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Large new pool hall, bar to open near Ninth and Iowa; national jewelry store chain opening store in south Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new business opening in Lawrence where I can resume my imitations of Minnesota Fats, and no — put your bibs away — it is not a grand all-you-can eat buffet. Instead, it is a grand pool hall. A pair of Lawrence businessmen are opening Empire Bar & Billiards ...

Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like Mike Amyx is going to once again be Lawrence’s mayor. City commissioners at their meeting tonight are expected to choose a new mayor to replace Jeremy Farmer, who resigned his seat on the commission last week amid financial questions. I’ve chatted with Commissioner and Acting Mayor ...

The latest proposal for a multistory Vermont St. building and plans for luxury condos; NAACP urges minority representation in vacant city seat; Kasold lane-reduction discussion delayed

Chad Lawhorn

It wasn’t that long ago that luxury living in downtown Lawrence meant being lucky enough to get one of the patio seats at Free State Brewery, or maybe getting a Mass. Street parking meter with a good half hour still left on it. But now there are actual luxury living ...

City to consider reducing number of lanes on portion of Kasold Drive; new info on pending appointment of commissioner; report estimates Rock Chalk tourneys add $4.4 million to economy

Chad Lawhorn

I know there have been times when I’ve been a passenger in my family’s Ford Taurus — like when we go around the curve at 31st and Kasold — that I’ve thought about becoming a full-time pedestrian. But then the G-forces subside, and I again become a bit uncertain about ...

City commissioner says some travel expenses by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer have drawn questions; city expected to release details today; Soden talks about pending appointment

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve gotten word this morning that Lawrence City Hall will be releasing some information about some travel expenses from former Mayor Jeremy Farmer. Commissioner Leslie Soden, who is serving as acting mayor for the city following Farmer’s resignation yesterday, told me she is directing City Hall to release information about ...

East Lawrence coffee shop seeks to add liquor, bistro concept; city tries to restart stalled project to address North Lawrence flooding

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know how many glasses of chardonnay it will take to make The Kaw look like The Seine, but we may soon find out. An East Lawrence coffee shop has filed plans to convert itself into a French-style bistro, complete with alcohol. Decade, the coffee shop at 920 Delaware ...

Neighbors concerned about stalled construction near Peterson and Monterey; city, KU transit system named tops in state; a bus hub question for Centennial Park

Chad Lawhorn

Neighbors are wondering why the weeds are so tall. This is the point that I usually stammer, panic and blurt out something about the flux capacitor being broken on my lawn mower. But for once, we’re not talking about my yard. Several Lawrence residents instead are concerned about why construction ...

Payless Furniture owner who said 'Goodbye Obamaville' back selling furniture in Lawrence; City Hall spends $2,500 on friendship garden

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you remember the [flamboyant goodbye to Lawrence that came from the owner of Payless Furniture.][1] If you don’t, I can give you the family-friendly version of that event: Payless owner Robert Fyfe in May parked his furniture delivery truck along the store’s busy Iowa Street frontage and plastered it ...

Downtown retailer of 20 years closing Lawrence store; rumors of a new chicken chain on West Sixth Street; a Facebook flap at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you don’t know it, Lawrence, but for the last 20 years you’ve been influencing how people across the country take baths. Yeah, now that I say that, it does sound creepy. But don’t worry, it is all fine, and it is also almost all over. Bloom, the bath and ...

Facts and figures to help you figure out whether to gripe or not to gripe about Lawrence's property tax rates

Chad Lawhorn

Complaining about local taxes is easy. Figuring out whether we have a good gripe is hard because it requires lots of numbers, an abacus and stretching exercises. (I can’t count on my toes without the exercises anymore.) But as local governments get ready to approve their new tax rates, I’m ...

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