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Big changes on tap for Lawrence's Fourth of July celebration; Lawrence manufacturing firm relocates to K.C.

Chad Lawhorn

How Lawrence celebrates the Fourth of July is set for a major change this year. No, the fireworks ban isn’t being lifted, but the community party and fireworks show is moving to more spacious Burcham Park. But organizers of the community event are facing funding problems to make the show ...

See renderings of big building project in west Lawrence; update on construction near Sixth and Wakarusa; city building totals off to strong start

Chad Lawhorn

You’ve probably noticed a major construction project is underway at Sixth and Folks Road. I know I’ve certainly received questions about the big pile of dirt that is being created on site, and my attorney tells me I can actually answer questions about this dirt pile. (Let’s just say an ...

One of Lawrence's older restaurants set to close at end of month; report says Kansas taxpayers getting good value on taxes paid

Chad Lawhorn

At an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, you know you have gotten your money’s worth when they replace the general’s chicken with a peace treaty. I’m not sure I ever quite got to that point at Lawrence’s Panda Garden restaurant, and now we have little time left to get there. After 30 ...

AT&T begins offering gigabit Internet service to select Lawrence neighborhoods; south Iowa retailer closing as part of bankruptcy plan

Chad Lawhorn

For those of you who want faster Internet speeds at your Lawrence home, here’s something to keep an eye on: AT&T has quietly begun offering gigabit Internet service in a few select Lawrence neighborhoods. AT&T officials told me that the company recently began offering the service in a couple of ...

One cigar shop closes, while another plans to open premium lounge downtown; art event set to close portion of Mass. Street

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t have to remind fellow KU fans that we won’t be needing a celebratory cigar for this weekend’s Final Four — unless we want to stick it up the nose of a Sooner fan. (My apologies, as you may have sensed, I haven’t quite figured out whether to root ...

Expansion of Eldridge Hotel canceled; Douglas County regains status as state leader in population growth

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like one of downtown’s major expansion projects won’t be happening after all — at least not anytime soon. Plans to expand the historic Eldridge Hotel at Seventh and Massachusetts streets have been scrapped for the time being. I had heard recently that the hotel ownership group had notified ...

Speculation that national clothing retailer coming to south Iowa; update on Mexican chain on 23rd; Kansas gets small share of federal funding

Chad Lawhorn

I’m not sure what I should make of this, but every time my wife goes to Men’s Wearhouse, she inquires about the Johnny Depp department. I think she has her “wearhouse” and “warehouse” confused. If you too are confused about what Men’s Wearhouse offers, you may soon get a chance ...

Lawrence Country Club completes major renovation

Chad Lawhorn

Any time I go to an upscale golf course, I always check the clubhouse’s dining room before I begin. On average, I’ll play at least four shots from the dining room, and if I’m going to have to hit off Berber, I need to prepare for that. Well, golfers, if ...

Parking proposal for $75 million apartment project produces lots of questions, high stakes for Oread neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

“Mess” was the word of the day at last week’s Lawrence City Commission meeting. Commissioners were talking about the potential parking situation at the troubled HERE @ Kansas apartment/retail project that is under construction near Kansas University. Well, trust me, my insurance agent and I understand messes when it comes ...

Home market tightens in Lawrence; prices may be set to rise; 96-year old Lawrence man gets front-page treatment in Tampa

Chad Lawhorn

Middling Jayhawk fans buy a new big screen TV to watch the Final Four. Full-fledged Jayhawk fans buy a bigger house to host the parties, or maybe one to replace the old house that hosted the parties, based off what I’ve seen. Whatever the case, home buyers of any type ...

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