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James Cooper

Funeral services for James W. Cooper, 95, of Lawrence, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July15, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at his Lawrence home, two days shy of his 96th birthday.

Jim was born July 11, 1923 in Kansas City, KS, the son of Claude and Mary (Gray) Cooper. He was the fourth of five boys. The early death of his mother resulted in Jim coming to live with his aunt, Maud Smith, in Lawrence. He attended Oread High School and KU. During high school and college, Jim worked at the local theaters, first as an usher and later as a projectionist...

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Inmate in custody after walking away from minimum security facility in Lansing

LANSING, Ks. — Frank Dustin Robinson was taken into custody early on Thursday morning by the Kansas City, Kansas Police. Robinson was positively identified by Lansing Correctional Facility staff, he was picked up and returned to the facility. After being examined by medical staff he was placed in restrictive housing.

He had been placed on escape status after he walked away from the Lansing Correctional Facility’s East Unit Wednesday evening about 9:45 PM. Robinson was reported missing when he could not be located in the facility.

The 30-year-old inmate is serving a 131 month sentence for aggravated assault, fleeing police, robbery and DUI out of Shawnee County, KS...

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From POTUS to Patrick Mahomes, Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open win elicits positive social media reactions

Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open on Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. [David J. Phillip/The Associated Press] Hide caption

They are called major championships for a reason.

Topeka native Gary Woodland won the U.S. Open on Sunday with a four-round score of 13-under-par 271, and his victory turned heads all across the country. From President Donald Trump to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Woodland’s first major conquest grabbed the attention of politicians, celebrities and sports stars everywhere.

Here is a small sample of notable social media reactions to Woodland’s win, the fourth of his PGA Tour career:

“Congratulations to Gary Woodland in winning the United States Open Golf Championship...

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Shawnee County housing recovers as sales, pricing rise

Home sales and prices in Shawnee County ended 2012 higher than in 2011, pointing to a continuing recovery in the housing sector.

The Topeka Area Association of Realtors reported 238 houses were sold in Shawnee County in December 2012, up 14 percent from 208 homes in December 2011.

Shawnee County had a 5.4-month supply of homes at the end of 2012, meaning that if buyers continued purchasing homes at the same rate, it would take about five months and 12 days before they would buy up all the homes on the market.

Prices also rose, but by a far smaller percentage. The average home sale price in 2012 rose to $119,332, from $117,773 in 2011 — a roughly one percent increase...

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Ventura Sports Group, Wallace Bajjali And Topeka Team Up To Bring Professional Baseball To Topeka, K

Topeka, KS. Ventura Sports Group is proud to announce, in partnership with Wallace Bajjali and the City of Topeka that a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) has been signed between the parties to explore the opportunities for professional minor league baseball and the construction of a multi use stadium in the community. The location of the ballpark has yet to be determined and will be the result of the process that will take place over the next 90 days. In addition to professional minor league baseball, it is envisioned that the multi use facility would host numerous other entertainment, philanthropic and cultural events for the community of Topeka. Roger W...

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Vantage apartment project to go back to Shawnee council

A proposal for an apartment complex in Shawnee that has faced heated opposition from many of its potential neighbors is headed back to the full city council for a second time.

After a short discussion of the traffic projections, the Shawnee Planning Commission reiterated its support of the Vantage at Shawnee project Monday night, voting 9-2 to allow the rezoning that would pave the way for the project.

The council had asked planning commissioners to further discuss the matter after a long meeting last month in which many of the project’s nearest neighbors showed up to oppose it. However the planning commission did not allow public comment for its second look at the project on Monday. The commission heard neighbors’ objections at its November meeting.

The $35 million project, on vacant land...

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Commercial sheetrock finish in Kansas City

(MENAFN – PRLog) Construction DesignWorks provides creative choices in gypsum board wall systems

By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC

Whether you are involved in a commercial tenant finish project or building reconstruction services , you will ultimately be judged upon the final look of your sheetrock (gyp board, gypsum board, drywall plaster board) and paint finish. This is one of the last steps in turning your project over to the client. Understanding the five levels of drywall finishes in accordance with the American Society of Testing Materials – Publication ASTM C80, is imperative to meet the expectations of the client and architect.

These levels define the final visual appearance of the surface and var...

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Here’s your chance to buy a castle: Renée Kelly selling ‘Caenen Castle’ in Shawnee


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Jackson Balzan pitches Shawnee baseball past Highland in Diamond Classic

TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

For six innings, Shawnee’s Jackson Balzan was a crafty left-hander, throwing three pitches for strikes in a steady march through the Highland lineup.

“Awesome,” Shawnee coach Brian Anderson said of Balzan’s work in the final inning of the crisply played game on the Renegades’ field.

Joe Dalsey and Nate Liedtka delivered two-out RBI hits to snap a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning for Shawnee (14-3), the No. 6 seed which advanced to face third-seeded St. Augustine in the quarterfinals Saturday at 10 a.m. at Washington Township.

“This tournament is huge for us,” said Dalsey, who had an RBI single, a stolen base, and scored a run in the Renegades’ rally in the fourth inning.

Losing pitcher Mark Cotton drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Matt Schae...

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Shawnee teacher kicks student; mother says school ignored abuse

SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) — A mother says an elementary school teacher grabbed and kicked her 5-year-old daughter and when her daughter told a teacher about it, she says the school did nothing.

The only reason this mother says she knows a teacher hurt her daughter, was because her daughter, not the school, told her and there was video to prove what the teacher said happened was a lie.

The incident happened at during a kindergarten class at Bluejacket Flint Elementary school in Shawnee, KS.

That girl’s mother requested not to be identified and did not want to share her daughter’s name. The mother said she picked her daughter up from school Feb. 21, and that’s when she first heard something might be wrong...

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