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Another hamburger restaurant to locate in downtown Lawrence; crews repairing cracks at 23rd and Iowa; Kief's holding auction

Chad Lawhorn

You know the saying: Where there is smoke, there is a fancy hamburger (or sometimes a science fair project that I’ve “helped” my kids with). In downtown Lawrence, it almost always is a fancy hamburger. It looks like we’ll soon have a new place to grab some exotic burgers, gyros, ...

Developers seek new zoning to lure retailers next to Rock Chalk Park; new Douglas County income numbers and the pocket of poverty

Chad Lawhorn

There are all types of competition going on at Rock Chalk Park and the city’s new recreation center: Volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, pizza eating at the concession stand, senior citizen drag racing on the walking track and . . . well, perhaps I shouldn’t continue. But there’s also a competition ...

Lawrence library visitors up 55 percent; city agrees to final library construction bill; solar panels installed at Prairie Park

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps we all should have just read a book instead of watching Tuesday night’s KU-Kentucky game. Book club selections for last night’s game include: Stephen Covey’s Eight Habits of Highly Effective People. (The little known eighth habit is disabling the Kentucky Wildcats team bus prior to it ever reaching the ...

Chamber CEO talks VenturePark prospects, other projects; questions raised about arts corridor application ahead of commission vote

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is in the running to land a large manufacturer that would employ an estimated 125 people over the next five years, and would occupy about 120 acres of property at the former Farmland Industries site that the city has converted into a business park. I’ve been telling you for ...

City to consider roundabout for portion of Kasold Drive; city wins big grants for trail projects

Chad Lawhorn

We all know what our Tuesday plans are: We paint our faces, get out our big foam fingers, eat what a physician calls a “disturbing” number of cheap tacos and settle in for a big fight. Oh, you think I’m talking about the KU-Kentucky basketball game. We can do that ...

Final bill comes due for city on Rock Chalk Park improvements; first candidate files for City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

It is my day to wear green eye shade, and I’m not just talking about the makeup practice my daughter conducts on me when I fall asleep in front of the TV. No, today’s a big number day with the city, so I’ll do my best imitation of a number ...

Recreation center at Rock Chalk Park attracts more than 50k visits in first month; another development plan filed for south Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

If you see a bunch of grown men wearing high school letter jackets that accentuate just how much they have grown, perhaps you’ll now understand why: Adult flag football. It is the latest thing to come to the city’s new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park. But it certainly isn’t ...

Alvamar reaches deal to sell course and club to group led by Rock Chalk Park developers; city to add larger snow plows for winter

Chad Lawhorn

Changes appear to be on the way for Alvamar golf and country club. As we previously reported, the board has been considering selling the course, and now we have confirmation that a deal has been struck to sell the business to the same group that has partnered with the city ...

Signs that $75 million apartment project is not dead yet

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes my job of covering Lawrence City Hall involves me reading the tea leaves. Sometimes it involves me turning to a beverage a bit stronger than tea. Sometimes it involves me dressing like the Great Carnac and holding city agendas, planning documents and other scrap paper to my head. (Sometimes ...

Take a look at the building that East Lawrence residents hope to save from wrecking ball

Chad Lawhorn

Out in rural Kansas, where I am from, there have been some historic moments in Quonset huts that dot the farm landscape. Some of them perhaps have involved a Saturday night, a red Solo cup, a tractor, and an unfortunate article in the weekly newspaper. Well, Quonset huts — those ...

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