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Longtime East Lawrence business Miracle Video closing

Chad Lawhorn

Soon, the corner of 19th and Haskell won't be quite so miraculous. The owner of the longtime East Lawrence fixture Miracle Video has announced the store will close by the end of the year. "It is just the changing nature of distribution," said owner Don Jochems. "There is so much ...

Drug development firm taps North Lawrence space for headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

North Kansas City has employment giant Cerner Corp. Maybe in another decade, we'll be talking about how North Lawrence has employment giant CritiTech. No pressure there for the leaders at CritiTech, but the KU-grown biotechnology company has announced that it has moved its headquarters and main laboratory space to North ...

More questions about World Trade Center artifact slated for Lawrence; A&E's 'Shipping Wars' plans to be in Douglas County

Chad Lawhorn

A 10,000 pound piece of the fallen World Trade Center sure seems to have a lot of baggage with it. If you remember, [last month we reported on an effort][1] by a Lawrence-based nonprofit to place the 9/11 artifact at the Lawrence Visitors Center. Well, I thought I would update ...

Capital City Bank signs deal for west Lawrence location; retirement neighborhood near Rock Chalk Park gaining momentum

Chad Lawhorn

Development prospects in northwest Lawrence are once again heating up. I have gotten word of two projects to keep an eye on: a new multitenant development at Sixth and Folks Road that will include a bank and a medical office; and a significant step forward for a major retirement and ...

Concrete work begins on Rock Chalk Park rec center; city hopes Bill Self event will open center next year

Chad Lawhorn

I'm not sure that it is ready yet for a pick-up basketball game with my buddies, but the city's recreation center at Rock Chalk Park is starting to look a bit more like a recreation center. Parks and Recreation officials report that the first concrete for the 181,000-square-foot recreation center ...

Downtown promoter seeks to close part of Massachusetts Street for free, outdoor movie

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you remember the days of the free movies downtown, when a projector was set up in the then-vacant lot just north of the city's parking garage at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. I still hear people complain about how that multistory apartment building that took over the vacant lot ...

Big permit for Rock Chalk Park helps push city building totals to new highs

Chad Lawhorn

It remains to be seen how often we'll hear the Rock Chalk chant during this year's football season, but the traditional cheer is making quite a bit of noise in the Lawrence construction industry. The latest building permit numbers are out, and the big Rock Chalk Park ship has come ...

KU cancels Band Day parade because of early football game kickoff

Chad Lawhorn

Well, I guess I won't bring my big fuzzy drum major hat downtown after all. I had heard through the grapevine and now have confirmed that Kansas University has decided to cancel its traditional Band Day parade through downtown Lawrence. It was scheduled for Sept. 21. Leslie O'Neil, office manager ...

Lawrence wants property to house multimillion dollar police headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

News of a police search usually causes my wife to start confessing to a multitude of unpaid parking tickets. She'll be happy to know this is a different sort of police search. City officials are getting more serious about finding a location for what could be a new $20 million ...

Trio forms new Lawrence-based solar energy company

Chad Lawhorn

As I prepare to take my daily dip in a vat of sunblock, I'm reminded that there's one industry that doesn't mind this late summer heat surge. It is the solar industry, and it's growing in Lawrence. A trio of area residents recently formed Lawrence-based Evergreen Energy to tap into ...

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