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Lawrence Arts Center wins $500,000 grant for Ninth Street corridor project
June 25, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center has succeeded in its quest for a major national grant to enliven Ninth Street east of downtown. The $500,000 grant comes from ArtPlace America, which is expected to formally announce its 2014 awards today. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence commission keeps knife ban, names rec center Sports Pavilion Lawrence
June 24, 2014
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday refused to repeal an ordinance that prohibits carrying concealed knives and approved a name for the new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park: Sports Pavilion Lawrence. The city’s knife ordinance will be unenforceable starting next week when a new state law that specifically allows concealed carry of knives takes effect. Commissioners said they thought the law approved by the Kansas Legislature will make the public less safe and they didn’t want any part of facilitating it. By Scott Rothschild
Teen brothers find market in Lawrence for unusual business
June 22, 2014
Brothers Kyson and Kendrick Gardner were looking for a business opportunity recently when they caught a whiff of their family’s garbage can. It wasn’t a pretty smell. So the teens from rural Douglas County asked their dad if he thought anyone would pay to have their trash containers cleaned. Their dad knew a guy who ran a similar service in Olathe; the guy in turn helped the Gardner boys set up their new business. While the idea may be a bit offbeat, it seems to have found a market in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence Memorial Hospital to have wellness resource center at new public library
June 18, 2014
The new Lawrence Public Library will have numerous features, from a video game area to a recording studio to a coffee bar. Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that it will have one more: a health-and-wellness resource center. By Giles Bruce
Take a peek inside soon-to-open expanded Lawrence Public Library
June 16, 2014
From the 55-inch flat screen TVs with video game consoles prominently displayed in the front window to the drums and electric guitar in the basement recording studio, Lawrence’s new library is going to have a new feel. Don’t worry, it also will have books. By Chad Lawhorn
Higher property taxes likely in ’15
June 15, 2014
Regardless of whether voters decide to build a new $30 million police headquarters, a property tax increase is going to be hard to avoid in 2015.
Future site of Lawrence police headquarters down to final four
June 3, 2014
There is now a final four when it comes to choosing the home for a potential $30 million headquarters facility for the Lawrence Police Department.
Relocation of Lawrence transit hub rolls ahead
June 3, 2014
Lawrence bus riders, get your maps ready. A majority of city commissioners on Tuesday expressed strong support for removing the city’s public transit hub from downtown and placing it closer to Kansas University’s campus — a move that likely will require a change in every bus route in the city.
Column: Think unique in naming new rec center
May 8, 2014
Earlier this week, Lawrence’s city commissioners settled on three finalists in their quest to name the city’s new recreation center being built adjacent to Rock Chalk Park, where Kansas University soon will house its track, soccer and softball programs. If there’s any justice, being constructed next to KU’s newest sports facilities will be where the similarities end. Column by Matt Tait
City Commission agenda for April 8 meeting
April 5, 2014
City commissioners will consider setting an April 25 deadline for construction work to begin on a house at 1321 Tennessee St. that was badly damaged by fire in July 2013.
Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July
March 29, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have bookmarked their calendars for late July. That’s when they are hoping to move into their refurbished library, which involved an $18 million expansion, at Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence library board of trustees wary of ice rink idea for Vermont Street
March 17, 2014
The board of trustees for the Lawrence Public Library expressed uncertainty about placing an ice skating rink in between its permanent location and new parking garage on Vermont Street Monday.
Compromise on Lawrence rental licensing, inspection program unveiled
March 3, 2014
A revised proposal to license apartments in Lawrence gives new concessions to landlords, but it may be the compromise needed to win the necessary city commission votes. Mayor Mike Dever, who voted against the previous rental licensing proposal, said he feels much better about a compromise version crafted by Commissioner Jeremy Farmer. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence rental-licensing debate set for March
February 23, 2014
A proposed rental licensing and inspection program has resumed its march toward decision day at Lawrence City Hall. City officials have set March 13 as the date for a public meeting to discuss yet another version of a rental inspection program that would cover every rental unit in the city. City Hall leaders also have indicated that March 25 is when city commissioners likely will vote on the proposal. By Chad Lawhorn
City issues few tickets as part of snow-shoveling ordinance
February 20, 2014
According to the latest numbers from City Hall, only six tickets were issued for unshoveled sidewalks following the snowstorms that hit earlier this month. That’s an improvement from when the snow shoveling ordinance was in its infancy. During the winter of 2009/2010, the city issued more than 200 tickets to property owners who hadn’t cleared their sidewalks within the 48 hours following the end of a snowstorm. By Chad Lawhorn