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Chad Lawhorn (Managing editor)

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.

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A crowd starts to file into the Best of Lawrence gala at Abe & Jake's Landing on Thursday afternoon. About 800 people attended the event that announced the winners of the month long contest.

Dr. Tim DeArmond, of Mateo Chiropractic, goes over the finer points of the spine with Janet Boskill at Eudora's Wild Over Wellness fair on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event is in its 11th year and attracts between 200 to 300 people, organizers said.

Erik Pratt, left, tries to quiet the crowd at the Lawrence Public Library on Monday, March 20, 2017 as he conducts an experiment as part of the library's Mad Science program for area youths. Nine-year-old Tallulah Hennessy, of Lawrence, assists Pratt as he lights a match for an experiment on the power of combustion. About 200 children ages 5 to 11 attended the event, which is part of the library's special youth programming for spring break.

Tron Carpenter, Falun, Kan., was among the approximately 200 people who attended the Kansas Cage Bird Expo on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Carpenter was there with his prized Blue Gold Macaw.

A portion of the nearly $8 million in fairground renovations was dedicated to making the facility more ADA accessible. The outdoor arena includes a large ramp system that will make it easier for people with mobility issues to access the seating areas of the arena.

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