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Posted Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:19pm

Lawrence Mayor Jennifer Ananda facilitated a discussion about data analysis for racial and ethnic disparities during the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s virtual meeting on Oct. 14. Ananda chairs the Racial and Ethnic Disparities work group, which was seeking direction from the Council members about what they would hope to learn from an analysis of racial data.

For example, she asked: Do you want to focus on individual behaviors or policies, procedures and statutes that are disproportionately impacting the community.

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 3:00pm

Notice of Sheriff's Sale of real estate situated in Douglas County, Kansas on November 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the courtyard located between the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas, and the Douglas County Historic Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Posted Monday, October 12, 2020 - 4:39pm

Several heritage organizations in the area are partnering on an exciting digital offering for the public: The Great Douglas County History Hunt. From October 30 to November 8, the public can take a GPS-enabled tour of county historic sites and be entered in a drawing for valuable prize baskets.

Posted Monday, October 12, 2020 - 12:15pm

A groundbreaking ceremony for the crisis recovery center will be at noon Friday, October 23. The center, 1000 W. Second St., will be located on the Treatment and Recovery Campus of Douglas County and will serve adults and children with serious mental illness, substance use disorders and addiction issues.

Posted Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:47pm

Douglas County’s Education Unified Command, which provided support and developed guidance for local K-12 schools and higher education in recent months, will move into a broader Unified Command structure that will continue to guide the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted Monday, October 5, 2020 - 2:35pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson today announced the Sexual Assault, Response, Investigation, and Prosecution: Victim Centered, Trauma Informed, and Offender Focused training hosted by the District Attorney’s Office is set to begin October 6th, 2020. The training, originally scheduled for April 2020 had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be presented in a virtual format with the assistance of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. 


Posted Monday, September 28, 2020 - 4:10pm

As the Douglas County Building Codes Director, Tina Rakes describes her work as life safety.

She ensures that homes and businesses are built to be safe, sustainable and resilient structures that meet the International Code Council’s standards.

“I primarily help people who want to build something whether it’s commercial, residential or an addition,” she said. “My goal is to establish a working relationship and to help people accomplish their goals.”

Posted Monday, September 28, 2020 - 3:18pm

Dale Beaulieu had been through graduation ceremonies before. This one was different.

And not just because it was conducted via Zoom.

This graduation was the most meaningful.

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:32pm

Douglas County announced today its continued commitment to reduce the number of people in the Douglas County Correctional Facility who have mental illnesses by participating in the newest initiative from Stepping Up, Set, Measure, Achieve - a nationwide call to action to reduce the prevalence of mental illness in local justice systems.

The multi-year effort will focus on creating measurable reductions to the Douglas County Corrections Facility population with serious mental illnesses (SMI) and achieving:

Posted Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:53pm

Starting September 21, Route 7 (East 1125 Road) will be closed to all traffic just north of North 1876 Road, for a culvert repair project. The project is located at Lakeview Lake, just north of Lawrence. The project includes superstructure and deck replacement with pre-cast concrete box beams. Douglas County Public Works anticipates construction will be completed in November. No signed detour will be provided.  

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