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Lawrence students design, build, market treehouse for annual CASA benefit

A leafy treehouse, complete with a tire swing, is the latest playhouse designed and built by local students to help raise money for Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. The playhouse, which is currently parked roadside at The Merc Co-op, 910 Iowa St., was created by high ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for Aug. 19, 2019

Marriages Jacob Lee Holle, 28, Lawrence, and Courtney Alexandra Chacon, 27, Lawrence. Jacob Joseph Herrmann, 30, Lawrence, and Hailey Christine Freese, 25, Lawrence. Jeffery Leland Kueser, 55, Tecumseh, and Michelle Lee Kueser, 56, Lawrence. Junaid Hassan Mehmand, 22, Lawrence, and Anne ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the ...

Yoga studio, bookstore fill last available storefronts in downtown Baldwin City

A recent opening of a new business coupled with the imminent opening of another has filled all the storefronts available in downtown Baldwin City. Sandy Chapman and Lora Rimmer opened the doors to their Om Grown Yoga Collective at 707 Eighth St. in June, and Niki Manbeck plans to open The ...

Hot, humid weather in store for Lawrence before thunderstorms return Wednesday

Lawrence and Douglas County residents can enjoy a brief respite from summer rains before the next round of thunderstorms start on Wednesday. It won’t, however, be a comfortable respite, as a combination of heat and humidity will push heat indexes to above 100 degrees Monday and near 110 on ...

LMH Health focuses on health equity, inclusion and diversity

Although health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some groups experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death and disability. This nationwide issue is visible in our own community: the Lawrence-Douglas County Health ...

Lawrence Humane Society finds homes for 150 cats, dogs at Clear the Shelters event

Phillip Rodriguez arrived at the Lawrence Humane Society at 4:30 a.m. Saturday determined to get a dog. By the time the Humane Society opened its doors for the Clear the Shelters adoption event at 10 a.m., he was at the front of a long line. But his patience paid off when he found and adopted ...

Governor appoints Lawrence library director to Humanities Kansas board

A Lawrence resident has been selected to serve on the board of directors for a statewide organization. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently appointed Brad Allen to the board of directors for Humanities Kansas, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Allen is currently the ...

If all goes well, sunflower fields should be in bloom for Labor Day weekend

The first sunflower blossom peeked open Thursday at the Hunsinger farm south of Lawrence. “They are on track to be in full bloom for Labor Day,” said George Hunsinger, who grows six acres of the big flowers not only for the birds but for people in search of a good photo opportunity. “The ...

Annual Pooch Plunge scheduled for Monday at public pool

Locals dogs will soon get their chance to take a swim in the public pool. The annual Pooch Plunge is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky St., according to a city news release. The event allows dogs to play in the pool before it is drained for the ...

Rainfall varied overnight around Lawrence; next round of storms could be severe

Rainfall amounts overnight Thursday varied from .27 inches at the Lawrence Municipal Airport to upward of .75 inches around town, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. However, storms are expected to return Friday evening, overnight and through the weekend, according to Kevin ...

Go, See, Do: Civil War on the Western Frontier, Mavis Staples talk and more

History buffs can enjoy tours, reenactments, 19th-century music and more during this weekend's Civil War on the Western Frontier events, organized by the Watkins Museum of History. As in previous years, the museum will be offering walking tours and bus tours that highlight historic sites — ...

The road to Woodstock: 2 Lawrence residents remember the trip half a century later

The way Woodstock was pitched by organizers was very different from what two Lawrence residents experienced when they went in search of “peace and music” 50 years ago. Steve Lopes and Frank “Lingo” Kelly were among the masses who flocked to an alfalfa field in Bethel, N.Y., for the ...

The Paper Plains Literary Festival coming to Lawrence next spring

Organizers of a literary festival set for next spring are lining up authors for the four-day event in Lawrence. “The Paper Plains Literary Festival,” scheduled for April 23-26, 2020, will be a collaboration of the University of Kansas Hall Center, The Commons, the Raven Book Store and the ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for Aug. 12, 2019

Marriages Lydia Rose Shontz, 30, Lawrence, and Jeremy Thomas Hochstedler, 29, Lawrence. Benjamin P. Price, 31, Topeka, and Jessica Eileen Lang, 26, Topeka. Gage Dayton Benne, 21, Lawrence, and Rachel Elizabeth Beach, 22, Lawrence. Jay F. Fishburn, 30, Lawrence, and Tiffany Brink, 32, ...

For ‘Sea Witch’ author Sarah Henning, of Lawrence, time is the real villain

Even if it’s just an hour a day, Lawrence author Sarah Henning always finds time to write. Henning recently released "Sea Witch Rising," her second novel in just more than a year, all while holding down a full-time marketing job, running ultramarathons and raising two kids. To keep up, ...