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.
- Just Food board alleges Farmer overpaid himself by more than $52,000; criminal charges being pursued
- $60,000 needed by early October for nonprofit to avoid bankruptcy
- 04:43 p.m., September 16, 2015 Updated 07:18 p.m.
- Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer soon may be facing criminal charges related to a host of alleged financial misdeeds while he was executive director of the local food bank Just Food. By Chad Lawhorn
- Former City Commissioner Terry Riordan to apply for vacant spot on commission; no applications on file yet
- September 3, 2015
- Former Lawrence City Commissioner Terry Riordan has confirmed he plans to apply for the seat left open by Jeremy Farmer’s sudden resignation from the commission. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Seeing Lawrence one step at a time
- August 30, 2015
- The squirrels — especially the west Lawrence ones — know Janet Burnett-Huchingson’s chief complaint. Cul-de-sacs. Walking down a cul-de-sac is like a Mizzou Tiger walking down memory lane of great championship basketball triumphs — it just doesn’t get you anywhere. By Chad Lawhorn
- Large crowd supports Just Food at fundraiser; board struggling to answer questions about Farmer’s pay, other financial issues
- August 28, 2015
- Fundraising for the embattled Douglas County food bank Just Food is off to a fast start, but answers to questions about how the nonprofit managed to let more than $60,000 in payroll taxes go unpaid are coming more slowly. By Chad Lawhorn
- City Commission outlines ‘transparent, open’ process for picking new commissioner by early October
- August 21, 2015
- By Oct. 6, Lawrence may have a new city commissioner to fill the vacant seat left by Jeremy Farmer’s sudden resignation stemming from financial questions surrounding the former mayor. By Chad Lawhorn
- Just Food says it was ‘shocked’ by Farmer’s handling of business; whether crimes were committed ‘to be determined’
- 12:02 p.m., August 21, 2015 Updated 01:50 p.m.
- The former executive director of Just Food — who until last week also was the mayor of Lawrence — intentionally misled board members about a variety of financial matters, the nonprofit’s board has determined. By Chad Lawhorn
- Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose
- August 17, 2015
- During his 2013 campaign for the Lawrence City Commission, Jeremy Farmer failed to disclose that officials in Arkansas were taking legal action against him to pay nearly $2,200 in past due income taxes. By Chad Lawhorn
- City: Former mayor used government credit card for personal expenses, claiming his own cards had been ‘compromised’
- Farmer repays $1,100 just prior to resigning from commission
- 02:31 p.m., August 13, 2015 Updated 07:32 p.m.
- Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer used a city-issued credit card to pay for about $1,100 of personal expenses, but repaid the city just prior to resigning his position Wednesday, city officials have announced. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence mayor resigns as director of Just Food; nonprofit has $50K in unpaid taxes; divorce deposition alleges past mismanagement
- 11:56 a.m., August 10, 2015 Updated 07:16 p.m.
- Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer has unexpectedly stepped down from his position as executive director of a local food bank, in part, because the nonprofit is about $50,000 past due on federal payroll taxes. By Chad Lawhorn
- City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project
- August 4, 2015
- A plan to add four stories of apartments to the former Pachamamas building in downtown Lawrence is a step closer to reality as a key city board recommended approval of a tax incentive for the project. By Chad Lawhorn