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.
- Economic development leaders optimistic about two manufacturing companies for new business park
- 02:49 p.m., May 28, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
- Two manufacturing companies that could bring a total of 200 jobs to Lawrence are seriously considering locating in the city’s newest business park, economic development leaders said Wednesday. By Chad Lawhorn
- City Commission hears proposal to have homeowners benefit from tax breaks
- 06:30 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 10:35 p.m.
- Lawrence city commissioners on Wednesday were asked to consider using some tax breaks to help ordinary homeowners rather than the large developers who have typically benefitted from them. Douglas County commissioners asked city commissioners to consider how the city uses the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, a popular tax rebate program. That program has been mostly used for larger projects, such as the development of new apartment buildings and the pending expansion of The Eldridge Hotel.
- Hikers, bikers concerned about illegal motorized vehicles destroying popular Kansas River trail
- 03:56 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
- A caretaker for a popular hike and bike trail along the Kansas River is asking people to be on the lookout for a rogue ATV rider who is damaging miles of trails and wildlife habitat. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence approves new stop signs for busy portion of 27th Street
- 09:38 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
- Lawrence motorists should soon expect to give their brakes an extra workout on a busy portion of 27th Street. By Chad Lawhorn
- Police, fire chiefs tell Lawrence commissioners of needs for facility, mental health services
- 08:01 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
- City commissioners heard “frank” comments from both their police and fire chiefs Tuesday regarding the need for more facilities and greater mental health care services in the community. By Chad Lawhorn
- City facing $600,000 shortfall in street maintenance funding this summer
- May 24, 2015
- Lawrence shoppers may be coming to the rescue of city streets this summer. Engineers are alerting city commissioners that they are expecting about a $600,000 shortfall in funding for the city’s summer street maintenance program, which includes work such as repaving and curb repair. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A tombstone tour
- May 23, 2015
- I kneel down at his tombstone. It is a particularly sad one: The names of sons come before that of the father. Speer — a fierce-tongue abolitionist editor — had two sons killed in Quantrill’s raid. This soft marble tombstone struggles to still tell the story. The weather-worn epitaph is indecipherable to me except for a few words: “These boys … killed … Lawrence Massacre … Aug. 21, 1863 … streets … his body.” By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence Public Library’s latest numbers show new facility ranks well statewide
- May 23, 2015
- The latest numbers at the Lawrence Public Library continue to indicate the expanded facility is a hit with users. Whether the new numbers attached to the library’s 2016 budget request will be a hit at City Hall remains to be seen. By Chad Lawhorn
- City Commission plans to start nationwide search for city manager
- 09:56 p.m., May 19, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
- A nationwide search will begin in the coming weeks to find a replacement for departing City Manager David Corliss, and longtime City Commissioner Mike Amyx will lead the search committee.By Chad Lawhorn
- City Commission to review financial audit, 10 years of City Hall spending
- 03:00 p.m., May 19, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
- If you want to look at how the city has spent its money for the last 10 years, there’s no need for a time machine at Lawrence City Hall. Commissioners have received a new audit that provides that information, and city officials said this week that they’re going to spend more time than usual reviewing the data. By Chad Lawhorn