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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.

Recent stories

Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 22
April 18, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors
April 15, 2014
About five months after city commissioners used a set of studies to justify the approval of a new dual lane roundabout along a busy West Lawrence street, neighbors are presenting studies that suggest such roundabouts increase the likelihood of bicyclists being involved in accidents. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Public Library sets date to open at new and expanded downtown facility
April 15, 2014
You can finally put a bookmark on your calendar: The new and expanded Lawrence Public Library will open July 26. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence keeping eye on possible November election for police headquarters plan
April 15, 2014
It is possible the city may seek to have an election in November to ask for voter approval of a multimillion dollar police headquarters, a trio of commissioners said Monday. But first commissioners must pick a site for a new police headquarters building, and that process is gaining steam at City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
Name the city’s new rec center
April 15, 2014
If you think naming a recreation center is so easy, now you have your chance to prove it.
Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business
April 14, 2014
Come to find out, even tater curls piled high to the sky have a limit: 37 years. Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse —which has operated for nearly four decades in downtown Lawrence — will close on April 29. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The two minds of George Paley
April 13, 2014
When you go on a Jamaican vacation, you pack your swimsuit and sunscreen. When George Paley goes on a Jamaican vacation, he packs his air compressor and plasma cutter. So, if you have ever wondered what happens when the mind of a businessman collides with the mind of an artist, now you know at least one answer: weird carry-on luggage. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce putting out call for more applicants for CEO search
April 11, 2014
The chair of the chamber’s search committee said the group has received nine applications and now is putting out a call for any other candidates to have their applications in by April 25.By Chad Lawhorn
New Deciphera CEO plans to grow company in both Lawrence and Boston
April 10, 2014
A $6 million check and a new president and CEO have signaled a new round of growth for promising Lawrence bioscience company Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. But Lawrence leaders should expect at least some of that growth to occur in Boston’s busy bioscience hub. By Chad Lawhorn
City OKs funds for 23rd Street construction
April 9, 2014
Construction crews haven’t even removed the first slabs of pavement, but a project to rebuild the busy 23rd and Iowa intersection already has gotten bumpy. By Chad Lawhorn

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Recent photos

Ten-year old snow shovelers Sean Ayers and Kyle Miller with Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn while he was out recently helping Lawrence residents dig out from the massive winter storms.

Mayor Bob Schumm fills up a city pick-up truck that was recently converted to run on compressed natural gas. Schumm said the city hopes to use the truck to gather data about whether the city should convert other parts of its vehicle fleet to compressed natural gas.

About 70 people attended a city forum at Free State High School on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, to discuss the proposed recreation complex in the northwest Lawrence. Scott Henderson addresses city officials with concerns about possible tax increases that the new center could cause.

A print from Chad Lawhorn's Dogs Playing Pool Art Collection. This one is entitled "That's not a Biscuit!"

A print from Chad Lawhorn's Dogs Playing Pool Art Collection. This one is entitled "Ruff-Roh!"

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