The 2019 Legislature faces some very big challenges this year. While state finances are much improved over recent years, there are still significant challenges as the Legislature seeks to fund education as required by state law. At the same time, local governments are forced to make very difficult decisions as a result of the budget lid limitations imposed by the 2015 legislative session.
Mike Gaughan, of Lawrence, has served as Douglas County Commissioner for nearly 10 years, starting April 6, 2009. His last commission meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 9. Gaughan said his proudest achievements as a commissioner include: investment in mental health, establishment of the Sustainability and Energy Savings Reinvestment Fund, foundation of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and opening of the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center.
Here’s what he had to say about these initiatives:
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today Eudora resident Danny W.
In December, the Douglas County Commission approved an increase to motor vehicle satellite office fees from $2 per vehicle to $5 per vehicle. The new fees began Jan. 1, 2019.
Satellite offices are located at:
The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council announces the 2019 Natural & Cultural Grant Program. Members of the public interested in the conservation of local landmarks and conservation of natural areas within Douglas County are invited to attend upcoming grant information sessions at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. They will be:
Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. There will be no Douglas County Commission meetings Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-832-7509.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today that Scharron R. Dingledine, 26, Columbia, MO entered guilty pleas to Murder in the First Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree on Monday, December 17th, 2018 in the Division 6 courtroom of the Douglas County District Court.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Topeka resident Aramis N. Hernandez, 38, of battery on a law enforcement officer in the July 2016 dragging injury of a Lawrence Police Officer.
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 18-19
ORDER CLOSING 7TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
IN OBSERVANCE OF
NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
Pursuant to the Administrative Order of Justice Lawton R. Nuss,
Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, Wednesday, December 5,
2018, the National Day of Mourning of the death of former President
George H. W. Bush, will be observed and the 7th Judicial District, will be
closed, with the following exception.
Route 458 (N 1000 Road) from E 1800 Road to E 2000 Road has been opened to traffic through construction while project work has been suspended for the winter. Some construction traffic control signing will remain in place, but the road is open for unrestricted traffic.