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Lawhorn's Lawrence: Living life like a rock star

Perry Lockwood is just thankful that he didn’t come out in Spandex. For years now, people have been coming up to him in bars, on the street and elsewhere asking to get photos with him and his trademark do-rag and long flowing hair. They would tell him he looked just like Bret Michaels. “I was like, cool, they think I’m a professional wrestler,” Lockwood says. By Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence City Hall struggles with what role to play in broadband competition

The new year is likely going to bring a City Hall decision that will impact the future of Internet service in Lawrence for years to come. The one problem: There is disagreement on whether it will impact it for the good or the bad. City commissioners are being asked to make a decision on a technical question commonly referred to as “common carriage or open access” of future fiber optic networks. By Chad Lawhorn

Funeral home debuts restored horsedrawn hearse

The daytime motorcade trundling through the streets behind a shiny black hearse, all with headlights on, is a hallmark of today’s funerals. But, of course, death predates cars and electric lights — and so do hearses. A Lawrence funeral home now has a vehicle for the deceased to be sent off in style from a bygone era: a horsedrawn hearse. By Sara Shepherd

Fire engulfs building on East 1100 Road

A fire fully engulfed a barn off East 1100 Road this afternoon.

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Lawhorn's Lawrence: Gift-wrapping with the pros

Despite my clearly firm handle on the art of gift-wrapping, it still was suggested that I spend a little time with the professional gift wrappers at Weaver’s department store in downtown Lawrence. A wrapper at the complimentary gift-wrapping table in the basement of the store easily will wrap more than 50 presents a day during the holiday shopping season. By Chad Lawhorn

City Commission, East Lawrence neighborhood go back and forth on Ninth Street proposal

A plan to make portions of Ninth Street into a unique corridor for the arts isn’t producing much beauty between Lawrence city commissioners and the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association.By Chad Lawhorn

United Way fundraising drive falling short of goal

Leaders with the United Way said the campaign is projected to fall about $125,000 short of its $1.8 million goal, unless giving increases significantly before the end of the year.By Chad Lawhorn

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City officials working to fix concrete cracks at Rock Chalk Park recreation center

As the Journal-World reported in early November, about 25 cracks developed in the concrete mezzanine at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. Since that time, problems with the grout in the entryway of the 181,000 square-foot building also have developed. City officials, who previously said they would monitor the situation before deciding whether to undertake repairs, said a fix is now needed.By Chad Lawhorn

Lawhorn's Lawrence: Picking a Christmas tree and choosing optimism

It always has been easy to get beaten down in this world and assume that trouble is around every corner. And then, one day, you turn a corner and find a Christmas tree lot full of optimists. By Chad Lawhorn

City agrees to look at parking changes to accommodate proposed downtown grocery store

Plans for a downtown grocery store at 11th and Massachusetts streets will have to overcome some public opposition, but city commissioners on Tuesday agreed to start working on a plan to find a compromise on the proposed project.By Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence residents trying to beat the heat

Today's weather: The heat continues again today as our high pushes the 100 degree mark. Although there is a chance of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, the chances remain fairly slim. The light south wind will provide little relief from the ...

Lawrence resident hopes Iranian crisis ‘plants seed’

Today's weather: Afternoon highs will top out at 97 degrees with a heat index of well over 105. We'll see only a few passing clouds in the sky along with a light wind out of the south between five and ...

Now is the time to adopt a dog

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should ...

Hundreds of friends, family honor Frederick

Today's weather: We're going to have another muggy afternoon. The high will be near 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100. Today's headlines: • Friends and family filled KU's Lied Center on Wednesday • A Lawrence man, along ...

Wet spring means pests galore

• The wet spring season will mean more mosquitoes than last year • Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick was flown by air ambulance to KU Medical Hospital after a bicycle accident at Sixth and Kasold Drive around 6:45 ...

Lawrence residents going batty in bug battle

Some Lawrence residents are turning to bats to control their mosquito problems. But The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department does not recommend that people have bat houses, mainly because bats can carry rabies. For more on bats, and how to attract ...

No more bus rides for many: District tightens belt by cutting transportation

After a chilly start to the day, temperatures will climb to near normal by afternoon. Expect a high near 78. Skies will gradually clear throughout the day, leading to mostly clear skies overnight. With the help of light north winds, ...

Pools spending thousands to comply with new federal standards

A slight chance of morning storms will give way to a very muggy Friday. The humidity, combined with sufficient twist in the atmosphere, and a front, will spark numerous thunderstorms by late afternoon across the area. Before the storms, highs ...

Curbside recycling in Lawrence? Don't count on it anytime soon

General recipe for fog: lots of moisture, calm winds and seasonably cool temperatures. Dense Fog Advisories will remain in effect until 11 a.m. for Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Once the sun's heat takes hold, fog will begin to clear by ...

School board cuts mental health support program

A storm slowly taking shape out to our west will turn winds, gusting at times up to 20 mph, from the southeast. The south bit of the wind will help to draw some warmer air into Northeast Kansas, Wednesday. Highs ...

Abused and dismissed

Mark McMeans, 52, of Meeker, Okla., accused James Jackson of sexually abusing him in 1975 at Arrowhead Junior High School, where McMeans was a seventh-grader and Jackson the vice principal. In a theme that develops over his life, Jackson is accused of abusing children but faces few repercussions.

Midland Railroad dining car to open in Baldwin City

The Midland Railroad in Baldwin City is adding a dinning car to its fleet. The car will offer a five-course meal as it runs the rails between Ottawa and Baldwin City.

Emma Pogge, WWII Veteran

Emma Pogge, one of the oldest living World War II women veterans, talks about joining the army, playing basketball during her service, meeting her husband and seeing Europe.

Morning check with Bill Lacy

We checked in with Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics, at about 10 a.m. Tuesday for his early thoughts on the election.

Halloween Light Show

Lee Howe, who lives at 2020 Pebble Lane, spent countless hours setting up a Halloween display in his front yard. The display is made up of grave stones and pumpkins and a pirate ship guided by a scary captain, all illuminated with hundreds of LED lights for the show.

Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival

The Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival kicked off on Saturday in Baldwin City with more than 30 venders and an expected 30,000 people for the weekend event.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church's Oktoberfest

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church held its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, which featured German food and beer, along with music and dance.

Baldwin City man builds new drum for Kansas City Chiefs

Cyrus Fillmore of rural Baldwin, talks about making a special drum for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lecompton's Bald Eagle Rendezvous Days shed light on pioneer life

Re-enactors show what is was like making due in the 1800s during Lecompton's Bald Eagle Rendezvous Days, which goes through Saturday.

Bikers take part in the 37th annual ABATE Rally

Hundreds of motorcycles descended on Paradise Point at Perry Lake for the 37th annual ABATE motorcycle rally.