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Lawrence schools to host construction kickoff event
April 24, 2014
Construction and renovation projects in the Lawrence school district are about to get underway. The district will host a kickoff celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Hill Elementary School, 901 Schwarz Road. By Peter Hancock
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Video: 2013 Only in Lawrence nominees

Twenty-six local residents are featured as this year's Only in Lawrence nominees for their outstanding contributions to the community. Watch »

Video: "Hank" the steam engine at Railfest 2013

Baldwin City residents and visitors alarmed this weekend by the sight of smoke rising from the Santa Fe Depot don’t need to call the fire department. The smoke will be billowing from the stack of a restored steam locomotive, and Midland Railway officials hope it will be a signal to train buffs to attend their annual Railfest, which runs Friday through Monday at Santa Fe Depot Park, 1515 High St. Watch »

Video: Lawrence-area couple builds '30s-style gas station

Rowan and Tanya Green of Perry created a 1930s-style gas station in their barn, which also houses a collection of thermoses and coolers. Watch »

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Lawrence street newspaper a ‘labor of love’ for longtime editor
April 25, 2014
For the past 17 years, Craig Sweets has edited the Lawrence street newspaper Change of Heart, which just released its spring issue and seeks to raise awareness about issues facing the local homeless population. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence couple aim to keep Mexican ‘ranch’ cooking tradition alive with cookbook
April 24, 2014
Three trips back to the western Mexican ranch on which she grew up — and countless phone conversations with her father — led to the publication by a Lawrence woman, alongside her husband, of a Mexican cookbook that aims to present the food at its most authentic while also preserving an eroding culinary tradition. By Stephen Montemayor
Introducing Limestone’s ‘Neoprairie’ pizza
April 24, 2014
The 20,000-pound limestone, wood-fired behemoth that heats up to 1,000 degrees and bakes a pizza in 90 seconds is the key ingredient for the Neapolitan-style pizza made from Kansas flour, local farm-sourced tomatoes and other regional ingredients. The masterminds behind the operation have coined these 12-inch pies as “Neoprairie,” each created with the subtlety of a few basic ingredients.
Eldridge plans to expand hotel
April 23, 2014
One of Lawrence’s more historic businesses has plans for a large, modern expansion.
City urging motorists to avoid 23rd and Louisiana area while crews repair fiber optic line
April 23, 2014
Construction crews replacing a waterline in the area have struck an AT&T fiber optic cable. The resulting repair work has snarled traffic in the area.
City agrees to apply for roundabout funding
April 22, 2014
Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday unanimously agreed to submit applications for state and federal funding for safety projects that could construct roundabouts at Wakarusa Drive and Harvard Road, 19th Street and Naismith Drive, and Kasold Drive and Harvard Road. By Chad Lawhorn
Hundreds gather to greet Bob Dole at KU
April 22, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returned to the Kansas University campus Tuesday to speak at the political institute that bears his name. At age 90, he still maintains an active interest in global affairs, but also a strong desire to stay connected with his friends and associates at home. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence not known for its early risers
April 22, 2014
The typical worker in Lawrence clocks in at 8:15 a.m., about 20 minutes later than the national average, according to Census Bureau data. Nate Silver, author of the FiveThirtyEight blog, extracted that factoid from the American Community Survey. By Peter Hancock
More basketball, fitness, senior classes on tap as city prepares to open Rock Chalk center
April 21, 2014
City officials have released their first schedule for classes and leagues at the city-owned recreation center at Rock Chalk Park, and it includes everything from a new youth basketball league for girls to a fitness class that touts “rock bottoms” at Rock Chalk Park. Classes and leagues are scheduled to begin in September, but sign up begins on April 27. By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase April 21
April 21, 2014
McGrew Real Estate recently completed the conversion of its office on Kasold Drive to solar power. McGrew hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cromwell Environmental Solar on April 11 to mark the event. Cromwell Environmental Solar is based in Lawrence.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Pinball, dancing and student hangouts of old
April 20, 2014
The student party scene in Lawrence was some type of crazy in the 1950s. You don’t believe me? They burned the pinball machines. No, not the students. The adults. By Chad Lawhorn
Students use robots to attend prom
April 20, 2014
Last Saturday, Olivia Ledezma danced and played games with her friends at the Lawrence Virtual High School prom, just like any of the other students in attendance. However, Ledezma wasn’t on the LVHS campus Saturday. She wasn’t even in the state. She was thousands of miles away in California, using a telepresence robot, essentially an iPad on wheels, to “attend” the big event. By Nikki Wentling
