WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Report finds Lawrence ranks last in America in having enough jobs for college graduates

I have a friend who once was in a blue-collar management job. Just to keep his employees on their toes, he used to remind them that “you don’t need to have a college degree to do this job, but there are plenty of people with one that will.” It appears that nowhere in America is that statement more true than in Lawrence. A new report shows Lawrence ranks last among all metro areas when it comes to having ...

Board of Regents member wants KU explanation on issues related to college basketball corruption case

A top official with the Kansas Board of Regents said he expects to receive an explanation about what a KU basketball coach meant when he was recorded on a phone call discussing a recruit and money. Shane Bangerter, vice chair of the Board of Regents, said he’s been in communication with University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod about KU issues related to the recent federal trial involving corruption in ...

News and notes, including a fast food remodel and what is being built next to Zaxby's

Some news and notes from around town: • Election season is done, but somehow we didn’t get this national controversy resolved: round or square hamburgers? If you are a square hamburger fan — hold onto your hammer and sickle — the west Lawrence Wendy’s has closed for major remodeling. Work began in recent days on the small Wendy’s in the shopping center that is at the southwest corner of Sixth and ...

KU's basic housing and dining rates will stay flat for next school year, but will still be highest among Regents universities

Emporia — The University of Kansas will continue to have the highest housing and dining costs of any Regents university in the state, but KU leaders said they will forgo raising the standard rates for the next school year. University leaders on Wednesday told the Kansas Board of Regents that the housing and dining rate for KU’s basic on-campus living package would remain unchanged for the 2019-2020 school ...

Lawrence manufacturer seeks tax break as part of $5M expansion; city set to approve other economic incentives

Needing more space for beer glasses and T-shirts is usually considered a problem at my house, but it is a sign of booming business for one Lawrence manufacturer. Grandstand Glassware & Apparel has plans for an approximately $5 million expansion at its East Hills Business Park location. As part of the deal, the company is seeking a property tax break from the city, and commissioners will begin the process ...

Another longtime downtown retailer to close; Compton buys Mass. Street building

Sure, Amazon and the host of other online retailers are fierce competitors, but when Cinda Garrison decided to close her longtime downtown business, Prairie Patches, there were a pair of adversaries that were even tougher to defeat — her knees. Garrison recently confirmed the speculation that I had heard: Prairie Patches at 821 Massachusetts St. will close early next year, ending about 45 years in business ...

From bingo to kiddos: Longtime Eagles Lodge building to become pediatric center

I always assumed that if a medical office were ever to locate in the old Eagles Lodge building, it would be a heart specialist. That building’s bingo games were notorious for breaking hearts. (If you are scoring at home, I still have yet to ever win a bingo game in my life.) But instead, I have news about the building being converted into a major pediatric center. Panda Pediatrics has signed a deal to take ...

Wiretapped phone call of KU coach may become part of NCAA inquiry; AD confirms NCAA hasn't started on De Sousa review

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said Thursday that a wiretapped phone conversation where a KU coach and an Adidas representative discussed the possibility of paying a recruit may be part of a future “inquiry” with the NCAA. But Long left unclear whether he has done anything to already ascertain what the intentions were of KU assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend when he was caught on ...

KU now refuses to share info with public on $1.5M in Adidas payments; last week it said lack of personnel was reason for delay

KU accepted $1.5 million in extra payments from the shoe company at the center of a college basketball corruption case, but now KU is refusing to release documents detailing the conditions attached to the money. An attorney for Kansas Athletics Inc. on Monday evening denied the Journal-World’s open records request seeking documents related to $1.5 million in extra royalty payments the department received ...

Regional chain plans to open 2 breakfast restaurants in Lawrence, one of them downtown

It has been hard to be an egghead in Lawrence lately. In the age-old question of what came first, the chicken or the egg, the answer in Lawrence seemed to be the fried chicken. But now, fans of the egg can take heart. The regional chain Jimmy’s Egg has confirmed it is opening not one but two Lawrence breakfast restaurants. I reported in July about speculation that Jimmy’s Egg had reached a deal to locate ...

