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Director of new technical training center optimistic about August opening
November 30, 2014
The project earlier this year learned it didn’t win a key federal grant it was seeking, but director Marvin Hunt said plans still call for the center to open on Aug. 15.
Business briefcase for Dec. 1
November 30, 2014
Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates has been identified as a “better performer” in a 2014 report from the Medical Group Management Association. This is the sixth year the locally owned medical practice received the designation.
KU group wants campus tobacco-free by fall 2015
November 29, 2014
A Kansas University initiative is working to gain support for banning smoking and other forms of tobacco from campus by fall of 2015. As the Tobacco Free KU initiative pushes for a university policy change, it’s also pushing for buy-in from students, faculty and staff. “Our ultimate goal is to create a culture change on campus,” said Ashley Hrabe, KU senior and founder of Breathe Easy at KU (BEAK). By Sara Shepherd
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: In line for food
November 29, 2014
Lawrence City Hall’s small business facilitator tries to ease fears
November 29, 2014
Cyndi Hermocillo-Legg used to be a small business owner, and she remembers what most of them think about a trip to their local City Hall. “There are businesses all across the country that aren’t comfortable with city halls,” Hermocillo-Legg said. “They’re thinking this is going to involve licenses, permits and probably money.” By Chad Lawhorn
Oxygen masks help save 21 dogs from Lawrence business fire
November 29, 2014
A donation of pet oxygen masks last month and quick work by firefighters, veterinarians and bystanders helped save the lives of 21 dogs who were in a burning building early Saturday morning. One dog, however, died, officials said, possibly from smoke inhalation.
Apartment project near KU proposes another plan to reduce required parking
November 28, 2014
There’s a new plan to reduce the amount of parking required for a proposed $75 million apartment building near the Kansas University campus, but it is producing some of the same old concerns for neighbors of the project.By Chad Lawhorn
Crowds gather in downtown Lawrence as mayor, Santa usher in Christmas season
November 28, 2014
Normally known for his stealthy rooftop sneaking, Santa Claus once again marooned himself above Weaver’s Department Store for all of downtown to see.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Dec. 2 meeting
November 28, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Kansas tax collections $3.1M more than estimated
November 28, 2014
State officials say Kansas’ tax collections were $3.1 million more than estimated in November after recent shortfalls. The Kansas Department of Revenue said Wednesday that tax collections totaled more than $409 million this month, while about $406 million was estimated, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/11y7rDv ).
Not family but not bad: Community members thankful for LINK Thanksgiving dinner
November 27, 2014
A lot of people eating Thanksgiving dinner at LINK might have preferred to be with their families for the holiday. But for many, because of various life circumstances, that’s not their holiday reality. So they welcomed a hot turkey dinner with more than 150 other community members instead. “There’s a full spread here,” attendee Mark Thompson said, forking into a slice of pecan pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream. “It’s a real blessing.” By Sara Shepherd
Holiday Music Wrapup: Baker, KU, Lawrence Civic Choir to perform annual concerts
November 27, 2014
Caroling, sleigh bells and family singalongs are a part of the holiday tradition. The Lawrence area offers a variety of live performances to help you celebrate the season. Concerts from the Lawrence Civic Choir, Kansas University and Baker University are just a few of this year’s highlights.
Garden Variety: Curious about cranberries
November 26, 2014
Cranberries, or something that vaguely resembles the shiny red fruits, will grace many holiday tables this season, but few people know how the fruit earned its place of honor at the harvest table.
Cooking From Scratch: Candied orange peels an easy, sweet holiday treat
November 26, 2014
Amidst the flurry of sugar cookies and peanut butter balls that get made over the holiday season, I always find a few moments to sneak in a batch of what is perhaps my favorite Christmas candy of all: candied orange peels.
Annual Organ Vespers Concert to deliver music from the ‘heart’
November 26, 2014
Music, much like the holiday season, can conjure up a lot of emotions for many people. It has the power to make us happy, make us reflect and make us dance. Tandy Reussner hopes to create a similar effect Dec. 14 at the 18th annual Organ Vespers Christmas Concert at First United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Stirring the Heart at Christmas,” and features a program of modern and traditional Christmas tunes.
Style Scout: Elaine Booth
November 26, 2014
Tell us a secret: When people see me at first glance, they do not realize that I’m really athletic. So, I think people are kinda shocked that you can be artistic and athletic.
Style Scout: Andrew Damgaard
November 26, 2014
Describe your style: It’s kind of retro and spiffy. I like argyle, rolled-up jeans, Chuck Taylors and stuff like that.
Megan on the Move: Over the holidays, know when to walk away
November 26, 2014
Once I was asked to speak to a women’s group about how a busy working mom survives the holidays. I laughed. Why were they asking me? I don’t survive them. What I do is more like ignore them.
Fix-It Chick: Controlling packrats
November 26, 2014
Neotoma Floridana or eastern woodrats, commonly referred to as packrats, are one of the more challenging pests for homeowners and mechanics alike.
City agrees to seek grant to expand Free State Festival
November 25, 2014
Lawrence will compete for a grant to make the popular Free State Festival into a national event, but city commissioners were told that some East Lawrence residents are concerned arts leaders aren’t taking enough time to listen to their concerns. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence businesses gear up for holiday shopping extravaganza
November 25, 2014
For many big national retailers, Black Friday more or less starts Wednesday. Most locally owned businesses, however, will wait until, well, Friday.
Stretch of 19th Street to remain closed until Dec. 1
November 25, 2014
A stretch of 19th Street, from Maple Lane to Harper Street, will remain closed to through traffic until Monday, Dec. 1.
Board member says homeless shelter on solid footing as it begins search for new leader
November 24, 2014
The Lawrence Community Shelter will begin its second search for an executive director in the last six months, but a leader with the organization said the homeless shelter is still on solid footing. By Chad Lawhorn
Boys and Girls club prepares for capital campaign to build teen center
November 23, 2014
The idea of building a 30,000 square foot center to serve middle school students and other teens has gained a new round of momentum following a fundraising study conducted for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase for Nov. 24
November 23, 2014
Sandy Praeger, the Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, recently received the President’s Award from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Lawrence apartments infested with bedbugs, roaches in residents’ ears, social workers say
November 23, 2014
After learning of a bedbug infestation at the Cedarwood Apartments in September and issuing multiple notices, owner Nasser Khaleghi has hired an exterminator to treat eight apartments, at the city’s command. But social work intern Stevanovic said the problem is much more widespread than just those eight “lucky” apartments. Kaeghi said that often times, his tenants “make up” issues to barter down their rent price. “A number of tenants behind on rent would come out and say this and that,” Kaleghi said. “Then they ask for no late fees or a discount.”
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Lawrence’s first Thanksgiving
November 22, 2014
One hundred years ago an article appeared in the Nov. 26 edition of the Lawrence Daily Journal-World. It was about Lawrence’s first Thanksgiving, and the writer found quite a source: the woman who cooked the meal. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Nov. 25 meeting
November 22, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Creativity not just for creative types, KU business students learn
November 21, 2014
Cindy Maude, CEO of Lawrence-based marketing agency Callahan Creek, gave the keynote address at the Kansas University School of Business celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week on Friday at the Lied Center. The theme of this year’s event was Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. “To develop great, innovative products or services, you have to be creative,” Maude said. By Sara Shepherd
Stretches of 19th Street closed through Nov. 26 after water main breaks
02:56 a.m., November 21, 2014 Updated 12:45 p.m.
Stretches of 19th Street, east of Haskell Avenue, will be closed Friday and into next week as city crews repair damage from two overnight water main breaks.