City engineers want roundabout at 19th and Naismith, plus two other major intersections
April 20, 2014
Your future trips to Allen Fieldhouse may include a new twist: a roundabout. City engineers want to apply for state grants to build a roundabout at 19th Street and Naismith Drive, plus at two other high-profile intersections — Kasold Drive and Harvard Road, and Wakarusa Drive and Harvard Road. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 22
April 18, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Downtown shot put draws crowd despite funding issues
April 18, 2014
Amid a cloud of white powder, Christian Cantwell grips the shot put and nestles it into the side of his neck. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound shot putter spins around a few times to gain momentum and releases the 16-pound lead ball into the air. A few seconds later, the shot put falls with a thud at the opposite end of the limestone pit. The crowd erupts in cheers and the herculean Cantwell is decreed the winner of this year’s Downtown Shot Put competition.
Credit card data breach affects Lawrence arts and craft store
April 18, 2014
About 2.6 million credit and debit cards used at Michaels crafts store, including the location in Lawrence, were breached in a hacking incident last year, the company announced this week. By Giles Bruce
Dole to pay visit to KU
April 17, 2014
Former Sen. Bob Dole will return to the Kansas University campus this week. An open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive. By Peter Hancock
Get to know the Farmers’ Ball semi-finalists
April 17, 2014
From 60 local band submissions, whittled down to 16 by KJHK/SUA committee members, and sliced in half by the community through online voting, eight bands will go head-to-head this Saturday, April 19 at The Bottleneck, at 8 p.m. This is the 20th year of this battle of the local/regional bands. It’s the second year the two organizations have been able to offer monetary prizes: the top reward being $2,000 and runner up receiving $1,000.
Annual Friendship Dinner slated for April 29
April 16, 2014
The annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at the Kansas Union Ballroom. The event will feature Scott Alexander, an associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and speakers from Kansas University and the community.
City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors
April 15, 2014
About five months after city commissioners used a set of studies to justify the approval of a new dual lane roundabout along a busy West Lawrence street, neighbors are presenting studies that suggest such roundabouts increase the likelihood of bicyclists being involved in accidents. By Chad Lawhorn
Jenkins explains budget vote; tours local businesses
April 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday explained her vote in favor of a federal budget bill that she says would reign in the federal deficit, but which Democrats say would gut funding for domestic programs such as Medicare and student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence Public Library sets date to open at new and expanded downtown facility
April 15, 2014
You can finally put a bookmark on your calendar: The new and expanded Lawrence Public Library will open July 26. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence keeping eye on possible November election for police headquarters plan
April 15, 2014
It is possible the city may seek to have an election in November to ask for voter approval of a multimillion dollar police headquarters, a trio of commissioners said Monday. But first commissioners must pick a site for a new police headquarters building, and that process is gaining steam at City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business
April 14, 2014
Come to find out, even tater curls piled high to the sky have a limit: 37 years. Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse —which has operated for nearly four decades in downtown Lawrence — will close on April 29. By Chad Lawhorn
Annual variety show Foundation Follies set for Friday
April 14, 2014
Teachers and administrators with Lawrence Public Schools will sing, dance and entertain crowds Friday at the annual variety show fundraiser, the Foundation Follies.
Business briefcase April 14
April 14, 2014
Robert Goldstein, a Kansas University distinguished geology professor, won the annual geoscience education award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Volunteers needed for Baldwin theater, Lawrence Earth Day
April 14, 2014
Baldwin City Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization committed to creating and supporting activities through the performing arts that foster community fellowship.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The two minds of George Paley
April 13, 2014
When you go on a Jamaican vacation, you pack your swimsuit and sunscreen. When George Paley goes on a Jamaican vacation, he packs his air compressor and plasma cutter. So, if you have ever wondered what happens when the mind of a businessman collides with the mind of an artist, now you know at least one answer: weird carry-on luggage. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 15
April 12, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Stolen golf clubs back in possession of disabled military veteran
April 11, 2014
Well, that didn’t take long. A day after a story ran in the Journal-World detailing the theft of disabled military veteran Chris Sorrentino’s golf clubs from a local golf course, he had them back in his possession. By Giles Bruce