WRITER: Dylan Lysen

Ax throwing business hopes to offer new experience for Lawrence consumers

James Marx lifted the sharp object with both arms behind his head before using the momentum of his body to throw it about 15 feet. The object, a light metal ax, made a "thwack" sound when it reached its destination, a wooden bullseye. “I’ve always had a fondness for dangerous things being thrown at wood,” said Marx, noting his experience in archery. “This just seems like a good time.” Marx and his ...

Go, See, Do | Fun with monarchs; Lied Center birthday bash; Free State festival begins

A massive migration of monarchs is in the midst. Monarch butterflies, that is. Chip Taylor, founder and director of Monarch Watch, said one of the largest migrations in several years of monarch butterflies from the north to the south is underway. He said thousands upon thousands of monarchs are currently being monitored for the migration. “This is a big migration,” he said. “This is the biggest ...

Local church leaving Masonic Temple building for a space across the street; cafe in the works

A new location in downtown Lawrence will allow a local church to offer more services and open a public cafe, its pastor says. The Greenhouse Culture, a nondenominational church currently located in the former Masonic Temple at 1001 Massachusetts St., plans to move across the street to the former Buffalo Wild Wings location at 1012 Massachusetts St. Jared Scholz, lead pastor of the church, said The Greenhouse ...

Longtime Lawrence couple to lead United Way campaign to raise $1.5M; local poverty said to be on the rise

The United Way of Douglas County will again aim to raise $1.5 million in its annual campaign. Linda and Scott Robinson, both longtime Lawrence residents and University of Kansas graduates, will serve as the co-chairs to lead the fundraising efforts for the 2018-19 campaign. Each year, the United Way of Douglas County conducts a campaign to raise funds to improve education, financial stability and health in the ...

Sports Pavilion Lawrence staying busy with 36 weekend tournaments scheduled for 2019

September may be the calm before the storm for Sports Pavilion Lawrence. No youth sports tournaments are scheduled at the athletic facility in northwest Lawrence this month, but tournaments will go “full bore” in October, said Lee Ice, youth sports supervisor for parks and recreation. Thirty-six weekends of 2019 — more than half — are scheduled for tournaments at the facility, he said. “There are ...

No timeline set for opening of new Eldridge Hotel restaurant

When a new restaurant in the Eldridge Hotel will open is still up in the air. Although signs in the windows of the historic downtown building at 701 Massachusetts St. show a plan for a restaurant to open in October, an official timeline has not been set. When asked if the restaurant – seemingly named The Eldridge House Club Restaurant – will open soon, hotel general manager Nancy Longhurst declined to ...

KU common work of art explores connection between U.S.-Haiti history

Although many Americans may not know it, Haiti and the United States share an important history, said Cécile Accilien, associate professor and director of the Institute of Haitian Studies at the University of Kansas. “Haiti is the first black republic to have a successful slave revolt,” Accilien said. “As a result of that slave revolt, you have the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United ...

Go, See, Do | Writer returns home for reading of her book about Kansas

Leaving Kansas can be hard when it’s the only place you’ve lived during the first 20-plus years of your life. I know because when I left Lawrence after college to live in Texas, I only made it a couple of months away from the Sunflower State. A few years after returning to Kansas, I read a story from Becky Mandelbaum’s book “Bad Kansas” about a woman who moved to California with her boyfriend only ...

Lawrence, still suffering from drought, could receive more rain this week from Tropical Storm Gordon

The Lawrence area could see more rain this week as Tropical Storm Gordon hits land in Alabama and moves into the Midwest. But how much is still up for debate. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said theories differ on how the storm will progress. Current models show that the bulk of the storm will reach southeast and south-central Kansas and then move north toward Kansas ...

Ribbon cutter exemplifies Boys & Girls Club goals

With snow falling outside and only an outdoor basketball hoop to play on, Avion Nelson decided what any child desperate to get some shots up would do. He shoveled the snow. “Once it got finished, everyone wanted to come outside and play,” he said. But Nelson no longer needs to put in work to have fun on the basketball court, because the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club recently moved into a new ...

