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Latest sales tax report shows Lawrence spending up about 2 percent for the year

Chad Lawhorn

With this recent batch of rainy weather, it is hard to believe that earlier this year we were all buying sunscreen, flip flops, mosquito netting, shark repellent, harpoons and 55-gallon drums of margarita mix. (What? Isn't that your standard list of items to take to the beach?) Regardless, we were ...

Activity along O'Connell Road heats up with $15 million affordable housing project

Chad Lawhorn

There are only two explanations for the large swaths of bare dirt at the former Farmland site at 23rd and O'Connell: The area is either preparing for future development, or I've been hired to do the area's landscaping. (This August has been an exception. I actually have a healthy, lush ...

Idea for Rock Chalk Village springs up for property near Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

No word on whether you would have to get a Jayhawk tattoo to live there, or at least promise to wallpaper your house with Andrew Wiggins posters, but there is talk of a new Lawrence neighborhood that would be dubbed Rock Chalk Village. You guessed it, the neighborhood would be ...

New steak and seafood restaurant slated to open at Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps I'm not done exacting revenge on pigs after all. As some of you know, I've a spent a summer helping my two kids raise for the Douglas County 4-H Fair a pair of sometimes cantankerous pigs that often seemed one step ahead of me. (Insert your own joke here ...

Group wants to place 10,000-pound piece of World Trade Center at Lawrence Visitors Center

Chad Lawhorn

It is still pretty mysterious at the moment, but an effort is underway to make Lawrence the home of a remnant of the World Trade Center, whichfell as part of the 9/11 attacks. The Lawrence-based American Fallen Warrior Memorial — more on that group and questions about it in a ...

Lawrence-based manufacturer of LED lighting seeking tax abatement for expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Here's an interesting economic development project to keep an eye on: Lawrence may become a bigger player in the world of LED lighting. Lawrence-based Sunlite Science & Technology, a manufacturer of LED lighting, has filed paperwork with City Hall to receive a 50 percent, 10-year tax abatement for a new ...

City hires new leaders in Planning and Development Services

Chad Lawhorn

[Back in April we reported][1] on a reorganization plan for the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department that is designed to put a bit more emphasis on small business needs and customer service. A few of you have been asking where that stands, and it looks like you should expect to see ...

Bullwinkles bar gets new owners, complete renovation

Chad Lawhorn

I don't know that he wears a cowboy hat, but there is a new fellow in town who plans to grab one of Lawrence's more famous bulls by the horns. We're talking about Bullwinkles, the longtime Oread neighborhood bar near 14th and Tennessee streets. The establishment has new owners, and ...

News of a downtown Lawrence hotel sale, and more on resort and casino talk

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a resort at Clinton Lake, and the unanswered questions about the interest in a casino on land recently purchased by the Delaware Indian tribe in North Lawrence certainly have given those in the Lawrence hotel market something to think about. But despite the tantalizing nature of those ...

Ramen bar set to open in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Ramen may never be the same again in Lawrence. And that's saying something because in this college town, ramen has been prepared in many different ways, and appeared in many different places. (I'm pretty sure there are still ramen noodles stuck to the ceiling of my old college apartment kitchen.) ...

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