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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

As audit begins, questions about Rock Chalk Park accounting grow
January 31, 2015
More questions have emerged about the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, following a Journal-World review of financial documents related to the project. The Journal-World reviewed a set of documents and canceled checks delivered to the city by the Kansas University Endowment Association earlier this month. Some of the documents appear to contradict statements made by KU Endowment officials, who largely have been responsible for ensuring that expenses and receipts reconcile on nearly $12 million worth of infrastructure that a Thomas Fritzel-led firm built at Rock Chalk Park. Mayor Mike Amyx said he is hopeful a recent audit ordered by the city will provide answers to such questions. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The magic of aluminum cans
January 31, 2015
Linda Klinker these days has another title: magician. As the leader of Cans for the Community, she’s pulled off quite a trick since the organization was founded in 2005. She and a group of a dozen volunteers have taken the simple idea — collect cans, sell them and give the money to local nonprofits — and turned it into an organization that just recently topped the $150,000 mark in donations given to local charities. They estimate they’ve collected 10 million aluminum cans in the process. By Chad Lawhorn
Agenda for Feb. 2 Lawrence City Commission meeting
06:07 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:08 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall.
Lawrence conference center feasibility study due mid-February
10:13 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Get ready to talk about whether Lawrence ought to get into the conference center business. A long-delayed report studying the feasibility of whether Lawrence could support a new conference center is scheduled to be released in mid-February, City Manager David Corliss has confirmed. Then it will be up to city commissioners to decide what comes next. By Chad Lawhorn
Haskell seeking information about vandalism to sacred sweat lodges
01:29 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:02 p.m.
Two sacred sweat lodges at Haskell Indian Nations University have been vandalized, leaving leaders of the school disappointed and looking for a culprit. By Chad Lawhorn
Wicked Broadband pulls request for $300,000 loan guarantee
10:28 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A request for the city to provide a $300,000 loan guarantee to Wicked Broadband is now off the table, but so too is a project that would bring super-fast broadband service to downtown or parts of East Lawrence. Joshua Montgomery, co-owner of Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband, surprised city commissioners on Tuesday by pulling his request for a $300,000 loan guarantee. By Chad Lawhorn
Field of candidates for Lawrence City Commission, school board elections set
05:46 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:31 p.m.
At the Tuesday filing deadline, 14 candidates had signed up for three at-large seats on the City Commission, and four candidates will contend for a two-year term on the school board and seven other candidates will compete for four four-year terms on the board. The 14 candidates for the City Commission is the largest field in at least a decade, according to records from the Douglas County clerk’s office.
Lawrence attorney, opponent of police headquarters sales tax files for City Commission
04:38 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A Lawrence attorney who was a leader of the group that opposed a new sales tax for a police headquarters project has filed for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.By Chad Lawhorn
Crews to install more wells to monitor 2006 gasoline spill in Old West Lawrence
12:12 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Crews are scheduled to install another 10 groundwater wells in the area near Ninth and Ohio streets in an effort to monitor whether a plume of gasoline beneath the ground is being adequately contained. Chad Lawhorn
City pleased with new numbers on curbside recycling program
January 25, 2015
Lawrence City Hall leaders are pleased with all the bottles, cans, boxes and other materials that are filling up the blue recycling carts that were distributed to households as part of the city’s new curbside recycling program. A report from City Hall shows that more than 400 tons of recycled materials are being collected each month. “It is going really, really well,” said Kathy Richardson, division manager for the city’s solid waste operations. “We’re pretty happy with the participation numbers, and we’re collecting a good amount of material.” By Chad Lawhorn

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Recent photos

The Black Hills Energy Quonset hut near Eighth and Penn. streets.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib presents information about existing police facilities during a town hall meeting about an upcoming vote to fund a new police headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School.

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.

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