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Local radio executive launches Lawrence Internet radio station that plays '70s, '80s, '90s pop hits

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it's time for me to bring back the mullet, and for my wife to break out the legwarmers. We’ll once again have the soundtrack to fit our ultra-cool look. A local radio executive has launched a Lawrence-based Internet radio station that plays pop hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ...

Lawrence-based Dobski & Associates to tear down, rebuild De Soto McDonald's

Chad Lawhorn

This is fair warning to all you K-10 commuters who may stop at the McDonald’s in De Soto to get your morning caffeine fix: By Thursday morning, the restaurant will be rubble. (Perhaps like you without caffeine.) Lawrence-based Dobski & Associates, the owner of the area McDonald’s franchise, has confirmed ...

Lawrence gas station owner gets caught up in national battle with Big Oil over future of ethanol

Chad Lawhorn

Being a pioneer in a new industry can be a bit like taking a ride in my old F150: It can get mighty bumpy, and you’re wishing you would have known beforehand that the brakes sometimes don’t work. Scott Zaremba, owner of the Lawrence-based Zarco 66 gasoline and convenience store ...

Downtown Lawrence Inc. hires new executive director

Chad Lawhorn

A Lawrence resident with experience as a fundraiser for nonprofit agencies has been named the new executive director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. Sally Zogry has been selected by the Downtown Lawrence Inc. board to replace retiring director Cathy Hamilton. Zogry currently is the development officer for the Kansas Historical Foundation ...

Area Rotary groups to host Elvis-themed race and concert to help end polio worldwide

Chad Lawhorn

Expect to see a few hundred enthusiasts of both Elvis and running in downtown Lawrence on June 22. A group of area Rotary Clubs will host a unique event: Elvis Visit to End Polio Now. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Watson Park with a 5K ...

City commissioner to host meeting Thursday on improving storm shelter availability

Chad Lawhorn

The national attention on the Oklahoma City tornadoes has begun to fade a bit, but the tragedies still are very much are on the mind of one Lawrence city commissioner. Commissioner Jeremy Farmer [vowed shortly after the storms][1] to make improving storm shelter availability in Lawrence a major issue during ...

Sales tax collections drop slightly during March Madness period, but still up for the year

Chad Lawhorn

Despite an earlier exit by the Jayhawks in the NCAA basketball tournament this year, Lawrence residents still did a pretty decent job of buying veggie trays, guacamole dip, crimson and blue face paint, beer koozies, extra televisions for the bathrooms, 50-foot Jayhawk yard inflatables and all the other standard March ...

City wins $1.2 million grant to restore Santa Fe depot

Chad Lawhorn

Forget about the city waiting for its ship to come in. Its train finally has arrived. Lawrence officials have been awarded a federal transportation grant that will pay for 80 percent of the approximate $1.5 million cost to renovate the Santa Fe depot in East Lawrence. The 1950s-era depot at ...

West Lawrence spa to open with new concept that combines hair and beauty, chiropractic and meal programs

Chad Lawhorn

My wife tells me I don’t know anything about spas. Once again this summer, our two kids are raising pigs for the Douglas County Fair, and I tell my wife all the time to come out to the pen with us. It is a great way to get a mud ...

Homeless shelter, nearing capacity, gets more bus passes; city rejects tennis court lights

Chad Lawhorn

Excuse me while I put away my cot here at Lawrence City Hall. City commissioners met from about 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. And with several big topics — the recreation center and the budget — there were a few items of note that my deadline didn’t give ...

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