How deeply will NCAA dig into KU's recruiting? That question and others still loom after trial

The trial is over but the questions aren’t for the University of Kansas and its involvement in a college basketball recruiting scandal that may well send some former KU partners to prison. Former Adidas employee James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and aspiring NBA agent Christian Dawkins all were convicted of various fraud charges by a federal jury in New York on Wednesday. Various media outlets ...

New ownership for one of Lawrence's longtime Italian restaurants

Justin Wilk has eaten more pasta in the last month than at any other time in his life. For some of us that would be saying a lot since my motto once was “I put the uh-oh in Spaghetti O's.” But don’t worry, Wilk is not eating that low-brow fare. Instead, he’s become the owner of one of Lawrence’s longtime Italian restaurants. Wilk last month took over ownership of the The Basil Leaf Cafe at 616 W. ...

KU cites lack of personnel for delay in providing records related to unexplained $1.5M in Adidas payments

Update - In statement following verdicts, KU says it is evaluating options on Adidas contract As former Adidas executives face a federal jury, KU continues to delay the release of documents that could shed light on the university’s financial relationship with the now controversial apparel company. The Journal-World reported on Oct. 12 that the board of directors of Kansas Athletics Inc. had been told ...

KU says it's evaluating options on Adidas contract, doesn't answer whether it will conduct independent investigation of recruiting practices

Story updated 6:02 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018: The University of Kansas is continuing to evaluate whether it wants to be in partnership with Adidas after two of the company’s former employees were convicted Wednesday on fraud charges related to a pay-for-play college basketball recruiting scheme. In a statement from Chancellor Douglas Girod and Athletic Director Jeff Long, KU said it did not have a ...

Plans for major shopping center at SLT and Iowa Street get boost, but motorists may have to get used to new stoplight

Thanks to a stoplight, plans are once again moving ahead for a major new shopping center at the interchange of the South Lawrence Trafficway and Iowa Street. Developers have filed a new set of plans with City Hall to build a shopping center on the southeast corner of the interchange that could house up to eight big retailers, a couple of hotels and more than a half-dozen restaurants and other smaller ...

Car dealer closes 23rd Street location as part of new plan; a self-storage business with a twist

My wife mutters about trading up all the time, which I assume means she is looking for a new vehicle. She now has one less option on 23rd Street. Several readers have asked what is going on with the Auto Exchange used-car lot at 23rd and Haskell. It indeed has closed, but the company has not. Natalie Duncan, comptroller for Lawrence’s Auto Exchange, told me the 23rd Street closure was part of a plan to ...

LMH to support voter efforts on mental health sales tax question, but some question fairness

The upcoming ballot issue to create a quarter-cent countywide sales tax to fund additional mental health services will get a boost from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, although not without some criticism. The hospital’s board of trustees on Monday evening agreed to allow the LMH Health logo to be part of an informational flyer about the sales tax proposal, which voters will decide as part of the Nov. 6 election. ...

French-style bakery set to open in downtown Lawrence

The only bad thing about butter is it doesn’t come with its own lollypop stick. If you are that type of butter lover, you’ll want to take note of a soon-to-open downtown bakery that promises lots of rich European creations. E Barn Farm Bakery is set to open in the former Sandbar sub location at Eighth and New Hampshire streets by the end of the month. Owner Samantha Elmer thinks the shop will have a ...

Chancellor won't say whether he still has 'complete confidence' that KU follows recruiting rules

As a federal corruption trial has made new allegations regarding the recruiting practices of the University of Kansas, Chancellor Douglas Girod won't say whether he still has “complete confidence” in the university’s staff to follow recruiting rules. The trial underway in New York also has brought forward new information that raises questions of what Girod knew about potential recruiting violations and ...

Nonprofit buys downtown parking lot in hopes of helping historic building

Well, here’s one solution to the problem of finding a place to park downtown: Just buy yourself a parking lot. One has sold recently, and it may end up being a real boon for one of Lawrence’s oldest buildings. The Lawrence Preservation Alliance confirmed it has finalized a deal with US Bank to buy the business’s small parking lot at the northeast corner of Ninth and Rhode Island streets. No, finding a ...