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Posted Friday, September 6, 2019 - 4:25pm

Douglas County Public Works announces that Route 1061 between N 1100 Road and N 1150 Road is open to traffic.

Public Works closed Route 1061 to through traffic between Route 458 (N 1000 Road) and N 1150 Road beginning July 31 for a large culvert replacement project. The culvert is located 0.38 miles north of N 1100 Road.

Public Works crews have substantially completed this project. Miscellaneous work items remaining will be completed under traffic. This may require periodic lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers.

Posted Friday, August 30, 2019 - 9:28am

The Douglas County Long-term Recovery Committee is finalizing the list of unmet community needs following the May 28 tornado and August 1 flood event.

Representatives from Douglas County will be calling individuals who indicated additional needs using 2-1-1.

Posted Monday, August 26, 2019 - 4:46pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that earlier today a jury convicted Lawrence resident Michael A. Hormell, 20, of one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, a level seven/person/felony.

Posted Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:46pm

Deputy Douglas County Clerk Heather Dill was designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the National Election Center on Aug. 20 in Orlando, Florida.

Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:56am

One of the employees you’re likely to interact with when you visit the Treasurer’s Office on the first floor of the Douglas County Courthouse is Ida Crawford.

With a background in customer service, Crawford said she likes “everything” about her job. She enjoys computers and helping people. “Being able to talk to customers and help meet their needs is always nice,” she said. “My co-workers make it fun, too.”

Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 12:23pm

The Douglas County District Court Clerk’s Office is closed due recent flooding and current cleanup efforts.

Residents who need to make a cash or check payment can go to the Court Trustee’s Office located on the main level of Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. Unfortunately, the Clerk’s Office cannot take credit payments during this time. If residents need to file a document in their court case, they can do so by visiting the Court Trustee’s Office.

Posted Monday, August 19, 2019 - 3:45pm

Douglas County, Baldwin City and the Kansas Department of Agriculture will host a public open house to discuss the draft Flood Insurance Rate Map from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the American Legion Hall, 705 High Street, in Baldwin City.

The Flood Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study for some areas near Baldwin City are being updated to provide more accurate information regarding a property owner’s flood risk.

Posted Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 3:18pm

Areas of Douglas County received between 8 and 10 inches of heavy rainfall within eight hours July 31-Aug. 1, which caused widespread flooding and potentially caused damage to more than 100 homes.

If this rain had fallen over a 24-hour period, it would have been close to the 100-year rainfall event used to create Douglas County FEMA floodplain maps. Because it happened over eight hours, historical data indicates that this particular storm is similar to a 500-year flood event.

Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 9:25pm

Douglas County Public Works will soon treat re-emerging areas of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) in areas of Lone Star Lake with an herbicide. The treatment with an herbicide called Navigate is planned for Wednesday, August 14, and Thursday, August 15, weather permitting.

Lone Star Lake will be closed to water activities for 24 hours after treatment. Signs will be posted notifying park patrons of the closure.

Posted Monday, August 5, 2019 - 11:52am

The Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) will host a public presentation about the Law Enforcement Contact Study from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St.

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