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City Commission hears proposal to have homeowners benefit from tax breaks
06:30 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 10:35 p.m.
Lawrence city commissioners on Wednesday were asked to consider using some tax breaks to help ordinary homeowners rather than the large developers who have typically benefitted from them. Douglas County commissioners asked city commissioners to consider how the city uses the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, a popular tax rebate program. That program has been mostly used for larger projects, such as the development of new apartment buildings and the pending expansion of The Eldridge Hotel.
Hikers, bikers concerned about illegal motorized vehicles destroying popular Kansas River trail
03:56 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 04:01 p.m.
A caretaker for a popular hike and bike trail along the Kansas River is asking people to be on the lookout for a rogue ATV rider who is damaging miles of trails and wildlife habitat. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence approves new stop signs for busy portion of 27th Street
09:38 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
Lawrence motorists should soon expect to give their brakes an extra workout on a busy portion of 27th Street. By Chad Lawhorn
Police, fire chiefs tell Lawrence commissioners of needs for facility, mental health services
08:01 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
City commissioners heard “frank” comments from both their police and fire chiefs Tuesday regarding the need for more facilities and greater mental health care services in the community. By Chad Lawhorn
City facing $600,000 shortfall in street maintenance funding this summer
May 24, 2015
Lawrence shoppers may be coming to the rescue of city streets this summer. Engineers are alerting city commissioners that they are expecting about a $600,000 shortfall in funding for the city’s summer street maintenance program, which includes work such as repaving and curb repair. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Public Library’s latest numbers show new facility ranks well statewide
May 23, 2015
The latest numbers at the Lawrence Public Library continue to indicate the expanded facility is a hit with users. Whether the new numbers attached to the library’s 2016 budget request will be a hit at City Hall remains to be seen. By Chad Lawhorn
Library’s Lawrence Music Project aims to archive, share local music
May 23, 2015
The Lawrence Public Library is helping to archive local bands past and present in a new initiative called the Lawrence Music Project.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for May 26 meeting
May 22, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Eudora man ordered to stand trial on premeditated first-degree murder charge in death of disabled man
05:03 p.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
A 49-year-old Eudora man charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2014, death of a disabled Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial and pleaded not guilty to the charge at a Friday court hearing.
The Storyteller from Stax: Booker T. Jones kicks off library’s 780s Series
May 20, 2015
It was back in the ’70s that legendary blues musician Booker T. Jones discovered the importance of storytelling. The hall-of-fame musician will be sharing some of his stories Thursday night at Liberty Hall.
City Commission plans to start nationwide search for city manager
09:56 p.m., May 19, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A nationwide search will begin in the coming weeks to find a replacement for departing City Manager David Corliss, and longtime City Commissioner Mike Amyx will lead the search committee.By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission to review financial audit, 10 years of City Hall spending
03:00 p.m., May 19, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
If you want to look at how the city has spent its money for the last 10 years, there’s no need for a time machine at Lawrence City Hall. Commissioners have received a new audit that provides that information, and city officials said this week that they’re going to spend more time than usual reviewing the data. By Chad Lawhorn
Outgoing City Manager David Corliss reflects on city’s past and future
May 18, 2015
David Corliss, who sat down with the Journal-World to share his thoughts about the community as he ends his nearly 25-year career at City Hall, said it may be beneficial for Lawrence to go through a process of setting long range goals and aspirations. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence hopes to hear more about proposed affordable housing trust fund
May 17, 2015
Details about a proposed affordable housing trust fund for Lawrence may become clearer on Tuesday evening. City commissioners at their weekly meeting are scheduled to hear from the Justice Matters community group about affordable housing issues. On Friday commissioners said they were still working to understand the size and scope of a housing trust fund that the Lawrence faith-based group hopes to see established. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Fun with the Brits
May 16, 2015
You’ve got to love the Brits. Well, we don’t have to love the Brits, but for some reason in Lawrence it sure appears that we do. Brits, the store on Massachusetts Street, is celebrating its 20th year in business. In the beginning, a lot of people would have bet against that milestone. By Chad Lawhorn