At The Lawrence Times, we believe that community journalism is not just about providing traditional news coverage — it’s also about providing information that the people of this community need in order to live and thrive as informed citizens.
We are working to create collections of resources that we hope will be helpful to our readers in Lawrence and Douglas County, and perhaps even beyond.
The posts below are part of that effort, and this page aims to curate our most helpful articles in one place. It’s our “News you can use.”
Please be aware that some of these posts may have “shelf lives,” meaning they may pertain to limited-time sources of help. Even so, the posts that appear here should also contain information and links to resources that can be helpful anytime.
LATEST HELPFUL ARTICLES
Children ages 18 and younger will be able to eat a free lunch on weekdays at six locations in Lawrence throughout the summer, starting June 5.
Time is likely limited for transgender folks to get their gender markers changed on their Kansas birth certificates and IDs, according to an attorney who’s an expert on the topic. Here are the basics of how the process works.
People who need some help with court forms, understanding court processes and finding resources will now be able to get that help at the Douglas County District Court’s Legal Self-Help Office.
Thousands of Kansans are at risk of losing Medicaid coverage as the state begins reviewing who still qualifies after a three-year pause. Experts and health care advocates advise people on how to best prepare.
A draft strategic plan sets a goal of 2028 for Lawrence and Douglas County to achieve functional zero homelessness. The plan emphasizes equity, inclusion, and correcting imbalances of power.
The Lawrence Police Department issued a warning Friday about a scam in which a caller asks potential victims to download a computer program, then hacks their bank accounts.
The Lawrence Public Schools superintendent on Friday released his recommendation to close three elementary schools and repurpose a middle school. We’re looking to answer your questions about timelines, transportation, the budget and more.
A Douglas County program is switching to a lottery system to distribute funding for residents in need of rent and utility assistance sooner than planned. Applications are open now.
The Douglas County Housing Stabilization Collaborative is moving away from a first-come, first-served model to distribute funding for residents in need of rent and utility assistance. It will also lower the maximum total payment in order to serve more households.
Join Lawrence Times TV as we talk with Joel Bonner, the Sound + Vision Studio specialist at the Lawrence Public Library.
Bonner discusses how your library card is an all-access pass to recording studios, podcast booths, Adobe Creative Cloud and more.
People who need help with their gas or electric utility bills can apply through March 31 for a once-a-year federal benefit.
When a person requests a copy of an electronic public record under the Kansas Open Records Act, public agencies must provide that copy in electronic format, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Lawrence Transit passengers can ride fare-free in 2023, starting Monday, Jan. 2.
Family members, friends and advocates of those identifying as LGBTQ+ soon will have a new local resource to help them and their loved ones.
Where to see holiday lights in Lawrence: Introducing The Lawrence Times 2022 Festive Map of Holiday Homes. John Brown marks the spot!
After what critics call decades of underfunding, mental health reform is underway in Kansas. Here’s a Q&A on what it means for Bert Nash and its clients.
President Joe Biden announced Monday that student loan borrowers can begin to apply for debt relief through a new online application.
There are local, state and national races on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election, plus two more constitutional amendments and a question about expanding Douglas County’s government to add two additional commissioners. Here’s what local voters should know.
Chris Leiszler is one Lawrencian unaffected by the lack of a Spirit Halloween store this year: crafting costumes in lieu of store-bought ones is his specialty.
”Failing to accommodate disabled people in public discourse, in meetings, and on boards can result in loss of their contributions; programs that are exclusionary; plans that fail to address community needs; and events that do not comply with civil rights laws,” Dot Nary writes in this column.
Lawrence and Douglas County law enforcement is cracking down on impaired and distracted driving starting Saturday and continuing through Labor Day. DUI convictions in Kansas have stiff penalties. Here’s what you should know.
A partnership between a Lawrence church and attorney aims to educate and empower queer parents and LGBTQ+ community members to safeguard their families’ legal rights.
Jury nullification is allowed, but few know about this legal process because courts don’t tell juries they have this power.