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New poll shows countywide sales tax vote for jail, mental health projects very close

Chad Lawhorn

Heated and close: That seems to be a good way to describe the election for a new countywide sales tax to fund a jail expansion and mental health programs. A new poll provides more insight on just how close. The Journal-World has partnered with Google Surveys to conduct an online ...

After years of stellar sales tax growth, Lawrence retail sales start off more slowly in 2018

Chad Lawhorn

Thus far in 2018, Lawrence’s sales tax collections have been a bit like eating a Caesar salad — get ready for some gut churning. (I had a sixth sense about the Romaine lettuce scare, which is why I eliminated all greens from my diet except Shamrock shakes.) It is not ...

A harmonica, an umbrella, a cocktail multitool: downtown Lawrence's new gift shop has it all

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s how an obsession with coffee mugs turns into a portable jigger that you can fit into your front pocket. No, I haven’t been using a jigger today. Instead, I’ve got news about downtown Lawrence’s newest gift shop. Anomaly opened at the corner of Eight and Massachusetts Street — in ...

A look at 7 scathing comments about college basketball and a report that could change Lawrence's most visible industry

Chad Lawhorn

The most visible industry in Lawrence just got a shot over its bow today. The report to the NCAA on college basketball is scathing in many regards. If you were hoping for the Condoleezza Rice-led committee to issue a report saying all that is needed to fix college basketball is ...

Kwik Shop convenience store chain now has new owner; details provided on how popular fuel points program will work

Chad Lawhorn

When the parent company of Dillons announced in February that it was selling its Kwik Shop chain of convenience stores, people started to wonder whether the popular fuel points program between Dillons and Kwik Shop would continue. The companies on Friday answered with a yes, for the most part. The ...

New Lawrence pop-up business built around the idea of taking crazy, unique selfies

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t take selfies. I’m not quick enough anymore to get back in front of the camera. But lots of other people do take selfies, and there is a new Lawrence business built around the idea. The Selfie Boutique has opened along south Iowa Street. Lawrence retailer Carolyn Richmond, the ...

Lawrence Memorial Hospital to get a new name; hospital has revenues exceed expenses by $18 million in 2017

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for Lawrence Memorial Hospital to begin calling itself by a new name: LMH Health. The hospital’s board of trustees on Wednesday morning approved changing the brand name of the hospital. The board followed a recommendation from its marketing professionals and an advisory group that said the Lawrence Memorial ...

Lawrence doesn't fare well in ranking of best places for new businesses; numbers show a historic low for Kansas economy

Chad Lawhorn

I would think Lawrence is one of the best small cities in America to start a business. After all, even an April snow shoveling business has a chance at success, as we’ve learned recently. But in a new report on the subject, Lawrence doesn’t rank well. The financial website WalletHub ...

West Lawrence private school files plans for significant expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Bishop Seabury Academy has filed plans to fill in the swimming pool on its Lawrence campus. The rest of us shouldn’t do anything drastic like selling our Speedos or stop using hip phrases from “Baywatch.” None of this is a sign that summer is canceled. Rather, the school is planning ...

Two of downtown's older retailers close, but will reopen as part of new 'mashup' concept store

Chad Lawhorn

When I think of spectators in downtown Lawrence, I’m unfortunately reminded of the day that I thought spandex on Mass. Street was a good fashion choice. Far more of you probably think of the longtime downtown women’s clothing store, Spectator’s. Well, there have been big changes at Spectator’s and its ...

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