New Boys & Girls Club teen center offers many spaces, activities for local students

With the sun shining through the large windows of the new Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence teen center in the southeast part of town, students were recently jumping off the bus and forming a long line to hurry into the building. The new 50,000-square-foot facility — officially the Don and Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures — features an indoor gym, performance stage, recording studio, several lounge ...

Former Lawrence schoolhouse becomes a punk rock venue

Out in North Lawrence, on the edge of the city limits, stands a small white schoolhouse surrounded by grass and trees. For almost 100 years, the building known as White Schoolhouse was used as an actual school. Now, the building, located at 1510 N. Third St., serves as an all-ages punk rock venue for local production company Petri Productions. Petri Productions, led by Paige Batson, recently celebrated its ...

Musical exploring the world of child gender identity will start in Lawrence, then move to NYC

A musical production focusing on a child dealing with gender identity issues is preparing in Lawrence before taking its act to the Big Apple. Hazel Youngquist, a senior at Perry-Lecompton High School, portrays the titular Q in the upcoming musical, which tells the story of a nonbinary fifth-grader who must navigate a dangerous journey of bullying, schoolwork and deciding whether to try out for the boys or girls ...

Lawrence chamber of commerce plans to hire new leader by January

The Lawrence chamber of commerce is planning to hire a new leader by late December or early January, said Michele Hammann, chair of the organization’s board of directors. The time frame allows the incoming president and CEO to work alongside Larry McElwain, the current leader who is set to retire at the end of January. “I think our timeline is pretty aggressive, but I think it’s completely doable,” ...

Lawrence receives half inch of rain; chance for more over Labor Day weekend

This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. Lawrence received about half an inch of rain from an overnight thunderstorm that lasted into Thursday morning. Chad Omitt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said Lawrence received about 0.61 inches of rain on Thursday. The area just south of Lawrence received about an inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain, he said. Lawrence could receive more rain ...

Go, See, Do | A new downtown art gallery joins Final Friday with local legend

If I had to boil down what I love about Lawrence to one thing, I would have to say it’s the amount of fun, interesting and exciting things available for local people to go out and do. That’s a big reason I recently moved back to the city where I received my college degree and I plan to make my home again. Luckily for me, the Journal-World asked me to keep an eye out for all those fun, interesting and ...

Food-delivery service Uber Eats launches in Lawrence

A ride-sharing service operating in Lawrence also wants to deliver food to local residents. Uber Eats, a food-delivery service and sister company to the ride-sharing service Uber, launched in Lawrence on Wednesday. The service joins several other applications and local programs that offer food delivery, including Jayhawk2Go, EatStreet, GrubHub and others. Charity Jackson, an Uber Eats spokeswoman, said the ...

New library program encourages reading 1,000 books before kindergarten

The Lawrence Public Library wants children in the community to begin reading as early as possible and has started an ambitious program to that end. The library recently announced a book program that aims for young readers to finish 1,000 books before entering kindergarten. To kick off the program, the library will host a launch party at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The launch party will allow parents and young readers ...

I used the new bicycle sharing service in downtown Lawrence; here's what happened

You don't have to own a bike to be a biker in Lawrence. You can use a new privately owned bike sharing company that is primarily operating in downtown and on the KU campus. But how does that work? I'm glad you asked. With the city of Lawrence allowing bike sharing company VeoRide to place its app-controlled bikes throughout town a little more than a month ago, I decided to give it a shot myself. I snagged a ...

City closes another part of Ninth Street as construction projects continue

The beginning of the school year often means one thing for the City of Lawrence: road construction projects coming to an end. But some projects in Lawrence will take much longer, said David Cronin, city engineer. On Monday, the city closed Ninth Street from Connecticut Street to New Hampshire Street as part of one of the two longer-term street projects. The city is working on the reconstruction of Ninth ...