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A surprise find enhances historic character of Lawrence couple’s 1870 home

After about a year of owning their home at 645 Ohio St., Jon and Barb Heeb discovered a crawl space beneath the property. “I started going through this tiny little opening on the north wall and came across what looked like a brick dome,” Jon says. “It took me two hours to dig a trench so ...

COVID has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. The U.S. population a century ago was just one-third of what it is today, meaning the flu cut a much bigger, more lethal swath through the country. But the COVID-19 crisis is by ...

Former state Rep. Tom Sloan wins national award from electricity council

A longtime Douglas County lawmaker recently received one of the top national awards from the U.S. electricity industry. Tom Sloan, who served 24 years in the Kansas House of Representatives as a member of the Douglas County delegation, received last week the Jan Brinch Award for Collaboration ...