to file campaign finance report

Story updated 9:19 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: After what Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew called a misunderstanding, a local coalition of faith-based organizations is on track to file a report detailing how much they spent to campaign against a county sales tax proposal. The Journal-World ...

Douglas County Commission to consider repair of fairgrounds building’s entryways

The Douglas County Fairgrounds coordinator is asking county commissioners to waive purchasing procedures for a project because he’s only received one bid. Building 21 was not part of the nearly $8 million fairgrounds improvement project that culminated in the debut of several new facilities ...

Douglas County health leaders motivated to act for equity, they tell commissioners

Sonia Jordan, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said she has felt as though she’s had a lead weight hanging around her neck, and it’s pushing her to action. “I've seen the faces of people of various populations around our county when they read this report and they ...

Douglas County students invited to participate in Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Middle and high school-age students of Douglas County are invited to write up their business plans and polish their pitches for this year’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition, open to kids in grades six through 12, consists of a trade show booth, a 90-second elevator pitch ...

Researchers share process, goals of countywide law enforcement contact study

Douglas County’s pursuit of a study on law enforcement contact is unusual, a researcher told roughly 25 people who attended a presentation Thursday evening at Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Jack McDevitt, of Northeastern University, has conducted similar studies in ...

Commission approves plan for agritourism event venue in rural Douglas County

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved plans for an agritourism event venue to locate in the Willow Springs Township, to the chagrin of some of its future neighbors who came to the meeting. Kyle and Codi Wentzel filed plans with the county for a barn-style venue that will host ...

Opponents of Douglas County Jail expansion not assuaged by cheaper plan

After Douglas County staff trimmed a cost estimate for an expansion of the local jail by $21 million, the most outspoken opponents to the first plan have not changed their tune. Several local groups formed the Jail No coalition last March to oppose a May 2018 ballot question — Proposition 1 ...