November 18, 2010
The Douglas County Courthouse is the seat of Douglas County government.
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Topeka — A Baldwin City woman may be charged with the crime of illegally hosting minors consuming alcohol, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday, reversing a decision from the Douglas County District Court.
The Douglas County Commission approved the hiring of Marvin Hunt as executive director of an upcoming adult technical education center on Wednesday.
Douglas County officials are considering ways to expand the county jail. "We are starting to see the numbers of inmates go up and their needs are changing, so we have started looking at what we need to do to improve our facility," Sheriff Ken McGovern said.
A Baldwin City mom admitted in court documents to letting her teenage daughter and underage friends party at her home one night last summer as she drank along with them. Yet Sherry Haskell was not found guilty of unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcohol.
Douglas County is back in the business of accepting applications for agritourism operations after the Board of Commissioners approved new regulations and rescinded its moratorium on applications Wednesday.
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a 2014-18 capital improvement plan, a rolling five-year playbook for construction and renovation projects in the county.
County allows wind energy company to apply for construction of two meteorological towers west of Baldwin City
The Douglas County Commission will allow NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind energy developer in the United States, to proceed in the application process to erect two meteorological towers in the countryside to study the area's wind patterns.
Some outside agencies that receive county funding will undergo more reporting and monitoring under a measure that Douglas County commissioners approved Wednesday. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a modified version of a plan that Commissioner Mike Gaughan introduced two weeks ago.
Private entities that receive public money from Douglas County would have to provide more disclosure about how they spend that money under a proposal being considered by the County Commission. Commissioner Mike Gaughan outlined a package of reforms he wants to see enacted in the coming year. Some would apply to items and services purchased directly by county agencies.
Sheriff's office expanding social media
Residents speak out against plant they say would encourage sprawl
Private road southwest of Baldwin City discussed at county commission meeting
Douglas County commissioners made two decisions Wednesday that are expected to save the county thousands of dollars a year in telecommunication costs.
More than half of the $350,000 the Douglas County Commission has set aside for preserving historic and open spaces should be used for one or two major projects.
With mill levies going up and the values of homes remaining stagnant or going down, the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office isn’t sure which direction tax bills will go.