I’m the Journal-World’s enterprise reporter, tasked with finding interesting stories that reflect the Lawrence and Douglas County communities. My beat includes daily news articles and more in-depth projects on a variety of subjects.
I also write about the Lawrence restaurant scene — where everything from garden-fresh craft cocktails to exotic Asian hotpots to bacon cheeseburgers slathered with peanut butter can all be yours (to actually eat, or just read about if you’d rather). Check out my blog, Wined & Dined, and weekly food spotlight, Off the Beaten Plate, on Lawrence.com.
Previously, I was a cops and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction of some kind most every day for a few years. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a weekly paper just up the road. My first beat at the Journal-World was features, covering food, arts, entertainment and lifestyle.
I’m a fourth-generation graduate of Kansas University, where I majored in journalism, art history and French. To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd
Eating raw deer meat from a stone slab feels more chic than caveman-ish with this appetizer.
In the Himalayan mountains, where most homes don’t have central heat, residents eat a lot of this spicy, satisfying soup to take off winter’s chill.
Donations from community members enabled Iwig Family Dairy to purchase and install a used boiler, and milk is back on store shelves. By Sara Shepherd
Bad news for Iwig Family Dairy fans. The dairy has suspended bottled milk sales because of an equipment breakdown it can’t afford to fix right away. By Sara Shepherd
A new coffee shop is now pouring in North Lawrence, ending a decidedly decaf decade on that side of the river. Owned by four Lawrence residents, the Brewhaus opened this month at 624 N. Second St., next door to the Iwig Dairy Store. By Sara Shepherd
There are people who drink beer and smoke meat at a handful of barbecue competitions a year. Then there are people who win. Then there are people who win it all — and a local team has just joined that elite echelon, where barbecue isn’t just for fun anymore. By Sara Shepherd
Several pre-1900 Lawrence churches are finding new life after once-thriving congregations abandoned them. Tenants love the typically light, airy spaces, and architecture buffs love seeing the unique buildings carry on, despite often costly and challenging renovations. Here are five of Lawrence’s oldest churches, reborn. By Sara Shepherd
From suffrage marches of the 1800s to modern-day zombie walks, Lawrence has always loved a parade. A new photo exhibit at the Watkins Museum of History captures a few of the city’s many parades through the years. By Sara Shepherd
When 20-year-old Jake Leet collapsed on stage Saturday night, audience members may have thought it was scripted — after all he was playing Donkey, the most physically animated character in Theatre Lawrence’s “Shrek.” But castmates quickly realized something was wrong. Leet was not breathing and had no pulse. Jake’s mother, Teri Leet of Lawrence, calls what happened next and in the following days a “Christmas miracle.” By Sara Shepherd