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Lawrence sales tax collections post big gains; numbers suggest new Menards may be adding big totals to city; fast food chain reopens on 23rd

Chad Lawhorn

There are new sales tax figures out that will make you wonder whether my wife finally gave me the PIN code for the ATM at the bank. Yes, for the second month in a row, retail sales totals in Lawrence have grown dramatically. Lawrence sales tax collections grew by 8.4 ...

Plans filed for major mental health facility in eastern Lawrence; businesses fill new Warehouse Arts District building; work begins on new bistro

Chad Lawhorn

While government officials continue to work on plans for a multimillion dollar mental health crisis intervention center, a private company has filed plans for a major new mental health center that will be based in eastern Lawrence. A private company that operates an inpatient mental health hospital in Olathe has ...

More details on Briggs Auto expansion on south Iowa; nonprofits, eco devo groups facing new funding rules from City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I’m not exactly sure what a “reconditioning facility” is, other than my wife says she’ll pay for me to go to one to see about my unibrow. Regardless, Briggs Automotive has filed plans to build a new reconditioning facility along south Iowa Street, and it may end up being the ...

Update on Texas Roadhouse, Planet Fitness and other south Iowa Street projects

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are like me and the last few summers of roadwork have conditioned you to travel south Iowa Street only by drone. Well, if you haven’t been on the busy street for awhile, there are lots of changes happening along the roadway. We’ve reported on the projects in the ...

Spending outpaces revenues for key City Hall fund in 2015, and is projected to do so in 2016; city's hotel tax sees big growth

Chad Lawhorn

Unlike in Topeka, there have not been late-night meetings, tossing the legislative couch cushions for loose change, manipulation of voodoo dolls or other such generally accepted state governmental accounting practices going on at Lawrence City Hall. Nonetheless, there is some interesting City Hall budget news to report: There was some ...

Plans filed for new microbrewery, food truck venture in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Craft brewing operations have been known to take over a garage. (No, the scientists in the funny suits still haven’t determined why the paint is peeling off my F-150.) But now there are plans for a craft brewing operation to take over an entire lumberyard. Plans have been filed for ...

School district seeks to buy large property along 23rd Street; parade of trash trucks through East Lawrence may end

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you have noticed the Journal-World recently reported the Lawrence school district is on the cusp of buying some property. As is often the case with governments, they are tight-lipped about property acquisition until such deals are ready to be finalized. But fear not, I rescued my Magnum P.I. shirt ...

City commissioners withhold information about process for selecting new mayor; more info on pending movie theater upgrades

Chad Lawhorn

Call it a mayoral mystery, I guess. City commissioners are still trying to figure out who the next mayor of Lawrence should be and when that person should take over. A change in state law has made the normally simple matter more complicated, but now a pair of city commissioners ...

Lawrence movie theater to undergo million dollar-plus renovation; update on plans for large music venue in North Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Everybody has their wish list for improvements that could be made to Lawrence’s Southwind movie theater on south Iowa Street. Yes, wider concourses to accommodate the forklift to haul back the popcorn and soda would be nice. An on-site loan office to finance the purchase of said popcorn and soda ...

Happy Earth Day, although rankings show it could be happier in Kansas; parent company of major Lawrence employer announces cutbacks

Chad Lawhorn

Party like it is Earth Day because indeed it is. (I’m celebrating gravity by refusing to jump all day.) Here in Kansas, we certainly can celebrate Earth Day, but a new study found that we perhaps don’t have as much to cheer about as some other states. The financial website ...

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