Christine Metz

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Douglas County refinances debt to take advantage of low interest rates
May 4, 2012
Action to save up to $940,000
Heritage Council backs allotting $163K to farmhouse project
November 15, 2011
A $163,000 project to restore a 121-year-old pioneer home on the site of the Black Jack Battlefield is the big winner in the first round of grants through Douglas County’s natural and cultural heritage grant program.
It’s that time again: Be on the lookout for deer as you’re driving
October 14, 2011
Much of the fall is designated as deer hunting season, but for many Americans it might be more aptly renamed deer hitting season.
Film crews come to Kansas to document Take Charge Challenge
June 20, 2011
For the past five months, residents in Baldwin City and 15 other communities across Kansas diligently have changed light bulbs, lined up energy audits for their homes and installed programmable thermostats. Those efforts have generated interest from across the country.
Bird walk planned for section of historic Baldwin Woods
June 6, 2011
Get your binoculars ready. The Kansas Land Trust is hosting a bird walk through a section of the historic Baldwin Woods landscape.
Gas prices could climb with arrival of spring
March 23, 2011
A change in seasons could soon result in another increase in gasoline prices.
Young Lawrence artists learn old art to help build gate for Black Jack site
February 19, 2011
The young adults at Van Go Mobile Arts are best known for their pieces of brightly painted furniture. But on Thursday, a crew of four put down their paintbrushes and picked up hammers to learn the ancient art of blacksmithing.
KDOT pledges $550,000 to make school intersection safer
February 14, 2011
The intersection of U.S. Highway 56 and East 1600 Road is one of 13 sites in the state that will receive funding as part of KDOT’s corridor management plan, which works to address traffic problems that arise on busy roads.
CFL light bulbs energy efficient, require some precautions
February 10, 2011
In the Take Charge Challenge competition between Baldwin, Paola, Gardner and Ottawa, residents are encouraged to reduce their energy use. The winning community will receive $100,000 to help fund an efficiency project, money that comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Kansas texting law takes full effect Jan. 1
December 30, 2010
Come Jan. 1, Kansas motorists might want to think twice before picking up a cell phone to send or read a text message. If they are spotted by a law enforcement officer, that action could cost them a $60 ticket and in Douglas County another $93.50 in court fines.

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