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Family fun center opening along 23rd Street; Census says Lawrence population growth among tops in region; word of a new manufacturer along Haskell

Chad Lawhorn

I’m an expert on lasers, no matter what people tell you about that unfortunate incident when I borrowed a laser pointer for a Rotary presentation. So trust me when I say that a new laser tag business is coming to Lawrence, and I’m almost certain that no one will lose ...

Doug Compton's latest project and the debate over downtown parking; high tech traffic solutions presented to City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

City Hall watchers are still trying to figure out this new Lawrence City Commission. Those of us who had our City Hall watching gear on last night (the most important piece is an emergency bottle of NoDoz hung around your neck) may have gotten a clue that future economic development ...

New report finds Lawrence among the top destinations in America for college graduates; new child care center opens

Chad Lawhorn

Kansas University’s graduation ceremonies are done for another year, but there’s still plenty of recent grads hanging around the city. Before you start thinking that they’re still here just because they are trying to remember where they parked their cars, know this: A new report has found that Lawrence is ...

City Commission to decide fate of debated 'Quonset hut' in East Lawrence; more on a food truck bistro in Warehouse Arts District

Chad Lawhorn

Hut, hut! In some places that phrase signals the delivery of an under-inflated football, but not here in Lawrence, where we like our footballs round and orange. Instead, we’re just getting warmed up for a City Hall debate over whether an old Quonset hut in East Lawrence should be torn ...

Chamber of commerce wants chance to run convention and visitors bureau; longtime Lawrence security company purchased

Chad Lawhorn

Figuring out who is best at selling Lawrence to tourists and visitors may become a hot topic at City Hall. As we reported last month, there’s a proposal out there that the convention and visitors bureau should become an official department of Lawrence City Hall. Currently it is a standalone ...

Lawrence's retail sales growth near the top in the state; update on Dale Willey expansion on South Iowa; city commissioners seek more info on solar power

Chad Lawhorn

Whether it be new events held in town or just a new outlook on life, Lawrence shoppers continue to spend more these days, according to the state’s latest report. According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Lawrence were up 6.4 percent for the April reporting period. That ...

Lawrence-based fundraising company buys building to accommodate expansion; Minuteman Press moving to east side; Sixth Street to get another traffic signal

Chad Lawhorn

Fraternities and sororities are big business in Lawrence, and I’m not just talking about T-shirts and tutoring lessons in the Greek alphabet. Lawrence-based Pennington & Company is one of the larger fundraisers for fraternities and sororities in the country, and now the firm has inked a deal to buy the ...

A waffle house coming to downtown Lawrence; city engineers seeking money to rebuild 23rd and Haskell

Chad Lawhorn

I’m getting that paranoid feeling that I’m assuming cattle sometimes get: Someone is trying to sell me by the pound. All this is to say that I’ve gotten news that a waffle house is opening in downtown, right across the street from the Journal-World offices. [Back in January, we reported][1] ...

A prominent goodbye sign from defunct Payless Furniture that labels Lawrence 'Obamaville' and much more

Chad Lawhorn

Well, the folks at Payless Furniture at 2800 Iowa St. long have been famous for their crazy signs and the dancing fellows who hold them. As the company closes its doors, it has one final set of signs for the community that it did business in for around two decades: ...

Soul food restaurant opens in eastern Lawrence; don't let signs of redevelopment worry you at The Bottleneck; more than $200K of traffic calming considered for 27th Street

Chad Lawhorn

I try to keep my ear to the ground when it comes to new restaurants in town, and now I’ve found one where you can keep an ear to your mouth too. A soul food restaurant has opened in the shopping center at 19th and Haskell, and one of its ...

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