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Sales tax collections in Lawrence still growing, but not as fast as in the past

Chad Lawhorn

I’m no dummy. I’m going to make sure I do any articles that involve math prior to the Fourth of July. That way I’ve got full use of all 20 digits for computational purposes. So, with that, let’s crunch some sales tax numbers. With half of the year gone, Lawrence’s ...

I've silenced Kris Kobach on the issue of voter fraud

Chad Lawhorn

There are some who would say evoking silence from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is akin to a miracle. After all, despite the many criticisms of Kobach, he often isn’t shy to talk. He even has been known to provide information when he didn’t intend to. See a now ...

Popular Lawrence coffee shop and bakery moving to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

I once thought about trying to sample every coffee shop in downtown Lawrence in a day, and then I realized that it would be too expensive to rent a U-Haul to transport my bladder. In other words, there are a lot of coffee shops in downtown. There soon will be ...

Lawrence-based bank to be sold as part of approximately $140 million deal; Bank Midwest to begin operating in city

Chad Lawhorn

Another longtime Lawrence banking family is getting out of the business, and a large regional bank is set to take its place as part of an approximately $140 million deal. Peoples Bank, which is led by longtime Lawrence businessman Wint Winter Jr., has announced it will be bought by the ...

Lawrence residents on track to be hit with largest property tax increase in recent memory

Chad Lawhorn

I’m beginning to become confused about prosperity. It seems like Lawrence is experiencing quite a bit of it. Yet, Lawrence residents soon may get a statement that causes them to wonder if it is true. Lawrence residents are on track to see their largest property tax increase in recent memory. ...

Plans filed for used-car dealerships on Sixth Street, Haskell Avenue; Lawrence home prices continue to soar

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is experiencing a used-car boom. In my house, a used-car boom usually just means my muffler has fallen off again. In Missouri, it means the car actually has fallen off its cement blocks. But in Lawrence it means there is a genuine increase in businesses getting into the used-car ...

Family owned hamburger, sandwich shop opening near Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

I know what you are thinking: A half pound of meat should never create a dilemma. Sure, your doctor, your colon and your aorta may sometimes disagree. But what do they know? Two out of the three don’t even a have a degree. But half-pound hamburger patties were creating a ...

Lawrence chamber raises more than $1 million in private funds; demolition of houses near LMH up for approval tonight

Chad Lawhorn

For once, the excuse “I gave at the office” may actually be true. Businesses all over the community got hit up for donations as part of a capital campaign to support economic development efforts in Douglas County. The five-year capital campaign by the Lawrence chamber of commerce and its associated ...

Mass Street to close for some upcoming concerts; free movie in downtown coming up; local restaurant lands in NY Times

Chad Lawhorn

In most cities the orange construction cones and “road closed” barricades mean crews are pouring some concrete or laying some asphalt. In Lawrence, it may be a hard substance of another kind: rock 'n' roll. Get ready for a major street closure in downtown Lawrence this weekend as part of ...

Coffeehouse and pub with downtown vibe to open at 23rd and Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe we’ll start honking for hemp at 23rd and Iowa. Or maybe we will figure out how to get a parking ticket at 31st and Iowa. Or perhaps we’ll have a zombie walk in front of the south Lawrence Walmart. None of that is likely to happen, (my credit card ...

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