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Lawrence construction totals on pace for record year; more details on costs of large apartment project; eco devo leaders confirm details of new manufacturer

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to keep our eyes open for a possible Lawrence record in 2015, and it involves the use of hammers and saws, which is usually the type of record that causes my insurance agent to lose his job. But no worries here because the record in question is ...

Lawrence home sales surge in April; new report finds local housing value growth lagging region; new sights coming to downtown sidewalks

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps I need to fire my Leavenworth-based tax preparer (his motto: I wish I had an open door policy) because it sure looks like a lot of people’s tax refunds in April were bigger than mine. Or at least something spurred a surge in home buying in Lawrence, according to ...

Plans filed for meat-smoking business in rural Douglas County; large apartment complex near KU tweaks plans; long list of appointments to city boards

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps your barbecue experiments this long, rainy, holiday weekend have left you looking for a new place to buy smoked meats. (As I’ve said multiple times, I didn’t know we used the laundry room that much, and in my defense, I did fully open the window.) Well, plans are in ...

Iowa firm likely to create about 20 jobs at Lawrence foam manufacturing plant; Breezedale markers getting restored; Housing Authority seeks to buy apartment building

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like Lawrence is going to be in the foam insulation business and will get perhaps 20 new manufacturing jobs as a result. As I briefly reported Thursday, I’ve seen signs that an Iowa company has plans to open up a manufacturing facility in Lawrence. Des Moines-based Iowa ...

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 ...

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