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Posted Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:20pm

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

The competition — open to students in grades 6 through 12 — consists of up to 20 teams 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 Friday, January 11, 2019 - 10:16am

The 2019 Legislature faces some very big challenges this year. While state finances are much improved over recent years, there are still significant challenges as the Legislature seeks to fund education as required by state law. At the same time, local governments are forced to make very difficult decisions as a result of the budget lid limitations imposed by the 2015 legislative session.

Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 2:46pm

Mike Gaughan, of Lawrence, has served as Douglas County Commissioner for nearly 10 years, starting April 6, 2009. His last commission meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 9. Gaughan said his proudest achievements as a commissioner include: investment in mental health, establishment of the Sustainability and Energy Savings Reinvestment Fund, foundation of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and opening of the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center.

Here’s what he had to say about these initiatives:

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019 - 3:35pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today Eudora resident Danny W.

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019 - 12:46pm

In December, the Douglas County Commission approved an increase to motor vehicle satellite office fees from $2 per vehicle to $5 per vehicle. The new fees began Jan. 1, 2019.

Satellite offices are located at:

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018 - 3:23pm

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council announces the 2019 Natural & Cultural Grant Program. Members of the public interested in the conservation of local landmarks and conservation of natural areas within Douglas County are invited to attend upcoming grant information sessions at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. They will be:

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018 - 11:56am

Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. There will be no Douglas County Commission meetings Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

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 785-832-7509.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 8:48am

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today that Scharron R. Dingledine, 26, Columbia, MO entered guilty pleas to Murder in the First Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree on Monday, December 17th, 2018 in the Division 6 courtroom of the Douglas County District Court.


Posted Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 5:02pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Topeka resident Aramis N. Hernandez, 38, of battery on a law enforcement officer in the July 2016 dragging injury of a Lawrence Police Officer.

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 9:40am




Pursuant to the Administrative Order of Justice Lawton R. Nuss,
Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, Wednesday, December 5,
2018, the National Day of Mourning of the death of former President
George H. W. Bush, will be observed and the 7th Judicial District, will be
closed, with the following exception.

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