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Riordan leads Lawrence City Commission candidate field in fundraising, new reports show

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: Since I wrote this article this morning, Jeremy Farmer's campaign has provided me with a copy of his campaign finance report. It places him in second place in total amount of money raised during the Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 time period. I've added his totals to the list ...

Documentary film crew to do interviews in Lawrence for veterans project

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: Well, Ken Burns fans, don't plan on getting the famed filmmaker to autograph your PBS pledge card just yet. I got in touch with an assistant for the film recently, and it turns out Burns won't be able to make the trip to Lawrence after all. But a crew ...

More twists with recreation center project: KU Endowment now requiring city to pay for land; UPDATE Self's Foundation again planning donation to city

Chad Lawhorn

Think of it like a buzzer beater, or more accurately, like three of them. The buzzer is about to sound on this more than year-long debate on whether the city should move ahead with a $25 million recreation center in northwest Lawrence. City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday will ...

Hand-crafted coffee shop set to open at 19th and Massachusetts

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe your Valentine prefers coffee over chocolate, and maybe mine will pour a pot of Folgers down my pants if I bring her anything less than five pounds of Hershey bars. Well, good news for both of us: A new coffee shop is opening in the coming days at 19th ...

City releases draft agreement related to bidding of proposed recreation center; other agreements between Fritzel entity and KU not yet released

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s all play lawyer, which of course means we need to say “theretofore” and “henceforth” several times because we bill by the hour. The city has released the draft agreement that would govern how the city would bid the proposed $25 million city recreation center, and how the city would ...

City to consider approval of proposed housing development southeast of Sixth and SLT, near Langston Hughes Elementary

Chad Lawhorn

City commissioners tonight will debate a somewhat controversial development project near the corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway, and this one doesn’t involve a recreation center. Commissioners at their 6:35 p.m. meeting today will consider plans for a new housing and apartment development on about 27.5 acres ...

City looking to partner with Hertz for on-demand car rental program in downtown

Chad Lawhorn

Soon a yellow and black sign likely will be prominently displayed to reserve a prime parking spot in downtown Lawrence. No, Hell hasn’t frozen over and the city isn’t beginning to reserve parking spaces for Missouri Tiger fans. (Although, we ought to consider it. If a Tiger fan is willing ...

Iwig Dairy seeks license for mobile food truck in North Lawrence; also considering future North Lawrence store

Chad Lawhorn

Mobile milk — and you don’t even need an app for it — is set to come to North Lawrence. Iwig Dairy has filed for a permit to have a mobile food truck that sells fresh milk and dairy items in a city parking lot near Second and Locust streets ...

City being asked to get the ball rolling on new 20- to 60-acre retirement village

Chad Lawhorn

This talk of Lawrence really becoming a retirement community is getting more serious all the time. The city and county last month already committed to a marketing strategy and have expressed a willingness to boost the salary of the open position for director of the Douglas County Senior Services in ...

Curbside recycling committee recommending city sign contract with Hamm Companies for local recycling center; question of whether to accept glass still undecided

Chad Lawhorn

So, this is what Lawrence’s more than year long process to add curbside recycling has come to: Would you like to supersize that? City residents, and more directly city commissioners, are at the point of the ordering process where they have to decide just how much value they want to ...

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