Chad Lawhorn (City and neighborhoods reporter)
I've been reporting news in Lawrence since 1992. Before joining the NewsCenter, I was editor, publisher and owner of the Lawrence Business Ledger and the Baldwin Ledger newspapers. I've been with The World Company since 2001, when I sold my weekly newspaper business to the company.
I mainly cover city government and neighborhoods, but I've also previously served as business editor for the Journal World, and have undertaken a variety of first-person journalism projects. In parts of 2007 and 2008, I received some national publicity for a series of articles detailing how I purchased a handgun, received a concealed carry license from the state, and carried the weapon around for a few days.
I also enjoy writing profiles on area people, ranging from a promient nightclub owner to the corner hot dog vendor to a 91-year old woman who still goes to work six days per week. If you know of someone interesting, send me an e-mail.
And from time to time, I like to take people to places that they don't often get to go. Sometimes I even take a video camera, like the night I hung out with a bunch of mixed martial artist competitors.
I have my degree in journalism from Kansas University, and also did some undergraduate work at Emporia State University. I'm a native of the small Kansas town of Melvern, which is about an hour away from Lawrence in Osage County.
My wife and I have two children. In my spare time, I work on writing what I hope will be my first novel, play pool, boat, umpire Little League baseball, and barbecue.
- Planning Commission recommends approval of Menards store for south Lawrence
- May 20, 2013
- The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on a 6-3 vote recommended approval of the plan that calls for a nearly 190,000-square-foot Menards store just east of the Home Depot at 31st and Iowa streets. The Planning Commission decision clears the way for the Lawrence City Commission to give final consideration to the project in the coming weeks. By Chad Lawhorn
- City expecting 5 percent reduction in Community Development Block Grant funding
- May 20, 2013
- Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday are set to approve a new budget for its Community Development Block Grant program — which funds everything from home rehabilitation to neighborhood newsletters — that is 5 percent less than a year ago. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A night of partying in Oread
- May 19, 2013
- Somewhere in the Oread neighborhood there surely must be a sign with this slogan on it: “Do it while you can.” It is the mantra that hangs over this entire city, but nowhere does it hang heavier than in Oread. Especially on Stop Day, when the partying starts.By Chad Lawhorn
- Trio of Lawrence road projects to begin on Monday
- May 19, 2013
- School’s out. Road construction is in. The day after Kansas University’s commencement ceremonies has been the traditional start of the road construction season in Lawrence, and on Monday motorists won’t be able to miss it. Crews will close to all traffic Bob Billings Parkway/15th Street at Iowa Street, a closure that is expected to last into August. Construction work also will affect traffic on a separate portion of Bob Billings Parkway and on Wakarusa Drive. By Chad Lawhorn
- Bid for recreation center comes in about $10 million lower than expected; questions grow over other cost estimates
- 03:26 p.m., May 15, 2013 Updated 06:38 p.m.
- Lawrence officials on Wednesday received a batch of surprisingly low bids to build the city’s proposed recreation center in northwest Lawrence, with Lawrence-based Gene Fritzel Construction submitting the lowest bid, at $10.5 million. The bids raise questions about city estimates about the cost of the project and its associated infrastructure. By Chad Lawhorn
- Downtown hotel project now slated to begin in June, following city’s latest approval
- May 14, 2013
- Construction work on a multi-story hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire is now expected to begin in June, ending a months-long process where the lot for the project has sat vacant. By Chad Lawhorn
- As city prepares to bid recreation center, officials still waiting to receive cost numbers from Fritzel on infrastructure
- May 13, 2013
- The companies that make a living building roads, burying sewers and paving parking lots have been hungry for work in recent weeks, in some cases bidding infrastructure projects for less than half what city officials had expected. But when it comes to Lawrence’s new $25 million recreation center, city officials won’t find out how hungry. By Chad Lawhorn
- Master development agreement for Rock Chalk Park still not signed by KU officials
- May 13, 2013
- Lawrence city officials have confirmed a pair of key documents governing the public private partnership to build the $25 million recreation center and adjacent Rock Chalk Park still haven’t been finalized. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A song from the heart on Mother’s Day
- May 12, 2013
- Even on the cloudiest of days, Kathy Bourgeois can count on a ray of sunshine during her 30-minute daily drive from Lecompton to Baldwin City. Her son calls her every day as she drives to her thrid-grade teaching job in the Baldwin City school district. Often the conversation begins or ends with a song: “You are My Sunshine.” By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence City Commission agenda for May 14 meeting
- May 11, 2013
- 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall