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Merck Animal Health pulls building permit to create laboratory in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

For a man who now owns two pigs (technically, my 4-H children own them but I have yet to be paid), this is news of note: The large pharmaceutical company Merck Animal Health is setting up a Lawrence laboratory. Details are slim right now, but the company has pulled a ...

New report compares Lawrence's economy to others in the region; latest numbers show local economy shrank in 2011

Chad Lawhorn

Watch out Cleveland, Tenn. We’re right on your heels. What? When you think of cities similar to Lawrence, you don’t think of Cleveland, Tenn.? What’s that? You don’t think of [Cleveland, Tenn.][1] — population 42,000 people along the Ocoee River — at all. Well, by one standard, that city is ...

Little noticed state law change will require one week delay of swearing in of new city commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

There won't be a change of power at Lawrence City Hall next week after all. But no, were not in the midst of a coup. Instead, local election officials are now realizing a change in state law impacts how quickly Tuesday night's election results can be made official. Those results ...

Downtown Lawrence Inc. executive director to retire after summer's sidewalk sale

Chad Lawhorn

Downtown Lawrence Inc. soon will be looking for a new leader. DLI Executive Director Cathy Hamilton announced today that she’s leaving the organization this summer to retire. “I’m fortunate that I am able to retire a couple of years earlier than I had expected,” said Hamilton. “But I have the ...

Final tidbits from Tuesday's Lawrence City Commission election

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to clean out the City Commission election refrigerator. There are canned speeches, moldy questionnaires and calorie-laden political advertisements in here. But I’ve had enough of all that, so I’ll just pass along some leftovers of a different type — leftover notes from my notebook. • Let’s set ...

Westside voters seem to be outpacing eastside voters so far in today's election

Chad Lawhorn

The old F-150 and I have been out checking polling sites in Lawrence today, and the results are unscientific (almost everything that happens in the F150 is) but it sure appears that the west side of Lawrence is getting out better than the east side of Lawrence. I was out ...

Bids to convert former Farmland fertilizer site into new business park come in far lower than expected

Chad Lawhorn

If you have about 450 acres of an abandoned fertilizer plant, now is apparently a good time to convert it into a business park. The city is in the process of awarding two key construction contracts to convert the former [Farmland Industries fertilizer plant][1] on the east edge of Lawrence ...

Advance voter turnout at highest level since 2005; update about which PACs have to report their spending for local races

Chad Lawhorn

Your time to have some Lawrence City Commission election fun is quickly winding down. For example, if you were hoping to vote in advance, you’ve just missed your window. Advance voting ended at noon today for the April 2 local election, which also includes races for the Lawrence school board ...

City to host several downtown running and cycling races, including Tour of Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Well, it looks like a certain basketball-oriented celebration that has been known to close downtown streets has been called off this year. But fear not, there will still be plenty of opportunities to celebrate — and close downtown streets — in the coming weeks. What sort of a lineup have ...

Homes sales up in February; single-family building permits hold steady; weekly land transfers

Chad Lawhorn

If you are like me and continue to set off crimson and blue confetti bombs in the TV room after every Jayhawk victory, you soon may be looking for a new house. So, how about some news and notes from the Lawrence real estate and building industry? • The city ...

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