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Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:24am

Mary Kay Howe is a staunch advocate of the country's judicial system.

"I'm proud of our court system and the way it works. It's a very fair system, and I enjoy being a part of that," she said.

Her part—since 1975—has been as a court reporter. She records a court's oral proceedings so that what was said can be read back in court or referenced later. "I've enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the courts, listening to the stories. I think I've heard everything after 43 years, but it seems there's something new every week," she added.

Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 6:16pm

The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission is seeking nominations to fill a district judge vacancy in Douglas County created by the June 15 retirement of Judge Paula Martin.

The 7th Judicial District is composed of Douglas County.

Justice Eric Rosen, the Supreme Court departmental justice responsible for the 7th Judicial District, said individuals can apply or be nominated, but nominations must come on a nomination form and include the nominee's signature.

A nominee for district judge must be:

Posted Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 5:44pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today, Thursday, March 21, 2019, Leavenworth, Kansas resident Christina L. Towell, 38, entered a plea of guilty to first degree murder - felony murder in the November 2017 homicide of Joel Wales.   

“This was a heinous and calculated murder.  We are very relieved to provide closure to Joel’s family,” stated DA Branson following today’s hearing. 

Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 3:26pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today, Tuesday, March 19, Tria L. Evans, 39, was sentenced for the first degree murder of Joel Wales, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, arson, and aggravated burglary. 

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:29pm

Beginning Monday, March 25, weather permitting, Queens Road (East 1000 Road) will be closed to through traffic from the Wakarusa Drive intersection to Route 438 (North 1800 Road; Farmers Turnpike).

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:05pm

Unusually severe winter weather conditions and recent wet weather have combined to significantly damage rock-surfaced roads in rural Douglas County.  Local rock-surfaced roads that are maintained by the nine townships in Douglas County have been particularly impacted.  Township resources are severely strained in trying to repair damaged roads.  The Board of County Commissioners requests patience from residents and travelers on township-maintained local roads while the townships work diligently to repair damaged roads.

Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:48pm

Douglas County’s Public Works Department wants to remind Douglas County residents about the Kansas Noxious Weed Law. It requires residents who own or supervise land to control and eradicate weeds declared noxious by state legislative action. The prominent weeds in Douglas County are: Field Bindweed, Musk Thistle, Canada Thistle, Johnsongrass and Sericea Lespedeza.

Control is defined as preventing the production of viable seed and the vegetative spread of the plant.

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 4:23pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Topeka resident Dominique J. McMillon, 20, pleaded no contest today (March 5, 2019) to battery for his part in a fight that led up to the deadly October 1, 2017 incident on Massachusetts Street.  McMillon started the fight that quickly escalated when multiple other parties became involved. 

Posted Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:50pm

Four Baldwin High School students participated in the second annual Douglas County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 1 at Baker University in Collins Library. Each student prepared a written business plan, performed an elevator pitch, had a trade show booth and gave a formal presentation.

Posted Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:12pm

The Kansas Association of Counties along with Douglas County Commissioners recognized 31 Douglas County employees for their years of service during the Feb. 27 commission meeting. Together, these employees had a combined 504 years of service.

Employees earned certificates for eight years of service, and then certificates and pins for 16, 24 and 32 years of service. Three employees were recognized for 32 years of service: Information Technology Director Jim Lawson, Appraisal Manager II August Dettbarn and Public Works Administrative Officer Donna Miller.

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