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Lawrence lands on national list of cities that love to volunteer; City Hall set to impose new restrictions on payday, title loan companies

Chad Lawhorn

You know what they say about Lawrence: We’re a town full of do-gooders, which explains why there are people in the street jousting with snow shovels today to win the privilege of shoveling their neighbor’s sidewalk. Well, maybe that hasn’t quite been the case, but there is a national ranking ...

Taco Zone plans to open downtown restaurant; police ask for $24K as engineer finds structural problems in evidence storage area

Chad Lawhorn

Eons ago when I was in college, taco night meant 33 cent tacos at the Taco Tico. You would put $10 on the counter, your belt on the table, and settle in for a couple of hours of gastronomical delight. But that doesn’t appear to be the college taco scene ...

Attendance and revenue numbers at Rock Chalk Park recreation center off to good start; city still struggles with super fast broadband issue; new beer festival coming to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

While an auditor scrutinizes a whole bunch of numbers related to Rock Chalk Park, there is one set of numbers everyone seems pleased with: the latest figures on users and revenue at the city’s recreation center at the sports complex. “I think not only are we pleased by them, but ...

The Merc starts $320,000 renovation project; city writes letter opposing election changes; charging city inmates for jail time to be debated

Chad Lawhorn

Increasing competition in Lawrence’s natural grocery market has us all reacting in different ways. I’m undergoing training to make sure I don’t accidentally end up at a sample station for tofu bacon. The Merc, the city’s longest running natural grocery store is preparing a bit differently. It is undertaking its ...

Compton plans to build five-story apartment building at Pachamamas site downtown; grocery project moving along; West Lawrence RadioShack store to close

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for another multistory apartment project in downtown Lawrence. Local businessman Doug Compton has confirmed he has a deal to convert the Pachamamas restaurant building at Eighth and New Hampshire into a five-story building that will house about 60 apartments. As we previously reported, the owner of Pachamamas had ...

Clinton Lake Marina undergoes major expansion

Chad Lawhorn

I just spent a week on the water — via a Caribbean cruise ship — so I can speak with authority about the keys to nautical survival: all-you-can-eat buffets. I can’t promise that such buffets are coming to Clinton Lake, but a major expansion of the Clinton Lake Marina will ...

Publicly traded firm buys Lawrence-based engineering company; Holiday Inn closing banquet area for renovations; city to consider adding police dogs to force

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s efforts to become an engineering hub may have received a significant boost. A publicly traded company has completed a multimillion dollar deal to purchase a rapidly growing Lawrence-based engineering firm. Willdan Group Inc. — an Anaheim, Calif.-based firm that is traded on the NASDAQ — has bought Lawrence-based 360 ...

Waffle restaurant to open in East Lawrence; new plans filed for bistro/bar near Poehler Lofts; a goodbye to The Pool Room

Chad Lawhorn

I can’t tell you how many times people have tried to convince me that the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is false. But I refuse to believe them, or my cholesterol readings, so word of a new East Lawrence restaurant that serves just waffles has ...

Lawrence home sales slip slightly in 2014; Douglas County Bank changes name to Central Bank of the Midwest

Chad Lawhorn

For some reason, I really do have enough ribbon that I could have wrapped an entire house in a bow this Christmas season. (See photo below.) Apparently several people did just that because Lawrence home sales soared in December, although not enough to put local real estate totals in positive ...

City Commission filing deadline today, as field grows to 14; an early look at campaign finances for city seats; one candidate has to give up job to run

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to Lawrence City Commission candidates, we’re at 14 and counting. Greg Robinson, a Lawrence attorney who was a vocal opponent of the police headquarters sales tax proposal, has filed for a seat on the commission. I’ll catch up with him later and provide a fuller report. If ...

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