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.
- City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools
- July 2, 2015
- More money is needed to keep city employees from leaving for other jobs, and that means city residents will be asked to pay a bit more in property taxes in 2016, according to a recommended budget from the city manager. By Chad Lawhorn
- Higher taxes: A look at five ways we’ll be paying more
- July 2, 2015
- Always circle July 1 on your calendar. If the state is going to make you start paying higher taxes, July 1 is usually the day it will do it. That’s what happened to shoppers across the state Wednesday as new tax rates took effect. Here’s a look.
- Lawrence looks to increase spending on vehicles by more than $1 million in 2016
- June 28, 2015
- For the past several years, the city of Lawrence’s vehicle fleet has kind of served as a stimulus program for mechanics. In 2016, auto dealers are likely to get a boost. City budget-makers are recommending Lawrence spend at least an extra $1.25 million on vehicle and equipment purchases in 2016, in part, because a new report found the city has a significant number of vehicles where the city has actually spent more on repairs than it cost to buy the vehicles originally. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A fetching career
- June 28, 2015
- After about 4,000 deliveries of Lawrence babies, Dr. Steven Bruner is leaving that part of his career behind. In the latter stages of his career, if Bruner walked into a delivery room at LMH, chances were good that it’s because things had gotten a little difficult. He would come in for a C-section delivery, or to use the forceps, a bygone device that has become “a lost art” for fetching a baby. By Chad Lawhorn
- Latest homeless report shows increase in Douglas County numbers since 2013
- June 25, 2015
- A new report released by the city shows there were 296 people who were homeless throughout the county on Jan. 28. That’s up more than 25 percent from 223 people who were counted as homeless in a similar 2013 survey. By Chad Lawhorn
- City Commission warned about artist selection process for Ninth Street arts corridor; Rock Chalk tourney request denied
- June 23, 2015
- The design work hasn’t yet begun, but there already is a debate brewing over how the city should select artists for the proposed Ninth Street arts corridor. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence mayor: ‘Hopefully sine die is not a synonym for unfathomable stupidity’
- City commissioners study budget, worry about new property tax lid
- June 23, 2015
- Current city services likely can be maintained, and city employees even can receive pay raises in 2016 without increasing taxes, city commissioners were told at a Tuesday afternoon study session. But to add mental health and social workers to more Lawrence public schools likely would require a property tax increase. By Chad Lawhorn
- City to consider raising guest tax on local hotel rooms
- 05:23 p.m., June 22, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
- When it comes to the world of tax increases, Lawrence city commissioners are beginning to look at one they’re hopeful voters won’t mind much: an increase in what overnight guests pay to stay in a Lawrence hotel room.By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Real lessons from a fake emergency
- June 21, 2015
- It is settled: I’ll never do laundry again. After what I’ve seen today, I’d be a fool to. You see, I’m kind of, sort of, a victim of a chlorine accident. I’m one of approximately 20 volunteers participating in a large emergency management exercise in which 10 public safety agencies are responding to a mock accident where chlorine gas has leaked into the air near 15th and Iowa streets.
- Lawrence lands major basketball tourney, but questions raised over how to use Rock Chalk Park rec center
- June 20, 2015
- A high profile basketball tournament is set to bring teams from at least 15 states to Lawrence next month, but it also may open a debate on how often Lawrence residents can use the courts at the city’s Rock Chalk Park recreation center.By Chad Lawhorn