Staff blogs


Kristin Chenoweth, Beach Boys among Lied Center’s 2016-17 season events

If I had a nickel for every press release in my inbox that uses adjectives like “icon,” “world-class” or “superstar” (let’s also throw in their cousin “legendary” for good measure) to describe decidedly less-than-iconic musicians, I’d be a very rich reporter, indeed. But the press announcing the ... Continue reading


Sebelius headlines Kansas Democrats fundraiser; Ballard chosen as one of final 11 delegates to DNC

Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was back in Topeka over the weekend to help raise money for the Kansas Democratic Party, and she quickly showed she can still draw a crowd and fire up the party’s base. Speaking to about 100 party officers, donors and elected officials, Sebelius ... Continue reading


Late April restaurant inspection results show a few bars, sushi spots and a local sandwich shop

For the last two weeks of April the number of restaurants with health code violations in the double digits is back up to the average amount. I was kind of hoping the numbers would stay down on a permanent basis. Oh well. C'est la vie. A few ... Continue reading


Art in the Park returns this weekend amid ‘rebuilding year’ for Lawrence Art Guild’s event

Cheyenne Bartz had always been drawn — pun intended — to creative pursuits from an early age. From the time she could hold a pencil in her tiny hand, she was also reaching for a paintbrush. Instead of joining her classmates on the playground at recess, Bartz ... Continue reading


Lawrence Libations: Hares Away! at Five Bar and Tables

This month’s Lawrence Libations is something of a mystery. Earlier this week, we sampled a refreshing — and potent — cocktail at Five Bar and Tables called “Hares Away!” We’d originally come across the ambiguously named concoction (cutesy animal-themed food/drink items are like catnip to this reporter) ... Continue reading


Reading in Westeros

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a major obsession with "[Game of Thrones][1]." It means that when April comes around, I can’t stop speculating on what will happen in the new season, and I begin my annual reread of George R. R. Martin's epic ... Continue reading


Leadership in flux: Updates on provost search, IOA and student vet center directors, Student Senate execs

This week the third and final candidate for the position of Kansas University provost and executive vice chancellor made his public presentation on campus. When do we find out who the next provost will be? The official word from KU, according to spokesman Andy Hyland: "We do ... Continue reading


Eudora house fire training delayed; Baldwin City singers invited to Kauffman Center; thrift shop saves prom day; former Baldwin City resident seeks time capsule

You may have noticed it was very windy last Saturday. Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter did. Not wanting to burn down much of his community, he called off the scheduled training burn of a home at 610 W. 20th. The fire department made use of the structure ... Continue reading


Plans filed for new microbrewery, food truck venture in Lawrence

Craft brewing operations have been known to take over a garage. (No, the scientists in the funny suits still haven’t determined why the paint is peeling off my F-150.) But now there are plans for a craft brewing operation to take over an entire lumberyard. Plans have ... Continue reading


Community input meetings to be held regarding traffic issues at three elementary schools

Parents will soon have the chance to offer their input about traffic and parking near three elementary schools in the Lawrence district. Starting next week, the city and school district are hosting public meetings with parents and neighborhood residents regarding traffic flow and parking at Cordley, Langston ... Continue reading


School district seeks to buy large property along 23rd Street; parade of trash trucks through East Lawrence may end

Perhaps you have noticed the Journal-World recently reported the Lawrence school district is on the cusp of buying some property. As is often the case with governments, they are tight-lipped about property acquisition until such deals are ready to be finalized. But fear not, I rescued my ... Continue reading


Sunset Hill Elementary to host open house after $9.6 million renovation

The results of the most extensive of the Lawrence school district’s construction projects will be on display this Friday. At more than $9.6 million in renovations and additions, the project at Sunset Hill Elementary had the highest price tag of the district’s 21 schools. To celebrate the ... Continue reading


It’s gotta be the shoes

When people used to talk (and probably still do) about a school’s footwear of choice playing a role in the decision-making process of top-ranked basketball recruits, I used to think they were crazy. I mean, are we really living in a world where a young man might ... Continue reading


Lawrence video store robbed Monday night at gunpoint, police say; suspect yet to be identified

One man dressed in dark clothing robbed a video rental store Monday night, police said. Around 11:25 p.m. a man, whose face was covered, entered Family Video at 2223 Louisiana St., brandished a handgun and demanded money, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads. The suspect stole the ... Continue reading


City commissioners withhold information about process for selecting new mayor; more info on pending movie theater upgrades

Call it a mayoral mystery, I guess. City commissioners are still trying to figure out who the next mayor of Lawrence should be and when that person should take over. A change in state law has made the normally simple matter more complicated, but now a pair ... Continue reading


Time for a road trip? Check out the haunted history of Kansas

Back when I worked in reference, the library received an envelope postmarked from Santa Rosa, Calif., with our address scrawled across the lower left hand corner in untidy, barely legible print. Inside was a 20-page letter, written in the same hand, requesting information on the alleged paranormal ... Continue reading


Mariscos to be renovated, rebranded as ‘J. Wilson’s’

Contrary to what some hapless customers might think, the restaurant owned by Nancy and Rick Renfro at 4821 W. Sixth St. is not Maceli’s, nor does it serve Italian food or tacos. It’s Mariscos — but not for much longer. The [upscale eatery][1], which you might’ve visited ... Continue reading


KU’s DeBruce Center now open, temporarily without rules of ‘Basket Ball’

Guess where I had lunch today? Kansas University’s brand new DeBruce Center. It wasn’t a special media sneak-preview this time — on Monday the building opened to all. DeBruce is still missing its pièce de résistance. James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball” are not yet on ... Continue reading


Keep an eye out for dealmaking as Kansas parties pick delegates in presidential race

The Democratic and Republican parties in Kansas are getting ready to make their final delegate selections, and if you've been paying close attention to the presidential races, you already know this could be more contentious than usual. Both parties have already named a certain number of their ... Continue reading


Start brainstorming: KU Alumni Association announces theme for Homecoming 2016; new book tells history of women of Watkins and Miller Halls

The Kansas University Alumni Association announced the theme for Homecoming 2016 on Friday, along with some other key information. Last year, with KU Homecoming on Halloween, the theme was a fitting “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” This year’s Oct. 22 homecoming has a more open-ended one: “Rock Chalk ... Continue reading