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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - August 8, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas J ournal - W orld LAWRENCE ® LJWorld. com $ 1.00 SATURDAY • AUGUST 8 • 2015 Partly cloudy Today’s forecast, page 10A High: 96 Low: 75 Business 2A Classified 5C- 10C Comics 6A Deaths 2A Events listings 10A, 2C Horoscope 7A Opinion 9A Puzzles 7A Sports 1C- 4C Television 10A, 2C USA Today 1B- 6B INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 220 26 pages Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld Lawrence’s bus service has won a top statewide award as Kansas’ fastest growing public transit system. Page 3A Riding high Caitlin Doornbos cvdoornbos@ ljworld. com Lights & Sirens USA TODAY Fact check: Which candidates told truth at GOP debate? 1B T his year has been rough for the 700 block of Massachu setts Street. Just weeks into 2015, flames and heavy smoke began billowing out of Jef ferson’s restaurant, 743 Massachusetts St., around 11 a. m. Jan. 15. Less than two months later, a March 3 fire in the smoker at Bigg’s on Mass, 719 Massachusetts St., left exten sive smoke and water damage to the building and neighboring businesses, including Ladybird Diner at 721 Massachusetts St. Jefferson’s to reopen Aug. 31 Please see REOPEN, page 5A Kobach, chef can’t ‘ meat’ in the middle By Karen Dillon Twitter: @ karensdillon Brian Strecker’s plans to build a 640- square- foot building in the middle of 30 acres to house his new specialty meat store were close to the finish line. Strecker, a well- known Lawrence chef who ran the kitchen at Pacham amas for 13 years, said The Burn ing Barrel west of Lecompton would process and sell hams, sausages, pork and beef, just enough to provide himself and a partner and possibly two other employees a living. He even got the approval of the Lawrence- Douglas County Plan ning Commission. But an unanticipated snag — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Ko bach, who has had his own contro versy with county building codes recently — has helped create a Inside: Ladybird Diner to open “ hopefully next week,” owner says. 5A This aerial view looking toward the south shows the intersection of 31st and Louisiana streets Tuesday. Stretch of rebuilt 31st Street opens SOUTH LAWRENCE TRAFFICWAY Nick Krug/ Journal- World Photo Secretary of state opposes Lawrence entrepreneur’s plan for specialty store Kobach Please see MEAT, page 5A Cozart Willis Whick QB should lead the Jayhawks? ( It’s not a trick question.) Stanley Pick one 1C Staff Reports A section of 31st Street that had been closed for more than a year reopened around noon Friday. Thirty- first Street between Ousdahl Road and Haskell Avenue, which had been closed since June 2014 as part of the South Law rence Trafficway project, originally was sched uled to reopen Wednesday. But earlier this week, Kansas Department of Transportation officials told city engineer David Cronin that they needed a few extra days “ to get to the 100 percent com plete stage.” Now that’s done, and the roadway is open. Here’s what some area residents had to say Friday evening about the good news: Year’s worth of work is finished “ It helps us out a lot. My wife and I have two kids under the age of two. It's easier for us to access stores on this side of town. Normally that trip takes between 30 and 45 minutes. I just drove it in less than 10.” — David Coachman, Lawrence “ Sometimes I’ll use it as a back road to avoid the traffic.” — Lauren Sati, Lawrence “ We’ll use it if we're coming in from Kansas City and want to get back faster. It's just another back road we use.” — Savannah Anderson, Lawrence Share your thoughts in the comments at LJWorld. com or tweet to @ LJWorld . Facebook. com/ LJWorld By Rochelle Valverde Twitter: @ RochelleVerde The first day of school is right around the cor ner, and in addi tion to the usual school supplies and back- to- school shopping, there are several things parents need to get done before their students return to the classroom. For students in first through ninth grades, the first day of school is Aug. 19, with all other grades heading back to class Aug. 20. Here’s what parents need to know to get their students ready: Immunizations An up- to- date immunization record is required for students to return to school. A couple of changes were made to the immunization requirements for the upcoming school year, so be sure to review the schedule at kdheks. gov to make sure your student is current. Immunizations can be received at your student’s primary care physician or without an appointment at the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department during clinic hours. Clinic hours are 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a. m. to 7 p. m. Mondays; and 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. Wednesdays. If you need a copy of your student’s current immunizations, you can ac cess their records through Skyward Family Access on the USD497. org website or by contacting your school nurse. Student fees, school meals Payment of student fees and purchase of school meals can be submit ted by mail or online under the Parents & Students tab at USD497. org. Payment plans are available for student fees. Student fee waivers and free or reduced- price school meals are available to Back to school: A guide for parents SCHOOLS Please see SCHOOL, page 4A

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