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Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 10:14am

Fireworks can be legally discharged in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County as long as the property owner has given permission and provides supervision. Fireworks should not be discharged on a public street or roadway. Fireworks are allowed at the following times:

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 10:15am

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has taken the position not to aggressively prosecute end users for possession of small quantities of THC products. This is a matter of prosecutorial discretion based upon effective allocation of resources and prevailing community interests.

This office has never ceased to pursue illegal distribution of controlled substances. These operations pose significant and substantial community health and safety risks and frequently result in ancillary criminal conduct.

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 9:42am

For 23 years, Jolene Cullen has worked in criminal justice. She has provided service in child abuse investigations, foster care placement, corrections, and house arrest programs. She currently serves as the Adult Services Officer in the Douglas County Behavioral Health Court program.

On May 19, she witnessed Amanda Klopfenstein and Joshua Walters graduate from the program and get their criminal charges dismissed. That’s what she loves most about her job.

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 12:11pm

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Treatment and Recovery Center (TRC) will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, followed by an open house until 7 p.m.

The dedication will include brief remarks by Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center CEO Patrick Schmitz, LMH Health President and CEO Russ Johnson, Douglas County Commission Chair Shannon Reid and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Laura Howard.

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 1:46pm

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council (HCC) is hosting a preservation conference, “Trails, Tales and Structures: The Stories of Douglas County Heritage,” June 24-25 in Baldwin City. The conference will offer site tours of historic landmarks on the first day and then panel discussions and interactive sessions about heritage and preservation on the second day. The conference is free and open to the public.

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 1:17pm

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, regarding the petition for incorporation of the City of Clearfield. The hearing will be held in the County Commission meeting room located in the County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street, on the second floor. The meeting also will be available by Zoom. Here's the link: The public hearing is part of the County Commission's regular business meeting.

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 11:44am

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld all maps as passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The Douglas County Clerk’s Office has been preparing for implementation of new maps when approved.

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 10:21am

The public is invited to a retirement reception honoring District Court Judge Kay Huff. The reception will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, in the historic County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. in the County Commission meeting room on the second floor.

The Honorable Judge Kay Huff, of the Seventh Judicial District, is retiring July 8. Huff hears felony criminal cases and major civil cases including tort, contract, property and administrative matters.

Posted Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 3:21pm

Jim Carpenter’s primary task may sound strange for a member of a prosecutor’s office.

“I was brought in to help to keep people out of jail,” said Carpenter, a new senior assistant district attorney in the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 4:26pm

Moody’s Investors Service assigned a bond rating of AAA, the highest possible rating an entity can receive, to Douglas County with a stable outlook. The county first received this rating in November 2020.

According to an April 1 Moody’s news release, the rating reflects the county’s maintenance of stable financial operations and strong operating reserves coupled with low debt and pension burdens. The rating also incorporates the large and growing tax base with above average resident income that is supported by the institutional presence of the University of Kansas.

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