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Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 10:14am

The Douglas County Clerk’s Elections Office is being recognized today for excellence in election administration with a national Clearinghouse Award for “Outstanding Innovations in Elections – Small/Medium Jurisdictions.” Also, known as the “Clearies,” the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) presents the awards program annually to celebrate the hard work of election offices across the country.

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 11:16am

USD 348 (Baldwin City school district) and USD 491 (Eudora school district) called for a special bond election to be held today, May 16.

Unofficial results can be found here:

The canvass will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Douglas County Elections Office, 711 W 23rd Street, Suite 1.

Posted Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 2:44pm

The Douglas County District Court Legal Self-Help Office is open to the public. The office will assist self-represented litigants with finding and filling out necessary forms as well as providing information about court processes and available resources. The office is open:

  • 9 a.m.- noon Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays

The Legal Self-Help Office is located in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. Eleventh St., on the first floor next to the court security screening area.

Posted Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - 11:36am

Douglas County is seeking residents’ input about how open spaces could be preserved and used in ways that benefit the community into the future. Their input will be used to help establish a Douglas County Open Space Plan. The plan will be a broad policy guide toward prioritizing a range of ecosystems and land uses such as prairie, floodplain, agriculture, historic sites, trails and more.

The community can provide information by:

Posted Monday, April 17, 2023 - 4:22pm

The historic Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street, designed by famous architect John G. Haskell, has been a landmark in Northeast Kansas since its construction in 1903. Douglas County invites local organizations to display their artwork on its second floor, so that they may take part in its history. This will become a rotating exhibition in the administration department of the courthouse. 

Posted Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 2:08pm

The Treatment and Recovery Center (TRC) of Douglas County will begin a phased opening on April 10.

Douglas County Commissioners approved a lease agreement and an operating agreement on April 5 for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center to operate the TRC, located at 1000 W. Second St.

Posted Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - 2:59pm

The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority has received an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for project design of The Cottages at Green Lake. It was one of only 16 housing and community development organizations to receive an award. It was selected from an initial pool of 178 Awards of Merit recipients.

Posted Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 9:45am

Common Ground, the community gardening and urban agriculture program, has 11 sites across Lawrence and needs volunteers (individuals or groups) to help maintain the gardens, plant and harvest produce, and transport produce to local food banks.

For the 2023 season, Common Ground sites that need the most volunteer help are:

Posted Monday, April 3, 2023 - 3:59pm

The Housing and Homelessness steering committee, which is facilitated by the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, is working to draft a five-year Housing and Homelessness Strategic Plan. The goal is to create a community-wide system that achieves functional zero in homelessness through policy, system and environmental changes that give all Douglas County residents access to safe, accessible and affordable housing. When a community achieves functional zero, homelessness is a rare and brief occurrence.

Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 9:55am

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council (HCC) announces $210,000 in funding is available through its 2023 Natural & Cultural grant program. An additional $75,000 is available this year for projects that inform Douglas County’s Open Space planning.

The Heritage Conservation Council encourages applications that focus on the conservation of cultural, natural, agricultural or environmental resources, or projects that produce educational programs or products on these topics. All projects must take place in Douglas County, Kansas, and be completed within two years.

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