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Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:00am

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the Treatment and Recovery Campus of Douglas County at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30. The campus is located northeast of the Community Health Facility at 1000 W. Second Street.

The ceremony will mark the beginning of construction for two housing projects that will be located on the campus:

Posted Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 3:15pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced on Thursday an end to filing criminal cases for simple marijuana possession offenses.           

“After a careful survey of policies in other cities, including Lawrence, Wichita, and Kansas City, Missouri,” DA Branson said, “the District Attorney's Office will no longer prosecute cases of simple marijuana possession.” 

Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 3:13pm

Douglas County Public Works announces that, weather permitting, E 1750 Road (North First Street in Baldwin City) between Route 12 (N 400 Road; State Lake Road in Baldwin City) and N 500 Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, Oct. 7, for the start of an improvement project. Public Works anticipates the road section will remain closed through the 2019 fall season.

Posted Monday, September 30, 2019 - 3:15pm

Voters in Douglas County, Kansas, will no longer have to pay postage to mail their advance election ballots. Advance ballot envelopes will now be marked postage paid, and a voter will be able to drop the return ballot in the mail without a stamp. Previously, voters had to affix one first-class stamp to return advance ballots by mail.

“Our job is to identify and remove potential barriers to voting. As mail advance ballots have increased so has potential confusion about how many stamps are required for returning the ballot,” Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said.

Posted Friday, September 27, 2019 - 2:57pm

The Douglas County Clerk’s office has mailed more than 66,000 informational brochures and advance voting applications to voters ahead of the Nov. 5 City/School General Election. The informational mailers will start arriving in mailboxes of active registered voters the week of Sept. 23.

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:22am

In Douglas County, there are 57 polling locations that require at least 170 workers on Election Days, and there’s one person who coordinates all of them: Julie Ybarra.

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:03am

Douglas County Public Works announces that N 1200 Road from Route 1061 (E 2200 Road) to E 2300 Road will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 30, weather permitting, for intersection and ditch improvements. Public Works anticipates the closure duration to be four weeks, weather permitting.

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 3:16pm

Douglas County is seeking applications for the 2019/2020 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The competition — open to students in grades 6 through 12 — consists of preparing a written business plan or executive summary, a tradeshow booth, an elevator pitch and final presentation. Students compete for $3,500 in prize money:

Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 8:30am

Notice of Sheriff's Sale of real estate situated in Douglas County, Kansas on October 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers, on the second floor of the Douglas County Historic Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Property Map

Posted Monday, September 23, 2019 - 9:33am

Public Works announces that pavement rehabilitation on portions of Routes 438 and 1029 will likely begin Wednesday, Sept. 25,  or Thursday, Sept. 26. It was previously scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 23. The postponement is due to a contractor delay in completing previously contracted work outside of Douglas County.

Work will occur on Route 1029 (East 600 Road) from North 2050 Road (East Seventh Street in Lecompton) to Route 438 (North 1800 Road, or Farmers’ Turnpike), and on Route 438 from Route 1029 to the existing pavement widening near the Berry Plastics facility.

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