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Lawrence transit system ranked No. 36 in the country; construction firm purchases North Lawrence property

Chad Lawhorn

There used to be a time whenever you mentioned Lawrence’s public transit system – The T – you would inevitably hear a joke about how its more appropriate name was the empTy. But those jokes have lost their luster, and there’s a new study out that shows why. The T ...

Lawrence's Orchards Golf Course opens new FootGolf facility; update on downtown's Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

Chad Lawhorn

Dear homeowners along Bob Billings Parkway, Don't be alarmed if you find me in your living room with a soccer ball, argyle socks, and a pair of 1980s-style soccer shorts that cause my children to disown me. Chances are, I'm just looking for my wayward ball with a new type ...

Opening date in sight for Ladybird Diner; Turnhalle meeting set; police headquarters, mini golf, paintball, teen center and more

Chad Lawhorn

Although my attorney has told me to never talk about it again, I do admit that the prospect of pie will cause me to peep through a window. So, if you've seen me recently peeping through a mostly covered window in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street, that's probably what ...

Survey gives a peek at what's on the minds of Douglas County residents

Chad Lawhorn

I've been on a little vacation that included a weekend in the glitzy country music capital of Branson, followed by several days in the pig barn of the Douglas County 4-H Fair. Such a trip creates a post vacation survey that includes questions such as: 1. How many rhinestones are ...

Home sales, building permit totals down for first half of year

Chad Lawhorn

Add Lawrence real estate agents to the list of folks who are hoping for a slightly better second half of the year. The latest numbers for Lawrence home sales are out, and they provide further evidence that the city's two-year streak of improving real estate sales is coming to an ...

900-unit apartment complex wins key vote; the path forward for SLT shopping center; Hurst Fine Diamonds to close, move

Chad Lawhorn

Well, now it is going to be particularly awkward when I ricochet a golf ball off one of the 900 new apartments that will be built as part of The Links development in northwest Lawrence. The project, which is a bit east of the Rock Chalk Park Sports complex, has ...

New tax increase proposals for police HQ; $30K funding request for downtown mural; 900-unit apartment complex up for review; Family Dollar to close

Chad Lawhorn

It is not quite like a wonderful Western Sizzlin' buffet where you can get spaghetti and meatballs, mashed potatoes, whipped pudding, mashed potatoes, tacos and mashed potatoes all on the same plate. But City Hall officials have created a buffet of sorts of possible tax increases to pay for a ...

Homeless shelter's dog biscuit business closes after loss of funding; report cuts costs of police HQ building by $5M; city loses grant money for trail project

Chad Lawhorn

There is bad news for the good dog. Lawrence-based Good Dog! Biscuits & Treats — the nonprofit company that employs residents of the Lawrence Community Shelter — has closed after losing key grant funding. The maker of all-natural dog biscuits and other treats notified its retail partners earlier this month ...

Summer movies outdoors returning to downtown; Ben McLemore to host slam dunk contest downtown; New Thai restaurant coming to Mass. Street

Chad Lawhorn

If you are like a certain someone in my household, you may still be downtown on July 26 packing up all your purchases from today's Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Well, good news. You'll be able to take a break from coordinating all those U-Haul trucks and cargo planes and spend ...

City's planning staff recommends approval of major SLT retail development

Chad Lawhorn

If you are a fan of Old Navy, feel free to blow your fog horn and do your best Popeye impersonation. A development that is proposing to bring Old Navy, Academy Sports, Designer Shoe Warehouse and a host of other retailers to south Iowa Street has cleared its first hurdle ...

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