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Posted Friday, January 3, 2020 - 1:30pm

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council announces funding is available through the 2020 Natural & Cultural Grant program and informational sessions about the grant program will be held in January. Members of the public interested in the conservation of local landmarks and natural areas within Douglas County are encouraged to apply.

Informational sessions will be:

Posted Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:13pm

Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel retired December 31, 2019, after 19 years of service. She had served as chief judge of the 7th Judicial District, which is composed of Douglas County, since 2016.

Posted Monday, December 23, 2019 - 1:06pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces late Thursday (12.19.19) a jury convicted Lawrence resident Tommy J.

Posted Friday, December 20, 2019 - 11:59am

Steven Miles has worked in the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office for 28 years and was appointed County Appraiser 10 years ago in 2009.

By Kansas statute, the Appraiser’s Office is responsible for determining the value of all taxable property in Douglas County, which includes real estate and personal property like boats, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, jet skis and planes. As of October 28, the county had 40,943 parcels, including 31,144 residential homes, 1,519 commercial properties, 1,710 farms with a home and 2,956 plots of agricultural land.

Posted Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 4:58pm

Douglas County is scheduled to launch a pilot Drug Court in January and the program will accept 15 participants. Douglas County District Court Judge B. Kay Huff will preside over the specialty court in addition to her regular judicial duties.

Drug Court is a 16-month, four-phase program for adults who have been arrested and charged with a non-violent felony offense and are having difficulty staying substance free.

Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:57am

You can now reserve Douglas County buildings for parties, reunions or car shows online!

Douglas County rents buildings, grassy areas and an outdoor arena at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets, and a community building at Lone Star Lake. Fees vary depending on the facility, duration of event, and other services such as use of a kitchen or equipment setup.

To view rental options and availability or to make a reservation, visit:

Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 5:12pm

Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 785-843–0250.

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019 - 9:39am

Web GIS resources will be unavailable Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, for a scheduled upgrade. Applications for Property Viewer, Survey Lookup and all others in the Map Gallery will be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

If you have questions or GIS assistance needs, contact Douglas County GIS Coordinator Bryce Hirschman at 785-832-5190 or email

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:01pm

Criminal Justice Coordinator Mike Brouwer wanted to pursue a career where he could help people. “Before there was a Dr. Phil, I was going to be Dr. Phil,” he said, with a chuckle. “I was passionate about behavioral change and envisioned this idea that I would be a Freudian therapist.”

Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:48am

2019 Real Estate, Personal Property, Big Truck and Watercraft bills will be mailed out on November 14th.    2019 Information Sheets for all residential properties will be mailed on November 15th.  To avoid interest, payments must be postmarked December 20th.

There is an extra mill levy line on bills and information sheets this year. It is not a new levy.   School capital outlay has been separated from the original school levy.  This change affects all school districts.  

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