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West Lawrence lands corporate headquarters for financial services firm; Lawrence, other Kansas cities mediocre in new economic ranking

Chad Lawhorn

A financial services firm with offices in Johnson County and Topeka is moving its corporate headquarters to Lawrence, and will be bringing about 20 jobs in the process. DM Bruce Associates has completed a deal to buy a west Lawrence office building at 4911 Legends Drive to house its financial ...

City set to approve 120-foot cell phone tower in eastern Lawrence; study finds Kansas among the top states in U.S. for teachers

Chad Lawhorn

Well, we have all heard about the dangers of talking on our cell phones while driving. Or about texting while driving. But for some reason, there is one cell phone-related driving danger that rarely ever gets discussed — a cell phone tower falling in front of your car. Fear not, ...

See who the leaders are in the Journal-World poll of the six finalists for the vacant Lawrence City Commission seat

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to filling the vacant seat on the Lawrence City Commission, a pair of past elected officials seem to have captured the attention of Lawrence residents, according to a new poll of 1,000 registered voters in the city. Former City Commissioner Terry Riordan and former school board member ...

Popular Breakout KC business to locate in Lawrence; city commissioners face questions on Eldridge Hotel tax break

Chad Lawhorn

You are in a locked room. You must solve riddles, complete mind-bending tasks and battle the forces of evil to receive a four-digit code that allows you to unlock the door and get to freedom. Yes, it does sound like how I must pick up my dirty laundry and empty ...

Texas Roadhouse files plans for Lawrence location; time for a hoedown fundraiser; downtown construction project to temporarily close about 40 parking spaces

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to let my Willie Nelson beard grow out, begin driving my dually pick-up truck on the shoulder of the road, and start bragging about how the Longhorn football team is going to win the next 10 national championships. (Always starting next year, of course.) That’s right, it ...

Proposal for downtown grocery store at former Borders site emerges again

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a downtown grocery store at the former Borders bookstore location is back in play. A leader with Lawrence’s Checkers grocery store has told me he’s now focusing his efforts on the former Borders building rather than a more aggressive proposal to build at 11th and Massachusetts streets. ...

Lawrence sales tax collections still up for 2015, but beginning to slump to close out the year

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence sales tax collections are a bit like the Kansas City Royals these days: They’re still in good shape, but concern is starting to grow that I shouldn’t have ordered 150 pounds of bean dip for the World Series party. In other words, both are in a bit of a ...

Credit union files plans to build new location in west Lawrence; city asked to spend an extra $78K for river trail

Chad Lawhorn

New windows for the house, a new ceiling for the basement, a back-up generator for the chocolate fountain: That’s the type of fall home improvement list — I learned this weekend — I’m facing at my house. Clearly only one of the three is reasonable, but it got me asking ...

Local employer seeking to add about 400 employees; longtime liquor store to close; update on Farmer fallout and City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I’m getting word that one of Lawrence’s larger employers is seeking to add about 400 new employees in the next several weeks. General Dynamics is looking to add about 400 employees to its call center operations in the East Hills Business Park, according to a source with good knowledge of ...

Fallout from Farmer allegations may create questions at City Hall; process to find City Commission replacement gets going tonight

Chad Lawhorn

It arrived with a thud, but it wasn’t exactly unexpected. I’m talking about the other shoe dropping on Jeremy Farmer and his troubled tenure at Just Food. I think for weeks now it has been clear to many folks in Lawrence that there was more bad news to come from ...

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