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Longtime electronics retailer set to close final Lawrence store; proposed law would keep track of political affiliations of faculty members

Chad Lawhorn

It is still hard to believe a store with such a forward-looking name like RadioShack is slowly going out of business. I suppose I should brace myself for TelegraphHut to close as well. Indeed, the days of RadioShack in Lawrence are very near the end. The RadioShack store at The ...

After years of stagnation, county appraiser says home values are on the rise; property tax bills may follow suit; 2017 home sales off to strong start

Chad Lawhorn

Odds are — if you haven’t already — you will be getting an envelope from Douglas County saying the value of your home has increased. Yes, that means your property taxes may go up, too. It also is the surest sign yet that Lawrence’s real estate market is returning to ...

Report shows Kansas has one of the highest vehicle tax rates in the country; see how our property taxes compare with other states

Chad Lawhorn

I have been accused by some in my family of having a problem because I never sell a vehicle after I’m done using it. So, yes, I do own six vehicles at the moment, but in my defense, not all of them run. But now there is a new report ...

Former owner of Lawrence private club set to open downtown restaurant with homestyle food, pizza

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes just to make my doctor mad and my life insurance agent sweat, I get in the mood for both fried chicken and pizza. Well, downtown Lawrence soon will have a restaurant that has both on the menu. The place also will have a dash of Lawrence restaurant history. I’ve ...

Longtime Lawrence retailer to open bicycle shop on south Mass Street; keep eyes open for new Asian market

Chad Lawhorn

Forget Dennis Hopper. Maybe there is a new image of an Easy Rider: A bicycle with big fenders and maybe even a bell, with a pair of Birkenstocks providing the pedal power. A Lawrence business is set to find out. Footprints, the longtime Lawrence retailer of Birkenstock sandals and shoes, ...

Trio of educators opens new furniture business that focuses on items your mother probably threw away

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence residents know if you want to see old hippies, take a Sunday stroll on Massachusetts Street. (ESPN executives evidently do not know that, or else they wouldn’t have shown us soooo much of broadcaster Bill Walton during Saturday’s KU-Texas game.) If Lawrence residents, though, want to see old furniture, ...

District’s failure to release information about school board applicants is a disservice to the public

Chad Lawhorn

The way governments operate these days can be confusing. I sometimes think the scenes from Washington, D.C., are a how-to-video from Twitter on how to rule the world in 140 characters or less. But hopefully local government isn’t that confusing. I’m less certain of that, though, when it comes to ...

Another report that shows Lawrence isn't all that diverse, but Kansas may surprise

Chad Lawhorn

No amount of salsa stains on my tie can change this finding: Lawrence is below average when it comes to being culturally and ethnically diverse. The folks at the financial website WalletHub [have put together an interesting report][1] on the most and least culturally diverse cities in America. The report ...

A new cafe with a competitive twist in west Lawrence; an international airport 20 minutes from downtown Lawrence?

Chad Lawhorn

Whether you are a dungeon master or just a master of eating cookies, a west Lawrence business has made changes aimed at you. Perhaps you remember in 2015 I wrote of a new business called The Rolling Gnome, a store that sells board games, card games and other types of ...

A whale of a mystery at a Lawrence construction site; $1 million expansion set for west Lawrence office building

Chad Lawhorn

I’ll leave it up to each of you to decide whether it is fitting on Presidents Day that I have information of a weird and confusing nature to pass along. A mysterious concrete whale has shown up at a Lawrence construction site. (That sentence would fit in a presidential tweet, ...

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