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Lawrence home sales improve for 15th straight month

Chad Lawhorn

The hot streak continues in Lawrence's real estate market. Home sales in Lawrence rose for the 15th month in a row, according to a new report that measured June home sales. The Lawrence Board of Realtors found 149 units were sold in June, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to ...

City prepares to approve budget tonight, including $62 million worth of road and infrastructure projects

Chad Lawhorn

Here are three things that were discussed frequently on my family's recent weeklong vacation through the northern Plains: Roadwork (there was a lot of it), budgets (there was not enough of those), and "Full House" (for approximately 1,400 miles, episodes of the once popular Olsen twins sitcom played continuously, thanks ...

Retail rumblings including a new cookie store on Mass. Street, a mattress store going out of business, and a change in venue for a downtown hot spot

Chad Lawhorn

From chicken wings to cookies to mattresses: It sounds like a productive Sunday afternoon to me. It also is a set of topics that are trending in Lawrence's retail world currently. • I've gotten confirmation that a store called Hot Box Cookies will be setting up shop on Massachusetts Street ...

Latest Census numbers show Douglas County had fewer private sector jobs, businesses than in 2000

Chad Lawhorn

Apparently it is not just my wardrobe that lingers in a past decade. (I'll be out at several events today, and yes, I really am wearing a 100 percent polyester, narrow KU tie.) There are some relatively new numbers out about the Lawrence economy that show jobs and business totals ...

Mass Street Sweet Shoppe adds sandwich shop to business

Chad Lawhorn

The inside of my head right now sounds like one of those blaring weather alert radios. You see, I seem to have a built-in device that warns me of pending perfect storms of a different type. Tonight my wife and her girlfriends will be attending the [Mass Street Mosey][1], the ...

State extends deadline for Clinton Lake resort proposals

Chad Lawhorn

[The idea of creating a 175-room, destination-style resort hotel][1] at Clinton Lake State Park is still alive. Now potential developers have more time to figure out exactly what they would like to propose. State officials today said they have extended the deadline for proposals to 2 p.m. July 24. Previously ...

LMH lands on another top 100 list for community hospitals

Chad Lawhorn

Pretty soon, the cafeteria/atrium area at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is going to have a bit of an Allen Fieldhouse feel to it; there will be championship banners galore. LMH has made another banner-worthy type of list. The hospital recently was named as one of the “100 Great Community Hospitals” in ...

Humane Society preparing to fight for budget increase; commissioners asked to provide $25,000 in unbudgeted funds for Just Food

Chad Lawhorn

It may end up being an interesting evening at Lawrence City Hall tonight because commissioners are set to talk about two items people fiercely guard: pets and money. Commissioners are nearing the key point in the 2014 budget process where they set the maximum amount of money they are willing ...

New development slated for Bob Billings and SLT may land a grocery store

Chad Lawhorn

Several Lawrence developments are grabbing headlines these days. Rock Chalk Park, efforts to convert the former Farmland fertilizer plant into an industrial park, and downtown redevelopment are three of the larger ones. But don’t forget about the nearly $20 million state project to build a new interchange at Bob Billings ...

Lawrence among best venture capital markets per capita

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know about your neighborhood on the Fourth of July, but in mine last night there were plenty of young venture capitalists on display: People willing to burn their money in hopes for a big bang in return. Venture capitalists — the high-risk investors who provide start-up money to ...

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