John Taylor Editor

John Taylor is group editor for World Company weekly newspapers and editor of the Shawnee Dispatch. Taylor previously had worked from 1988 to 2004 at the Lawrence Journal-World, where he had been news editor since 1994. A 1982 graduate of the University of Kansas, Taylor also has worked for the Coffeyville Journal.

Recent stories

Organizers ready for Lansing DAZE
January 28, 2011
Lansing DAZE 2007 features a new date, a new venue and slimmed-down offerings, but it’s still the same family-fun festival, organizers say.
Holland seeking name recognition in governor’s race
October 28, 2010
Around Kansas, Tom Holland is spreading his message and seeking enough name recognition to propel him to a four-year term in the Governor’s Office The Baldwin City Democrat isn’t lacking name recognition in his own hometown, though.
Federal, state officials lead charge against detainee transfers to Fort Leavenworth
11:40 a.m., August 3, 2009 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Half of the state’s congressional delegation showed for a Monday morning news conference to protest plans to possibly move suspected terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth.
U.S. 24-40/K-7 interchange reopening
January 22, 2009
A major highway interchange used by area commuters is poised to reopen after months of construction.
Basehor mayor to retire at end of term
November 17, 2008
Mayor Chris Garcia said family weighed heavily in his decision. His daughter, Nicoletta, will be a high school senior; son T.J. will be entering high school.
Leavenworth possible relocation site
November 5, 2008
A study is under way to determine the feasibility of relocating the Army’s Sergeants Major Academy — along with its fulltime staff of 280 people and an annual rotation of 650 to 700 noncommissioned officers — from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Fort Leavenworth.
Study looks at relocating academy to Fort Leavenworth
Sergeants Majors Academy would move from Fort Bliss, Texas
November 3, 2008
Stephan Nolan, a spokesman for Fort Leavenworth, said the idea for the move was proposed by Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, and was in the “very preliminary” stages.
Wilk won’t seek re-election
09:57 a.m., May 5, 2008 Updated 10:54 a.m.
In a telephone interview Monday morning, State Rep. Kenny Wilk said it was time to “let someone else” have their chance to serve.
Bush budget spurs talk of new prison
February 7, 2008
President Bush’s proposed budget includes funds to evaluate a site in Leavenworth for a new federal prison, Sen. Sam Brownback said Monday.
No charges yet in death of fetus
Lawmaker says Lansing shooting ‘exactly’ the sort of case Alexa’s Law is is intended
February 7, 2008
The shooting death of a pregnant woman last month in Lansing would be an ideal case on which to bring charges under the state’s new fetal homicide law, said a state legislator who pushed to get “Alexa’s Law” on the books in Kansas.

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Recent photos

The new Kindle Fire is among e-readers now on the market.

Visitors to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City stroll underneath a canopy of colorful leaves on the Baker University campus. The Maple Leaf Festival is staged annually on the third weekend of October in Baldwin City in southern Douglas County.

A worker installs seating in the new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The new, $200 million stadium opens this month as the home of soccer’s Sporting Kansas City club.

Diana Hockman, Shawnee, tends to a coneflower plant in the Country Garden at Shawnee Town. As the spring planting season nears, Leavenworth County master gardener Joy Kromer and her husband, Bill, provide tips below on spring and summer gardening.

Snow decorates the noses of these cattle sculptures in Shawnee's Pioneer Crossing Park. Another round of wintry weather is descending on northeast Kansas.

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