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
At the end of the day, both the driver getting pulled over and the officer making the stop want to make it home safely. A Lawrence police lieutenant and a prosecutor on Saturday shared some advice on how to do that, plus other rights you should know.
Nothing has changed in Kansas, and those who need access to an abortion can still get one. But that could change on Aug. 2.
Staff members in the Douglas County clerk’s office are still working to make sure they’ve got everything right before letting voters know about changes as the result of redistricting this year.
Douglas County’s top prosecutor says her office has not yet issued any notices for violating laws regulating the sale of certain forms of THC products, and Lawrence business owners would like to keep it that way.
But some proprietors fear that “One or two of these people are going to ruin it for everyone else.”
Some area residents have recently been scammed out of $1,000 worth of gift cards by callers pretending to be current or retired Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
A new online resource launched this week to help Lawrence and Douglas County parents, families, caregivers and early childhood professionals support kids from birth to age 5.
Free summer lunches are available for children at community sites in Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora, and one Lawrence site will also start serving breakfasts this week.
Starting chest compressions before first responders arrive increases the chance that a person will survive a cardiac arrest by three times. But in Douglas County, bystanders start hands-only CPR just about half as often as the national average.
A group of local people and organizations have collaborated to create a guide to the most accessible routes along the Lawrence Loop.
A former neighbor said she knew what happened as soon as she saw Regan Gibbs’ face on the news. She’d called police twice after witnessing altercations in the apartment complex parking lot.
People in Douglas County now have the ability to text 911 in situations where they are unable to safely call, the sheriff’s office announced Friday.
Indigenous educators and administrators shared potential benefits and possible pitfalls in crafting and delivering land acknowledgements during a virtual panel discussion this week.
Douglas County residents are reporting the resurgence of a telephone scam where callers posing as law enforcement officers attempt to use fraudulent charges and threats of arrest to take money from victims.
Updated at 11:04 p.m. Friday: Starting Saturday, there will be no federal legal protections in place to stop evictions, which could mean a lot of people will lose housing. If you’re at risk in Lawrence, here are some resources to help.
The Lawrence Times is now accepting obituaries for those who lived in the Lawrence/Douglas County area.
Listings of free meals available in Lawrence by day of the week, time, and location.
A new web portal will allow those in need to file for protection orders in any Kansas county online. The goal, in part, is to expand access for those who might not be able to get to a courthouse in person to file paperwork.
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